It is only in the Anglophone regions that a human being cannot send an email. All over the world human enterprise has made it possible for people to use the internet. Even in Aleppo in Syria which was ravaged by war and bombs were dropping by the minute, internet connection was on. Who is counselling the government to further deprive the hapless Anglophones of communicating on the World Wide Web? One man from Mamfe had to travel all the way to Douala to ascertain his bank balance before his cheque could be paid.
Why are we so blessed? Is it a curse to be an Anglophone Cameroonian? We have been the most colonised people on planet earth. We have been colonised by Germans, the English, and suppressed by the Nigerians and the Francophones. My grand uncle told me how the German overseer thrashed him with a cane because he ventured to cross the railroad when the trolley was near. Another uncle worked at upper farms when the British ruled Cameroon and was slapped around by a certain retired British colonel. Then the Nigerians came and my maternal uncle lost his darling sweetheart to a dashing Urhobo court clerk. The Francophones came and the administrators arm twisted our chiefs and converted most of the surrendered CDC land. Show me another group of people who have suffered those privations and indignities and I would be knocked down with a feather.
President Paul Biya jettisoned and abrogated most of the oppressive Ahidjo legislation which was enacted to suppress terrorism. He gave us the liberty laws. We had multi parties and a free press. Elections were relatively free and fair as the opposition parties for the first time were a majority in parliament and CPDM had to ally itself with Dakole Daisala ( whatever happened to him ?) to form government. We were happy and we thought a Daniel had come to judgment. Peter Essoka wrote a syrupy sycophantic piece of journalism where he called the president a southern prince.
One fundamental difference between the Anglophone and the francophone is that whereas we never experienced violence and bloodshed in our history our brothers on the other side of the Mungo River cut their political teeth in rivers of blood and reprisals carried out by the Ahidjo regime on the marquisards or terrorists as we called them in West Cameroon. As children we saw multi party politics and watched charismatic orators like Motomby Wolete ,Nerius Namaso Mbile, P.M Kale , DR. Endeley , John Ngu Foncha,( little John) S.T Muna , P.M Kemcha , WNO Effiong etc mount the soap box in lively debates against each other. It was politics without bitterness as we the children were all friends. My uncle Hon Mbua Monono was a minister in the KNDP government and my father a known Endeley man was a top civil servant. At the end of the day they all repaired to the club for a drink. DR. Endeley lost the elections as Premier and took his position in the House of Assembly as leader of opposition without any fuss or quibble. Can Mo Ibrahim make a post humus award? Nobody died in Southern Cameroons as a result of political change. Thousands died and were unaccounted for in East Cameroon. Many of the them took cover amongst us as political refugees. This was the second time in the history of Cameroon that, east Cameroonians came here to take refuge. The first flow came here while escaping from forced labour or njockmassi and that is why we had Anglophone Bassas and Ewondos whose forebears produced eminent Anglophones like DR, Biaka, Professor Tarmac, Dr. Nasser, The Eyombos, The Foudas, and Messis etc. The only incident of violence was when Dr. Endeley sensing electoral fowl play attempted to throw VC Nchami then a Senior Divisional Officer in Victoria over the wall at an electoral booth. Endeley was charged to court and the young Prince Jesco Manga Williams just back from the Inns of Court where he was studying law circulated a tract where he questioned how six footer like Endeley could have given a short man like Nchami a shoulder blow?
Fast forward to 2016 and lawyers said no to the erosion of common law and the appointment of civil law magistrates in our common law system. Teachers said no to the attempted francophonisation of our educational system and the Anglophone regions opted for court and school boycott by lawyers and students. Chief Tabetando told us he and Senator Musonge disconnected the internet. The regime dug out the law against terrorism and teachers, magistrates, lawyers, journalists and journalists of Anglophone extraction were equated with terrorists and arrested and charged to court.
THE SOLUTION: Is this a rebellion by the Anglophones? It looks as if the Anglophones have held a meeting but we have not held any meeting. The point is that we think alike. We have thrown tantrums before and our cries have not been listened to. When thirty two ministers present their budgets in parliament and only one of us is among the thirty two how do you think we feel? When you send administrators here who bully us arm twist our chiefs and convert hectares of our land how do you think we feel? When you take and control all the arms of government , deliver judgements in French in our courts, allocate to us 6% of the budget when you give south region 12%, appoint non English speaking civil servants and gendarmes in our regions, transfer our children to Yaoundé for trial and torture, set up a francophone kingdom like Sonara inside our region, appoint fifty francophone bailiffs in our regions as if our own children have not studied law, appoint only francophone prefects in Limbe for thirty five years etc etc how do you think we feel? We are a loyal people how do you want us to go back to court and to school when those we chose to speak on our behalf are imprisoned and some have escaped? We are powerless because you have all the forces. But if you truly want peace release all those arrested and call a peace and reconciliation conference, then schools and courts shall start and we shall chart forth a new Cameroon with serious discussions.