On the Ambazonia People’s National Convention scheduled to take place in USA, February 28th-March 3rd, 2019, Prof Carlson Ayangwe, the head of Interim Government Ambazonia Council For Reconciliation and Negotiations-ACORN weighs in: He writes:
The position I have is one of everlasting principle. Our people are free to think, speak, associate, meet, criticise, dissent and oppose. It is a matter of the exercise of basic human rights. No one, nobody, no organisation, no movement, and no government has the right to gag them and presume a right or a power or and ability to hound and shout them down. We often forget that this Struggle is born out of the exercise of the right of dissent, the right to differ, the to freedom of association, assembly, expression, opinion, the right to criticise and oppose and reject what we disagreed with.
It was one philosopher who said: I may not agree with you. But I will defend to the end your right to say what you have to say.
We must begin to learn to respect others and their humanity. We must not be afraid of divergent views. We must not be afraid of a plurality of views, no matter how conflicting. We should not be scared of opposition as if we have something to hide. Every government worth its salt should always welcome opposition. Opposition holds government accountable and spurs government to increased and better performance.
All the efforts at discrediting the APNC or vilifying persons who think differently are infantile and futile. I have not seen the agenda of the APNC. But I have heard some faceless individuals claiming that APNC is out to overthrow the IG. I have never heard of any thinking so simplistic. Even in the unlikely scenario that there is a hidden plot to remove incumbents from power, an appropriate response is not to become hysterical, evincing an unclean intention to cling to ‘power’ at all cost. The proper response would be to responsibly and methodically demonstrate why that agenda will be foolhardy. In that case the power of better argument will prevail.
Prof Carlson Ayangwe