You would have known by now that of the seven candidates who signed the Yaounde Declaration demanding the cancellation of the recent presidential election, four are Anglophones and three are from the West Region. You should also have known by now that these are the two groups that your Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice has excluded from acceding to the presidency of Cameroon.
Your press secretary must have briefed you this morning that the press has reported that the “Prefet” of Mfoundi has issued a declaration that Yaounde is not our capital and has invited us to go back home. In 1990 the Government Delegate to Yaounde Urban Council referred to Anglophones as “ennemis dans la maison” and urged us to go back home. He received tacit approval from you. That same pronouncement has been repeated several times by ministers and ex-ministers of your clan with impunity and with similar tacit approval from you.
As one of the prominent contemporary Anglophones’ leaders, I have the honour to request you to come out with an authoritative statement about the belonging of Anglophones the earliest possible. As no people are stateless in today’s world, you may wish to clarify further whether your subordinates’ pronouncements, apparently endorsed by you, are not a clarion endorsement of the stance of SCNC on the statehood of British Southern Cameroons in that we do not belong here.
In the meantime, you may wish to placate Anglophones’ burning passions by publicly dissociating yourself from the “Prefet” of Mfoundi by sacking him forthwith. You may wish to take us seriously, Sir. If only this time!
Ayah Paul Abine
PAP Presidential Candidate