When I was a little boy, the anticipation that surrounded an upcoming 20th May celebration was eclectic, contagious, patriotic and transcended provincial and now regional boundaries. I must confess here that white converse shoes, white socks, well pressed khaki shorts, blue shirts and dresses for boys and girls respectively and of varied shades of blue depending on the school, reminds me of some of my best days - when
I didn't have to pay any rent, pay for my own food, buy my own books or pay tuition fees, neither did I have to understand the true meaning behind the 20th May celebrations or anything to do with politics. We just anticipated a day out when we could have as many Ice lollies aka "alaska", Ice creams, Yoghurt , "amiss girls", and bread and sardines sandwiches as possible. A day that those who were as talented as my friend Peter Ngam, would be part of the school gymnastic team competing against other schools in acrobatic jumps and synchronised gymnastic manoeuvres.
For someone like myself who was more into athletics and performance, it was the day that I would take the spotlight in my fancy outfit holding a staff painted in Green Red Yellow and a yellow star in the middle - as the conductor of the school band that would be leading the March and perform for the Divisional Officer and other dignitaries in front of the "Grand stand". I do miss being that little boy, so clearly these are still guilty pleasures, however, I have no remorse today to have been amongst many comrades who played an influential role in the campaign that saw 20th May 2017 boycotted by the youths of Southern Cameroons. I did that for two reasons:
1. ILLEGITIMATE: 20th May is illegitimate because it celebrates a day in 1972, that Southern Cameroons was militarised by soldiers from "La Republic" who directly and indirectly intimidated and forced our people to vote in a staged Referendum that saw the end of The Federal Republic of Cameroon.
2. MARGINALISATION: 20th May celebration is a tactic to enhance marginalisation and exploitation. It is a fabrication designed to conceal our true history from our people because our history clearly spells that "The People of Southern Cameroons are a People". NB. To fully understand all of this, please read my previous post on Facebook on why we should not celebrate 20th May.
Our campaign to boycott the event this year in Southern Cameroons was absolutely reciprocated with positive reactions all over our territory, with the North West Regions demonstration of exceptional commitment as always. As we expected, the turnout was pathetic and a national disgrace, as our brave people who are now swimming in a sea dominated by waves of political consciousness once more sent a clear message to La Republic- that the truth behind their schematic moves has been unearthed, spread throughout Southern Cameroons, and internationlised via our numerous platforms and networks. The people of Southern Cameroons would no longer participate in a national day dominated by national division. We would no longer celebrate a day that saw an end to the advancement of democratic values, a day that clearly made official, the enslavement of our people and exploitation of our resources.
20th May was a day that both the young and old effortlessly took time off to indulge in celebrations, but this time around, "La Republic" had to militarise our counties, intimidate, bribe, blackmail and force our people to engage in the celebrations dressed in CPDM uniforms thereby embarrassingly turning a supposedly national day into a national CPDM parade day, led by the first lady herself as seen in her outfit at "Boulevard de 20 Mai " in Yaounde.
GLITCHES YET MORE SUCCESS
But for a few glitches here and there, following the participation of those who were intimidated to take part in the events, especially in Mamfe, our campaign recorded yet another milestone victory towards restoration. So long as we stay united and support Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front better known by it's acronym; SCACUF, so long as we stay committed to civil disobedience and continue to support our leaders who have been illegally detained, we would soon be celebrating our real national day which remains 1st October.
If you are angry that you have been celebrating a fake national day throughout your life, I am about to make you even upset by letting you know that Ahidjo's decision to adopt 20th May as our national day was also influenced by romantic impulses. It is known that one of the reasons he handpicked the day was because it was the birthday of his beloved wife Germaine Ahidjo. Thus, our national day was offered to her as one of the numerous gifts that Ahidjo often showered her with on her birthday. Fellow Southern Cameroonians, we are winning on many fronts and taking our own future into our hands. Please continue reading, sharing, and update yourself about our history. This is not a coincidence, so anyone who celebrated a former presidents wife birthday as their national day should ask themselves many questions including the one below. It is another perfect summation of the success of our "boycott 20th May" campaign which all Southern Cameroons based opposition parties including the Social Democratic Front (SDF) also respected.
1. Why is that for the first time in three and a half decades, Paul Biya didn't read the 20th May speech?
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