One can best describe the reaction of the protesting regions as children who bask themselves in dust in an attempt to seek their parents attention. As the parents ignore – they move on to bask in mud… And the parents ignore then they move on pour body lotion on them and all over… And then with more desperation, they are ready to heat oil and burn themselves with it. They continue to believe their neighbors will intervene yet the neighbor says, ‘that’s your father – we have little to do”. The father understands that with more desperation, the child will eventually get tired and possibly fall asleep or better still cry until a neighbor comes in takes them to their home until later.
This is exactly the situation in Cameroon. In the beginning, many believed that Biya was going to hear their loud cries and run to them as if he cared. And then they realized he doesn’t care much and so they begin to use desperate measures of which Biya saw them coming. With further desperation, they have taken to the streets, matching and calling on the international community - which has given a death ear. And now, they have come back and waiting to use their last resources – anger. In anger there is little they can do – for Biya has prepared the tuff to contain them all without a lose of heart. The irony is that most loud and protesting Cameroon confuse Biya for Obama not knowing he is just a quiet form of Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, abroad, many fans have realized that their moments matching through the cold have yielded little or no results but have more or less shown the world their dirty linens. Maybe, as Cameroonians, we should learn to clean our dirty linens indoors. Everyone has become an instruction fanatic – sending orders for the release of those arrested as if Biya reads any of those letters. Biya, has merely created a stage for Cameroonians to dwell on. He sits from his palace and has his team playing the populace like a chess game.
Some say it has been a success – but the realists say we have just found out the loops holes and will be better prepared to re-launch when the time is right. And so, they have left the loud minority to keep fanning the flames in desperation and attention seeking while the silent majority is putting in place surprises for Biya in 2018.
At the end of the day -
And so, I am poised to question the realities of certain events that unfolded in the wake of the recent crisis:
How could perpetuators of the ghost town shut down hospitals and refused medical practitioners from exercising their civic duties? A friend of mine lost his brother simply because they could not find a medical staff at the hospital.
How could perpetuators of the ghost town barricade the transit route for journalists whose jobs were to report on the happenings? As such, the mass of false information that filtered through came from the keyboard journalists whose imaginations played scenes – making them believe that they were free and winning.
It puzzles me that a people will decide to shut down their activities for 4 days out 7 days simply because they want to pass a message – a message they are sending to someone who has been deaf for over 30 years - yet, they say, they believe in miracles. If they had a message to say – they could better plan a march to the Unity palace and stage a camping there where Biya will be reminded of them daily. For now, they are simply alienating themselves from the rest of the population who continue to find reason to maintain the nation’s pride and integrity – the Lions showed that yesterday in the achievement of the Nations Cup. I see members in the diaspora – especially those in the US – holding meetings to foster the agenda – but they forget that Cameroon is not in the US – Cameroon is in Cameroon.
And while some have been arrested – some have fled – realizing their original plans for seeking asylum. And then you will hear them compare them with Mandela…. Ask them if Mandela ever left his country amidst the chaos. These are many more reasons why Biya continuous to give them the silent treatment so as to let them know that this is a battle of generations and not days. And you don’t send little boys amped with heightened testosterone to fight an old man’s battle whose hormones have been replaced by greed, cognac and the contaminated communion drinks from the various churches and sects they have lived through their ages.
It is my hope that through these happenings, we have learned and will learn the difference between a battle and a war. Let’s be keen of our end goals and avoid more casualties than have been caused already.
I stand to propose that we should recoil, refocus, replan and then re – engage. This generation has enough time to oust Biya – and only nature will make such a dictator lose sight of his end goals. Let’s play along with nature and nature will certainly favor Cameroon through its several wins. But winning is not about hurting yourself inorder to gain attention. Like an Ewondo woman – they prefer pleasure in pain – just incase they still don’t know what moves Biya.