Monday, November 27, 2017

Cameroon Opposition Wants National Dialogue On Anglophone Crisis


A number of opposition politicians in Cameroon met in Bamenda, capital of the Northwest region to demand a cessation of government sanctioned arrests of people in the restive Anglophone regions.

Aside the arrests, the group of five leaders led by main opposition leader Ni John Fru Ndi asked the government to release all persons being held in connection with the crisis.


They also want efforts stepped up to ensure return of people who fled the crisis, a general amnesty for those who are in exile and for an end to internet restriction imposed since late September.

The undersigned political leaders and leading members of civil society met in Bamenda today to brainstorm on the urgent need for frank, inclusive and comprehensive national dialogue on the 'Anglophone crisis.'

A press release issued at the end of the meeting and dated November 26 read as follows: “The undersigned political leaders and leading members of civil society met in Bamenda today to brainstorm on the urgent need for frank, inclusive and comprehensive national dialogue on the ‘Anglophone crisis.’”

According to them, it is only dialogue that can serve as a ‘means of returning the Northwest and Southwest regions to normalcy’ and that it should be organized ‘without further delay.’

The ‘Anglophone crisis’ is a political agitation by minority English – speaking populations in the two regions. They have long protested marginalization by majority French population and sought to declare independence on October 1 under the Ambazonia repulic name.

The attempt was met with heavy security clampdown which led to eight deaths as per official records. Rights group Amnesty International put the figure at 17. Hundreds of people were injured and mass detention especially of young people took place.

Others have fled into Nigeria following the clashes especially in the wake of deadly fightback by separatists on Cameroonian troops. So far four gendarmes – paramilitary troops – have been killed by separatists. The government weeks ago issued international arrest warrants for a number of the Anglophone independence leaders.

Apart from Fru Ndi, other signatories to the statement included Dr. Simon Munzu, Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla, Prince Ekosso and Mrs. Ndi Christine. Read Peoples Reactions Via tweet below ,

"These calls have been made multiple times.  What is lacking is a strategy to get the government to listen to the call. You can't keep calling on someone who pretends not to hear you. You need to change your APPROACH" by pitess3

"These are all Biya regime sponsored Agents and self-seekers, who in no way represent the sovereign people of Ambazonia. Ambazonian territorial integrity is guaranteed by international law.Those who signed that communique are not our leaders" by Thomas

"It’s a failed meeting not different from LRC in the sense that those who attended the meeting do not represent the people " by Sangasu Eni

"What leader? Who mandated them as leaders? They all sellout to Ambazonia. Self center people looking to hijack the struggle. They fail as the people do not and will never listen to them. They looking to fill their stomach" by Nice Dakar


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