By Abah Abah, October 24, 2017
Southern Cameroons Journal, Victoria – Chiefs of Victoria, formerly called Limbe, led by Chief Otto Molungu of Batoke, have finally awakened from political slumber.
In a strongly worded memo to the Government titled ‘must-do’ things by the Biya regime, which was handed over to Senator Daniel Lyonga Matute for onward transmission to the Prime Minister and then to President Paul Biya, the Chiefs demanded that the regime must, among other things, begin “the immediate construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport.”
For over two decades, the Biya Government has made countless promises to start the construction of the Deep Seaport. Even before the Government ever dreamt of the Kribi Seaport Project, promises to build that of Limbe had long been made.
The current PM, Philemon Yang, has, in the past, told Anglophones that the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport will soon commence.
The Chiefs further said that for lasting peace to reign, the Government needs to ensure that the language of instruction in all Government-run professional schools within the Anglophone Regions such as the Police College in Mutengene, CEFAM in Buea, Fisheries School in Limbe, the warders training school in Buea, henceforth be exclusively in English.
They observed that it was abnormal for these schools to be in the Anglophone Regions but the language of instruction is solely French.
The Chiefs said they could not understand why in these schools, the Government has made it a policy that only French should be the language of instruction.
It is a problem that exists even in all military and paramilitary training schools in Cameroon where the sole language used is French.
Some of the participants during the talks accused the Government of a sinister plan, since independence, to assimilate Anglophones, kill their language and culture and ensure that Cameroon is exclusively French.
One of the participants openly accused even Senator Matute that he was aware of the Government’s secret programme to eliminate English and establish French as the only language. The Chiefs had other grievances which they raised in their memo.
One of the participants accused Anglophone Senators and Members of National Assembly of maintaining sealed lips during the ongoing crisis and for failing to voice the real problems to the Government. Councilor Dieudonnez Lebou of the Limbe II Council stated that the main problem was that most Government officials do not tell the truth to the Head of State and those that matter. Lies telling, he said, has become the order of the day and this aggravated the problems.
Minister Issa Tchiroma was heavily blamed for the crisis following what they termed the numerous lies and denials of the Anglophone Problem that he has been championing.
They observed that many Government officials who have come for the same missions in the past have ended up not conveying exactly the problems as expressed by the people to the Government. Some said the Government has shown bad faith and insincerity to resolve the Anglophone Crisis over the years. One of the participants recalled that the same problems were raised during the All Anglophone Conference I and II in Buea and Bamenda, but nothing was done by the Government. Even after the Government tried and came up with the 1996 Constitution, it failed to implement it.