“We are in a democracy, the best option be that we should give the people of Southern Cameroon the option to decide on federation whether they want to stay in the current dispensation or they want to have a separate state” The human rights defender, the founder and general over seer of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (https://chrda.org) shriek to Canadian parliament on behalf of the masses in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
Though majority parliamentarian have refused in a robust zeal to discuss about the Anglophone crisis in a supposedly Cameroon house of parliament. What a shame is what a reasonable Cameroonian will exclaim when hearing that parliamentarians from different countries around the world have in many occasions give a listening ear to the problem of Southern Cameroon unlike brainwash, hand clappers and rented comedians in the name of parliamentarians in Cameroon who only cares about their stomach.
Bar. Abor Nkongho suggesting a referendum as the best way by which an Anglophone crisis can be solve to the Canadian parliament was because he has observe and come into a conclusion with facts that some Southern Cameroonians are clamoring for two state federation and others for total separation from La Republic du Cameroon. Hear him speak “some are clamoring for federation and others believe in the independence of the state of Southern Cameroon”
A human rights defender did not only clamor for a referendum but also went ahead to suggest possible solutions to the crisis pertaining to what the masses believe in as a solution to their problem in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. He told the parliamentarians that “there is a cry for a return to either two state federation or at best an independent Southern Cameroon” He also drills the Canadian parliament that any solution to the crisis rocking the Northwest and Southwest region of Cameroon must partake with ideas of Southern Cameroonian in the diaspora.
What is qualified as a wonderful question is the query by one of the parliamentarian lby name Mr. Sweet to Bar. Nkongho: “I will like you to tell us about the separatist, the number of them and how they are operating”? With experience and facts from where one is by nature must term “Ground Zero”, the human rights defender took the house of parliament back to what has been and what is happening in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon as a reason of the existence of separatist fighters in their numbers in Southern Cameroon. Hear him answer Mr. Sweet, “as a result of the killings of unarm civilians, burning of villages some citizens decided to come together to protect themselves as a self-defense”. This short phrase from Bar. Agbor summarizes the reasons for the creation of separatist fighters groups and its expansion in the sense that these atrocities are still being committed on the civilians by supposedly military men who are supposed to guide civilians. It is worthy to note that as civilians are being killed and village’s burned, these groups are bound to increase in their number either because of frustration or as a means to revenge the death of their love ones. Bar. Agbor explained to the parliament that some of this groups has been existing since the 1990s when the Southern Cameroonians started gearing for a return to two state federation or total independence from La Republic du Cameroon for example, Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC)
The Canadian parliament also asks the fate of journalism in Cameroon pertaining to 07/10/2018 presidential elections and human rights issues to bar. Agbor Nkongho. “Freedom of press and assembly will sink during Biya’s next seven years term” the barrister exclaimed. Explaining how journalist are illegally arrested and jailed in Cameroon for no just cause with the example of Mancho Bibixy and others who were arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis, the founder of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa decry acts of government authorities and the types of laws put in place to regulate freedom of press in the country. He also brought up the issue of hate speech tilting to the fact that there are some media houses or journalist in Cameroon who are best at preaching hate speeches against the population and going free because they support or are government sponsored media houses. But other media houses or journalist who do not preach hate speech are being banned, tortured, arrest and detain or have their license seized for criticizing government acts which are either against the principle of democracy or in violation of human rights
Another question was asked to bar. Agbor, this time pertaining to the creation and the functioning of bilingualism commission in Cameroon. According to a legal luminary, the voice of the voiceless and a human rights defender, the commission was created to showcase to the world that they are doing something tangible in relation to solving Anglophone crisis. He debunked the credibility of this commission having an impact as far as the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon is concern. He further explain to the parliamentarians that the problem in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon is largely based on marginalization and the failure of the United and decentralized form of government as per the 1996 Cameroon constitution.
A human rights defender label the most successful thing that the president (Paul Biya) of Cameroon has achieved for the past 36 years of his rule to be that he has succeeded to make sure that people are not talking about his country Cameroon. But he praises the fact that many people, organizations and government around the world are now talking about Cameroon as he gave the example of Canada, United states, UK, UN, etc.
All in all, as a human rights defender, Bar. Agbor Nkongho urges the Canadian parliament to pressure the government of Cameroon to take into consideration the respect of human rights before any other step. He explained that the referendum and other political issues are to take a little time before they can be finalized but emphasizes that the deteriorating human rights abuses in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon should first be taken care of as early as possible.
Likening the features of what happened in Rwanda (1994), the human rights defender in a vigorous pronouncement bring into people’s mind that the war which is only between Anglophone population and state authorities may in the near future if care is not taken generate into war between Francophone and Anglophone citizen.
We believe the Canadian parliament will pressure Cameroon government dialogue with Southern Cameroonians