Monday, 29 May 2017

President Paul Biya Waking From His LONG Slumber -- Acting Like A Cat On Bot Bricks

The comportment of the president of La Republique du Cameroun in recent times has been so fascinating to observe from the onlooker’s position. President Paul Biya has been acting like a cat on hot bricks or better still a mother who returns from a long journey just to find her plates in disarray. 

But this is not the story of a mother. It is the tale of a president who is almost drowning in the sea of strong pressure coming from just every nook and cranny of his little country.

We may have to walk a little backward in time to observe this waking moment Biya may never forget in his lifetime. All began in 2016, precisely in October, with the Eseka train derailment that left scores of people dead and hundreds more injured.

Our “father” had been enjoying a never-ending holiday in a “celestial hotel” in his Switzerland paradise when the shock hit him right on the nose. After a conference in the US, His Excellency had simply crossed over to Switzerland to have a nice time and breathe “fresh and sweet air” like a child running away from its responsibility of assisting Mama with her chores.
President Paul Biya Waking From His LONG Slumber -- Acting Like A Cat On Bot Bricks
The never-ending holiday had spanned several weeks notwithstanding tough pressure from Cameroonians at home and abroad. But the only thing that could wake Biya from his slumber was the breaking news that might have reached him first through social media that Camrail had buried scores of his people.

Biya ,who could not yet sense real danger, carried on with his slumber thereafter, not knowing that it was just the tip of the iceberg.

Then followed the Anglophone Struggle, which Biya must admit [inwardly] is the most challenging problem he has faced during his “everlasting reign” that has spanned more than three decades already.

Thanks to this unstoppable cry from the people of West Cameroon, the supreme ruler of La Republic has embarked on reforms he never dreamed of, even in his childhood nightmares. He has signed so many decrees that he cannot even ascertain the number, even if he were to do it as part of a contest to select the most intelligent president in the world.

The English language that his regime has always tried to bury in favour of the less powerful French language has received the highest attention in its history in the country. Even so, Biya would never accept defeat or call a spade a spade. That is probably why instead of glorifying English, he hides behind the so-called bilingualism to create a certain National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism; all in a bit to avoid admitting that English is the king of the jungle.

For how long has Cameroon been “bilingual” ? I guess reunification was in 1972. “Father”, you have to fall back into slumber and taste the bitter side of things once more.

Most interestingly, the regime recently claimed the English version of the OHADA text had been in existence for several years now. If that claim was true, then it confirms the deep slumber the regime had been in. That was after irresistible pressure from common law lawyers as part of the cry against the marginalization of West Cameroon by La Republique.

We may not have to cite appointments Biya has been obliged by circumstances beyond his “control” to make. And West Cameroonians have taken central stage in the appointments.

Papa has just created a football academy in his country, which he terms Anafoot. We have also officially put in place a specialized female football league, which Helene Sakwe has been called to lead.

Papa, slumber could be good. Try again.

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