The national president of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has called on militants to boycott the upcoming 20th May celebrations (national unity). The chairman of the most powerful opposition party in Cameroon made the call in a letter addressed to the bigwigs of the party on 7TH May 2017.
Fru Ndi, whose circular letter is rooted and grounded on the current unrest in Southern Cameroons, accuses the regime in Yaounde of being the fundamental cause of the problems plaguing our nation.
Beginning with the Anglophone Problem, he lashes out at Paul Biya for being unable to provide “simple solutions to pertinent problems posed by respectful trade-unions and associations (referring most importantly to Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and the All Anglophone Teachers Trade Union, which have been dragged through the mire by the central government in Yaounde).
Moving away from inability, Fru Ndi targets the intransigence of Yaounde to make things better, blaming the socio-political unrest in the nation on the unwillingness of Biya and his government to provide what he terms “inclusive electoral code”. To him, this constitutes the “core” of the soco-political “crisis that rocks the very foundation of our beloved country”.
The government, according to Fru Ndi, has failed to “democratically guarantee social cohesion and our national unity” as portrayed by the on-going crisis which is going to render the year blank for “our children”.
On his part, Mr Fru Ndi claims to have tried his best to talk with the government as well as a “cross section of Cameroonians of high political and social standing for us to come together and truly resolve the crisis and problems that our country is suffering from… and save it from collapse”. But Yaoundé has turned a deaf ear to all this, as Fru Ndi disclosed.
Expressing pessimism, Fru Ndi concludes that there is no point in expecting “a step in the right direction from a regime that works only for its own selfish interests”, hence the boycott to protest against “the current decaying state of our nation”.
In spite of the protest against the “decaying state of our nation”, SDF will celebrate its 27th anniversary (on May 26), though without festivity in memory of “all those who have lost their lives, and in communion with those unjustly locked-up by a judicial system marching to the tune of our corrupt regime.”
While Fru Ndi is talking of a possible ‘blank academic year’, the minister of Secondary Education is currently in West Cameroon, working tooth and nail to ensure that candidates take their examinations successfully, even if they did not attend enough classes to sit the examinations.
Below is the full press release from Ni John Fru Ndi
Bamenda, 7th of May 2017
Dear National Executive Committe Members
Dear Regional Chairpersons,
Dear Electoral District Chairpersons,
Subject: Directives for 20th May and 26th May Celebrations 2017
I am addressing this circular letter to you today, in order to transmit the appropriate directives to all Party organs with regards to the upcoming 20th May and 26. May 2017 celebrations.
Mr Biya's inability to provide simple solutions to the pertinent problems being posed by respectful trade-unions and associations, his unwillingness to provide Cameroonians with an inclusive electoral code and general government inertia Is at the core of today's de, sociopolitical crisis that rocks the very foundation of our beloved country Cameroon.
The on-going crises which is on its way to becoming a blank academic year for our children in a important part of our nation fundamentally questions our government's ability to inclusively and democratically guarantee social cohesion and our national unity.
We have called on the President of the Republic on various occasions to engage in genuine and Inclusive dialogue in order to settle the so many fundamental problems that plague our nation. I have had occasion to meet and discuss with a cross section of Cameroonians of high political and social standing for us to come together and truly resolve the crisis and problems that our beloved country is suffering from and thereby to save it from collapse. Mr Blya has answered our repeated calls with characteristic• nonchalance and inertia.
Based on the aforementioned and in line with the party's principles and recent resolutions, we cannot continue to expect a step in the right direction from a regime that works only for its own selfish Interests. We are therefore taking a stand not to participate in the upcoming celebrations of our highly endangered national unity. This is in strong protest against the current decaying state of our nation.
We will as well celebrate our 27th Anniversary on the 26th of May 2017 without any feasting, in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives and In communion with all those unjustly locked-up by a judicial system marching to the tune of our corrupt regime.
I however cannot end without thanking all of you for you r steadfast militancy and wish you nonetheless, a happy 27th Anniversary.