MY VIEW ON THE PLANNED DEMONSTRATIONS IN DOUALA ON SATURDAY 4TH MARCH 2017
By Charles TANGWA
Written: Sunday, 26th February 2017
I applaud the efforts of Honourable Jean Mitchell Nitcheu (MP of the SDF Party) to organise a rally in DOUALA on the 4th of March 2017 in support of the so-called ‘Anglophone Problem’ and his call for a two-state Federation.
I, however, regret to say that we as a people have gone past that stage. We, as a people, have made giant strides both locally and internationally towards the restoration of our statehood: the statehood of Southern Cameroons; the people who have been called different names at different times: ‘Southern Cameroons’ before 1961, ‘West Cameroon’ between 1961 and 1972, and ‘Anglophone Cameroon’ after 1972.
Other names that have been ascribed to us, at different times, by persons (including members of the regime in La Republique du Cameroun) include ‘Les Anglofous’, ‘Les Ennemis dans la Maison’ and many other invectives which will not be elaborated here but which are worth mentioning, for historical documentation.
The momentum towards Southern Cameroons independence is currently unstoppable and we must NOT allow it to die down. Not even the brutal occupying forces of La Republique du Cameroun and their mentors in France have been able to stop our drive towards restoration. They are not only surprised but deeply shocked that, so far, we have made tremendous and unimaginable gains just by using largely peaceful means, and the isolated cases of violence like burning of schools has usually been due to provocation from, or killing by, agents of the regime, a good example being the killing of an innocent Southern Cameroonian man last week by a Private Officer from La Republique du Cameroun.
Shall we allow such a momentum to die down simply because some Members of Parliament in the colonial rubber-stamp Assembly of LaRepublique du Cameroun shows solidarity with us? To me, the answer is a big NO. The show of solidarity is very much welcome but our pursuit of self-determination MUST NOT relent.
Knowing the Jacobin and autocratic way in which La Republique du Cameroun and La Republique Francaise conduct themselves, and knowing also that La Republique Francaise OWNS La Republique du Cameroun via a monstrous outdated colonial pact, who says they will not come up with another device tomorrow to crush such a Federation??? To them, it is the end that matters, not the means to an end. So, even if you use the most crooked means to get what you want, that is fine. Afterall, ‘toutes les moyennes sont bonnes’. (Please excuse my French, if I got any spelling wrong).
What even makes us think that they will willingly grant a Federation in the first place??? Those guys are used to playing around with issues and, once the momentum dies down, they throw the issues into the bin, then bribe leaders or arrest, torture and even kill those leaders who do not want to give in.
Remember what the Holy Book tells us in the book of Proverbs: that a dog normally goes back to its vomit. And may we also remember that Old habits die hard. So, the Old Crooks in Yaounde are not going to divorce from their Old Ways anytime soon. Not at old age, since you don’t learn how to become left-handed at old age. So, since deceit and falsehood is the norm for them, those guys are not suddenly going to start doing things and implementing agreements in an honest, upright and proper manner except they are really compelled to. That is why we, as a people, have to keep maintaining the heat on them.
La Republique du Cameroun knows that, without Southern Cameroons, they become a mere skeleton, and a mere shadow of themselves. They know that TOO WELL, even more than any of us knows or imagines. Just that they know how to pretend, and give the impression that we are worth nothing to them!
Many of us know of the Petroleum from Limbe and Ndian that goes to drive the economy of the two Republiques (Cameroun and France). We also know of the timber which is harvested from Meme and Manyu and logged on as having been harvested from Paul Biya’s South Region, hence resulting in the taxes for such timber being paid in Mr Biya’s South Region.
However, there is more to the reliance on us. Our educational system, from primary to tertiary, currently constitutes the bedrock of the educational foundation of that country. And they know that too well! Education, it is often said, maketh a man! Their children are now able to study in decent universities or institutions of Higher Learning in Britain, EU, Canada, Australia, Holland, etc thanks largely to our system. Yes, I dare say ‘our system’ because it is thanks to us that La Republique du Cameroun gained access to such a structured and progressive system of education.
Yet, instead of being thankful to us, and giving us our due place, the Biya regime and its cohorts want to Francophonise our system of education and bring its ‘dummy head’ teachers to ‘un-teach our children’, to borrow from the quote of the CATTU President.
Dear people of Southern Cameroons, for those who think we should continue to live a life of slavery and servitude under La Republique du Cameroun, with no future or, at best, a dismal future for our children, please attempt an answer to these questions:
1) Will the Limbe Deep Sea Port ever truly see the light of the day, talk less of functioning to 50% of its capacity, if we are still under La Republique du Cameroun? (Certainly not when you have the muddy port at the DOUALA estuary that has to be drained every year, and the world class sea port that Mr Biya has constructed in Kribi).
2) Will the Bamenda airport ever function to full capacity or receive the further infrastructural development it deserves?
3) Will the Tiko International Airport ever see the light of the day again, under La Republique du Cameroun?
4) Will the Mamfe/Bessongabang airport ever see the light of the day again?
To (2), (3) and (4) above, my answer is NO, at least not when Mr Biya and his cohorts are currently busy signing contracts for renovation and construction of Airports in Bertoua and Batouri respectively, yet the airports in Southern Cameroons have been there for decades and mean nothing to them. For those who still doubt, here below are the fully functional airports in La Republique du Cameroun: Maroua ((occasionally receives international flights, especially those going to Chad), Garoua (International) Ngaoundere, Bafoussam, DOUALA (International), Yaounde-Nsimalen (International), Former Yaounde International Airport (now used as a military airport).
5) Will the Mamfe River port ever receive the attention it deserves again?
6) Will our universities (Buea, Bamenda, and any new ones to be created) ever attain any level of competitivity on the African continent (e.g amongst the Top 100), with the current way La Republique du Cameroun runs and tries to also Francophonise our Higher education? Yet, many of the students who went through secondary and high school in Southern Cameroons have persistently and consistently featured amongst the best students, over the decades, in renowned universities in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
The regime in Yaounde may try to give us and the World the impression that the Ghost Towns, school boycotts and civil disobedience in Southern Cameroons is not hurting them much. People, I can tell you those guys are deeply hurt, not only emotionally but the state machinery is deeply shaken and in crisis. Confidential information from MINEFI indicates that the regime has been losing so much revenue due to the civil disobedience in Southern Cameroons, and that, within the past month, the regime has had to contact some of its creditor financial institutions to re-negotiate payment terms. Some insiders at MINEFI sympathize with the Southern Cameroons struggle but have to be very careful with their utterances, even on the phone, because they know the regime is watching them closely.
Where La Republique du Cameroun has been caught off guard is that our resistance has so far been peaceful and largely successful in frustrating or slowing down their evil plan. More so, our resistance has been slowly but steadily targeting the lifeline of the country: education and finance. They had prepared for a massive military crackdown and if we had met their offensive with a similar military response at that initial stage, then the genocide in Southern Cameroons would have been complete and over by now. So, when the met a well-organised peaceful resistance, they did not know what to do, and had to go back to the drawing board to re-strategise.
Last week, the Minister of National Education in La Republique du Cameroun, in a press release, stated that the current disruption of the school year will not result in a blank school year and that registration for ‘concours’ (entrance exams) was going on as normal. My people, this is flawed. Candidates may register for local exams like ‘concours’ but the real worthlessness of this school year’s certificates will be obvious in May/June when the students start applying to go to university abroad. The truth will come out.
So, it is my humble but firm opinion that we should continue continue with the drive towards restoration of our independence and not be side tracked by the call for a two-state Federation. We gave that option to the government of La Republique du Cameroun, and they made a mockery of us.
So, we thank Honourable Nitcheu, if it is true that he has called for such a march. We thank any other person who is fighting for Federation on our behalf.
However, we would like to politely but firmly inform them that we have gone past that stage, and there is no turning back. There is nothing wrong in living in future as good neighbours, except the regime and people of La Republique du Cameroun do not want to subscribe to good neighbourliness.
I hope this message will reach our people back in Southern Cameroons so that they remain steadfast, respect the ghost towns, boycott 8th March (Women’s day celebrations), boycott 20th May and help us to bury 20th May the way we buried 11th February both in the homeland (Southern Cameroons) and in the Diaspora.
Finally, I hope this message resonates to all and sundry, as we continue our unstoppable drive towards restoration of our independence.
May the Almighty God continue to bless the people and the land of Southern Cameroons in our joint struggle for independence.
Your fellow countryman,