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No, Cardinal Tumi, Amba Boys Should not, Cannot Lay Down their Arms-John Mbah Akuroh

 

 

 

No, Cardinal Tumi, Amba Boys Should not, Cannot Lay Down their Arms

By John Mbah Akuroh

The Book of books does not say pamper the devil and he shall flee from you. It says; “Resist the devil and he shall flee from thee”

The news media has been awash in recent days with a declaration by Cameroon’s highest Catholic authority, Christian Cardinal Tumi, urging the self-defense forces in Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) to lay down their arms to enable him secure an end to the military brutality that has become the daily lot of the naturally peaceful people formerly colonized by the British as a league of Nations, and later a UN trust territory. The venerated Preacher of the Word made this declaration not long after the Paul Biya-led government blocked him and other allies from holding what they termed an Anglophone General Conference in the city of Buea. In the wake of that call, there have been divergent opinions and I feel obliged, as one of the early proponents of non-violent approaches to achieving our self-determination, but who with time has observed that President Biya knows only the language of violence, to respond to what I consider an ill-timed piece of advice.

Let me begin by quoting one-time US President, Thomas Jefferson who said; “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”, to explain why I see the call to dropping arms as ill-advised. From 1961 when our people moved blindly into a union with people, they thought shared the same love as them, every other day witnessed the erosion of our being as humans, as citizens deserving of the same rights enjoyed by all others across the River Mungo. First, the Police Force which we carried into the union was taken away from us and no one remembers when anyone from Southern Cameroons ever held the reigns of command in that force after 1961. From taking away the police force from us, they gradually, but steadily took away the National Produce Marketing Board, Cameroon Bank, drained PWD of all equipment, shutdown POWERCAM, WADA and others with little or no resistance; all because we lost vigilance. Southern Cameroons had failed to keep even the least force that could help ensure that the balance of power between the two nations merging to form one was always maintained and this left us vulnerable.

Dear Cardinal Tumi, at least, I am sure you remember the wise saying that; “when a man is penalized for honesty, he learns to lie”. The people of Southern Cameroons got into the union with La Republique du Cameroun as little angels full of virtues; they never knew how to lie, they feared playing around with the public good, they feared to see blood spilled anyhow (of course they never needed to pass through that like it was the case with the UPC uprising in East Cameroon), but with time, we have learned to survive. You must go home with the notion that whatever you see in us today was acquired out of necessity in a country where virtue is a crime, and one of those lessons we learnt over time is owning a gun, especially when it is common knowledge that the fear of the gendarme is the beginning of wisdom!

A Christian and authority on the Word of your standing definitely understands that it will be unwise to ask a blind man to drop his walking stick without restoring his sight, just like it will be suicidal to cause a lame person to throw away their clutches with no measures put in place to guarantee he can walk upright. This recalls a touching thought by Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s student and renowned authority on martial arts that; “Love is the highest art. In ancient times you trained so hard, not for the sake of killing people, but for the love of your family: for the love of your father, your mother, your children, your tribe, and your body. It is the love of life. That’s why we train so hard, to preserve life. These boys are holding arms not because they like to carry them, but because they must preserve lives. They never declared war on anyone, President Biya did on the 30th of November 2017 and so conventional wisdom requires that he declares a ceasefire and withdraws his troops before any other actor follows suit.

It is important to note that even some renowned authorities in the area of civil uprisings without recourse to arms like Mahatma Gandhi also consider self-defense important in the face of blatant onslaughts. Gandhi says; “Self-defense…is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation”, a recognition of the fact that refusing to defend yourself when you need to, is next to suicide. Alexander Hamilton pushes the thought even further when he says; “When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense- to fight the government”.

Dear Cardinal Tumi, the lives of the people of Southern Cameroons matter, we are human beings and we deserve to live. That is what self-defense in this circumstance is all about, to preserve the lives of the vulnerable ones among us. This is also why Rorion Gracie holds that; “Self-defense is not a set of techniques; it’s a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending”. This thought is completely summed up by former US President, James Monroe in his own personal belief that; “The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and individuals”.

Just so that our suffering, sometimes less informed and desperate masses do not get misled by their trust in you and go ahead to commit suicide by dropping their weapons sheepishly, let us share this thought by Kevin B. Shearer; “When it comes to self-defense, it is better to have the power and not need it, than to need it and not have it”.

 

Otto Ama
6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    November 28, 2018 at 12:21 AM

    Cardinal Tumi lived in french Cameroon all his life just like the munas with all the perks from the biya regime, their public speaking is all in Cameroon french just to pretend and fit in with francophone,they are all living a life of luxury while their regions and billsgrdy is slum Shithole roads, youths have no decent jobs,biya is killing and gassing their people, yet they have no morals to tell the evil government of biya to stop the killings, demilitarised the SW NW,they have made these poor Christians to hold them high,weaken them by false promises,collect their hard earn money consistently,preach about how God can solve all their suffering from slavery while working with the same devil regime who subjugate,put fear in them and give them low self esteem,biya declared war on the Ambazonian people,the younger generations with continue to fight biya with arms to liberate themselves never by surrender or pray for peace,Tumi is an old man just like biya,he does not represent many of those suffering in the affected regions,he has failed his religion, what help has he given to those innocent Ambazonian refugees as a senior religious leader? open your eyes people!

  2. malis

    November 28, 2018 at 1:00 AM

    Loud and Clear,

    “When it comes to self-defense, it is better to have the power and not need it, than to need it and not have it”.

    If those supporting LRC were truly interested in anything other than massacring us, stealing our land and resources, they will not be making such offers.

    Even God, can not convince us to lay down our arms, NEVER.

    We are going to SWELL it up, the war has not yet started at all. The devil that declare and started this war is going to die and the war is going to continue.

    Arms are so sexy, the is no better way of demonstrating power, authority than running around with some AK’s.
    When people protest and demonstrate, the world looks at them and say, crybabies, when you pick up AK’s, they start begging and complaining.
    No No No, We are fighting to the end.

    The next 30 to 50 years is our time frame. LRC better buckle up and prepare more BIR’s to send to their death. We are bringing down everything.

    These crazy people really expect us to sit back and applaud them as they rape, genocide, massacre, exterminate us.

  3. Mukong

    November 28, 2018 at 5:08 AM

    Malis ,to add to your quote, “when people protest, they are call crybabies; when they pick up arms, they are labeled terrorists”.
    This time around, we are not kidding anyone.
    Meanwhile, we are still to hear Cardinal Tumi condemn in the strongest term, the massacre of innocent Ambazonians that took place in Bali with chemical weapons; yet he was quick to save face with Biya after suffering the humiliation of not being allowed to hold his foolish conference in Buea.
    If some want to be so sheepish as to feed into the bloated ego of Biya, it is their choice to do so but that shall never be done again at the expense of the already traumatized people of Ambazonia.
    Hence, with all due respect Cardinal Tumi, so you do not believe that the people of Ambazonia deserve better?

  4. NDIFOR

    November 28, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    GOOD QUOTES FROM THE BIBLE TO THE RESPECTED CARDINAL,MY DEAR JOHN.
    MAY I ASK IF THE CARDINAL ONLY ASK FOR LAYING DOWN OF ARMS BY OUR BOYS
    OR THE LRC MILITARY AS WELL?
    IF ONLY THE AMBAZONIA MILITARY,THEN HE IS WRONG.BUT I THINK HE DID ASK BOTH SIDES TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS.
    YOU ASSISTED THE LRC BY BEING ON THE CRTV FOR LONG.YOU SUNG PRAISES FOR YOUR MASTER THEN.
    NOW YOU ARE COMFORTABLE IN RSA AND ILLITERATE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND.OUR
    BOYS ARE DYING.AM NOT SURE YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED A DIME IN THIS FIGHT.PLEASE REASON WITH YOUR ELDER,YOUR FELLOW NORTH WESTERNER,THE RESPECTED CARDINAL AND SPARE US THE CRIES OF OUR PARENTS.COME TO GZ AND SEE THINGS FOR YOURSELF PLEASE !

  5. Mbeuh

    November 29, 2018 at 3:55 AM

    Ndifor,
    Couples get married and promise, by oath, heaven and earth to each other in a romantic lock so strong that only death is supposed to do them part, yet along the road of life, some hit the rocks and force each to go their separate ways. Many Southern Cameroonians and LRC citizens were part of Biya’s administration including ex- prime minister Ephraim Inoni, Marafa, Kamto and a long list of others who served the lion man with unquestioned loyalty. Today these individuals have long distanced themselves from the ruthless dictator with some languishing in kondengui, others in exile or still in Cameroon but fiercely opposed to Biya. Biya himself was an obsequious servant of Ahidjo for over twenty years beginning in 1962 and earning himself the gift of succession to the presidency in 1982. Today the body of the man who handed him the presidency lies in a cemetery in far away Darkar, Senegal, still denied burial in the land of his birth by same Biya.

    Ndifor sir, why pick on John Mbah Akuro for serving what he and most of us thought was our country only to find out that leadership of the executive and heads of almost all ministeries were the exclusive preserve of LRC citizens in an odyssey of marginalization spanning 6 decades? If what you are implying that Southern Cameroonians are condemned to servitude and slavery for perpetuity then my friend you are dead wrong. Too much blood of our innocent has been spilled to call it quits. Remember now, those who run from or in the middle of fighting for a cause will live to fight another day.
    Cardinal Tumi no doubt has earned his stripes in the ecumenical domain but to make foray into a sociopolitical problem as complex as our fight for freedom with lame statements as calling on Amba boys to simply lay down arms, is to lay bare his irrelevance. No one will listen to him . A lutta continua.

  6. Janice Beyongsi

    November 29, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    JOHN MBAH AKURO FROM NGIE NGWOH MENENEMO GWOFON DIVISION A KWERE MBUNGA KWERE TU!KWERE MBUGA KWERE TU!YOU ARE AN EPITOME OF WHAT A BLACK MAN IS-VIOLENT, DIRTY MONKEY AND POOR SUB-HUMAN PIECE OF SHIT AND BABOON.WHAT IS THE IMAGINARY REPUBLIC OF AMBAZONIA ,AMRED BANDIT ZONIA, FUCKING IN THE BUSH ZONIA, OLUMBA OLUMBA BROTHERHOOD OF THE MOON AND STAR DIMINUTIVE GORJI DINKI COINED AMBAZONIA ETC?THERE HAD NEVER BEEN NOTHING ON THE FACE OF THE ERATH CALLED AMABAZONIA.OUR ANCESTORS WALKED NAKED 90 YEARS AGO AND THE WHITE MAN CAME AND CLOTHED US.HE TAUGHT US A BIT OF HIS CULTURE I.E HIS LANGUAGE AND LEGAL AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS.TODAY YOU ARE PURPORTING TO BE MORE ANGLO SAXON THAN THE BRITISH .SHAME. SHAME.SHAME.FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKING DIRTY SUB-HUMAN NIGGER.YOU CAN EDUCATE A HALF BABOON FROM THE HEART OF DARKNESS BUT THEY WILL REMAIN EDUCATED FOOLS.WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FOR WHEN WE IN THE SOUTH WEST CALL YOU BAMENDROUS NORTH AND GRAFFIS?WHY DO YOU SIT YOUR SMELLY MONKEY BABOON AS IN AMERICA WHER YOU EAT WELL AND YOUR KIDS ARE WELL FED AND ATTEND POSH SCHOOLS ONLY TO THUMB DOWN YOUR NOSE AT A PEACE INITIATIVE FROM A RESPECTED MAN OF GOD AND OCTOGENARIAN?ALL OF YOU WHO CALL YOURSELVES BELIEVERS AND PASTORS LIKE THE FAKE ONE ANU CHRIS AND SAKO IKOME BEGGAR ARE DEVILS IN SHEEP CLOTHING.WHY ARE YOU HIJACKING AND MORTGAGING THE DESTINEY OF NAIVE YOUNG MEN TOWARDS A SENSELES WAR OF NO RETURN?HAVE YOU EVER SENT SCHOOL FEES TO THE NORTH WEST REGIN OF CAMEROON?HAVE YOU EVER DUG AND FINANCED A WELL, HOSPITAL OR ANY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT?YET YOU ARE ADEPT AT BOASTING IN TRUE SUB-HUMAN NIGGER BRAVADO FASHION THAT THE YOUTHS CANNOT LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS.FUCKING ONLINE PUTATIVE REPUBLICAN TERRORIST.IRRESPECTVIE OF WHETHER YOU HAVE A CASE OR NOT, YOUR STRAGEIES ARE NOTHING BU BUT OR HAVE RESULTED IN SCORCHED EARTH IN THE NORTHWE ST ANDF SOUTH WEST REGIONS.YOUAARE SITTING YOUR PUNK ASES IN AMERICA AND ASKING YOUNG SINNOCENT BOYS TO TAKE ON A PROXY FRENCH ARMY?IT IS TIME TO BOMB THE SHIT OOUT OF YOU MONKEYS, BABOONS AND SUB-HUMAN URCHINS.YOU GUYS FEEL EMANCIPATED BUT HAVE NO HISTYRORY OF ANY INVENTION ON EARTH.YOU WILL ALWAYS BE VIOLENT NIGGERS.WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED EVER SINCE YOU DECALRED THIS DANE GUN, EXTORTIONIST, OCCULT, RANSOM SEEKING, ILLITERRACY, ECONOMIC GENCIDAL GHOST TOWNS, VANDALISM HEMP SMOKING, LIVING IN THE BUSH, FUCKING IN THE BUSG FRATRICIDAL WAR???NOTHING.YET YOU GO ONLINE TO ADVOCATE KILLING.THERE WILL NEVER BE AN AMABAZONIA ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND FRANCE IS SUPERIOR THAN YOU SUB-HUMANS.TAKE THIS TO THE BANK.HOW MUCH HAS RED STRINGS TIED ROUND YOUR SHITHOLES AND ASSES (ODESHI) HELPED YOU.WHO WILL RECONGIZE YOU AFTER YOUR SOCIETY BECOMES MATRIACHAL AS THE MEN ARE BEING SACRIFICED BY YOU NYONGO PEOPLE/BAMILEKES SACRIFICE PEOPLE TO NYONGO AND GET RICH.AMBAZONIA SACRIFICES THEM AND DRINK THEIR BLOOD ONLINE WHILE RAIISNG FUNDS THROUGH PAYPAL, GOFUND ME AND OTHER SYSTEMS SET UP BY THE WHITE MAN.WHAT IS GOING ON NOW IS THE SAMETRENDS OF 200 CENTURIES AGO WHEN YOU SOLD YOUR BROTHERS INTO SLAVERY.TODAY AMBAZONIA IS SLAVERY REBORN.IT IS NYONGO.A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO EWASTE ON A NIGGER CALLED AKURO FROM THE HEART OF DARKNESS.NYONGO MAN JUST LIKE THE UGLY BIG HEADED KIBARINKNO MASQUERADE STUTTERER ONE NAMED MARK BARA, THE SENIOR BABBOON NJOH LITUMBE TUMM TUM LIMBO,MBINGO LEPROSY BOH HERBERT, EWELLE LEPROSY TABE AND THE LIST CONTINUES.FUCK YOU GUYS.BABOONS AND MONKEYS FROM THE HEART OF DARKNESS.SMALL WONDER YOU CANNOT LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS.SHUMBU.NYAMFUKA KWERE MBUNGA KWERE TU.

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