EDITORIAL: An All Anglophone Conference is Inevitable – It’s Time to Rethink Strategy, Putting All Options on Table

Monday February 20, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Washington D.C – The Biya’s regime has a strategy with which to win the current stalemate in the country brought about by the present Anglophone crisis. The strategy entails doing nothing but hoping that the element of fatigue creeps in and catches on with the Anglophone masses and gets them to relent momentum and give up the struggle.

The regime’s ultimate strategy to victory involves getting schools, colleges, and universities to resume classes. They know for sure that once students and teachers are back in the classroom, the other economic and social activities which have since been paralyzed because of the crisis will but naturally pick up and life will get back as usual.  The gov’t hopes that by pretending to do everything, yet offering nothing to meet the demands of Anglophones, but succeeding to get schools resume, Anglophones did get very demoralized and would never for once think of attempting such a feat as they have.

However, the regime is also very observant of what is happening among different Anglophone groupings – especially in the diaspora since most of the groupings on the ground at home have been outlawed. The regime must be particularly excited about the diaspora’s inability to coordinate action in a united tent. Every outspoken Anglophone patriot left at home is either in jail or has been forced underground thereby rendering effective planning and strategizing in the home front almost unmanageable.

Again and again, we keep on getting lamentations from home to the effect that all their hopes are in the diaspora to lift the struggle to the next level. This is very much doable, but regrettably, this isn’t what is happening in the diaspora. The diaspora is in disarray, the first battle hasn’t been fought yet, talkless of the war, but Anglophones in the diaspora with particular emphasize on the USA, are awkwardly rather so much concerned as to who is what, and who becomes what in a conceivable state of the Southern Cameroons or Ambazonia.

MoRISC, was a great idea. But the last we heard about it was that they had to call the police to eject some members and to restore order at a recent gathering in Hagerstown on February 11. The ejected members, we learned, had come in protesting the hijacking of the organization by Boh Herbert and a few clans’ men and the secrecy that the group is shrouded in. But holding MoRISC entirely responsible for the failure of the diaspora to form the big tent, isn’t all convincing. Before MoRISC, there was the SCNC, SCYL, SCAPO, AGR, SCARM, AMBAZONIA, amongst others. Leaders of these groups who have argued that MoRISC isn’t all embracive, continue to cry foul that MoRISC isn’t and doesn’t want to get them involved in the big tent. The question they should be asked is, why are they not forming the big tent?

MoRISC is being battered from within and without and will definitely not achieve anything under present circumstances. In the meantime, these other groups continue to talk and talk and talk, about a come together that appears not to be coming, because of self-serving little ideological schisms. In the meantime, back at home, there is evidence that people are getting weary of this apparently limited strategy based solely on ghost towns.

At the Cameroon Journal, we are asking rhetorically – what if Teachers, especially private school teachers who have families to feed but have no means of putting food on their tables suddenly choose to back out or protest the strike? What if the ghost towns fail and students get back to school? Won’t the struggle be doomed? So far, Anglophones, by virtue of schools shut down, have Mr. Biya and his collaborators severely griped on their penises. And so long as we sustain the school shutdown, they will have no choice but negotiate or let Southern Cameroons go for good. The question here is whether we can sustain it.

It is the above-perceived dangers that are prompting us at the Cameroon Journal, to ask for the summoning of an emergency All Anglophone Conference. An Anglophone conference that consists of MoRISC, SCNC, SCYL, SCAPO, AMBAZONIA etc., etc. or a coalition of the willing, that is, in the situation where any of the groups do not want to participate.

The conference should create a secretariat, a kind of consortium or foreign gov’t that forms and implements a timeline for the struggle. The conference should identify what each group brings to the table and what it does better. The conference should form a diplomatic committee that lobbies and follow up petitions at the diplomatic level. And talking about the diplomatic committee, we can never belabor the point that we still have among us, the Ayangwes, Munzu, Fossung, Litumbe, Nfor Ngala, amongst others, who led the lobby and diplomatic mission in the past. We are convinced that trying to form some new organizations to start all over re-writing petitions and reknocking doors all over again will be a tremendous waste of time and such new petitions have the potential of contradicting the case Southern Cameroons already has. That is why, it is incumbent upon the conference to assign this task to mostly people still among us who championed it before, and maybe with a few younger folks, to pick it up from where they left it.

If such a conference isn’t convened between now and mid-March so that the home front gets the message that the diaspora is up to something, we are afraid they may succumb under the element of fatigue and the militarization being forced upon them.

We have heard at The Cameroon Journal, some suggest that the means to the end of this cause must remain the force of argument and not the argument of force. We consider it such a naïve way of thinking that yields little or no results. As far as we know, no country in the 20th or 21 century Africa has attained independence or obtained freedom without sacrifice. South Africa didn’t. Zimbabwe, Namibia, Southern Sudan did not. Eretria did not. And what about Uganda, and Congo DRC where fighting has been ongoing for ever? The international community has been unwilling to resolve the crisis in DRC. And the point here is that if we are in an illusion that they’re coming sooner than later to safe our people, we must be joking.  

This is why it is time that Southern Cameroons put every option on the table for this struggle – even the option of arming its self and defending its territory. We can’t fold our hands and continue talking about some diplomacy and have La Republique continue on a daily basis to annihilate our people, torture, arrest, and sentence them under French law and imprison them in foreign territory.

Hear at the Cameroon Journal, it is our suggestion that at the All Anglophone Conference, a time table be put on the table alerting all Francophone SDOs and Dos, in the Northwest and Southwest Regions to leave, all Francophone Judges should be asked to leave too, after all, without the knowledge of Common Law, they have no jurisdiction in the two regions to practice law. All Francophone Governors, Gendarmes, police, and soldiers should also be given timetable to vacate Southern Cameroons with their families, Francophone students and teachers in all schools and universities in Southern Cameroons should be told they’re no longer welcome.

In the same token, all Anglophone parliamentarians and Senators should be served a timetable of withdrawal from La Republic du Cameroon’s Parliament and Senate. Should they fail to do so, their assets in Southern Cameroons should be subject to confiscation and considered spoils of the conflict.

Even though things appear to be looking a little dingy, one thing very comforting and should serve as motivation to every single Anglophone at home and abroad, is the certainty that this fight isn’t going to last as long as many others that have witnessed in the continent.

President Biya is now so old, sick and frail that he may not live to see another birthday. In the event of his sudden death, and with the absence of a succession plan, as the picture in the country is, Northdists would want to regain power back, while the Ewondos and Betis would be fighting to retain it. Anglophones won’t have to fight. All they need to do is tell the two belligerents “We’re out of this thing,” and follow it with a declaration of independence.

This ought to be very comforting and motivating to all. The thought of this should keep every Anglophone tenacious in this present fight. Victory isn’t far away. That’s why we need to come together now and plan. It is not the time to surrender, else the blood of the brothers and sisters slaughtered in this struggle would have gone in vain. And what about those facing trial? Their heads will be cut off and thrown in the river Sanagal. Let’s keep the schools shut down while we plan on convening a conference that fashions out the way forward.



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