Monday, 29 October 2018

We Envy Anglophones’ Courage To Resist Forces Of Oppression, Francophones Finally Speak Out!

National Times -There was great dissatisfaction among some Francophones in Yaoundé after the Constitutional Council rejected all the petitions presented by opposition political party candidates leading to the declaration of Biya’s victory in the October 7 Presidential election.


Most of these Francophones, who stayed glued to their radio and television sets for days following the proceedings at the Constitutional Council expressed their disappointment at what they said was a “stolen victory” since Biya’s victory was not based on results from the polls, but fabricated result sheets by the regime.

In their disappointment, they said, “on va faire comment?” literally translated as what can we do, while asserting that they don’t possess the courage to challenge the regime as Anglophones have done.
We Envy Anglophones’ Courage To Resist Forces Of Oppression, Francophones Finally Speak Out!
As we chat with a senior military officer, he lamented and almost burst into tears and said, “I respect Anglophones for one thing; they are a courageous people. We Francophones are cowards who can only talk but not act.”

When asked what Anglophones are doing that Francophones can’t do, the officer in his forties argued emphatically that the people’s victory has been stolen again, but they are unable to react unlike Anglophones.

“I am a courageous man and I like courageous people. We must respect Anglophones because they have braved the odds and are fighting for their rights. But look at us Francophones, our election victory has been stolen but we are all afraid to claim it.”

Another Francophone said they cannot risk their lives, food and pleasure just for a human being.
According to him, Anglophones are the ones who can take the risk to live in war. Recently a celebrated Francophone web Journalist was arrested when an audio statement attributed to him went viral. As alleged by the audio, Michel Biem Tong identifies himself as a Francophone Journalist castigating Francophones for remaining silent in the face of electoral fraud. He further praised the courage of Anglophones and encouraged them to continue with what he called “the struggle.” Hours later, he was arrested.

The discussion has also continued online with some Francophones calling for prayers as the only solution to the current political challenges in the country.

However, they held that it is better to stay under the claws of Paul Biya until God will deliver them rather than go down to the streets like the Anglophones. Others have argued that any street manifestation may lead to a similar situation like what is happening in the Anglophone Regions, which is why some have even rejected any call to take to the streets.

Meanwhile, some say just like in World War II where the myth of the white man and white soldiers was broken, Anglophones have broken the myth of the dreaded Cameroonian military, especially its notorious Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR).
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