To all British S.Cameroonian politicians Beyond the Moungo.
Under the Eastern Region, British Southern Cameroon suffered what was known as the Ibo domination. The Ibo established their hegemony over Southern Cameroons and caused them to be further frustrated by foreign domination. However, it was during this period that the first parliamentary elections were organised in the territory to choose representatives to the Eastern Regional House of Assembly and Federal House in Lagos. Following discrimination they faced as a minority group in the assembly, they walked out in protest and declared Benevolent Neutrality in Nigerian politics. This led to the holding of the first Southern Cameroons Conference in Mamfe in 1953. This Conference adopted a petition addressed to the United Kingdom Government that demanded for a separate regional status in conformity with Southern Cameroons’ status as a UN Trust territory. It was from here that Southern Cameroons nationalism began. This political action yielded the desired results. In 1954, Southern Cameroons achieved self-governing status, with Dr. EML Endeley as first Premier. Read more here.
These achievements and self-rule were achieved without any villages torched with occupants, thousands killed and the bodies burnt, women and children raped in broad daylight. Worst of it, being labelled dogs and a different language imposed on you. Living witnesses of this history such as Nfon Mukete, Achidi Achu, Fon Angwafor, Dorothy Njeuma, John Fru Ndi, etc should be able to compare the fact that the scare of the Ibos cannot be compared with this genocide from French Cameroon. Which representative in a true democracy sits mum when his/her constituents are killed, maimed, homes destroyed, children raped, places of worship desecrated? How do you go back to them for votes? Worst of all is how do you sit in the pews and ask for God’s blessings?
What is this constituent’s crime to be killed and abandoned like this? What if this human turns out to be Prime Minister Dion Ngute’s son? Would he praise the military for a job well done? AJL will never get an answer, cause such answer will not resurrect the more than 12,000 killed or more than 9000 homes razed. Neither is your wealth able to absolve this pain that British Southern Cameroonians are going through since Akum Julius was shot in November 2016.
Isn’t it time to walk back across the Moungo like the Angwafor’s and Mukete’s did in 1953? Why must the union be built with your peoples’ blood? Why is French Cameroun not fighting to regain the portions of Kamerun ceded to Chad, Central African Republic, Congo and Gabon in 1919? The answer is simple: those portions are part of the Francophonie and so the British Southern Cameroon and its language and values must be replaced. Chief Nfon Mukete , Achidi Achu, Enoh Tanjong, Fon Angwafor, as the oldest living architects of unification, it is time to walk back to your people NOW and be HEROES. The UNION experiment has failed and the blood of your people can’t glue it back together again.
Mr. Dion Ngute is Cameroun’s ceremonial Prime Minister since January 2019. Constitutionally he is irrelevant in Cameroun’s succession or power arrangement. He however remains the most senior member of English Cameroon extraction in the predominantly French Cameroun government of the Republic of Cameroun. The post of Prime Minister in Cameroun has often been seen more as a PR stunt to goad English speakers than one with a real portfolio. Although he is often called the head of Government, he has never formed a government. Most often he is appointed simultaneously with the government he is rhetorically to lead. Lead functions domestically include galvanizing the remnants of the disillusioned population to sing the praises of the now 86-year-old frail Paul Biya, who has governed Cameroun since 1982.