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Head of State Debunks Allegations of Anglophone Marginalization, Calls for an Inclusive Dialogue
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Posted on September 19, 2019, 10:42 am
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Head of State Debunks Allegations of Anglophone Marginalization, Calls for an Inclusive Dialogue.

Following the 3years persisting socio-political unrest plaguing the country, the Cameroon Head of State, President Paul Biya, finally broke his long silence on Tuesday, September 9th 2019. In his 30 minutes’ speech he made a narrative of the crisis, enlisting his efforts so far, to curb the situation and promised an inclusive dialogue come September ending.


The dialogue which he said will be cheered by the Prime Minister Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dione Ngute will bring together a wide range of personalities. Given that it concerns social cohesion, the president added that the dialogue will bring in international bodies –parliamentarians, opinion leaders, traditional authorities, politicians, religious authorities and members of the diaspora, including the armed groups.

The forum, Biya said, is aimed at meeting the aspirations of the English-Speaking Population as well as other components of the nation, since it will focus on issues of national interest, like integration and living together. According to the president, this is and an opportunity for all Cameroonians to be a part of the process of peace, harmony, security and progress.

Meantime, it has been a ruble jumble situation amongst opinion leaders, religious authorities, traditional rulers, politicians and administrative authorities. While they all had their different expectations from the speech, they were unanimous on the fact that the president’s call for dialogue is, at least, a stitch in time that saves nine. 

Despite the promised dialogue, the president, at one point mentioned that Cameroon remains a decentralized state, one and indivisible. This statement is one that has diverted the hearts and views of many Federalists from the whole narrative made by the Head of State.

While he called for the dialogue, president Biya went ahead to insist that the separatist fighters drop their weapons and be reinstated in the society or be ready to face his military men. Sighting instances of a few fighters who have voluntarily surrendered, he called on those resisting to do same for their lives to return to normal.

Many hold that this was not expected of a father who wants a definite solution for peace and that he simply had to withdraw his military from the crisis-hit zones. Though, the president mentioned that he must remain firm as not everyone can be satisfied.

From every indication, with respect to the President’s dialogue conditions, protagonists of federalism like Christian Cardinal TUMI, Ni John Fru Ndi and others who see federalism as the way out of the persisting crisis might not have a say on the dialogue table.

To have been called a national dialogue, many have concluded that it is not meant for the two Anglophone Regions and state officials as many had expected, but for the entire 10 regions that make up the country.

Meanwhile, the Head of State equally reiterated that he will not encourage impunity by granting pardon to the separatist leaders who have been slammed a live-jail sentence.  

This, according to many, will yield no fruits as they hold that granting amnesty to all detainees of the crisis would have been the first step to genuine dialogue. They say dialogue without the leaders of the crisis is no dialogue as the question ‘Who then, will dialogue for the people?” remains an aching issue for them.

The Head of the state equally debunked allegations of Anglophone marginalization, one thing that many have termed ‘government hypocrisy’. The president refuted this allegation, saying “Marginalization, exclusion, or stigmatization have never guided the work of the various governments I have formed since I became president of our country.” This alone, according to some political analysts might narrow the scope of the dialogue as they believe marginalization, in all its forms, is the root cause of the crisis.

However, while the people continue to throw their views on the President’s speech and holding tight to their aspirations, fingers remain crossed as each passing day brings the end of September closer. After all, every twilight brings the dawn of a new day.


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