By Mua Patrick, January 16, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Buea – The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium has blamed Government over last Sunday’s arson in the University of Buea which saw the burnt down of a car belonging to the Secretary General of the grouping, Fontem Neba.
In a communiqué made public Monday, the Consortium said they were holding Government responsible for the attack, while also demanding that Yaounde opens an investigation to have perpetrators of the act severely punished.
“We all saw how the hatred some of our elite expressed in the social media resulted in an arson attack on Dr. Fontem Neba’s car. We strongly condemn such violence and are surprised that the Government has not said a word about this shameful incident,” the communiqué signed by the Consortium’s President, Barrister Nkongho Felix read.
“As a community, we condemn all our brothers and sisters who toy with our destiny and think that they are justified in sowing division among us or spreading hatred,” added the communiqué.
They stated that “Our social movement is a peaceful one, but all we have experienced is shootings, killings, arrests and now destruction of property. The Consortium holds Government responsible for this attack and demands that
Government investigates the arson attack on Dr. Fontem and punish all those behind it immediately.”
They are also demanding full reparation for the damage.
In the communiqué, the Consortium recounted that one of the weapons that has been adopted by Government in the quest to keep Anglophones permanently subjugated has been “divide and rule”.
For years, they said, the ‘divide and Rule’’ tactics has been skilfully used to sharpen ethnic divisions within the SW Region as well as between the SW and NW Regions.
The consequence, they cited, has been the exclusion of Anglophones from political appointments as well as the francophonization of local administration.
“The use of force in administration was entrenched as a way of life. Today, gendarmes and police are everywhere on our streets, in the villages forcing our people to march; in short, our lives have been militarized as you can see everywhere today,” the Consortium said.
For years, the group said “our own brothers and sisters contributed to this situation with the kind of tribal or regional politics they played. They fuelled the hatred of the other and fought each other over positions which did not matter one bit. In parliament, they failed to present our plight and even clapped when the bill being passed was clearly anti-us.
“Our unity, especially in such trying moments, is precious to us. If we have been able to ask the oppressor for accountability, it is because for once, we have united with each other. We must not allow the selfish ones among us to destroy our quest for a better life. Tribalism and narrow mindedness help to keep our people in bondage and we say no to that,” added Monday’s statement.