The Prime Minister’s Lodge And The Nigerian Consulate in Buea – Pieces of History

By Dr. Nfor N. Susungi, Sept. 11,2016


It is a WAR crime to destroy historical monuments. After extracting land, cattle and slaves from the vanquished Bakweri

Dr. Nfor N. Susungi
Dr. Nfor N. Susungi

natives, they were frog-marched to construct the palace of the German governor of Buea—Von Puttkamer. That palace is still standing as the Prime Minister’s Lodge to this day—the Schloss, a speaking symbol of Southern Cameroonian pride…

They were to provide 400 labourers to the District Officer for a pay of seven marks and free fare and then the Bakweri were to, at all times, maintain the peace. Interestingly, the Peace Treaty was signed in Victoria between the Imperial Government of Kamerun from across the border and the peace negotiators of the District of Buea ergo, Messrs. Ndeli (Chief Endeley 1), Nguaeli and Evakise.

HISTORY OF WHY BUEA IS CAPITAL CITY….

Important to the Former British Southern Cameroon. As part of the preparation for that ‘celebration’ the ever scheming rulers of Cameroun Republic plotted to knock down the Schloss. The reason is that they cannot stand the powerful symbolism of Southern Cameroons statehood that the Schloss represents. It is the same strong power of the symbolism of the name Victoria that prompted them to purport to change it to ‘Limbe’ in the hope of wiping out a piece of our shining history. Now they must be devising ways by which to move Buea Mountain, Victoria sea front, and Bakassi to their territory. Well might they ever spend troubled nights! Geography too is on our side. It is the same geography that impelled the Germans to move the capital of their original Kamerun colonial territory from Douala to Buea in the territory they had just newly acquired.

WHAT IS THE RUMORS ABOUT THE NIGERIAN CONSULATE GENERAL IN BUEA…. WILL ITS SURVIVE…. THE ONLY DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN FORMER BRITISH CAMEROON (WEST CAMEROON STATE

Contrary to rumours of closure, the Consulate General of Nigeria for the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon remained open yesterday (1 September, 2016) and went about its daily business with the current Consul General, Dan Wari Nwazim, on sit in his Bokwaongo office. Their eight Official staff and the local 22 employees in Cameroon were at work.

It happened that, on taking over at the helm of Nigerian Federal Government last year, the Buhari Government declared financial austerity to include the closure of seven diplomatic missions that did not meet certain criteria. Such criteria good for closure as indicated by the Nigerian committee set up for that purpose included those missions without property like buildings and land, missions not generating up to a certain amount of money through visas and passports, a mission that might have been closed at least once in the past 20 years.

Of the five criteria, the Buea mission fails only one that of not making money on visas and passport owing to the policies between the two countries whereby citizens from both countries can visit vice versa for up to 90 Days without any visa. So, there is no genuine need except people who intend staying longer.

GOD HELP THE FORMER BRITISH SOUTHERN CAMEROON



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