Tributes have been pouring in for the Archbishop Emeritus of Douala Christian Cardinnal Tumi passed passed away on the night of Friday breaking Saturday at a clinic in the economic capital.
Many are remembering him for the life he lived on earth as a prelate impacting lives in Cameroon and beyond. Apart from being a prelate, His Emminence Christian Cardinal Tumi was a prolific writer who documented his life in all he did.
His last book before he died recounts his ordeal in the hands of armed separatist fighters who kidnapped him and held him hostage for nights.
In the book, His Emmience Christian Cardinal Tumi recounts how he left Yaounde with the Fon of Nso to return to Kumbo only to be kidnapped on the way by separatist fighters.
According to Cardinal Tumi, they were blocked around Ndop by armed men and despite resistance from his driver David, they were put on a bike and taken through a bushy path to an abandoned house some miles away from the road.
They were then led to another another house in the bush where there was no light as the ailing prelate spent the whole night without eating.
“To say that it was an uncomfortable night would bee understating the matter. It was pure torture. But I was so tired that I must have slept for a few hours, Cardinal Tumi recounts in his book.
“As I sat in darkness, I began to reflect on what had just happened to us. It all looked surreal. Was I dreaming, or had we just been kidnapped? However, it did not take long for the hordes of mosquitees to remind that we were indeed captives of a group that said it was fighting to free us from foreign domination,” Tumi recounts in his book.
After his interrogation the next day where Tumi remained adamant and maintained his stances on a one, united and indivisible Cameroon, Cardinal Tumi was released by the armed separatist fighters.