A Russian proverb says “What men usually ask for when they pray to God is, that two and two may not make four…”. There is this prayer going on now on social media that Ni John Fru Ndi should NOT be the Presidential candidate for SDF come 2017/2018 because he is aging etc. This is obviously coming from folk who have quickly forgotten that the SDF’s principle objective now is to reform and resurrect the lost glory of Cameroon as a nation. To achieve this laudable goal needs only one with those original ideals and vision as crafted in SDF’s Manifesto and Devolution of power. For the moment, and without any prejudices and bias, that figure is John Fru Ndi. Yet, the war against that choice is so fierce and even coming from within the very heart of the SDF due to excitement and ignorance.
So, let’s dish out some lessons. A onetime chop-fire SDF leader was a victim of calumny , denigration and slander when, as Provincial Chairman of SDF in 2003, he wrote a private memo to Ni John Fru Ndi presaging him of a looming scheme by some top bureaucrats in the SDF to bring in a certain Adamu Ndam Njoya as the Opposition presidential candidate for the 2004 Presidential elections. This erstwhile Provincial Chairman threatened that if it happened, and Fru Ndi was not to lead the transitional team, he was going to influence the youths to adhere more in the SCNC, given the numerous and uncountable affronts the Anglophones were suffering in the hands of Francophone Camerounaise. Some members of his bureau, who were privy to the memo excitedly handed a copy to The Herald newspaper which was then at war with the SDF, and so painted what could ignite Fru
Some members of his bureau, who were privy to the memo excitedly handed a copy to The Herald newspaper which was then at war with the SDF, and so painted what could ignite Fru Ndi’s rage and cause division within the NW lines. Shortly after, following a tragedy in Menchum Valley caused by a certain Kum, the entire NEC was moved to go down for condolences, and behold, the top officials brought along CDU’s Adamu Ndam Njoya! This Provincial Chairman of SDF cried wolf again…and this was culminated at the selection exercise when the SDF SG inserted a clause that was meant to eliminate Fru Ndi…the bilingual facet.
That Provincial Chairman stepped down from his seat in anger and honor of love for the SDF and became so bitter with the man he had set out in the first place to defend . Today, he stands vindicated! Today, over a decade later, many Cameroonians are again being misled…this time on the social media as to what the political scene of Cameroon actually is. Many say Fru Ndi is old to run as presidential candidate for SDF, while the CPDM says Paul Biya is too young yet to back off as their natural candidate. The fact remains that the future political dispensation of Cameroon entails that Cameroonians get a tested and enduring charismatic and disciplined leader to pilot a transition in Cameroon. And, to say the least without blinking an eye, Ni John Fru Ndi has the wherewithal to carry on that task. Check it out. Honoring the Transitional Terms: A transitional government is a government temporarily set up to prepare the way for a permanent government. It can oversee the writing of a new constitution and organize elections for a new permanent government for the country. This type of government has a mandate for strictly defined purposes.
The fact remains that the future political dispensation of Cameroon entails that Cameroonians get a tested and enduring charismatic and disciplined leader to pilot a transition in Cameroon. And, to say the least without blinking an eye, Ni John Fru Ndi has the wherewithal to carry on that task. Check it out. Honoring the Transitional Terms: A transitional government is a government temporarily set up to prepare the way for a permanent government. It can oversee the writing of a new constitution and organize elections for a new permanent government for the country. This type of government has a mandate for strictly defined purposes.
It prepares the way for a permanent government. It is, in fact, an event that fills a political void. Most transitional governments come up as a result of a revolution or when the state is declared a failed one. Cameroon has been going through trials and very delicate periods. The fact that there has been no major civil strife beyond the bounds of the nation’s capital does not mean that the state is stable. There has been lots and lots of constitutional violations, freezing of international treaties and legal instances, and the enslavement of the people of former West Cameroon and their institutions. For Cameroon to become stable there is need for a transitional government under a trusted, wise and disciplined leadership like Fru Ndi.
Recall that in 1992, the Union for Change came up with Ni John Fru Ndi as the candidate for a transitional government in Cameroon, given that the Biya regime had plunged the Cameroon nation into a constitutional quagmire. Joseph Owona’s Grand/Large debate ended up in the fiasco we are experiencing today. Biya is swimming in his Machiavellian philosophy, contenting himself with the maxim of “The end will always justify the means” and not caring when the roof will come tumbling. For a clairvoyant and purposeful people, it is time to open up and tell the citizens what lies ahead and why a visionary of Fru Ndi’s caliber and age needs to head that transition. Fru Ndi: The Visionary : The Bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Imagine a different candidate in 1992 winning the Presidential elections even at the Military Headquarters and still resisted the urge to declare a national uprising! This man had a vision for all Cameroonians and could not jeopardize the peace of the nation for political gains. Even Fru Ndi’s hecklers and detractors agree, as did many at his Baba II Thanks-giving birthday party, that Fru Ndi will NOT be the catalyst for urban unrest and crime because the poor( and they are in their majority in Cameroon) suffer twice at the rioters’ hands than the oppressors.
Fru Ndi has the attributes of a statesman who looks at the future of his people, unlike a politician who looks at the future of his party. Cameroon would have perished were it the types of so-called leaders we see parading the corridors of power at the National Assembly, Councils and even Ministries. Fru Ndi has foresight, insight and hindsight and sees what lies ahead, what is hidden in the politique of Cameroon and what is behind and besides the ongoing in Cameroon. So, it takes only a visionary to handle a transition, not an ambitious position-seeking politician who, immediately their buttocks touch the presidential seat, they apply glow and remain stuck.
At age 76, a Fru Ndi will be more reliable to respect the terms of a transitional government, than a young person with boiling and vaulting ambitions. It is my fervent call to those who will care to listen that an impending doom hangs over the Cameroon horizon, and thus the need for all the antagonists in the political scene in Cameroon to set matters right…because by their constant and tele-guided rivalry, they are dividing a whole age. John Kuskin warns “ Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalry-ship; or nobly which is done in pride. We must not pretend not to be seeing that the façade of what we call laws will soon crumble when the real wind of crisis rise. Many will live to join me that their prayers were not granted that Fru Ndi declare war in 1992.
Today, he is vindicated and many will veil their consciences with pride and fail to see the reality of things. We have very dynamic youths, qualified and being groomed to assume real leadership after the transition…a transition that can be assured only by a trusted, wise and elderly charismatic and tested leader of international repute like Ni John Fru Ndi. The forth-coming presidential elections will not be an ordinary one, given the circumstances surrounding especially coming at the time of the expiry of the diabolic pact of 1968 and the need to straighten the constitutional records of the Union of British Southern Cameroons and French La Republqiue du Cameroon. The Oracle and The Sons are speakin,accept it or not…that is it!
By Asonyu Paul for BaretaNews.