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“A CRISIS WITHIN CRISIS”
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Posted on February 13, 2018, 1:03 pm
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The ramifications of this conference and the era, have been analyzed by Chief Taku as annexing Southern Cameroons without consent. Sometime in late 2016, Angophone lawyers initiated an industrial action brandishing various banners of grievances, before different teachers unions joined the strike. The manifestations and crackdown by the ruthless forces of Cameroun, led to the creation of a consortium to represent the interest of all stakeholders in the Anglophone crisis while working on the form of the state they wanted henceforth. Some wanted a complete federation, others wanted full decentralization, and a forceful faction wanted a total independence aka secession of Southern Cameroons. 
On the contrary, the Head of State long time serving President Paul Biya had made it abundantly clear in his traditional end of year speech that the form of the state (secession) was non negotiable and the country or its people  ware ‘one and indivisible’, inferring a total and ruthless crackdown on anyone who attempted otherwise.  His defiance or threat whichever way it is taken, radicalized the varied existing factions and transformed an industrial action with a civil disobedience protest into a political one. 
 
The current state of issues has deepened the wounds and created a crisis in the Anglophone crisis. The crisis has so far seen the cutting off of internet from the two English speaking regions of the country, heavy militarization of the two English speaking regions, schools shut down, campaigns of terror and trauma, human rights abuses and humanitarian crisis ever on the rise as many refugees from the regions flee into neighbouring Nigeria.
 
PART I – THE CRISIS
Generally, when we try to understand the Anglophone crisis that has now grown up into varied factions in one camp, we have to travel down memory lane – back to our colonial masters and founding fathers. Basically, the Anglophone problem is one of abject marginalization of a people, the attempt and near eradication of their history, culture and even presence through various despicable and coy methods. 
 
Historically, the Anglophone crisis has existed since the colonial era until the dates now celebrated yearly namely 1st October 1961, 20th May 1972, and 11th February 1960. The crisis has been severally and in evenry detail been illucidated by luminaries from the region like Chief Charles Taku.
The committee of experts established by the Republic of Cameroun as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cameroun considered all the arguments which some have considered as evidence of a union, and come out with the conclusion that no treaty of a union exist leading experts in the committee to construe the so-called peaceful revolution in 1972 as the creation of a new nation called then the United Republic of Cameroun. That was a smart attempt to interpret history because absent a union treaty as mandated by article 102 of the UN Charter, and absent an informed consent of the parties reduced into treaty specifying the terms of the treaty relating to the nature of the relationship of the supposed parties, Ahidjo purported to seek the franchise of the people of both the Republic of Cameroun and the Southern Cameroons about the putative union through a referendum.
 
Hence, the million dollar question arises “is there a valid treaty between La Republic du Cameroon and Southern Cameroons?”. A question which the ongoing crisis struggles to answer from different angles as the crisis  sinks into further crisis.
 
 
PART II – THE ESCALLATION OF THE CRISIS
Delay; they say defeats equity. The government’s pussyfooting and snail pace in handling this crisis has made it to escalate in various factions. We now have the crisis playing in the hands of secessionist who some scholars label restorationist, we also have the federalist who are diversed in their quest as some want a two-state federation, while others want a ten-state federation, another group wants an eleven-state federation and so forth. Another mammoth group want the effective implementation of decentralization as enshrined in article 1 sub 2 of Cameroun’s 1996 constitution. The pussyfooting nature of its implementation has left those who clamour for this deeply saddened.  Several factors can be outlined for the escalation of a big crisis in a crisis some being:
i) Time factor: One may opine that the regime in place is trying to take time to solve the crisis but this radicalizes the crisis more for an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. With the near complete stop of schools and several other activities, the idle masses who now subject themselves wholly to ghost towns calls also dubbed “kontri Sunday” are only open to radicalization and all consequences resulting there from. 
ii) Disappearance of some leaders: The disappearance of some leaders like Tassang Wilfred and Barrister Bobga Harmony has kept their ‘disciples’ in a wilderness wandering about with little or no accurate direction. The government’s arrest of some of the leaders of the consortium mate matters worse of course. Even MPs like Honourable Wirba Joseph at some point in time had to go into self exile for a while. The arrest of Mancho Bibixy, Br Agbor Nkongho Felix Balla, Dr Fontem Neba, and Justice Ayah Paul Abine worsened the crisis in a crisis, and even their release now can’t do much to the escalations.
 
 
PART III – DIFFERENT FACTORS IN THE CRISIS
The different factors in the crisis pertain to the different calls and voices already talked about above. We have the factor of Decentralization, Federation and Secession. Some scholars think it may be an inside divisive tactic and strategy to hoodwink the minds La Republic du Cameroon whereas deep down in them,they are solidly united in this struggle – but as Chief Taku says in a previous interview in this renowned magazine: The Truth shall prevail.
 
PART IV – THE CONSORTIUM : 
 
DISUNITY
The Consortium (There are different consortiums today but at the start of the crisis there was only one) was formed as a merger for all the civil society groups in the Anglophone community. It was content-filled with the bike riders’ guild, taxi drivers’ guild, teachers’ guild, lawyers’ guild and what have you. Their unity was put to question when some of its leaders began fleeing because of warrants for their arrests leading to the outlawing of the consortium, the arrest and detention of several others and the mistrust which seeped in for various reasons including, strategy, interests and some more.
 
A Call for Unity
It is often said that united we stand and divided we fall; this is a time for the people of Anglophone Cameroon to unite as one voice and have a strong leadership being the voice of the voiceless. We all need to answer the calls of history by respecting persons and their ideas without terror, blackmail or strong and negative emotions for that is all what democracy is about; ‘disagreeing to agree’. Edmund Burke once said the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Mohammad Ghandi equally once said: ‘intolerance is in itself another form of violence’, hence we need to all tolerate one another’s viewpoint whether in agreement or disagreement, that’s democracy and political tolerance.
 
CONCLUSION
With the prevailing very tensed political atmosphere in the country, with a badly weakened economy due to the ghost towns and with the war on terror against Boko haram strongly perturbing in the North of the country, a compromise on original positions is needed, with good faith  to negotiate and chart a way forward for the ‘Anglophone crisis’ with peace and love. The crisis shouldn’t be allowed to degenerate into several or many crisis because only the grass truly suffers when two elephants fight. 
In the words of Chief Charles Taku in a recent address to some stakeholders gathered in Houston to brainstorm the way forward:
“You should provide strong consideration to the hearken call of Southern Cameroonians for unity in our struggle for survival against a ruthless and lethal adversary. You should in this article deliberate on the strategies on laying down enduring and durable structures and institutions to move our struggle towards the intended objectives. These objectives include freedom from bondage, colonials rule, crimes against humanity and genocide”. 
 
Several alternatives exist to the best of my modest knowledge, for the crisis to attract and retain the much desired attention of the international community. Some options include bringing different class and individual actions before the various international courts and tribunals, keeping the international media abreast at all times, and desisting from the slightest lures of disunity in the leadership because all hands are needing on deck during such a critical hurricaine in the life of Southern Cameroons.
 
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