THE HOPE OF COMMEMORATING THE SISIKU AYUK TABE DAY: A LETTER TO BARETA NEWS
As I sat down in my quiet corner thinking of how best I could commemorate the day the man I looked up to as my president was arrested, I felt a sign of despair, fear and loss of hope. Yes LOSS OF HOPE. Did I just say HOPE. Yes HOPE: Those four letters pierced my memory like a needle. A silent voice told me that we have fought a good fight and just when we were about to bring down the elephant, disorder came in and hope was lost again. That little voice became so sharp that I was almost crumbling to it tenets and demands. The demands to give up because infighting has engulf the land. Give up because leadership was lacking to take us further. Give up because you will never win this struggle and you will perish like a park of carts. Give up because many have given up and more are on the way to. Give up because personally, you have lost so much. Give up, give up… the voice kept resonating.
Just when I was about to give up and fall to the negative voice of a lost hope, one other voice told me, Mr. Achiri why don’t you call your pastor and speak with him. Why don’t you talk to other friends in the struggle, why don’t you follow other positive activists on Facebook and see what they are offering this day? These questions were like a motivation to try something else. Yes I went to Facebook, visited Mark Bareta, Eric Tataw, Ray Timah and luckily Ray’s post on that day was a video of Martin Luther King Junior with his famous “I have a Dream Speech”. After listening to that video, it dawn on me that the dream Dr King was talking about could be changed to HOPE. Though I had listened to this speech so many times, it came to me as a special edition again. It brought me HOPE:
The HOPE that one day we will not be judge by the language we speak but by the will to serve
The hope that one day, our own kids will not be seen as the “OTHERS” in the land of their birth but as part of the within.
The HOPE that one day, our destinies will not be decided before we are born, but when we grow mature and ready to contribute to a nation that does not divide us on any lines.
The HOPE that the respect of human rights, rule of law, law enforcement will be the general good of all in the land and not the absolute right of a reserved few.
The hope that Sisiku AYUK Tabe and his team will come out one day stronger than they went in.
That hope was the hope that gave me a true sense of historical reasoning and a deep thought of an activist. The idea that if you give up now then what becomes of those who have been arrested illegally or killed by the junta in Yaounde.
If you give up now, what will you tell Mamie Appie and others who were burnt into ashes just because they were Anglophones. If you give up now then you have told Mr. Biya and his team that the force of darkness is stronger than the force of light.
If you give up now then you have confirmed that what divides us as Southern Cameroonians is stronger than what unites us. The infighting will come and go and we shall remain a people with a common goal having different strategies. We shall stay this course not because we love it so much but because we must take it to the logical end. We shall stay in this course because this generation has produced the best skilled young men and women guided by HOPE, determination, courage, strength, patriotism, dreams of a nation that will honour their efforts as a people united in faith for a common destiny. We shall stay in this course because we did not chose this struggle but this struggle chose us and came at our generation.
We shall stay in this course because we believe in the ability, trust and love for each other to see a free and prosperous Southern Cameroons.
We shall stay this course because we don’t want our younger ones to inherit and unfinished job.
With this in my mind, I call on you to come out on the 5th of January dear compatriots with patriotic spirits to commemorate the abduction of our leaders. Let us come out wherever we are and show the junta that yes we are still united in our resolve. That no matter what, we will stay and stir this cause to it end. That keeping Ayuk Tabe in there is the monumental error of his bid to shut us down.
I have hope that one day the Blue and White flag shall fly over the land in which I was peacefully born and the song, “Hail this land of glory” shall be sung by its rightful children.
God bless Southern Cameroons
God bless you