The Paris based French language international magazine own by an Algerian former Minister of Communication Jeune Afrique has finally made it clear that the paper has an on-going war with President Biya and the Cameroon government. In its recent edition published on Friday, January the 9th 2015, the paper carried a message of solidarity and condolence from the former Minister of State for Territorial Administration Marafa Hamidou Yaya to French President Hollande on the Paris attacks. By some strange happenstance, the French paper included the Marafa reaction among the number of African leaders who had indeed sent messages of solidarity to the French government.
From his secret prison cell at the National Gendarmerie headquarters in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital, Jeune Afrique reported that the disgraced Minister Marafa wrote “I have always liked the works of the Journalists of Charlie Hebdo who died in the performance of their mission, defense and illustration of freedom of expression. They knew they were threatened but in the imperishable words Charb, they preferred to die standing than live on their knees. It is through their courage that a political prisoner like me could make his voice heard.”
We of Cameroon Concord believe that the Jeune Afrique group is suffering from a kind of monolithic hangover. Consequently,it is vital to state in this report that whosoever is going by the name Jeune Afrique has nothing to offer the Cameroonian people. The solutions to our problems in Cameroon will only come from Yaoundé and no longer from Paris. Biya now wants the French to come to Cameroon as partners and NOT as masters. And that is the wish of every Cameroonian.