Troubling, embarrassing, annoying are some qualifiers of the words to the virulent limit of Archbishop Akonga Essomba visibly surpassed by events.
This was in the presence of 800 priests and 50 bishops. The Christian faithful numbered in thousands, a delegation of members of the government and other authorities did not go unnoticed. His Excellency Paul Biya, the Head of State of Cameroon was also there through his personal representative, the Minister of Justice, Laurant Esso.
The requiem Mass began, and then the preacher of the day, Monsignor Joseph Akonga Essomba, goes up to the pulpit. He took the opportunity to denounce the persecution suffered by the Catholic Church in Cameroon. "Our bishop was brutally murdered! "He said.
The remarks were followed by a thunderous applause on the side of the crowd (It was almost after each declaration), the majority of which were favorable to the assassination thesis.
" hapless is all these men in suit and black glasses sitting on reserved vip chairs! hapless is all these priests who are obliged to be there to pretend to sympathize while it is by refusing the homosexuality of these priests that our bishop is dead! "
He said indignantly.
For Archbishop Akonga Essomba, this bishop of the ecclesiastical province of Yaounde and childhood friend of Bishop Bala, the latter could in no case drown. "Jean-Marie knew how to swim!" When we were fighting on the shores, he signaled us more than 200m in the middle of the lake! "He explained, before wondering," So how did he drown ? "
"all this for power. Yet true power knows no violence. This power so sought by some false members of this church. I address myself to all those who are in the shade kill the priests ... How does the Catholic Church interfere with you? " He complained.
Therefore, he warned: "You Satan's servants in the shadow, you can not do anything against those whom the Lord has chosen ... Who wants to measure himself with God will have it on his behalf"