Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Of Alleged Tribalism In The Southern Cameroons Struggle

Over the last couple of days, I have seen some posters castigating some Southern Cameroonians who are putting their neck in this struggle to see homeland free. These front liners happened to come from the same county as the posters alleged. 

Tribalism and its sentiments are very bad. It destroys a movement and it is very bad for development. Sometimes I used to get very angry why God made the walls of Jericho to collapse. We were supposed to be speaking one language in the world maybe the cankerworm of tribalism shouldn’t be an issue now.

However, because we are engaging in a week of sanitizing our social media space (#TeamCleanUpSocialMediaSpace) and engaging in more education, I think as an opinion leader, I should voice my opinion over the alleged tribalism within the struggle.

My philosophy is that before looking at the area someone comes from, you must look first at his/her potentials and output. Sometimes the area becomes not necessary unless in a political set up. In a revolution as ours, people step up and not everyone step up at once or at the same time. We have succeeded so far in this struggle because we buried the NW/SW saga. We looked at each other as Southern Cameroonians, doing his or her own best to free homeland not which area he or she comes from. We must not look at where an individual comes from in this struggle. The inputs they put into the struggle is what matters. Are their contributions taking us to the right directions? Are they building momentum for the struggle? Are we supposing that those who can offer for the struggle should step aside and wait for those who want to step up meanwhile there is none to step up because coincidently maybe those at the frontline happened to come from one country or zone?
 Of Alleged Tribalism In The Southern Cameroons Struggle
Let us remember that the ability to work for the struggle is an individual decision and not an appointment or elective one where we start looking for a balance of power. A balance of power is important in a struggle but must be done with those available and ready to work. Should a movement go about begging or handpicking people who have no interest to work for the struggle because they seek for balance of power. This is a revolution, its a struggle and sometimes the dictates of democracy do not flow because we need few committed who are trust worthy and can get the job done.

Now we know that Bamenda is the only county where the struggle is still alive 100 percent. In other areas, the momentum is fading, some 80 percent etc. Should people of Bamenda stop and fall aback because Limbe or other areas are not respecting the struggle fully? This cannot be the case.

Hon Wirba, Verla Franklin, Mark Bareta and a host of others are from Bui County. Should we be concerned whether only Bui County make up Southern Cameroons? Should we be concerned why people of Bui are vocal or belong to the same movement?

I will prefer to have people from one or same county in Southern Cameroons free me from la Republique rather than to play political correctness and stay for another 56 years with La Republique. We must stop looking at the tribes and divisions of those at the fore front. It’s a revolution where people are staking their lives, families etc. Their lives and families are a target. We must stand with our front liners. Not everyone can do the same, not everyone can put in same inputs but we can combine our individual inputs to something great. Should our front leaders come from the same county, it’s not by their making or design but by their abilities to work and free homeland.

Please my fellow Southern Cameroonians, when Southern Cameroons state must have been restored, all the dictates of a truly democratic state shall apply in our homeland. All those dictates which seek to wipe away tribalism, favoritism etc. shall be enforced when everything is over.

For now, my people, we are in a revolution. It’s a struggle for crying out loud. Those who can offer are welcome to act regardless of where he or she comes from. That time will come.

One love

Mark Bareta
Bui and Many Counties
Southern Cameroons
Follow the struggle and not individuals


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