One thing my parents looked back to in former West Cameroon with nostalgia was its enviable democratic culture. The press I am told was critical, citizens debated hot-button issues with no one threatening death and destruction. Most people then may not have had the sophisticated Western education a lot of us parade streets bragging about with but they knew democracy meant ideas fighting each other. There was vibrance in pluralistic politics.
That leads me to what we observe today and which is the thrust of my commentary. Demonstrably the North and South West Regions boast of legions of citizens with advanced university degrees but does the poisoned political atmosphere reflect the luxuriant human resource all over the place?
Education develops the whole human person, helps one think logically by asking questions. Put simply, education liberates the human being.
Barrister Balla has been branded blackleg, traitor and threatened with death and destruction all because while he admits anglophones are marginalized he believes in a two-state federal structure as the solution. Is this what makes the lawyer a sellout? Are we just pouring out our emotions or such vindictiveness has any strand of logic? If we are not seeking a Southern Cameroons with the culture of democracy as its pillars what are truly looking for? A one party communist state?
In a democracy ideas compete. Anything short of it is tyranny.Period. Let's fight marginalization knowing that no one has the silver bullet. It is in at atmosphere of vibrant political debates that the smartest ideas emerge.Where intolerance and intimidation reign mediocrity abounds.
This is not the West Cameroon my parents bragged about. Mancho Bibixy is not today a political prisoner for another breed of self arrogated political Pharisees to succeed what we are running away from.
If we don't stop this dog-eat-dog fight between federalists and restorationists the struggle would soon reveal us anglophones as headless chicken without purpose and direction. Put mildly, we would soon be the laughing stock to those we claim we are better than.