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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Why do Anglophones now call Cameroon "the Republic, LRC"?

The reason is simple:
1. On January 1, 1960, French-speaking eastern Cameroon gained independence and became the Republic of Cameroon (LRC).

2. Meanwhile, English-speaking western Cameroon is still under British colonization. The United Nations does not give him the choice to become independent, that is to say, does not grant him the right to self-determination that other colonies have obtained, but instead requires him to be attached to either Nigeria or in Cameroon in 1961.

3. Such a connection had the direct consequence of removing the structure of the French-speaking State of the Republic of Cameroon (LRC) and of promoting the birth of the federal structure in order to preserve all the Anglo-Saxon heritage on one side and Francophone on the other, namely keeping the two Anglophone and Francophone federal governments with their policies, their school systems, legal and health separate.

4. But now the French president, Ahmadou Ahidjo, under the pressure of France who has just sniffed the smell of oil in Limbe, organizes an unconstitutional referendum (because the constitution provided the inviolable nature of the federation) and rigged it is also vote Francophones from north to south and from east to west on a question that concerns only Anglophones) to suppress the federal form of the state. This referendum, Anglophones already consider that time as a civilian coup.

5. By abolishing the federal state, Ahidjo created the United Republic of Cameroon (RUC), thus leaving, with the adjective "united", a small door open to the understanding that there were two Cameroonians.

6. Paul Biya, the other Francophone, came to power and, in 1984, closed the door definitively. It amends the constitution and unilaterally removes, without referendum consultation, the adjective "united" to re-create the Republic of Cameroon (LRC), that is, to re-create the LRC that existed between 1960 and 1961 in other words, to restore the French-speaking LRC that had existed when Anglophones were still under British colonization.

7. The Republic of Cameroon (LRC) is therefore a Francophonization project for Anglophones. When walking in 2016, lawyers and teachers revealed big day this big deception that materialized under the Biya regime, from Bamenda to Buea, by reading French law in the English courts and the appointment of French speakers in English schools, among others. They understood, lawyers and teachers, as all the English-speaking people, that by opting for the Republic of Cameroon, the RCL, in 1961, they entered a market of fools. We Francophones have lost them all the time. Yes, they were all lost, our Anglophones! But they woke up forever, and they now look at The Republic of Cameroon from afar.

8. Invite them to the dialogue table and renegotiate a cleaner, more sincere and fairer federation. In two states the risk of recidivism of a future deception will always be great. In ten states, this risk will fade away and convince them of the renewed francophone sincerity.

Maurice NGUEPE