By Isidore Abah, Tuesday Nov. 1, 2017
Southern Cameroons Journal, Mamfe – The controversial interview Barrister Felix Agbor Balla, granted the BBC on the on-going Anglophone Struggle, Tuesday, October 24, may have landed him in big trouble.
Less than 48 hours after the interview was broadcast, the photograph of the President of the Fako Lawyers Association (FAKLA) went viral on social media, with advocates for the restoration of the Southern Cameroons’ Statehood bashing the Barrister as an Iscariot.
As the people vented out venom and frustration on their hitherto held hero for allegedly backpedalling from his initial stand on the Anglophone Struggle, two of the Barrister’s houses got visited by arsonists.
On Sunday morning, October 29, news of the arson attack on the homes of the crusader for a two-state federation in Cameroon, spread on social media like wildfire.
Attempts to have a word from Agbor Balla proved futile, but his Communication’s Officer, Atia Tilarious, in a terse sentence, said: “Balla is in shock and can’t make any statement at this time”.
Later, it was confirmed that Agbor Balla’s home at his native Bakwelle Village was torched by arsonists and an attempt was made on his Buea residence too.
Although those behind the seemingly planned acts are still to be uncovered, tongues are already wagging that the act might have been orchestrated by restorationists, who felt betrayed by someone they have invested so much on.
While many social media users are accusing campaigners for the Restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons, others think that the act might have been orchestrated by “enemies of the Struggle” to turn the leader and his people against each other, as a strategy to divide Anglophones.
The arson attack received widespread condemnation from people all-over the nation and around the world, chastising those behind the heinous act for being cowardly and irrational.