Wednesday, October 2, 2019

These missed appointments that could have solved the Anglophone crisis

In his speech of September 30, the president of the SDF John FRU NDI came back on the thousand and one opportunities offered to Paul Biya's regime to definitively resolve the Anglophone crisis.

At this critical juncture, it is important to remember how many times this has been the case in the past, when Anglophone delegations withdrew or were ignored at various meetings held to determine the fate of that country.

In 1964, Dr. Bernard Fonlon, a prominent Anglophone researcher and one of the pillars of reunification, sent a memorandum to President Ahmadou Ahidjo complaining of the marginalization and second-class treatment of Anglophones. Nothing was done.

In 1984, a delegation headed by the founding fathers of our country, John Ngu Foncha and Solomon Tandeng Muna, went to see the Head of State about the Anglophone problem. Nothing good came out.

In 1991, in my capacity as Vice-President of the Coordination of Opposition Political Parties, as well as Dr. John Ngu Foncha, left the Tripartite Conference because the Anglophone problem was being shelved .

In 1991, the Federalists, including Ekontang Elad, Dr. Simon Munzu and Dr. Carlson Anyangwe, left the Constitutional Commission in charge of drafting the 1996 Constitution, because the federal option dear to Anglophones had once again been ignored.

In 1993, the Pan-Anglophone Conference, All Anglophone Conference (AAC1) met in Buea and published the Buea Declaration in favor of the Federalist position. This too has been ignored;

In 1994, a second Pan-Anglophone Conference (AAC2) convened in Bamenda and published the Bamenda Declaration that led to the birth of the SCNC. As usual, the government ignored this political earthquake;

When the current crisis erupted in 2016, the leadership of the SDF, its deputies, senators and mayors went to Bamenda and Buea and sounded the alarm on the situation, which degenerated quickly.

Nobody listened to us;

The SDF parliamentarians protested in Parliament and blocked the debates during several sessions with the aim of ensuring that the Anglophone crisis is debated in Parliament. Once again, nothing happened;

During the Prime Minister's last visit to Bamenda, the SDF proposed the services of its National President to negotiate peace with the combatants on the ground. In the same vein, the National President called for, inter alia, a ceasefire and a blanket and unconditional amnesty for all persons detained in connection with the Anglophone problem. If we had been listened to, it would have created a healthy climate for the conduct of this dialogue.