Who is fueling secession?

They have been up to due diligence, and making no bones of it. Thus the media are unambiguously instructed to self-censor on the subject of secession. The team must have had undisclosed reason, or some irresistible prompting, to come kicking in what, by all indications, is an open door. If anything, the “publish-and-perish” injunction did unnecessary bad publicity for the Government or whoever ordered it. Bad publicity because it registered as a public proclamation that Government is backtracking in matters of press freedom. Unnecessary because it seems evident that recalcitrant media houses are already handling that subject with thick gloves and a pair of tongs.
Be that as it may, one must venture on the ability of the censors to draw the line between appeals for secession and the exposure of the bumblings and policy failings which continue to fuel the secession drive.
Take it or leave it, Cameroon is a house on fire, and the Government is at pains to project secession as that fire, whereas it is the smoke from a fire that has been smoldering for all these decades. The real fire is the Government’s chronic insensitivity to the disaffection of a segment of the population, fueled by an unbelievable level of institutionalized dishonesty. Government, you’ve got to be told that to your face.
It had been public knowledge for quite a while now, that this would be election year, and we have all accepted elections as a dependable instrument of democratic change. But a sensitive and responsive Government would know that with the unfolding of events since September 22 last year; with the clear and generalized expression of disgust by Southern Cameroonians for the way they have been treated – it simply cannot be business as usual. How are we to understand that a Government that swears by the indivisibility of Cameroon now gives priority to elections while the country is on the verge of implosion? How much longer can Government continue to treat as insignificant the feelings that Southern Cameroonians have been expressing all this while, many of them putting their very lives on the line? Cameroon is facing the greatest ever single threat to its integrity as a nation and neither Parliament nor the Senate has bothered to deliberate on it – perhaps because, muck like the cart pulling the horse, they need the Executive’s permission. And Cameroonians are watching this, not long after hearing how the President of neighbouring Nigeria had to seek permission from parliament to prolong his health leave abroad. Is not that a sign of the irrelevance of parliament and senate – and hence an argument against the importance we seem to attach to the coming elections into these echo chambers?
In case Cavaye, Niat and their bands are not aware, their silence amounts to unacceptably bad judgment and a culpable dereliction of duty. And, talking about duty, we at The Rambler are doing ours by calling on them to do theirs. They have to be told, in case they don’t know, that more than any newspaper editorial or radio or Tv broadcast, the silence of the institutions is fueling secession and contributing to escalate the resort to desperate means.
Would there be the same silence if the carnage in Kembong or Batibo were happening in the North or West?
Is there nobody in those two houses who has the good sense to see that this spate of killings, arsons and abductions will never get us out of the woods – that this war of Biya’s will never be won? Are they all so naïve as to still believe that, thanks to massive military might and bestial repression, the caravan will hurtle past while the Anglophone dog continues to bay?
Are we the only ones hearing how much this war is draining the public purse and enriching the military top brass at the expense of the rank and file who, like the population of Southern Cameroons, are dying in droves?
Stories from the front about Odeshi and pigmy fetishes, red ribbons on gun muzzles and little mystery sticks may make the unsuperstitious smirk, but the casualty counts are more than telling, give or take a little doctoring. And we’ll be busy conducting elections, making and celebrating appointments, making believe that all’s well, while the sinister see-saw between fire power and fetish power is bleeding the country white in every way. Wonder who has bewitched us thus, but it’s about time we cast off that spell.

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