An Open Letter from an Ambazonian to his Camerounian Friend.
My dear brother,
You are a journalist and an accomplished jurist and I expected you to be more critical and exercise intellectual independence in trying to help our people solve the critical problem of our generation.
I feel disappointed that even the young intellectuals who are supposed to know better are falling into this chaos that the old and tired guard of Paul Biya have put this generation into.
From a constitutional point of view that you know, Cameroun is a very centralized nation/state where the Sub-prefect is the direct representative of ‘The Prince’ in the various small units of administration through out the country, and they have the daily responsibility to report to Yaoundé what happens in their subdivisions.
From that point of view, how do you think the figurehead Prime Minister is going to negotiate a sincere dialogue in the current dispensation? You are a teacher of law, and an apparatchik of the system but you can be a true patriot to help to edify some of the errors being committed by people who have spent their lives in a very privileged fashion at the back of our people.
What can we expect from this PM, that Joseph Owona could not give us during the famous Grand Debat?
What has happened to the 1996 constitution? Don’t you think that if this document were implemented with the institutions of decentralization put in place effectively it might have saved this situation? Do you realize that in the 1950’s the former British Southern Cameroons had a nascent functional pluralistic government with the first pluralistic democratic elections that held with a peaceful transfer of power from Dr. Emmanuel Endeley to John Ngu Foncha? Was this a good laboratory for democracy in Africa? Certainly, yes!
Why do you think it is normal for the people of Southern Cameroons to live under a very brutal and dictatorial system like the one they have lived under for over 57 years today? Is it normal for the civil law system to be imposed on common law lawyers? Do you find it normal that it is only in 1993 that Southern Cameroonians were provided with an Anglosaxon university?
My dear friend, the world is not limited to “Cameroun is Cameroun.” The internet has changed the world for the better, and Cameroun has not kept the pace. See how smaller countries are making great efforts: Rwanda, Ghana, Senegal, etc. We are the laughing stock of the world because we refuse to adapt to fundamental changes and my fear is that it will be too late to see beyond our shores. Paul Biya is not good for that country and region. You people must help him ease out of power or else there will be more trouble ahead. We, Ambazonians, are not joking! Many thought we will get tired and surrender after six months; it has been three years and we are refueling every day. Thanks.