EDITORIAL: We Must Save the Heroes Who Have Fought for All of Us.

President Paul Biya’s regime has refused to convene meaningful dialogue that seeks genuine solutions to the marginalization of Anglophone Cameroonians.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Washington D.C – The Gov’t of La Republique du Cameroun is calling on students in British Southern Cameroons to return to school tomorrow, Tuesday March 7. In the same gesture, they have extended GCE registration till March 20, a tactic to get Anglophone students to massively register for the GCE exams.

To compensate for the time lost to the ongoing strike action in the two regions of the Northwest and southwest, the Gov’t has also extended classroom hours, a plan meant to cover up for the hours missed to the strike action.

These decisions were reached on Friday, March 3, in a GCE Board emergency meeting that took place in Buea to decide on the fate of this year’s GCE exams.

Who told the Cameroun gov’t that the uprising in the Southern Cameroons is over?

At the Cameroon Journal, we see the calling back of Anglophone students back to the classroom and extending the GCE registration period as just a scheme by the Gov’t to destabilize and end the strike action and the battle for the Southern Cameroons freedom that is giving them sleepless nights.

Every Southern Cameroonian should know that this is not the time to end this struggle. The gov’t of Cameroon has methodically and deliberately refused to meet the demands that Anglophone Teachers and Lawyers tabled before it. Imagine that all this time, not even a single petition of both groups has been addressed by the gov’t. But all they want is for children to go back to the classroom! The Biya’s regime must be forced to recognize the fact that this struggle isn’t any more about education.

Imagine that in several dialogue settings with gov’t the teachers tabled a plethora of reforms they wanted the Gov’t to immediately address. Amongst them, were the withdrawal of French teachers from Anglophone schools, the withdrawal of Francophone JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES from Anglophone courts, among others. The regime promised in Bamenda during the dialogue with teachers that it was going to start implementing the reforms, piecemeal by piecemeal, but up to today, it has not implemented even one of them. Instead, they resorted to arresting Anglophones, locking them up in Yaoundé where they are being tried under French law, the very insult that Anglophone lawyers protested against. Where is Cameroun Gov’t’s goodwill in all of this?

They now want children to go back to school? What about those other children and teachers they are holding in prisons around the country? Do those students not deserve the right to education too? Southern Cameroonians, this is time we tell the Paul Biya’s regime that we got their tricks –  that we really mean what we are asking for and that no parent should release his/her child to any school till this crisis is resolved to all of our satisfaction. And by the way, the reason they so desperately want schools to resume isn’t because they care about Anglophone children, it is because they want their own children schooling in Buea and Bamenda not to miss the academic year.

The message should get to them loud and clear, that the Anglophone struggle is no longer about getting schools to reopen; it is about freedom for our territory, the Southern Cameroons. And by the way, when they get students and teachers to go back to school, what will happen to the lawyers who started this fight? None of their petitions have been addressed by the regime – not even their Wigs – simple Wigs, have been returned.

If students go back to school, our brothers in jail will be judged, sentenced or sent to the guillotine and their heads cut off as a warning sign to all Anglophones that they should never try challenging La Republique again. The fight must continue and it must be warn.

South African students stayed home for years, resisting apartheid regime, today they have a better country and a better system. The same thing happened in Ghana and Nigeria, today, they both have better systems.

Anglophones must hold on to this struggle until real freedom is achieved. There is no other option to this. If schools reopen now, Agbor Balla, Dr. Fontem, Ayah Paul, Mancho Bibixy, and others will die in jail.  Tassang Wilfred, Barrister Harmony Bobga, James Abamgma, and all others on the run, will never return to Cameroon again. Let’s save the heroes who have fought for all of us.

Any teacher or principal who dare to step into the classroom to teach without due conditions met should be considered a traitor of the cause and dealt with accordingly. Any school that opens its doors without these conditions met should be shut down using every available means.

Yaoundé must get the message that this struggle is only just about beginning.


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