Women in the North West who converge under the Mafors and Mothers of the North West Region movement have cried out to God to heal their pains and wipe out murderers in the region.
While praying God to forgive their evil and calling on the killers in the region to turn to God who is always merciful for forgiveness, the women through one of their leaders, Rev Caroline Memoh announced that ‘‘…they’ll be blown off like chaff’’ if they do not repent.
The women were in a third successive gathering-November 24, 2020, December 24, 2020 and January 24, 2021 to mourn the killings in the North West and South West Regions at the Bamenda Grandstand today.
The abduction and murder of HRH Chief Ngale Ikome of Dibanda village in Fako Division of the South West Region on December 13, 2020, the slaughter of Comfort Timasang in Muyuka, shameful murder of Florence Ayafor, the Ngarbuh and Kumba massacres are some of the inhumane incidences these women poured out their indignation at.
Drawing inspiration from Psalms 1:1-6 as Rev Memoh together with Mafors from Ndu, Batibo, Mankon and Nkwen, in their different local languages implored God to have mercy on them, cease the bloodbath and restore peace to the North West and South West regions.
This movement which was triggered by the gruesome murder of seven children seeking education in Kumba on October 24, 2020 assembled again just a day after the killing of four teenagers at Metta Quarter neighbourhood in Bamenda.
Their pains and indignation at the killing of their children is breaking the thermometers and they say in a strongly worded message, ‘‘NEVER AGAIN’’; never again should their children they painstakingly carried for nine months be targeted, never again, should they be comforted for what could be prevented.
Expressing their stance further, Mafor Tebit Mamo Rose explained that ‘‘We the mafors and mothers in the North West gather here every 24th to pray for the children, God should protect the children, touch the hearts of those who are doing these killings so they can change their mind and come back to normal sense’’.
The pains notwithstanding, the women are ready to forgive and embrace repentant killers into society as Mafor Tebit expressed, ‘‘they should repent and come back let’s live our normal lives’’.
Sunday’s gathering was also an opportunity for the women to pray for God’s protection of their leader, CAMTEL’s General Manager, Mafor Sunday Judith Yah Epse Achidi, initiator of the movement.
Her leadership is steadfast to keep weeping and praying for the nation every 24th until the guns are silenced, the killings stopped.
On November 24, 2020 after weeping and praying for the nation at the Bamenda Grandstand, the women led by Mafor Yah Judith visited the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, DDR Centre in Bamenda with foodstuff and cash. In December, the women offered Christmas foodstuff to persons living with disabilities and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs resident in Bamenda II after sobbing and praying at the Bamenda Grandstand.
Sunday’s rendezvous culminated in a peace march along the Commercial Avenue brandishing peace messages.
According to the International Crisis Group, over 4,000 people have been killed in the protracted Anglophone crisis lingering for over four years now, 765,000 have been displaced with 60,000 as refugees in Nigeria. At least three million people in the North west and South West Regions have been affected by the Anglophone crisis are in humanitarian need, the UN has reported.