After ‘A People’s Call for an Anglophone for Presidency 2018’; after articulating the 10 good reasons why our majority francophone brethren would vote for an Anglophone candidate; after putting paid to rest claims that a minority cannot influence a majority by assembling jurisprudential evidence that historically, minorities have successfully influenced majorities and even in more complicating situations than ours; today, we begin critical and profound reflection on how to transform the wishes of Anglophone Cameroonians into concrete reality.
Given that it is incumbent on him/her who creates a need to seek to ways and means of fulfilling it, and given that time is not on our side; the team at Cameroon Journalists 4 Justice Solutions, CJ4J, and A Common Future-Cameroon, has been putting in the extra hour and extra energy to create an enabling environment for the Anglophone candidate to have an easy ride to Unity Palace.
Given that the Anglophone for Presidency Campaign largely draws inspiration from the Obama Organizing for Action campaign, OFA, where for the first time in American recent history, a Presidential candidate refused government and other lobby groups’ campaign funds, we are working hard to replicate that success story in
Cameroon in 2018 by making sure our candidate does not accept any form of government funding.
To make sure our candidate goes to Unity Palace on a clean slate without dirtying his/herself with some of the stolen money circulating in political circles and without influence from established interest groups and lobbyists, and to ensure that our next President is entirely accountable to the poor masses that voted her/him; it is our hope that both material and financial resources are put at the candidate’s disposal to cover caution and campaigns throughout the 10 regions of Cameroon.
Lifting the caution fee and campaign burden off the shoulder of the selected candidate in the upcoming Presidential election would inaugurate a new era of transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs in Cameroon as well as reduce personal and government expenditure during elections for public office in Cameroon.
So, what would I do if I had 2 billion FCFA from just 2 million Cameroonians of goodwill at home and abroad in the run up to 2018 Presidential elections?
This is the kind of life-changing question that revolutionalized entrepreneurship thinking in the United States of America. Frank Wakely Gunsaulus, educationist and preacher in his famous sermon, ‘What I Would Do If I Had a Million Dollars’ demonstrated in triumphant detail that ‘where there is a will, there is the way’, as he worked tirelessly to correct defects in the U.S educational system. By the time he ended the ‘million dollar sermon’, good will Americans showed an outpouring of support by contributing one million dollars to enable him introduce a new educational system in America where students were to ‘learn by doing’. It was the average American citizen’s widow’s mite contribution to Dr. Gunsaulus’ idea that America is what it is today, not the billions from government or some funding agency.
We are counting on just 2 million committed Cameroonians at home to chip in FCFA 1000 to special accounts created at various credit unions in all parts of the country for this cause. This way, we shall realize a total sum of FCFA 2.000.000.000.
This notwithstanding, our well-wishers in the Diaspora would have to chip in a minimum of $20 in to an account that would be created out there. The expected CFCA 10000 Diaspora donation would sum up to a total sum of $200.000 x 550 = 110.000.000 FCFA. Everything being equal, we expect that by December 2017, our expectations should be met.