Ambazonians Express Disdain Over Biya’s Derogatory Remarks In France
By Mbah Godlove
French Cameroun’s dictatorial ruler, Paul Biya
says he has had the opportunity to obliterate the Ambazonian culture but insists a special status within his country will be better for them.
He made the statement during an ongoing peace conference in Paris-France on Tuesday, November 12.
It is the first time the colonial ruler is addressing the subject since promoting to further immerse Southern Cameroonians into oblivion by granting them a special status during a window dressing dialogue he convened a month ago.
Some Ambazonians have termed the dictator’s comment about the so-called special status as a high degree of provocation.
According to them, French President, Emmanuel Macron whom they say is good enough to be Biya’s grandson is further delaying the restoration of their statehood.
President Biya’s flip-flop statement to preserve the culture of the Southern Cameroonian people comes against the backdrop of several attempts to wipe out traces of anything Ambazonian.
Just as his predecessor, Amadou Ahidjo had abolished the Federal status Southern Cameroonians had consoled themselves with before 1972, President Biya in 1984 changed the country’s name from the United Republic of Cameroon to La Republique du Cameroun.
Ambazonians say this angered them given that this was the name French Cameroun had gained independence with in January 1960.
Biya’s strong resolve to continuously allocate inferior ministerial positions to Southern Cameroonians, the people say equally antagonized them.
The alarming marginalization reached apogee in 2016 when he rejected calls to harmonize the judicial and educational systems to adequately suit the needs of Southern Cameroonians.
Disgruntled denizens outrightly demanded the restoration of their statehood, but the Biya regime responded by tagging them terrorists before later declaring war on them in November 2017.
The people have said they want nothing short of the reestablishment of their territory under the name: The Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
The colonial government in Yaounde under the complicity of France is bent on shattering the people’s dreams.
Over 15000 Southern Cameroonians have been killed with nearly a million displaced, thousands incarcerated and hundreds of villages razed, human rights groups have reported.
Today, the colonial dictator, Paul Biya claims that granting special status to Ambazonians will deescalate the worsening crisis.
Political analysts have said anything done to atone the wailing population could only be on a frank dialogue table with all 10 Nera leaders and others who are languishing in French Cameroun’s donjons.