This is what happens when you wean baby boys off their mother’s chest and sends them to lead a struggle orchestrated by their grand parents. First of all they started with hype of a win even before the battle started.
And then they gathered a crowd, led them by fear of exclusion and hunger for recognition, to cheer for them while they made rational decisions that only sunk them deeper into their mud.
They built their ideologies and strategy based on assumptions: assuming that Biya will give in; assuming that everyone will support the course with same mind as them; assuming that the international community will mount pressure on the government and the government will easily give in; assuming that their constant media awareness and presence will make struggle go viral and soften the minds of sympathizers to weigh in; assuming that UNESCO and other leading bodies will place sanctions to disassemble the government’s plan to show force and authority; assuming that their constant presence at embassies around the world will positively affect the outcomes of the struggle; assuming that they will raise enough money especially from the diaspora to support the struggle; assuming that threatening other young ones and polarizing the atmosphere to draw a line between Anglophone and francophone will further strengthen their case; assuming that spreading propaganda and sabotage will earn them more stripes and muscle to stand the struggle; assuming that their boycotts, intimidations and hunger tactics will entice the ageing government to feel some remorse and give in; assuming that God will send a miracle through its numerous preachers and robe wearers to change the fate of the struggle; and assuming that the assumptions could become reality.
In every battle, the loser is the one who falls in the trap set by the winner. We must agree that we fell for their trap: we had no strategy in the beginning and so no tactics and a blurry vision. Whereas the government, simply unveiled their old formula: made time to listen to them, created occasions for dialogue and made its usual promises before tactfully arresting their real leaders to expose its weaker links. They infiltrated the struggle and played along side to further gather evidence and build its case while the baby boys played on to its tunes, played on until they start running out of steam and get caught with brain fatigue.
Today, while others go through the pains of jail, others are enjoying the freedom of a political refugee. Leadership is slowly moving away from these baby boys but back to an amateur who keeps sending video notes from hiding in the same way we have watched the leaders of terrorist groups send out memos. Sending pencil threats to the establishment and expecting long lasting effects.
We have witnessed nations like Libya, Egypt and many others go through such circles but the difference is that it was led by a united group of savvy professional committed to a common purpose with no egoistic motives. Yet, today’s outcomes of these nations are still unpleasant.
Cameroonians are very much informed and aware that despite our current realities, they won’t let the nation go back in the dark ages. The government’s intervention might have been brutal but some say, it was much deserved at that period in time.
To win this struggle, we first of all must accept our mistakes in strategy implementation and leadership, realign priorities and then engage with a common purpose using reason over emotions.
We, the silent majority, we are certainly setting up our building blocks. We are focused on the war and not the battles. And this is about winning the war and not battles. Our plans leading up to 2018 Presidential elections, shall not go unrecognized.
We will use the same old tricks, from their own textbooks, on their own turfs and change the fate of leadership and democracy in Cameroon.
Written by The Great Anonymous.