“Brother, I Saw a Ghost, in Mamfe with my Naked Eyes”- Ambazonian Colonial Gendarme Confesses.
There have been many unconfirmed stories about the war declared on Abazonians by the old man of Etoudi, Paul Biya, as a very highly spiritual war, where the heads of many of the dead colonial forces could not be found. Many have told stories of Ambazonian Ghosts fighters in Manyu County appearing and disappearing, looking for La Republique du Cameroun’s (LRC) colonial forces to delete, as they keep inflicting pain on the innocent masses, as recently seen Kembong village.
Some have recounted how all Manyu citizens, massacred by the Biya’s forces during the peaceful September, 22nd protests and October 1st celebrations across Ambazonia where buried alongside a cutlasses, with spiritual instructions to deal with their killers through the culture of apparition (ghostly appearances), allegedly a cultural practice in some parts of the Manyu County.
BaretaNews reporter, was privileged to get a firsthand experience on the spiritual nature of the war from an Ambazonian born colonial gendarme officer, who spent two horrible weeks is Manyu. According to the officer, after a night attacked at a Gendarmerie post by invisible forces, in which more than five of his colleagues were killed, the colonial military authorities decided to always place an armed squared in front of the post every night.
In one of the nights in which he was on duty, they suddenly sighted an armless young man coming towards the Gendarmerie post at about 3 A.M. They were all confused whether to shoot him or not. The colleague in command asked them not to shoot, but to monitor the young man from a far. After arriving the Gendarmerie post, the young man stood for some time, but couldn’t get a sound of the presence of any security officer on duty. He then decided to shout out in Pidgin English; “who dey here?” That’s when the officers hiding around asked him from a far what he was looking for at that time of the night. The young man is said to have responded that he came in peace and in search of his Identity Card that was seized by the officers the previous day.
That is when some of the colonial officers came out from their hidings to further question the young man. According to this Ambazonian colonial gendarme officer, the quiet looking young man insisted on having his ID Card in the keeping of the colonial forces. One of the military officers was then assigned to enter the office and check for the ID Card. After an unsuccessful search, the officer came out to report that there was no ID Card by the name the young man had given. “So you cannot see my ID Card?” he asked, and the colonial forces asked him to go and come at dawn.
The young man, then turned his back, moved about five steps away from the gendarmerie post and DISAPPEARED into thin air. “With AK 47 them for wa, hand, we confuse whether for shoot empty air, run, or shout… I wan then see na how all ma men them don di open running di enter house. Na so me too takekam open trackation enter house with gun them for wa hands…” he explained. “Brother, I be di ever hearsay wuna Bayangi people na die wakeup, but, I seeam this time korokoro for Mamfe” he lamented.
As narrated in Pidgin English above, the gendarme officer said, immediately the young man disappeared, they were all confused with AK 47 rifles in their hands. They thought whether to; shoot at the direction in which he disappeared, run or shout out. He suddenly saw his colleagues all running into their office, and that’s how he also joined them to run in the office with guns in their hands. “Brother, I use to hear that the Bayang people often come out as ghosts when they die, but this time, I saw a ghost in Mamfe with my naked eyes” he lamented.
From the experience of this colonial officer, it would appear LRC forces are not having it easy in Manyu. This seem to confirm the many spiritual stories Ambazonians and La Republiquans have been hearing about the war being highly spiritual.
It is therefore not a surprise that the colonial forces would abandon chasing the ghosts, and resort to burning civilian houses and properties out of frustration. If the colonialist President, Paul Biya, thinks that his war on Ambazonians is justified and aimed at preserving his illusionary one and indivisible Cameroun, then it will be of absolute necessity for him to recruit his son, Biya Junior, into his colonial military and deployed him to the field, to defend the so called fatherland. After all, some of the Princes of the United Kingdom are gallantly defending their fatherland in the British Army. Paul Biya, should not sent his son to ENAM, without him participating in the entrance examination, while the children of the common citizens are sent to die mysteriously in a faceless war they know nothing about.
It was Wilfred Owen, who said his poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” in the Sheldon Book of Verse, that; “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.”. In order words, it is absolutely false for any LRC soldier to think that “it is sweet and worthy to die fighting for ones fatherland” at this instance of a war on Ambazonia. If they truly want to die fighting for their fatherland, they should head up North and face Boko Haram. Going to Manyu to fight ghosts and in turn kill innocent citizens out of frustration, is engaging in a suicide mission to sustain a Biya dictatorship that has contributed nothing to their lives in 36 years.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst