Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Open Letter To Paul Biya: "Under Your Regime, Cameroon Remained Frozen In 1982"

Mr. Chairman,  It is often said that a father is until death. Even if I wish you to live several more years, it is clear however that you died politically.

Let me explain.  The country is cracking. National unity, if it ever existed, is shattered. The borders are cracking. The retreat of identity is more and more celebrated and tribalism is exposed without embarrassment. In the North, the victory over Boko Haram is far from being definitively acquired. But in the meantime, some of our soldiers are visibly sowing more terror among the civilian population than the militia members of the terrorist sect. I want as proof the video showing a woman and her child killed without faith or law by several Cameroonian soldiers.

In the Southwest and Northwest, it is civil war. The word is not overused. Cameroon is at war. The violent repression that formed your regime's response to the 2016 social demands in the English-speaking area gave rise to a deep schism between Southern Cameroon and French-speaking Cameroon. True to its repressive technology, your thirty-year regime has achieved the feat of radicalizing a significant portion of the English-speaking population so that it does not bother to express its desire for independence. Worse still, it gives itself the armed means to achieve it.

Mr. President, What is particularly difficult in these troubled times, it is the Cornelian task that your (in) action imposes on us, that is to say to try to defend the integrity of Cameroon without making play of your regime and support the anglophone cause without playing the part of extremists / secessionists.
Open Letter To Paul Biya: "Under Your Regime, Cameroon Remained Frozen In 1982"
The fact remains that the Anglophone crisis is not a simple contingent event. This is the most resounding expression of abyssal failure in your 36 years of governance. You who have never stopped presenting yourself as the guarantee of peace in Cameroon must draw the political consequences of your inability to fulfill this commitment. In other words, if you are consistent with yourself (we can always dream), resign or at least give up your candidate for another term.

Do not try, Mr. President, to sell us the tasteless sauce of the type "you are the best risk", "the country is going through a difficult period that requires experience", "you are the best candidate "and tutti quanti. We heard it until we were thirsty. I remember that on September 26, 2011 already you had resorted to this demagogic and mischievous argument to justify your candidacy. On the eve of the last electoral event, you write on your Facebook page " In relation to the election, is it possible to hesitate? Peace or adventure? Stability or uncertainty? Order or chaos? ". 7 years later it is possible to note the failure of what you then presented as your most beautiful success and your passport for a new statesman. 

At bottom, what was to happen (alas) arrived. Comprised of nepotism, tribalism, cronyism, corruption, favoritism, gerontocracy, political repression, institutional violence, chronic lack of economic vision, etc. your software was actually programmed to fail. In retrospect, the student strikes of the 1990s and the social demands of 2008 were already warning signs of a deep uneasiness that you have as your usual ignored. You did not hesitate to describe the strikers as " sorcerer's apprentices."

Mister President, With respect for your venerable age, allow me to tell you that you are no longer part of the solution to the problems of Cameroon. You have never been part of it. And for good reason, you are the main responsible. Under your regime, Cameroon remained frozen in 1982. It is sad to see this country rich in its immense natural and human resources sinking every day a little more in the rut of underdevelopment and the continued disintegration of the collective bond. 

While I do not want to go further with the successive "ndem" of your regime, I would like to point out that only your departure combined with the democratic and transparent election of a new president can be an interesting start to solving the English-speaking problem. and the definitive emergence of Cameroon. 

Do not listen to those who, taken hostage by food considerations and vain, pushes you to extremism. You are about to set Cameroon on fire by your obstinacy. Think of Ben Ali, Compaore, Bokassa or Mobutu. Think of the sometimes tragic end of many of your former counterparts who wanted to drag on to power. 

Mr. Chairman,  The content of this letter may not be foreign to you. No doubt you have already received the same type. However, do not be like that donkey waiting to get some water to learn to swim. It is often said that to govern is to foresee. It is also to predict its exit. It's time.
Hoping that the purpose of this letter is echoed, I beg you to believe Mr. President, to the expression of my respectful greetings and thanks.

Christian Djoko

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