If historical facts are indisputable, then October 1 is a day no true Southern Cameroonian would like to 'celebrate' positively. 1st October 1961 was the worst day in Southern Cameroons history! It's the day Southern Cameroons was 'forced' to become part of La Republique du Cameroun. It was that day Southern Cameroonians became slaves under a regime which was a by-product of colonial brewing. Southern Cameroons was annexed on 1st October. Southern Cameroons never gained independence on October 1!
Therefore, activities of October 1 are suppose to be somber, reflective, and resistive! It is suppose to be a waking call to those lukewarm skeptics who have always tried to situate the Southern Cameroons struggle in a closet, unconvincingly distorting historical facts and myopically refusing to leap beyond the blame game involving Foncha,Endeley, Muna,Mbile and Co. in the 1960s British- UN fiasco.
The Southern Cameroons issue is not an idealistic battle, it is a realistic one ! Historical facts intimidate the Yaounde regime. La Republique pretends to despise the struggle but spends sleepless nights planning to forestall any move concerning the cause. They downplay the cause but secretly admit its inevitability. If only the Yaounde oligarchy were wise enough to face the Southern Cameroons problem head-on, we won't have been where we are now.
It should be recalled that the All Anglophone Conference(AAC ) of 1993 primordially had limited secessionists' tendencies on its agenda. At that time when Southern Cameroonians had braved through sub human treatment from La Republique, when their common heritage had been hijacked , and their commonwealth plundered; 'secession' (preferably restoration) was still looked upon as a last resort, even though the radicals thought otherwise.
1993 was a missed opportunity for La Republique to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the think-tanks and even the Southern Cameroonian players of the 1961 fiasco, some of whom were still alive then.
The semblance of the so called Tripartite Talks wasn't a good enough forum to solve the Southern Cameroons problem. The Southern Cameroons issue involves an inter-state dialogue and wasn't supposed to be mingled with talks that involved petty opposition parties whose aims have never been anything short of egoism and personal interests. That said, the Talks , that triggered the convening of the AAC 1 was an opportunity for La Republique to review the then past 32 years of the failed union and engage in a dialogue that COULD have yielded some compromise. Biya with his usual arrogance couldn't permit that to happen. They shelved the proposals of AAC 1 and continued with their egocentric, brutal and exploitative annexation of Southern Cameroons.
Any Camerounais or Southern Cameroonian who denies or downplays the Southern Cameroons problem OR even tries to equate it to any other minority problem in The Cameroons must surely be unschooled about his country's historical heritage; ignores the daily discrimination of Southern Cameroonians in every activity of the failed union; egoistic, or just a sycophant. We can tolerate those Camerounais who acknowledge the Southern Cameroons problem but differ in method on how to solve the issue.
If you think that almost all Southern Cameroonian statesmen, even those who were architects of this mess have acknowledged the problem of the failed union with La Republique before dying, then who am I to refuse it, besides the fact that I have been a victim? If you think that Southern Cameroonian quislings serving in La Republique regime have outrightly acknowledged the problem even as they pretend to be serving as ministers in a country that despises them, then who are you to deny or minimize the Southern Cameroons problem?
It irks me that at this point in time when valuable time should be used to restructure and engage fully in the struggle, we are still caught up in the ambush of brethren who refuse to acknowledge the cause. The greatest of ignorance is he who knows not and knows not that he knows not.
Presently, the arrogance of the Yaounde regime is becoming sore. They can't hide from the nightmare of their own design. They arrest Southern Cameroonians, torture them in torture chambers and leave them to die. Then publicly, they deny or downplay the Southern Cameroons problem. Sometimes they find it difficult to charge them in their injustice chambers. Even when they do trump up charges, their prosecutors are often found wanting in evidence. Then they use their caprices to sentence compatriots.
How I wish October 1 was just one of the many days we should be engaging in the struggle energetically? The option La Republique has pushed us to, is nothing short of the extreme.
The coordinating panel of the struggle is still to wade away differences and walk their talk together. Compatriots need constant leadership and guidance. The intelligentsia needs to way in. Finances are needed.
No other time has the Yaounde regime been so panicky than now. They are losing control! That's why basic human rights are at its worst now since the early nineties. There is increased censorship, meetings are banned, intimidation is a daily tool, the regime is facing its greatest opposition from inside its own house. Generals are suspects. Insecurity is on its highest-banks are robbed even in the presence of an abundance of military men- these same men who will not resist to release their triggers on innocent unarmed citizens. The centre is no longer holding!
Destiny of time is calling the struggle to be more engaging. We cannot control what happens in La Republique, but we can coordinate what happens in our land. That's our unalienable right. The route to freedom is never an easy ride. If you are scared of the ride, then the freedom seed has not been planted in you. Freedom's hurdles are always the next stepping pads for a higher goal in the quest of it ; and except we reach that top, we will call no day our Independence Day!
Chicken-hearted folks will celebrate the coming home of heroes. They will party heroically at victory's square-their battleground, but will still fail to regret why they never joined the fight. We will not reproach them, for we never fought for us alone. We fought for the common good, so that not only our children will live in dignity, but theirs too.
God bless us!
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