Biya could be right when he insinuated that some cities have been held hostage, depriving the general population of their basic duties and amenities. Maybe Biya was right to have shut off the internet in these regions too. Maybe who knows, our worst fears could have been true by now. These two regions, especially Bamenda could have been in ashes by now.
And now the people are beginning to beg for more answers than questions asked. They say, “we obeyed you when you asked us to stay in doors; we admired you when you seem to speak out against corruption; we have closed down our businesses for higher expectations as you promised; our children have missed school and some have died because of your orders; we have been called extremist and are being stigmatised and stereotyped in the national market place; our regional economies have fallen and are falling to its knees; many continue to emigrate and the functional voids continue to widen – what are the lessons learned and what have we gained?”
Others are quick to say any failures are part of the expectations, but we believe that such expectations could be minimized if it was done in the right way. Worst of it all is that fact that here we are today, worst than where we used to be before this whole struggle started. If only we can understand how many businesses have closed down and/or been discouraged to enter and/or scale their businesses; if we understand how the administration will choke up the vulnerable population going forward; if we understand the potential surge in youth delinquency; if we understand the dwindling effects of emigration of youths from a vibrant city etc, then we will consider different approaches and opinions when handling such issues.
It is true that the civil responses have had a dent on the administration who are making amends on bilingualism and multicultarism. It could just be the administration’s way to show concern but we wait to see its effectiveness. And the main problem has just been magnified.
It is time for Cameroon and Cameroonians to learn from lessons that have worked in other places like Bostwana and the Gambia. It is now imperative that we unite and rally behind a common personality who is representative of a cross discipline to stand against Biya in 2018. This is the only way we can sustain and succeed in the struggle to gain our nation’s pride.
Written by The Great Anonymous.