Some one thousand guests assembled at the La Hulpe residence of Ambassador Daniel Evina Abe'e, Head of Mission for the kingdom of Belgium and the European Union, on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 to commemorate Cameroon's national day, marking its 45th edition. The most
serious business was the keynote speech which he made, followed by the decoration of officers recognized by the President of the Republic for meritorious duty. Then there was the extraordinary welcome of Cameroon's Lion Indomitable Coach, the Belgian Hugo Broos and his executive bureau: his Assistant, Sven Vandenbroeck; Physiotherapist, Gert Vandeurzen, Medical Doctor, William Ngatchou; and two players reisent in Belgium, namely, Siani Sebastien and Collins Fai.
"Army and nation in full synergy for Cameroon, united in diversity and devoted to the ideals of peace, stability and prosperity,” was the theme of the commemoration.
"The theme, for those who are abreast with news from our country, reaffirm the cardinal principles which have always guided our Living together in Cameroon since independence. Cameroon, as the Head of State His excellency Paul biya recalled in his message to the nation at the end of the year 2016, is One and Indivisible. Indeed, for several months, the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon have been going through a period of instability at both the social and political levels, which from time to time posed a threat to out Living together.
In reaction to this situation, the head of State instructed the government to open a series of frank dialogue with the various parties concerned, in view of bringing appropriate solutions to issues raised. Les premières mesures ont été prises tant au niveau du fonctionnement de la justice pour un bilinguisme mieux affirmé, qu’au niveau de la formation des magistrats et du fonctionnement quotidien de la justice. La mesure phare a été la création de la Commission Nationale pour la Promotion du Bilinguisme et du Multiculturalisme et la nomination de ses membres.
All of these was aimed at reinforcing a United, Inclusive and Bilingual Cameroonian Nation. This is a unique experience in Africa: whose value we can better appreciate particularly from cosmopolitan places like Brussels. This should be pursued in a spirit of Unity, heritage of our founding fathers. Like any human endeavor, even this is not perfect, meaning that there is need to perfect certain aspects though in respect of the Unitary structure of our State. So, it isnot necessary to throw out the baby with the bath water. We each have to contribute to reninforce peace, social cohesion and our republican institutions," says Ambassador Daniel Evina Abe'e in his keynote speech.
Other activities included a special service offered by the Protestant church le Temple de l'église Protestante Unie de Belgique, Paroisse de Jolimont on Sunday 14th May by Jean Lesort Louck Talom, Pasteur. Meanwhile, a catholic mass led by Aurélien Saniko, Priest alongside a team of several Priests took place on Wednesday, the 17th of May at l'église Saint Jean-Baptiste at Molenbeek.
On the eve of the day itself, the Military Bureau at the Embassy led by Colonel Nôel Bidoung organized a Dinner for the Corps at the Embassy, wherein were Belgian nationalities and other nationals.