The recommendations were arrived at last April 11, 2019 at the end of a Brainstorming Day on the concept of Living Together in Cameroon organized at the Yaoundé Mont Febe Hotel by the Working Group on Living Together of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, (NCPBM).
Opening the forum in the presence of Ministers Pierre Ismaël Bidoung Mkpatt of Arts and Culture and Georges Elanga Obam of Decentralization and Local Development, the President of the Commission, Peter Mafany Musonge explained that the aim of the brainstorming exercise was to dig deep into the concept of living together because:
“It is not an easy one as it varies from place to place. We will like to have a living together which is Cameroonian, which follows African tradition-brotherliness, sisterhood, peace, tolerance and understanding.Also, in this particular moment, we have a lot of negative actions which are ongoing especially with the social media. We think that those issues have to be addressed.”
Peter Mafany Musonge frowned at the increasing use of hate language on the social media as people are being stigmatised through appellations like ‘sardinard’ or “tontinard.” “We are all Cameroonians, we belong here,” the Senior Statesman reiterated.
He went on that “as you are already aware, our country, for some time now, has been bedeviled by complex and diverse social unrest and security issues, which are increasingly knocking at its doors. Let me cite these examples which you all know: the terrorist attacks carried out since 2014 in the northern part of the country by the Islamic sect Boko Haram and its accomplices; the ramification of trade union claims by some teachers and lawyers of the North West and South West regions which have been transformed into secessionist and terrorist movements, or better still, the predominance of ethnic inclinations in our daily activities and the upsurge of hate speech in our society.
"These upheavals have disastrous effects on the peace and stability, are so dear to the country. In the face of these major concerns, the Head of State, H.E Paul Biya has undertaken suitable measures to maintain peace and stability in Cameroon.”
The brainstorming was opened by a presentation from Professor Kisito Forbi on living together; definition, political, legal and institutional framing. Other presentations were delivered by Professors Mpoche Kisitus and Charly Gabriel Mbock which gave way for intense brainstorming and recommendations.