Amidst the ongoing Anglophone crisis, the government seem not to get exactly what the people want. The following are preconditions for genuine dialogue drafted by the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and the Southern Cameroons people:
1. Bring back our brothers, parents, children who have been arrested and carried to Yaounde.
2. Bring back our internet.
3. Demilitarise our towns.
4. Open up a genuine dialogue with the aggrieved Southern Cameroonians.
Definitely, this implies that the government can only exhibit good faith by meeting the aforementioned preconditions. Recent actions by the government in a bid to end the ongoing stalemate in Southern Cameroons is a gross evidence of continuous bad faith: “They want us to do it their way.” sources lament. If we agree that democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people then the government of La Republique must go about solving the crisis via the people’s way.
It is in this line that Prime Minister Philemon Yang peace visit to Bamenda the capital city of the Northwest Region was strongly criticised. The people virtually gave him death ears following his persistent demand on the resumption of schools. The people declined, based on the fact that their leaders are still in detention, their brothers, children, and husbands are in detention. Adding that the internet is still not restored, meanwhile, their streets are still highly militarised.
Fascinating about his failed peace tour was a counter response from the Chairman of the Social Democratic Front (SDF)- Ni John Fru Ndi had this to say: “I learnt that the Prime Minister was in the city. He did not invite me it is not by force that teachers and students will return to classrooms. They expected the head of the government to come and talk to them and ask for what they wanted. He did not do that. He came to tell them what to do.This is not the way to go. He should stop ridiculing himself. The Government must engage in frank dialogue.”
BaretaNews adds that the government should do what is democratically right. That is requesting from the people what they want and act upon their requests accordingly.
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