My first words after my unjust conviction, on 22 September 2012, are to express my profound gratitude for your moral support upon my incarceration. It is thanks to your trust in me, despite the smear campaigns against my person, that I had the courage and determination to write these letters that have opened the way and hope for change in our country.
I humbly request for your continued support, which shall not only
help me to go through this ordeal, but thanks to this support, we shall
also immediately change our country.
Indeed, it is thanks to your support that the present Head of State, who had never before shown the least compassion for our compatriots in distress, and being afraid of alienation from the people of the North due to my programmed condemnation, stealthily went to the disaster victims in Garoua and Maroua.
It is thanks to your continued support that we shall, together,
compel the present Head of State to initiate badly needed reforms
promised since the mists of time; notably on the new and consensual
electoral code and institutions in conformity with the Constitution, in
this case the Senate and the Constitutional Council, institutions that
shall guarantee a peaceful transition.
It is thanks to your continuous support that we shall compel this Head of State to truly combat corruption and prosecute real embezzlers of public funds, some of whom are, today, boasting in Government, even though proof of their guilt has been established.
The support I am requesting from you is moral support. On no occasion should it be for violence and the disturbance of public peace. With your support, I solemnly commit myself to continue the struggle for a Society of Trust in Cameroon that will bring peace, security, justice and prosperity for all that we are all aspiring to have.
After the anguish of back-to-school and the floods, Cameroonians shall, once more, experience poverty, water shortages, blackouts and power rationing, the degradation of hospitals, the decline of existing infrastructure, or the inability to build new ones. Once more, the call to tender for the construction of a second bridge over the River Wouri, it has just been declared, has yielded no fruits. Meanwhile, the launching of work at the East and West entrances of Douala continues to be postponed indefinitely!
After the absolute tomfoolery of my trial, whose sole purpose was to remove me from public life, and especially to divert public attention from the dismal failure of this system, Cameroonians shall, soon, be proposed other judicial antics just to clear this president from the political, economic and moral quagmire Cameroon is plunged into.
Meanwhile, during times like these when you are overwhelmed by doubts and gloom, I am addressing to you this message of hope in the change that is underway. I am convinced that, right now, from the prison cell where I am incarcerated, and from wherever you are, we can act in unison to put a stop to the downward trend our country has embarked on.
For this to happen, it is not necessary to wait for seven years or, wait, I wonder, for which other event. As for us, as for all those who do not intend to succumb to despair, THE FUTURE IS NOW. Life is a very strict/severe teacher. The difficulties it has imposed on me today shall enable me to render a faithful account of my will, my commitment and my ability to lead this country to the path of change and hope.
Marafa Hamidou Yaya
Long live the Republic!
Source: The Post