Following persistent calls from the national and international community for the government of Cameroon to call for a needed dialogue or negotiation to end the protractive Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, the powers that be have been rather slow or adamant to succumb.
The UN, the UK, the US have all with good faith in respect to international relations norms offered their Good Offices for a possible negotiation between the conflicting parties (Ambazonia separatists and the Government of Cameroon)
The recent proposal has been from the Catholic Church which has proposed their services for mediation to end the conflict and prevent a possible civil war.
“We do not impose ourselves, explained the president of the Episcopal Conference on RFI, but if the authorities decide to appeal to us, we are ready” (as translated from French)
Speaking last Saturday to Radio France International – RFI, government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma Bakary indicated that the government of Cameroon is studying all propositions on its table that will help resolve the ongoing Anglophone crisis with the exemption of no proposals.
“First, we are a secular state, recalls Issa Tchiroma Bakary, interviewed by RFI. Today, it is the Catholics. Tomorrow, probably, Muslims and so on. The prime minister of the government has received firm instructions to meet all strata of society, including, therefore, the Catholic Church”. (as translated from French)
This subtle declaration is coming from the same minister who has incessantly said in categorical terms that the government cannot negotiate with Terrorists (Anglophone Separatists).
This is coming after the US Ambassador to Cameroon Peter Henry Barlerin recently hit hard on the state of Cameroon blaming the government for summary executions in the North West and South Regions in line with military crackdown on separatists.
From an optimistic point of view, analyzing the tone of the minister over RFI on Saturday 19 2018, the implication of his statements will suggest that the government is fully engaged on crowdsourcing both intellectual and material resources to end the Anglophone crisis. But for how long?
After all, the continuation of the conflict only translates to economic hardship, economic stagnation, and even break down, increase government expenditure, increase youth unemployment, political instability and on a personal note a bad legacy for the World’s lone non-royal oldest president Paul Biya (85years)
Evidence of division in Cameroon between the English speaking and the French speaking parts keeps speaking volumes but the authorities seem to be giving it a cold shoulder.
Cameroon just celebrated the worst edition of her prestigious national day on the 20th May 2018 which saw (if not total) boycott from the two English speaking regions. Left for the military and some government personnel who marched under top-notch security. what’s your thought?