Following the recent happenings in Cameroonwith respect to the Anglophone problem, I finally put a few words today! I write because every voice has to be heard, the more voices the better. I have been in an emotional turmoil following keenly on social media events unfolding in my Fatherland-CAMEROON.
Talking about the Anglophone problem, I am filled with more questions than answers. Hoping someone out there could answer.
First of all, It is a lie to deny there is an Anglophone problem in Cameroon. A simple google search in English will give you 139.000 results comprising books, articles, news reports, speeches, government reports, international organizations, foreign Embassies, websites, and blogs, in 0.74 seconds only!
If you decide to search in French by typing “la question Anglophone Cameroun” you have 381.000 results in 0.65 seconds.
So if you find it on google, then it undeniably exists. The question, therefore, is, why will a Minister say there is no anglophone problem in Cameroon? Well, I guess he must be living in space or something!
Born and brought up in Cameroon, I have known one presidentmy entire life, and for the records, I have seen three decades. The question I ask myself is this individual the lone person who knows how to pilot the affairs of Cameroon?
Well, I leave the analyses for the politicians because I am not one! I am just another Anglophone who has known marginalization and has suffered the pain of a ruined system.
What significant development can we look back to in Anglophone Cameroon?
Why is there a significant increase in the number of Francophones in English institutions of higher learning and not vice versa?
Unemployment has known its worst!
Human rights abuse deteriorating, well it’s not new, students stage up a peaceful strike action, and the response is violence from state militia.
I experienced this brutality and it is a shame that in 2016 we have to live it again! Back in 2006, when the student strike action erupted, those forces in uniform invaded my room, got I, my sister and friends BEATEN. Then commanded us to leave, we had to escape through the brushes to Mile 17 in order to get on the bus home. Did we provoke them? No, as a matter of fact, we did not even go to the campus that day. Some students were killed, I thank God we could escape.
Well, recently I have had to relive the horrors of 2006, watching the same militia molesting students (In French) in the same English University it is a total vexation to the spirit.
How can you explain the fact that the major diplomatic appointments are the preserve for Francophones?
What explanations can account for the fact that if you speak English you risk not being attended to on time in some Cameroon embassies, using the case of Brussels? French is the working language even when they preside over a marriage between two Anglophones!
Why is it that almost every English speaking Cameroonian graduate has to leave Bamenda, Kumba, Buea for Yaounde or Douala if you want to get a job?
Why is my North West region so neglected? Why is the South West region neglected?
Where did we go wrong?
Can the powers that be just look into the grievances of the Anglophones?
A good percentage of families in Anglophone Cameroon leave on remittances from abroad, where did all the jobs go?
Because Anglophones have been marginalized for so long, a majority are opting for a divorce. Southern Cameroonians do not want to stay with The Republic of Cameroon any longer.
Don’t know how that will turn out, I still wonder if Anglophones can make this marriage work!
Wait talking about making a marriage work, 2016 seems to be a year for divorce, look at Brexit, do we want a Southern Cameroonxit? Is it becoming an Anglo-Saxon tradition to leave when a marriage does not work?
And when we secede, if we do secede I hope we will not look back at the cucumbers in the La Republic du Cameroun.
That said, hope and trusting something profitable comes out of this strike action. If we move to our ‘Canaan’, that land will flow with milk and honey only if we have:
Leaders with transformed hearts. “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9“
Leaders whose hearts are fully committed to God. The bible says in Proverbs 29:2 ” When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Leaders who fear God, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10
Righteousness exalted a nation, sin is a reproach and righteousness exalted a nation. Proverbs 14:34
Whether it results to secession or federalism, my prayer is that God will be exalted and the Anglophones liberated.