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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Catholic priest explains how to expel Paul Biya from power

In a forum published on his Facebook page, Father Ludovic Lado briefly analyzes the post-election situation in Cameroon. The Jesuit priest equates the "revolution" advocated by a certain opposition political party with a mere "agitation". The man of God regrets the lack of leadership within the opposition political class, he argues that "only synergies" can come to "end of a monster like the Biya regime"

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One of the conclusions of my diligent reading of Ghandi and Martin Luther King is that one can easily confuse agitation and revolution. I fear that this is the case in Cameroon today. A revolution is organized around a visible, united and credible leadership capable of mobilizing the masses by taking, at its own risk and peril, the lead of demonstrations for an equally credible cause.

In the aftermath of the elections, I do not see that in Cameroon. What some people call revolution is only agitation, that is to say a series of protest actions, certainly, but without leadership and coordination.This is our Achilles heel in Cameroon, the atomization of resistance forces. This is the main bedrock of Biya resilience.

The refusal of the electoral hold-up which seems to be the cause is certainly noble but suffers on the ground of the division of the Cameroonian opposition. This is what has favored the electoral hold-up, precisely the atomization of progressive forces, which undermines the impulses of revolution. The current unrest in Cameroon is dominated by one-party activists, who are convinced they won the presidential election but are not convinced by other political leaders.

And when we add to this the tribalist outbursts well fed on social networks by the regime's henchmen and now symbolized by the neologisms dividing "tontinard" and "sardinard", popular support is implausible.

The day the Cameroonians succeed in organizing in Douala and Yaoundé marches led by the main leaders of the progressive forces, ready to receive blows, to be arrested, and even to be killed, the people will have the courage to leave support the liberation of Cameroon. An isolated political party, even if it is dynamic, does not provoke a revolution. It can at most replicate the scenario Jean Ping of neighboring Gabon.

Only synergies overcome a monster like the Biya regime. Multilevel synergies: between the progressive forces of the diaspora, between the progressive forces of Cameroon and finally between the progressive forces of Cameroon and the diaspora. All this is organized. I do not see that in Cameroon. I see rather some isolated actions of militants of a political party, some brilliant actions by some veterans of the militant diaspora, but nothing that leads to believe that Paul Biya will not take an oath in Yaounde on November 06, 2018.

Let's compare a little bit of the English-speaking revolution to French-speaking agitation: on the one hand, you have organized leadership, popular support, long-term membership, coordinated actions, a certain communion between the diaspora and the field, financial mobilization, persecuted leaders, etc. On the other side, it is the reign of the informal. As long as the progressive forces of Cameroon refuse to work in synergy, the forces of inertia, which are well organized, will have the upper hand.

Unity is strength while division weakens.Here is the hard truth that deserves the meditation of Cameroonians.

Ludovic Lado, Jesuit