Canada Based Southern Cameroonian Pens Open Letter To Camerounese (Francophones)

Maurice Kamto




Opinion: Letter To Francophones

Dear Francophones,

I am indeed very pleased that you guys did not take to the streets today after the contested election results were released by a controversial Constitutional Council.

I was indeed scared that in the event of any violence, many of you who are all barks, and no bites, would simply pack up your stuff and head to the southwest as many of your Bassa, Bamileke, Ewondo and Batanga people did when Ahidjo and the French unleashed a reign of terror on you guys in the 1950s and 1960s when a few of your people thought they could fight for independence.

We, in Southern Cameroons, never had our independence through any bloodshed. We had a culture of parliamentary democracy wherein freedom of speech was key and elections were just an exercise in which the people sincerely chose who had to lead them.

We never used any brutality to address differences and we ensured that people were punished for the crimes they committed and not for the opinions they held. We were a safe sanctuary for many people who were unsafe in their country.

That is why there are many of your folks in the Southwest, a territory whose sub-soil is very rich, and some of them were foolish enough to betray Southern Cameroonians when we made up our minds to challenge the corrupt Yaounde government that had marginalized us for decades.

These folks whom I consider as Southern Cameroonians will continue to live with us, but I must be prompt to add that those who do not share our pain and aspiration should learn to be neutral. They must understand that the people’s pain is real and it could lead to violent reactions.

I would like to clearly point out that some of the most engaging of our supporters have been descendants of those refugees who fled to our land and I truly appreciate their contribution to our effort to make our problem known across the globe.

When we felt we had been pushed to the wall, we decided that it was time for the world to be aware of our pain and suffering. Our battle was also a fight against corruption, injustice, and disrespect.

You simply did not understand us, and you were adamant despite our attempts to explain why we were reacting the way we reacted. Your all knowing attitude never allows you to humble yourselves. True wisdom, you should know, comes with humility.

Instead of joining us to help get things on the right path, many of you opted to side with the government. You called us names. You told the world we were arrogant and that we had little or no respect for your Republican institutions. While we were angry, we knew your time would come. It was just a matter of time.

Some of us understand that the noise you make is simply designed to hide your cowardice and ignorance. You are a people who can easily be intimidated and you are corruptible. It is, therefore, no surprise to us that your leaders always use bread and sardine to corrupt your minds during elections like the one that has just ended or when you are angry.

The past presidential election has simply proven that you lack the right mentality to challenge your tormentors. It has proven that we, Southern Cameroonians are not arrogant, but principled and determined to ensure errors of the past get corrected and this must happen sooner rather than later.

It now seems like there is a lull in the chaos in Southern Cameroons, but there cannot be any respite when there is no justice. Do not be mistaken. We still have unfinished business and we still have a stomach for a fight. As long as your government continues to run the show like a personal estate, we will continue to find creative ways to erode its authority.

While you continue to eat your bread and sardine, we will use all the means available to us to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.

The blood of those who have been slaughtered by your troops will not go in vain. We believe in the philosophy of one for all and all for one, and we will continue to work as a team to get the government to the negotiating table where we will find the ultimate solutions to our issues.

Your cowardice did not start today. Your government knows your weaknesses. You are all noise and no action. We, the minority, gave you freedom of expression. Today, speak as if you were born with it.

In the process, we lost many of our brothers and sisters. We also gave you multiparty politics. In the process thousands were slaughtered in our part of the world while you spent your time drowning yourselves in alcohol. The physical scars are still there in cities like Bamenda and Kumba.

All you know is to gossip and seek to break down courageous men and women who really want to engineer genuine change within the country. You use your fake intellectualism to distort debates and bamboozle your own people. Your unreliable ways make it hard to work with you.

The mere sight of a police officer sends you into fear even when you have not committed any crime. Your leaders understand this and they are using it to their advantage. That is why prior to the proclamation of today’s election results, all your major cities were on lockdown.

I would not like to make this letter long, but will promptly advise that you are the architects of your own hardship and disappointment. You do not know how to work together. Every single one of you is more intelligent than the other.

You have to throw away your coat of self-importance if you must jettison the invisible shackles of slavery that have been put on you by your own people. Learn from us and you will deliver happiness to future generations.

Do not be scared of death, after all, the Bible you read clearly points out that for you to go to Heaven, you must die. We, Southern Cameroonians, are prepared to lay down our lives to ensure our children do not experience the marginalization we have gone through.

You must muster courage if you must defend your victory. Prof. Kamto is your president. He won the election. Running away from soldiers stationed by the government will not take Prof. Kamto to the United Palace. If you need change, you must do the right thing. It never comes on a platter of gold.


Joachim Arrey
Toronto, Canada



  1. tabetando patrick

    October 23, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Very well synthesized facts and events

  2. Sunshine

    October 23, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    It will not be long when they start heading to Ambazonia for the protection of Amba boys.
    All Ambazonians have to get All Amba boys prepared by sending support to ground Zero!!!! please, please.
    We need to continue support to our Amba boys.

  3. Ndifor

    October 23, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    Well written and well read.
    Please come down to Ambaland and assist us.
    A GENERAL never abandons his troops.
    Leave the Bamilekes alone.

  4. Fako Boy

    October 24, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    “We, Southern Cameroonians, are prepared to lay down our lives to ensure our children do not experience the marginalization we have gone through.”

    We, excluding the author of this article, who is hiding in Canada and probably enjoys Canadian citizenship.
    The genuinely courageous ones are those who out of no choosing of theirs have to flee their homes and sleep in the bush with no food, decent shelter, health care and who cannot send their children to school.
    Those are the true heroes to me.
    I don’t recall when any of them voted directly or indirectly to live this way. I guess that is the expression of the freedom that you write about.

    … But I know the response, we are in a war/revolution and that is the price that we have to pay … blah blah blah!

    Did you notice the use of that same “We” again? That we that does not include you?

    I am for independence, true independence, where the weak and vulnerable do not have to pay the price for a selfish few.
    What does it benefit the people if they gain independence in Ambazonia and still find themselves under the yoke of an elitist ruling class?

    Africans have to finally prove to themselves that they are able to organize and govern themselves and make their voices heard in the community of nations.

  5. Atanga nji

    November 1, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    and why are you using violence today against a death man in power? This is a shame!!!. you are committing the same mistake UPC did 60 years ago!!!!! What a shame. No memory?

  6. John Eyong

    November 1, 2018 at 4:20 AM

    If some of you were in Cameroon, I am sure they would understand the catastrophic situation you have mislead anglophone Cameroonian into. It is good to be in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy with your children and contribute money to destroy your so call Ambaland. How can you organise war that is preventing your children from going to school, preventing your own people from earning descent life (farming, Bussiness etc.) pushing you people to your so called enemy territory, what you call la Republique? This is really so shameful. do you still have brain? One of you told me some months back in Calgary in Canada that more anglophone will continue to die. More anglophone except him of course. But for what reason will anglophone continue to die? Do you have control over the Amba soldiers? do you know the miserable life they are going through? they are dying every day in dozen. You cannot even be aware, because it is happening in the bush. they have no food, no gun, no clothe; nothing. Be sure that you will not fool the population all the time. you can only do it for some time

  7. Eta Mathias

    November 1, 2018 at 4:26 AM

    Some years back, Bareta was at the University of Buea. It could not earn a degree. they give him a degree by pity, because people wanted peace. today he is organizing genocide through his propaganda wit his Radio mille colline. You really want all the anglophone to be killed? please stop that
    You are a shame of anglphone

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