‘Water dong passes garri’

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)
It is a Biblical quote; unchallengeable, sacrosanct. By the same token, data-based and other cast iron facts published by the media are automatically elevated to sacrosanct status, even if they leave bleeding scars on the proverbial wicked man.
Entropy in basic physics is, simply, transformation after energy. But in strategic communication, this concept would be the tendency for any system to run down, resulting in chaos. Entropy has engulfed Cameroon. Authorities are babbling. They are rambling, with conspiratorial intent. The supreme leader has gone beyond brinkmanship to declaring a full scale war on a part of the nation. Note that no such war was declared on the dangerous, internationally recognized and dreaded Boko Haram terrorist outfit in the North of Cameroon. Note also, that Boko Haram terrorists are into full scale suicide bombings in markets and other crowded places. Elsewhere in the country, security operatives have gone hay-wire, shooting to kill; they are looting, burning entire villages and destroying communities.
Thousands of hurt, nay, radicalized youth have found employment in a guerrilla war that has, invariably, kept an inept, intransigent regime on its wobbling feet. The comatose economy has not even been taken into intensive care. The situation is promising to get worse before it gets better.
The so called international community is dilly-dallying as usual. By and large, the world gendarme’s envoy to Cameroon has recently been talking, tongue in cheek. Diplomatic abracadabra has taken the biscuit. The envoy told some hard to swallow truth and the Methuselah regime kicked back. He was summoned and ridiculed, pelted and blamed like a lazy schoolboy that had failed his exams. Donald’s envoy was not just made to swallow a frog; he was actually forced to kiss the ugly, slimy amphibian. Other neo-colonial vultures are patiently waiting and watching, studying the diplomatic weather cock with a view to determining where it would be best suited to cast their greedy lot.
The collectivist authoritarian clique, despite seeing the handwriting on the wall is hesitant to learn from history. Loyalty to the man in power as opposed to the state is propagated by regime songbirds. The open-mouthed Tchiroma is singing a lilting song of death, a swan song with every discordant note clearly standing out to the vulture’s, albeit, undertaker’s delight.
Regime spin doctors and songbirds expect the rest of us to appreciate, celebrate and cheer the big man for donating a toilet to “We, the People.” But strange enough, they are not also informing their minder that “We, the People” ought to eat first; that “We, the People” should at least, “drink cold water garri,” if we must be pressed to use the “donated ultra-modern toilet.”
“Scapegoating” a la Tchiroma and Atanga Nji is heavily employed to generate or reinforce general support for Etoudi. Staggering amounts of cash are used to identify and tag groups, categories of people and blame assigned to them for the problems Cameroon is facing. Unfortunately, when the United States Ambassador had occasion to point out the provenance of hate speech, he conveniently left out the dame in flowing academic robes, now (in)famous for her well documented xenophobic outburst at Buea Mountain Hotel. She got rewarded for her Rwanda-type rant with a ministerial position anyway.
Trump’s envoy expediently forgot those who went against the indivisibility of Cameroon credo and persistently referred to other nationals as dogs.
He did not remember the rant and cant of the “television star” that made the point on several of his programmes that Cameroonians of a particular cultural expression are rats and cockroaches that should be exterminated. The regime lead songbird is a regular on this “television star’s” programme. He routinely congratulates him for doing a marvelous job as a “journalist.” Tchiroma uses this platform to contradict his minder by categorically declaring that there is no Anglophone problem in Cameroon. Disgusting!
Despite their obsession with the “Second Amendment,” the typical [ambivalent] American still subscribes to the fact that news must both be proportional and relevant. Despite the manner in which their envoys selectively pamper some dictators while demonizing the likes of Zimbabwean old Bob, they still uphold the journalistic principle of serving the citizens, rather than the narrow interests of collaborative dictators and ethnic cleansers.
Last line…
What is intended to be persuasive communication embarked upon by songbirds of the regime purportedly offering assurance to an embattled people has fallen on all fours. Regular imploration for them to come out of the bushes and continue with their day to day concerns “because their safety is assured by security forces” is a long yarn which predators and outright sadists are spinning. How about their homesteads that have been burnt to ashes? Plus, they have become target practice for their so called protectors. Their choice is what they really see and believe and their resilience in the face of adversity.
True, true, water dong pass garri.
Cheers and let’s keep suffering and smiling!

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