“THE ANGLOPHONE WAR”
One of the main queries directed against my famous post about prisoners of war was whether Mr. President did declare war against Anglophones or against Anglophone “secessionnistes”. This question appears to be uncalled for, save to the extent that there is the ulteriour motive to taunt.
It is common knowledge that actions speak better than words. Granting that Mr. President specifically mentioned Anglophone “secessionnistes”, can the killings and destruction from the actual prosecution of the war, apparently with the tacit approval of Mr. President, be said to be collateral damage? This question appears to answer the question!
We have all heard Mr. President praise the army for their prosecuting the war with “restraint and professionalism”. In other words, the burning alive of persons in their sleep; the razing to the ground of entire villages; the destruction of foodstuffs; the massacre of fleeing civilians are all within the international humanitarian norms of war…
It therefore all means that all such victims are “secessionnistes”.
I cannot bring my mind to the remotest imagination that the innocent young girls in my orphanage that was attacked and riddled with bullets are “secessionnistes”. Nor that my compound and its occupiers that were attacked with a barrage of gunshots are! Who dares to hold to the contrary in the face of such direct, arrogant confessional and stupid statements by Mr. President’s representative in Meme Division that they (officials/officers) do burn down villages, and that they would continue so to do wherever and whenever necessary? So houses too are Anglophone “secessionnistes”?
To my mind (speaking for myself), what is going on on the ground is an “Anglophone War” even if Mr. President initially intended it should be otherwise. And his praising the army publicly for what they are doing on the ground appears to be conclusive evidence that Mr. President has departed from his initial design!
I COULD WELL BE WRONG JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING. BUT THAT’S HOW I DO SEE THE PREVAILING SITUATION!
Justice Ayah Abine Paul
First written, April 10, 2018