Upon taking over from Amadou Ahidjo in 1982, hopes of Cameroonians for a new era of social justice, fight against corruption, tribalism and the plethora of ills that beset 25 years of Ahidjo's reign of terror with Jean Forchive as commander were raised. Paul Biya then was believed for two reasons basically. He had climbed through the rungs of government to the premiership so he knew what needed fixing. His mantra of rigor and moralization sounded therefore believable. Talk is cheap. Little did Cameroonians know the apocalypse which was ahead today crystalized with the carnage reported from various towns and villages across Southern Cameroons.
The unique thing about African political systems is that presidents wield the power of life and death over their citizens. This enormous presidential power can be used as a force for good. Regrettably the likes of Biya have become roaring lions against their own people. Tell me how he isn't liable for the atrocious clampdown on unarmed, peaceful protesters. Isn't protests a culture of democracy Paul Biya himself boasted was advanced in the country? Don't anglophones have the right to question why in a union they freely joined they should be treated like pigs? And how did Biya respond? Massive arrest and illegal detentions under dubious pretexts and in sub human conditions. Today he shamelessly lectures the world on human rights abuses when his own backyard stinks.
Anglophones shall overcome. Oh deep in my hear I do believe anglophones shall overcome. To paraphrase US President Reagan, you can shoot and kill people but you can never kill a people's thirst for freedom. You cannot smash with tanks hunger for freedom.
Today the people who lost their lives for only saying discrimination against anglophones must end though dead will live forever. May their souls rest in peace.
Meanwhile since Mr Biya is commander in-chief of the armed forces, if he does not hold those trigger-happy thugs on killing spree today and in the past accountable, he is directly responsible. No one should have to die for protesting against institutional injustice. No one.