Anglophone crisis as leeway to lawlessness

The quickening decline in the already dichotomous relationship between Government and Anglophones has brought into being a perilous reign of anarchy in Cameroon. It is either administrators are goading ordinarily innocent citizens into incarceration just so that they turn around and extort money from them in the name of terrorism act, or unarmed youths are being sent to early communion with graveyards on grounds that they had threatened state security. Indeed, the last 12 months have seen all kinds of atrocities being perpetrated on Anglophones all in the name of inviolability of state authority. The carnage of October 1 readily comes to mind. To this must be added the numerous illegal, inhuman detentions on the prodding of unscrupulous administrators who have been crying wolf in order to be accorded extra budgetary allocations to fight invented enemies.

In the most recent of such incursions into lawlessness in the name of fighting Anglophone irredentism, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Government megaphone once again, even if inadvertently, exposed the ineptitude of the system by announcing extra judicial killings and arrests under suspicious circumstances against some youths in the vicinities of Egbekaw, Nsanakang and Bachua-Akagbe in Manyu Division and Bombe in Meme Division. In normal times, this would have occasioned revelry among citizens who would have seen worthy cause for celebration in such acts of chivalry. However, being attuned to Tchiroma’s avowed eschewal of truth; it has instead imbued them with the temptation to posit that his current proclamation has raised some incongruities that require thorough scrutiny from discerning minds. This assertion, in any case is undergirded by the fact that the Senior Divisional Officer for Manyu, SDO, Oum Joseph II had curiously unveiled Government’s plan to carry out extra judicial killings in Manyu Division, so as to justify the existence of terrorists in that vicinity.

Remember that that some villages had been instructed to evacuate to God knows where new locations. One of such villages is Egbekaw in the heart of Mamfe town. Is it not strange that the alleged recruitment officer of the secessionist army was in Bachou-Akagbe, much more inland rather than around the borders in Ekok, where he is supposed to have been shepherding recruits into training camps? Moreover, Tchiroma’s narrative of alleged gunfire exchange during which five terrorists are supposed to have been killed, and two others escaped, smacks of brazen retail of tall stories from the figment of his imagination. If our soldiers were truly as valiant as Tchiroma’s spin insinuates, would they be in the comfort of Mamfe and its vicinity arresting innocent youths instead of moving closer to the borders with Nigeria where the secessionist army is supposed to be stationed.

Please, Mr. Minister, cut that crap! Your audience is certainly not constituted by imbeciles who would swallow hook, line and sinker whatever garbage you spew. The majority has been imbued with huge senses of discernment from experience and training, and by this token, they shall not easily fall prey to the yarn you are spinning. Eye witness accounts relate that on the night of the occurrence of the alleged incidents of attacks by terrorists, vehicles plying Kumba/Bamenda via Bachou Ntai were all sent back to restart their journey from Kumba and either continue through Loum or Bekoko. In the thick of darkness, the acts of cowardice were concretized and put on sale for public consumption.

Nevertheless, there is consolation in the fact that the army command has come to the realization that prosecuting a war is not as easy as declaring it. Entering into bushes in the backyards of supposed enemies is as risky as opening your chest at close range for bullets to be pumped in.

As if to confirm the assertion that the Anglophone crisis has heralded an unsolicited free for all in terms of making the best of a bad situation, particularly, those who feel most threatened by imminent change in the status quo, the drama that has been entertaining Cameroonians from the National Assembly has bespoken the levity with which governance is handled in the country. At the outset, the impression was that we still had some serious minded individuals in Cameroon who would have shunned party discipline claptrap and seized the opportunity to bring much craved for solution to the Anglophone crisis. No! Cavaye, the coward would not allow the issue to be part of the session’s agenda, clearly exposing the asphyxiation of the legislative wing of Government by the executive. The question that readily comes to mind is whether we needed to have reduced ourselves to such objects of amusement to the international community all in the name of party discipline.

Oh yes, Prime Minister Yang Philemon too, would have wanted the world to believe that all is well in Cameroon with all the noise that was on, while he was reading Government policy statement to the National Assembly. While not subscribing entirely to the rowdy conduct of SDF MPs, the impression is that they might have resorted to this ordinarily puerile approach for want of a better alternative to express discomfiture against brigands who have raised disregard for humanity to governance credo.

Oh yes, they had not received marching orders from their Methuselah President of the Republic and since they have no brains to think for themselves, they had to accommodate the childish but necessary disruption of sovereign business by the SDF parliamentary group. Even the emergence of ‘vuvuzelas’ in the Assembly had been unable to move the CPDM barons determined to do the masters bidding. And, to cap it all, the bloodletting from the projectile shot by Honourable Ndam Njoya at Richard Wallang was the anti-climax of the session.

In the end, we have sold ourselves to the international community as a bunch of never-do-wells who should attract no serious attention except that we are blessed with unquantifiable mineral resources in terms of types and quality. The disorder will continue unabated, with the ordinary Cameroonian having no one to defend their interest- the assembly having been suffused with CPDM hirelings under the spell of party discipline. Hopefully we shall be in for even more drama in March, given that there are no signs of the Anglophone crisis.

Ngoko Monyadowa

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