It all started like a play and now the momentum is picking steam across Southern Cameroonians both home and abroad. When Senior citizen and veteran Southern Cameroons activist, Mola Njoh Litumbe started the whole process, by indicating that the United Nations (UN) needs two million signatures from Southern Cameroonians to begin the Southern Cameroons independence process, some were worried how feasible it could be.
Within few weeks the Southern Cameroons National Council in their executive board meeting on Saturday, September 24, 2016, through Sunday, September 25, heavily took up the idea of the referendum to intensify the push across Southern Cameroons.
Though, within the course of this process, many Southern Cameroonians have been arrested and intimidated such as Chia Samuel Awoh, an ELECAM official and Mart Ankiambom in Fundong. Mr. Konglim Samuel, a motor mechanic technician in Ndu town arrested together with Mayor Nformi Lucas in Ndu who handed the forms to him . Mayor Martin Fon Yembe was also intimidated.
However, these examples and many others have not stopped the excitement in Southern Cameroons across the board from those who are signing the referendum forms.
The Guardian Post Newspaper in the Cameroons in their Friday 14th October edition had already announced major success within the SCNC in terms of signature collection.
Now, we are getting reports that One million signature has been collected within the space of two weeks. The Times Journal in their Monday 17th October Edition captioned the success recorded by the SCNC. It is, therefore, evident that the 2million signatures originally needed will be reached soon and maybe surpasses. Southern Cameroonians are expected to see the next step after the signature referendum process must have ended.
It is known that the current lawyers’ protest might have spiked the signature Referendum feelings and drive many Southern Cameroonians home within the last week to sign the form
It should be recalled that Southern Cameroons was the southern part of the British Mandate territory of Cameroons in West Africa. Since 1961 it has been part of the Republic of Cameroon, where it makes up the Northwest Region and Southwest Region. Since 1994, pressure groups in the territory have sought independence from the Republic of Cameroon, and the Republic of Ambazonia was declared by the Southern Cameroons Peoples Organization (SCAPO) on 31 August 2006. Since then till now, many Southern Cameroons activists have been arrested and molested, others are still in detention while some are in for self-exile.
What happens next after securing the 2M signatures? The people are watching.
God is still saying something.