The separatist activist call for a 10 days lockdown has successfully been implemented despite heavy counteraction by various government authorities in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon like the governor of the Southwest Region, the mayor of Buea, the Vice chancellor of the University and the host of others by threatening civil servants, business people and students with heavy sanctions if they try to absent from executing their various duties starting from Mondays.
But since Monday the 4th of February till today the 8th 2019, the lockdown has been effective more than ever before especially in Buea, the capital city of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. The separatist fighters have been operating within the region where they have reportedly burnt cars, battle with Cameroon soldiers and successfully enforce the lockdown despite weighty militarization of the region. Worthy to note is the fact that these separatist fighters operations are going on simultaneously in all divisions in the two regions of Cameroon.
The government officials are silent, while the government offices, business shops and the schools remain closed now for four days. Taking these happenings into consideration, one is tempted to say that the Cameroon government has failed in this part of the country because their orders have not been respected but rather separatist orders implemented.
There is no gain hiding the truth that war cannot and can never solve the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. But there is a gain saying that only dialogue/negotiation/mediation can be of help in solving the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.
If the first and the Second World War ended on a round table, if the United states of America with the military capability they have is now having a dialogue with the Taliban of Afghanistan, taking into consideration the fact that wars are the manifestations of people’s ideas, there is a need for the Cameroon government and the Separatist activists to understand that only dialogue/negotiation/mediation can solve the Anglophone crisis and not a military might.
The Societal issues and legality therefore urges both crosswise of the conflict to ceasefire so that there can be peace while justice takes it place on a round table.