By Macdonald Ayang, February 20, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – The president of the General Assembly, GA, of the Cameroon Bar Association, Barrister Nico Halle, has urged President Paul Biya to unconditionally free leaders of the outlawed Anglophone Civil Society Consortium now in detention in relation to the ongoing Anglophone crisis.
Barrister Halle made the call yesterday on Press Hour, a live talk show programme on state owned CRTV. He said granting reprieve to all those arrested by the Head of State in the course of the crisis will be one of the surest ways of finding lasting solutions to the lingering crisis that has crippled activities in courts and schools across the North West and South West Regions.
“If I had my way, I would advise the Head of State, His Excellency President Paul Biya to grant general amnesty to all those facing trial in connection with this crisis. That is what is done elsewhere in situations like this” Nico Halle opined during the live show broadcast from Douala.
The peace crusader and elections expert, amongst other things also urged Cameroonians to turn to God in fervent prayers, arguing that without God, “the labourer labours in vain.”
The outing of the Bar General Assembly boss on CRTV yesterday, it should be said, comes about a week after he had told a local newspaper that for the current crisis to be effectively laid to rest, there was also need for justice and equity to be applied by the authorities that be. “I have always insisted that for sustainable peace to happen, there must be justice and equity. Those are the conditions under which peace can be sustainable,” he said.
He had also cautioned that; “The Anglophone problem has been for long and there is need for direction from the Holy Spirit and from God. In moments like this, it is very important for us to be
prayerful because without God, we’ll not be able to succeed on our own. We should be guided by wisdom and desist from insults and invectives that can only blow things out of proportion.”
The call by Halle for the Head of State’s pardon and release of Anglophones arrested in connection with the current crisis, follows that by other entities including international rights groups as well as Cameroon’s commission on human rights and freedoms.
In a report made known at a press conference last week in Yaoundé, the National Human Rights Commission, a creation of the government, talked on the need to release leaders of the now outlawed Consortium as well as others arrested who were not directly involved in the destruction of public property during the days of the unrest in the North West and South West.
Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Dr. Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy, arrested in this regard, are already facing trial at the Yaounde military tribunal. They face high gravity charges punishable with the death penalty as per the 2014 law on the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cameroon.