LRC HAS NO CLUE HOW TO END THE WAR
When I first heard a decree was signed (December 13th, 2018) to release people connected with this crisis, I was cautiously happy even before I saw the full text. And I strongly believe like me, many people were happy, considering the fact that we are all invested into looking for ways and means of ending this war and starting meaningful dialogue.
But after a full reading of the said decree, I must say I am very disappointed and still in shock that either LRC is not ready to end this war now or they have no clue at all how to end this war while many people are still dying, including innocent children and women.
No one arrested in North West or South West in connection with the Southern Cameroons crisis is charged with misdemeanor (minor offense). As a matter of fact, everyone abducted or kidnapped starting from Barrister Agbor Balla to Mancho BBC to President Sisiku Ayuk Julius Tabe was charged with offenses ranging from terrorism to treason.
So to claim today that 289 people arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis and charged with misdemeanor will be released is completely misleading and carefully calculated to manipulate public opinion.
We want an end to this war. We want genuine dialogue to discuss the root causes of this war so we don’t hand another war to future generations. We want peace and security for all and not just the reach and the people East of the Mungo River.
We want freedom and liberty. And above all, we want the right to life and self-determination to be restored and guaranteed to all of God’s children.
Freedom and liberty and the right to life are not Government’s gift to the governed. They are God’s gift to mankind.
Now, to create a perfect atmosphere for healthy discussion and resolution of the ongoing conflict, LRC must first and foremost:
1. Release everyone abducted in connection with this crisis without discrimination as to level of crime committed or omitted.
2. Call a ceasefire and demilitarize all Anglophone territory.
3. Call for an all inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders in the presence of a credible third party like the USA not nations with too much vested natural resources interests;
4. Or call for a referendum in North West and South West to decide the form of government they want or do not want to be part of.
5. Disarm all civilians armed to harass, fight or kill anyone supporting or promoting the ideology of Ambazonia.
6. Make a proposal and a commitment to rebuild all homes and villages burned down in NW/SW and compensate everyone who has lost his business or life or limb as a result of the brutal and inhumane reaction of the military.
7. Also compensate families of LRC military personnel who have been sent to die in this useless war which should never have been declared in the first place.
Thousands of Anglophones have been abducted, thousands more have been killed and buried in mass graves with thousands more suffering in bushes and on foreign soil.
Show some real love to your people and silence the guns Mr. President. Now is time for the war of words. No more killings. Make the right call and let the real debate begin.
I’m very ready to offer my services free of charge and to play a role in facilitating dialogue and negotiations (if dialogue and negotiations are genuine) if we must end this war right now and give all our people peace, security and hope.
Dr. David Makongo