It is tough to be an anglophone journalist when on the one hand you have emotions like all human beings and on the other hand bound by professional ethics requiring fair and balanced news reporting regardless of your feelings.
Recounting details of the sheer savagery inflicted on unarmed English-speaking Cameroonians be it in Yaoundé in predominantly anglophone neighborhoods or in the Southern Cameroons subjected to unfathomable atrocities is by now needless.
What prompts this commentary is President Biya's statement on the epic violations of human rights. Hear him. ".... It is not forbidden to voice any concerns in the republic. However nothing can be achieved by using verbal excesses, street violence and defying authority. Lasting solutions can be found only through peaceful dialogue"
If Paul Biya sought to deescalate the volatility he shot wide off target. Nevertheless his anecdotal statement is quite telling. Either he brazenly disingenuous or he takes anglophones for fools. Here is why.
How come Paul Biya only now knows the need for peaceful dialogue on a conflict which has been festering for over a year now? Thankfully he acknowledges the futility of applying heinous military suppression as a pathway to conflict resolution. The president must have underestimated the resolve of a people sick and tired of discrimination.
"......It is not forbidden to voice any concerns in the republic" Really? How did Paul Ayah, Mancho Bibixy, Agbor Mballa deserve herded into political dungeon except for voicing their concerns about institutional injustice? If this is not textbook definition of dishonesty I don't know what it is.
Most laughable of it all is Mr Biya's pretentious denunciation of verbal excesses. So he did not hear his governor in the South West Region call peaceful protesters rats, dogs and terrorists? Is Biya suffering from dementia or just plain taking anglophones for idiots?
What Cameroon's commander in-chief of the armed forces has impeccably done is sowed and watered seeds of hatred. How can relatives of the young girl whose head was blown up by the soldiers he commands ever forget their child did nothing to deserve dying?
How can peaceful protesters, unarmed ever forget live ammunition was used on them for only complaining of unfair treatment of anglophones? And what they meet is an insatiable zeal to exterminate them?
Does President Biya expect this same population to cooperate with murderers-soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists? Whatever his social media communication was intended to achieve instead reveals hypocrisy and is too little too late.