The handover of power from the late and former President of the then Federal Republic of Cameroon and later United Republic of Cameroon to the incumbent President of the then United Republic of Cameroon and now Republic of Cameroon on the 6th of November, 1982 sealed the dictatorship threshold between the two presidents and was meant to further the colonialist and annexationist agenda of France in the former UN Trust territory of British Southern Cameroon.
Constitutionally, the Federal Republic of Cameroon which was consumed by a “Peaceful Revolution” on the people of former British Southern Cameroon in the name of a referendum as argued by Bernard Nsokika Fonlon was only an architectural design of what we see today. It ruled out the possibility of any Southern Cameroonian to become a President of the Republic of Cameroon by relegating them to subordinate posts in which first and foremost is illegal.
The 1972 lopsided and conspirational referendum which was aimed at transforming the vague Federal Republic of Cameroon into the United Republic seemed to have only a continuation of the process to structurally eradicate the English culture in Southern Cameroon thereby completely assimilating its people into a system which was alien to them.
Some would posit that this transformation only marked the end of a cherished federal system of government but to me, it helped expose the assimilationist agenda of former East Cameroon as most if not all state structures in west Cameroon were liquidated. This gave birth to a United Republic which further advanced the colonial agenda of LRC.
1982 signalled the transition of power in the United Republic of Cameroon as former president Ahmadou Ahidjo decided to constitutionally hand over power to Paul Biya on the 6th of November after 24years in power.
The little known Biya who had rose through the ranks of the Director of Civil Cabinet at the presidency in the early 1960s to prime minister with the right to succeed the President in case of physical incapacity to rule or death following the introduction of the post in 1975 and a 1979 constitutional amendment to that effect became President.
Biya wasted no time as he went ahead to change the name of the United Republic of Cameroon to the Republic of CameroUn; a name adopted by LRC at independence on 1st January 1960, therefore, signalling a return to that Republic and completing their colonial agenda. This act of the change in name led Fon Gorji Dinka, one time President of the Cameroon Bar Association to argue that LRC had lost its right to continuous existence in Southern Cameroon and had to withdraw and respect its international boundaries as obtained at independence.
It is therefore proper to argue that 6th November is a symbol of the dictatorship threshold between former president Ahidjo and incumbent president Paul Biya on the people of LRC and finalizing the colonial assimilationist agenda of LRC on the people of Southern Cameroon. This has not happened unnoticed as Southern Cameroons in their individual capacities and in groups have stood up time and again only to be silenced by the government.
However, 2016 witnessed a series of events that metamorphosed into a restoration struggle of the former UN trust territory of Southern Cameroons. More than a year on, one can say that the struggle has come to stay based on the present unfolding of events. It is, therefore, my humble advise to the French-speaking majority Cameroonians to stop chanting that Cameroon is one and indivisible and rather concentrate on freeing themselves from colonial rule to enjoy 21st-century democracy.