Educating Will Power. By Arturo Ramo

In educational environments it is often said that the Pedagogy of effort is fundamental for learning with effectiveness and being successful in one’s academic life and life in general.

Various research studies concerning education conclude that the “wanting to study” is more important than intelligence when it comes to academic performance. Payot asserts that genius is, above all, a long process of patience: scientific and literary works that honor human talent the most are not at all due to the superiority of intelligence, like it is generally believed, but instead to the superiority of a will power that is admirably owner of itself.

Campaigns against drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, tobacco and violence are promoted from different sectors of society. In all of these campaigns, the youth is taught to say “NO” to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc., but for this to happen it is necessary for these young people to have a strong will power.

This is why it is crucial to educate one’s will power, which in other words means to educate one’s self.

However, what is will power? It could be said that it is the soul’s potential that moves someone to do or not to do something. Will power moves one to do or to achieve the ideals of the youth as well as the objectives that we propose to ourselves in order to improve society and become a well educated individual. Will power also moves us to not fall for or look for drugs, tobacco, and many other vices that jeopardize human beings. We must especially reject the tendency of only doing that which we fancy and like as well as what our body asks us for. Our will power is shaped by not giving into these little things: i.e. doing at every moment what must be done even if it is difficult to do so. “Do what you must, and be in what you do”, as our grandparents used to tell us.

There are two factors that favor and facilitate will power: motivation and illusion. Motivation consists of having reasons or causes or even motives to do something. These reasons or motives will drag us with force to reach our ideals and goals. Illusion is the hope that is caressed by our imagination, which provides us with joy and good spirit in order to make it till the end of our set purposes.

Personal struggles that move forward through small but constant efforts are at the base of educating will power. Will power is not accomplished by carrying out a heroic act at a given moment, but by achieving small wins with consistency one day after another without giving up.

That is how holistic and integral individuals are educated; those who overcome fatigue, frustration, unwillingness, and the thousands of difficulties that life brings about. A strong will power is essential for success in life and it is one of the best decorations of one’s own personality.

Arturo Ramo
Independent Forum of Opinion


Paul Biya and the Art of Confessing Political Sins. By Boh Herbert

Widespread killings, hostage takings and acts of terror by Boko Haram militants in the Far North Region and violence wrought by armed bandits and/or rebels on the border with the Central African Republic (CAR) may pose a growing security threat to Cameroon. However, no one expects Boko Haram to overrun Cameroon. That is why Cameroon’s stalling economy may be its most difficult short- and long-term problem. President Paul Biya admitted as much in his end-of-year address to the nation last night.

Mr. Biya was not this blunt, but Cameroon is sinking into a spiral of soaring defense, security and war spending. It is ripping out its wallet to foot a capital goods spending spree about which President Biya, in the speech last night, said he can do nothing.

No special gift is needed to know that the growing lists of non-concessional loans Cameroon is signing will jeopardize its debt sustainability. Failure to industrialize and an appetite for importing even things we can produce are some of the “bad habits” Mr. Biya blames for widening Cameroon’s balance of payments deficit. Wasteful administrative spending; poor execution of investment budgets; and a deepening recession linked to stalling growth, a significant dip in oil prices, an over-reliance on a few commodity exports and a failure to launch certain promising projects have left Cameroon’s economy headed south.

This explains why Yaounde – almost in secret – adopted and is rolling out a three-year “Emergency (recovery or rescue) Plan” targeting, in Mr. Biya’s words, to “jumpstart our growth”. GDP growth has been robust of recent, but with no increases in per capita incomes. In short, Cameroon has such a tall economic problem that a bail-out program worth CFAF 1,000 billion has become an urgent necessity to help “achieve visible progress and measurable improvements”. Even Yaounde has had enough of its own “blablabla”. The Plan will help “meet the most urgent needs of our populations nationwide… in vital areas such as urban development, health, agriculture, roads, energy, low-cost housing and security”.

News coverage of Mr. Biya’s address that I have seen so far is dominated by the “Boko Haram overkill” angle. Aspects of the speech about the slump Cameroon faces have been buried. “It was our hope”, said Mr. Biya, to devote an election-free 2014 “primarily to reviving our economic growth”. Alas, he admits, “such was not exactly the case”. He blames rebels on the border with CAR and emboldened Boko Haram attacks in the Far North of Cameroon, where the sect was allegedly “buoyed by their grip on north-eastern Nigeria”. Yaounde owes no blame for the ransoms that whet the sect’s appetite for more hostage takings!

Mr. Biya is not shy to admit that his government lacks the resolve to reform a public sector that continues to suffocate the economy and stifle private sector growth. “Investment,” he says “has so far been largely initiated by the State”. Mr. Biya decries “the resistance to structural reforms which is stifling our growth revival efforts”. He acknowledges that some of the resisted reforms “concern our governance, particularly public finance”. In other words: “chop broke pottism” still runs amok and it has not helped that parliament, in 2013, “adopted major incentives to private investment”, agreeing that “the latter (private sector) still seems unable to take over from the State”. Cameroon can’t improve private sector development when it remains so poorly ranked (168th out of 189 economies) in the 2014 Doing Business report, down from 162nd place in 2013.

The president says he is “compelled” (poor man!) to make “these remarks” because of “the difficulty we are facing moving from a State-dominated economy to a more liberal system which is now the rule… We suffer the disadvantages of both systems”. It seems Mr. Biya is admitting the total failure of his socialism and/or communism-inspired “Pour le Liberalisme Communautaire”? It would be about time he did!

The speech does not share the findings of “the recent triennial appraisal report on the implementation of the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper”, except to explain that “we can and should do even better”. We could not agree more! Surely Cameroon can improve its weak governance; improve its ranking (144th out of 177 countries in the 2013 Transparency International corruption perception index. He adds that “there seems to be progress” – key word, “seems”! The president deplored the slowdown in project implementation, explaining that he has decried “underutilization of budgetary appropriations”. What are citizens to do if even the president decries – can’t crack the whip?

Whatever exactly is happening, one thing is clear: Yaounde is having an epiphany. “We do need an industrial policy”, the president told fellow citizens in the prime time address.

Hellooooo! Is Yaounde just finding this out in the 33rd year of Mr. Biya’s reign? Well – better late than never! Yes, Mr. President, “there can be no great country without industry” and – YES – that goal cannot be attained when you sign off your country’s right to industrialization to the French-led European Economic Partnership Agreements. And – YES – this would include industrialization of the agricultural sector. YES, it won’t happen if Mr. Biya readily finds an excuse for the foot dragging involved in the implementation of projects such as “our major iron and bauxite mining projects”. The excuse: “such projects are complex”, he says, stressing that “there is no plausible reason for our slowness in developing industries to process our agricultural commodities”. YES – you can say that again, Mr. President!

By not acting or acting too slowly, Cameroon is passing off benefits “in terms of value added and employment” and further hurting “our foreign trade which is (not only) showing a structural deficit” but “is characterized by a significant import surplus against exports which largely depend on the sale of three or four commodities whose prices are unstable”. Cameroonians should expect the structural damage to deepen. Mr. Biya explains why: “it is difficult for us to restrict our purchase of capital goods”. Simple!

In the lone sentence of the speech where he claims that “significant progress has been made” Mr. Biya announces a four-part austerity reform that Cameroon needs in order to ensure “budget sustainability” (now in jeopardy); reduce subsidies (higher fuel prices are coming); and review the tax base (please, read widening the tax base). Even Mr. Biya – who is not an “oppposant” in any shape or form – admits that Cameroon would “benefit by streamlining its procedures and… cutting down on its spending”. Give me one politician who confesses his policy failures once a year and I will give you – well, Mr. Biya.



2015: The Rest of the Lord and Life Abundantly. Prophet Ntemfac Ofege

2015: The Rest of the Lord and Life Abundantly
A very Merry Xmas to you all and the very best in 2015,
Why did Jesus come to Earth?
The man himself gives us the answer.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Have life and have life more abundantly!
If you live in poverty and misery and ill-health and disease and suffering and adultery, and fornication, and uncleanness, and lasciviousness, and idolatry, and witchcraft, and hatred, and variance, and emulations, and wrath, and strife, and seditions, and heresies, and envyings, and murders, and drunkenness, and revellings, you are not having life more abundantly.
If fact you have death more abundantly!
Jesus came to give you abundantly life
So why is it that many not living that life abundantly?
You see, for a time, God gets angry with most of us so he causes us to struggle…but then.
Because they do not know that there is a place called the rest of God…where the flesh cannot reach but God can…even while you are still in the flesh.
By Divine Revelation 2015 is the Year of the Lord’s Rest and those that he knows by name CANNOT NOT enter into his REST.
Heb 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
The rest of the Lord is that place of his presence, his peace, his supply, his grace, his favour, his joy, his fortitude, his supreme peace and the presence of the El Elyon himself.
His works about you were finished even before you were born and he looked at you and said: VERY GOOD.
Every Christ-ian is supposed to live in this place called the rest of God or the place called VERY GOOD.
If you believe in Christ, you live in the REST of God….a place called VERY GOOD.
No more struggles in Jesus Name.
Enter his gates therefore with hymns of praise…
Happy New Year 2015 Hot Colors On Black Backgrounds

The making of an SCNC leader and why it should change – See more at: By Boh Herbert

You would be forgiven for understanding the Guardian Post editorial, under the penmanship of Ngah Chris, as an enthusiastic endorsement of Hon. Ayah as the next SCNC Chairman. Yet, the title (“How Justice Ayah Paul was Catapulted to the SCNC Chairmanship”) suggests that the election is a done deal. Welcome to the making of an SCNC leader!

Upon further scrutiny, it seems an SCNC leader is yet to be elected or “selected” – the exact word used by the Guardian Post. The paper says “a reinvigorated and united SCNC executive is about to be elected” at an “Elective General Assembly” where Hon. Ayah “will be selected [nice choice of verb] to replace the deceased Chief Ayamba”. The sales pitch for Hon. Ayah describes him as having an “unblemished profile and record… the right candidate” for the “uphill task” of “enormous complexities” at time of “sweeping allegations” of the Biya regime buying leaders over.

The editorial is partly aimed at discrediting everyone else who might threaten Hon. Ayah’s rise to the helm of the SCNC. Without verification, the paper relays accusations that Nfor Ngala Nfor has tried to “usurp leadership” whereas, as the paper claims, Nfor Ngala Nfor is a “government agent”. The other potential troublemaker is Ambassador Fossung, who lives in exile in the USA. He is dismissively portrayed as claiming to be the “legitimate leader” whereas the paper paints him as providing lame leadership via tracts and videos online.

To its credit, the Guardian Post acknowledges that Hon. Ayah cannot seek to become president of “La Republique” while also fighting to restore the independence of Southern Cameroons. Smack down! The paper could go further. It could add that Hon. Ayah cannot also fight a regime on whose Supreme Court bench he plans to sit under oath to defend. Reportedly “on good authority”, the paper announces Hon. Ayah’s upcoming resignation from PAP (the political party he founded) to satisfy “hawks within the SCNC” (also known as secessionists) who asked for and obtained no less of Prince Ndoki Mukete before that. Stepping down, says the Guardian Post will make Hon. Ayah “an unquestionable candidate for leadership” of the SCNC.

Democracy and Meritocracy Managed by Dictators

Even as they have clamored louder for democracy and meritocracy, Cameroonians – of all political stripes, sadly – have grown increasingly complacent, comfortable – even resigned – to dictatorship dressed in this kind of rave reviews of politicians, steeped in intellectual dishonesty and the manipulation inherent in the spiritual vote cast in this editorial by the Guardian Post. Endorsing Hon. Ayah would make sense for a newspaper like this if at least two candidates were running for the position. The paper would endorse one, providing reasons to readers (also voters) why the paper has done so.

There are no known rival candidates in this case. In fact, we do not even know if Hon. Ayah is even running or is just being manipulated into running. This is the old-time, one-party “Ahidjo versus Ahidjo” ballot! We get no explanation why Hon. Ayah may be better suited for attending to the Augean task of unifying fractious factions; of infusing new blood; or of building a movement more capable of standing up to the attacks expected from the Biya regime.

We, as a people, will not get competent, qualified leaders of integrity until we set rigorous selection criteria and abide by them in electing – not selecting – our leaders. The process needs to become more transparent, inclusive, competitive and democratic. The health of our democracy is dependent on that. So far, though, from grassroots movements to the Top Job in the land, dictatorship is in our DNA. Far too many dictators are in training at the helm of political parties and other grassroots movements like the SCNC for Cameroon to hope to enthrone democracy without a genuine reawakening.

Everyone mentioned for a position in Cameroon is almost always invariably praised as qualified for it. Yet, anyone old enough to breastfeed knows what qualifications would make a good SCNC leader, for example. The movement has a clearly defined goal. It suffers currently from a number of setbacks, not the least of which is lack of seriousness, professionalism and unity of purpose at the helm. These are problems that democracy and meritocracy can fix. However, our movements dodge democracy; shun meritocracy; and continue to wallow in some Ahidjo-invented concept known as “regionalism”. Steadfast leaders will not emerge if past betrayals and the likelihood of recurrence are overlooked and if lack of support a movement and a people still qualifies the holder of the curriculum vitae to lead it.

Unlike for Rome, not all roads will lead to the achievement of the goals the SCNC has set out for itself. As shaky leadership to, during and immediately after the Foumban Conference proved, it is easy for the regime in Yaounde and their French masters to take Anglophone leaders for a ride. Southern Cameroonians cannot afford such a misstep in the aftermath of the landmark Banjul Ruling and on the eve of the sun setting on President Biya’s current seven-year term. It may matter more now and in the near future who leads the SCNC than it has ever mattered at any time in our history. And, on that count, it is my opinion that Hon. Ayah is woefully unqualified to lead the SCNC.

Excuses, World Without End…

Apologists for Hon. Ayah, like the Guardian Post, have been scrambling to find excuses for his past and even future shortcomings, in the hope of remodeling him away from his CPDM past (and future?). They have tried to find the right words to shoehorn him into the position of SCNC Chair. Good luck with that!

The Guardian Post says of him that he was “a lone voice in the wilderness” during his two terms as Member of Parliament in Cameroon’s National Assembly. Not true! The SDF spoke louder, but never – even once – benefited from the support of his voice or vote.

The one time Hon. Ayah is credited with voting against the CPDM was when he was not there and never voted. Hon. Ayah was “no show” when parliament voted to give President Biya constitutional authority to lift presidential term limits. The vote did not only forgive all crimes committed by any president while in office but granted immunity from prosecution to all past presidents once they leave office. Hon. Ayah, quite honestly, cannot take credit for what he neither did nor for a vote he never cast. Significantly, he did not find it important enough to be in parliament to express his opposition at a time when hundreds of Cameroonians were being killed by security forces stamping out street protests against what MPs were approving.

Unlike Hon, Ayah, the SDF parliamentary group can take credit for walking out of parliament in protest. The five members of parliament who stayed through the deliberations and then voted against the amendment can take credit for what they did. But, Hon. Ayah…. Please!!! Hon. Ayah knows that by his absence he provided proxy to the CPDM to cast his vote alongside other dictatorship likeminded MPs of the party in power. That vote was in April 2008. Not once since then and in January 2011 when he resigned from the CPDM did he caucus with the SDF or vote along with them. Even as he complaint of “fearing for his life and of family safety” in early 2011, Hon. Ayah was acting emboldened – not frightened – going on to put up one of the most disgraceful showings on a presidential ballot ever!

A Lone Political Wolf

Remarkably, he continued to be Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly – not ever once stepping so much as out of line with the ruling CPDM. Tied to the hip with the CPDM, it is not forlorn to imagine that Hon. Ayah has never been his own man. It is CPDM appointments and decrees of its Leader-President Biya that made him magistrate plenipotentiary. For all the legal heavyweight paint him to be – and he may well be – his legal prowess did not associate with other legal luminaries like Prof. Carlson Anyangwe in defending the Southern Cameroons cause before a national court (such as Bamenda or Buea) or an international tribunal (such as Banjul). As the patient legal dog, Hon. Ayah ultimately got fed one of the fattest Supreme Court bones. We are told he could use that position to advance Southern Cameroons, but for that to be aligned with his past performance how about they allowed us to read just one landmark ruling he handed down as a magistrate of the bench. Just one!

The SCNC needs a leader who connects well with the grassroots. One forumist, Bens Awaah, offered advice where the Guardian Post editorial failed. “When the Southern Zone militants assemble to elect the next SCNC Chairman”, Ben Awaah wrote, “they should elect a young, energetic and visionary man or woman, whose sole interest is to take us to independence. He/she must be a people person, able to build bridges and to bring more people from the region to the cause. Northern Zone people and Mola Njoh Litumbe have always been there, working and waiting”.

Forget many aspects of those basic qualifications! Hon. Ayah’s past suggests that he is neither the leader the SCNC deserves nor the one it has been waiting for. His role as CPDM-appointed, regime-obedient Supreme Court Justice denies him the potential to grow into that role. He is seen as a “lone political wolf”; not without some justification. For example, he announced his bid for the presidency via email and followed it up with phone conversations to media editors, even as most aspirants spoke to monstrous crowds. A Cameroonian blogger once pondered thus about him: “maybe he needs to connect more with the grassroots. The same people who are the silent majority, invisible yet always present”.

While some of the wordings used by the blogger to describe Hon. Ayah cross sacred family lines, they are worth being shared three years after they were first posted. “What is most lacking for the Hon. Ayah Paul,” the blogger wrote “is traction. He says just the right things, has the right ideas, is married to a Francophone from Douala (no fear of secession), and has the academic and professional credentials relevant for the presidency of Cameroon”. The blogpost remains unchallenged to this date by Hon. Ayah.

The Market in Illusions

There is no shame in Cameroon these days of selling illusions to the highest bidder. The Guardian Post has one on sale. It argues that the tough issues opposing “La Republique” to Southern Cameroons can be thrashed out amicably “through internal dialogue without resort to international arbitration, the consequences of which is (sic) difficult to predict for now”. The Guardian Post is also an oracle teller, predicting – we have to presume – less consequences if internal dialogue was adopted! The last time we tried that via street protests in February 2008, a few hundred civilians were shot dead and thousands more, including the now late Lapiro de Mbanga, were thrown in jail. By comparison, the proceedings before the Court in Banjul had a casualty figure of exactly “zero mort”! So, too, did Bakassi!

The Guardian Post informs us that the Biya regime spent taxpayers’ money to sponsor “some blacklegs within the movement to The Gambia and Senegal to pose as leaders” during the Banjul Hearing. If that is true, could the Biya regime be up to the same bunch of tricks with Hon. Ayah?

Admitting – without confessing to the sheer violence that the regime visits on dissident movements – the Guardian Post offers the following advice: allow SCNC members to “hold their assembly without interruption by security forces so that in the end, Yaounde will be able to know who to dialogue with for the interest of ‘national unity and integrity'” Holy smoke! If dialogue is for the interest of “national unity and integrity”, how can that dialogue be at the service of the SCNC and its followers?

Boh Herbert

How Yaounde Has Terrorized the Church. By Boh Herbert.!

Congratulations are in order to SCNC Chair-elect, Hon. Ayah Paul!

But so, too, a few questions to our faith-based organizations are in order:

So, it is true that Yaounde has so terrorized every Cameroonian, including the once bold and courageous leaders of our faith-based organizations?

So, it is true that the Catholic Church no longer has the stomach to save souls by standing up to Yaounde’s insatiable appetite to take life?

Are these things happening in the year 2014 or in the pre-1960 times?

Times were when the then very young Catholic Archbishop of Yaounde Jean Zoa could openly challenge Ahmadou Ahidjo over the persecution and massacre of Bassas and Bamilekes. He was courageous enough in those dark days not only to condemn from the pulpit but also in editorials in the Church’s “L’Effort Camerounais” newspaper. In one such editorials, Mgr Zoa denounced the deaths by asphyxiation of dozens in what became known as “Les Wagons de la Mort”.

Times were when the Churches offered protection, a safe haven and even a place to escape death to the persecuted across Bassa and Bamileke lands. Remember the late Mgr. Ndongmo? He put himself on the line to the point of being condemned to death, then forced to live and die in exile, returning only in a casket to Cameroon.

Times were when the Catholic Church that is in Cameroon would not hesitate to offer Mount Mary in Buea as a venue for the people of God that are in Southern Cameroons to discuss how to restore their dignity, return to self-rule and agree strategies for defending themselves with the force of argument against the terrorists in power in Yaounde and in colonial control of Southern Cameroons.

Times were in the early 1990s when the Presbyterian Church that is in Cameroon did not hesitate to provide the premises of the Presbyterian Center in Bamenda, month after month, so that God’s children could agree the best non violent ways of ending one-party dictatorship and finding ways of unseating the Evil that misrules them out of Yaounde in the name of Government.

Times were when Cameroonians had so much confidence that citizens almost to a person sincerely hoped that one of the Church’s highest official in Cameroon, Christian Cardinal Tumi , would play Moses instead of just being a Shepherd of Souls.

Those times were clearly before Yaounde went from one-party dictatorship to the hardline terrorists that have now so intimidated our Church leaders that apparently none dares to speak up or speak out; and none wants to be seen offering even a venue for those who are still willing to risk all to speak out in favor of self-rule.

Whatever happened to the bold, courageous Catholic Church that is in Cameroon? Does it not see the example set by its global leader, Pope Francis? Must it call for a bowl of water to wash its hands every time the terrorists in power in Yaounde come calling?

Truth be told: the Churches are less terrorized right now by the terrorist of Boko Haram than it is by the terrorists in power in Yaounde.

Biya Paul

SCNC Elects New National Chairman – Ayah Paul is New SCNC Leader. Curled from Cameroon Daily Journal by Mbom Sixtus

Cameroon Journal, Kumba – Former two-terms CPDM MP for Akwaya who is also Chairman of the People Action Party, PAP, Ayah Paul Abine has been elected new leader of the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC. He was given the confidence to lead the group during a gathering held in Kumba yesterday.

While accepting the confidence bestowed on him, Ayah, however, did not say if he will resign his position as PAP national chairman or not.

The meeting, initially scheduled to hold at Kumba Catholic School Hall was held in a private residence after the church officials refused to allow the activists use the hall. The move, our reporter was hinted, was fuelled by government’s refusal to grant the meeting organisers authorisation to meet.

Even though the Kumba gathering was boycotted by most North West SCNC members, Nfor Ngala Nfor, former vice chairman to the late Chief Ayamba sounded rather excited that Ayah Paul will now sit on the movement’s hot seat. “Ayah Paul’s election as national chairman is good news for the Southern Cameroons’ independence struggle,” Nfor told our reporter by phone last night.

Ayah Paul who himself was present at the elective assembly told delegates that his priority assignment will be to undertake a trip to the United Nations and Europe early next year to speed up the Southern Cameroons independence. He is equally expected to reconcile all the various factions and put in place a dynamic national executive; comprising activists from both the North West and South West regions. It was announced at yesterday’s meeting that Ayah Paul’s policy statement would be made public only later today, Dec. 16.

Anglophone mayors, parliamentarians, senators and diplomats invited to the meeting all stayed away. Fon Martin Yembe who was among front-liners for the post of the next SCNC national chairman rather reacted angrily when his opinion was sort; on the eve of the Kumba assembly. “I have heard of the SCNC elective general assembly in Kumba but that does not interest me…,” Yembe who is also first deputy mayor to the Ndu SDF-run council told our reporter.

It should be recalled that since the creation of the SCNC, only South Westerners have led the group. The first was Sam Ekontang Elad. He was succeeded by retired Ambassador Henry Fossung. He was forced to exile abroad and was replaced by Prince Ndoki Mukete.

Mukete abandoned the movement when in 2000; Justice Ebong Frederick seized Radio Buea and declared the Southern Cameroons independence. Mukete who was a FECAFOOT official in Yaounde might have feared he would be linked to the Buea radio seizure and resigned his position as SCNC national chairman.

Logically, he was replaced by another South Westerner, Justice Ebong who had championed the CRTV Buea independence declaration. When he was arrested, detained in Kondengui and later freed, Ebong took refuge abroad and so was replaced by Chief Ayamba who had also participated in the independence declaration on CRTV Buea.

According to an unwritten arrangement that has stayed on since its creation, the offices of the SCNC first vice chairman, treasurer and secretary general among others are reserved for the North West. It is however, not clear if North Westerners who boycotted the meeting will maintain the arrangement.

The SCNC first emerged in Buea as All Anglophones Conference. It witnessed the cream of who is who from the North West and South West regions. It had in attendance, among others, the late John Ngu Foncha and Solomon Tendeng Muna. Its intention then was to address the Anglophone issue in the 1996 constitution that was being revised in Yaounde.

The meeting later continued in Bamenda as AAC II before transforming into SCNC after the Yaounde authorities failed to give an ear to Anglophone marginalisation and the abrogation of the federal system of government on which union between Southern Cameroons and La Republique du Cameroun was founded in 1972.

SCNC’s vision, according to organizers of the Kumba assembly, remains the same and is guided by the motto: “The force of argument, not the argument of force”.

Curled from Cameroon Daily Journal by Mbom Sixtus

OPINION: “I have done my best” – Fru Ndi. “I agree” – Boh Herbert

Pertinent questions left unanswered have a nagging way of haunting you. Here is one, worth posing – anew: will we soon see a change of guard at the helm of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF)?
Why is the question popping up again? Well – 24 hours ago, SDF Chair, Ni John Fru Ndi, admitted publicly for the very first time that his best efforts at ousting the Biya regime have come to nought.
“It was incumbent (on) me to inform the public of the struggles of our MPs in parliament… We have fought so hard to change things in parliament, but failed,” the SDF leader is quoted by the online news portal, Cameroon Journal, as telling reporters at a press conference Thursday in Yaounde .
Mr. Fru Ndi added, in what has to be a rare moment of frustration-tainted honesty: “I have done my best”.
I agree – two hundred percent – with the SDF Chair! The French have this great rhetorical question to stress that one could not agree more: “qui dit mieux?”
Let me say that again: I agree!
Lately, it has been hard for me to find one issue of SDF governance with which I agreed with the SDF Chair. Not that I matter, though. However, this is one point on which we agree. Again, not that I matter!
It would be hard to find people who would argue that Mr. Fru Ndi has, indeed, done his best… “lie no sweet!”
No Champagne Yet

Mr. Fru Ndi’s admission of failure Thursday may tempt Biya supporters into taking the champagne out of the cooler. Wrong move!
Electing a new leadership team will strengthen, not weaken the SDF. An SDF Chair Emeritus, who presides such a democratic transition at the helm, emerges an even stronger political force. On condition , of course, that it is free and fair; and void of the kind of backdoor “scratch my back, I scratch you back” deals of the kind which wanted Biya in charge so Ahidjo could remain boss.
The SDF leader is no spring chicken. Part of his sneak attack at the regime Thursday is evident in his effort to convince fellow citizens – whoever they are – that just anyone of them has what it takes to lead a revolution.
When he led street protests in the past (at great risk to his life), Mr. Fru Ndi is quoted as saying, it was not because “I had obtained some magical powers for protection”.
Probably at the risk of being charged with terrorism , Mr. Fru Ndi added: “If citizens feel disgruntled with the regime, they should lead a protest march and I will support them”.
Despite much wear and tear, the SDF leader remains a formidable and much-liked politician. Since the 1992 presidential election, though, all other elections, including the first-ever senatorial polls, have seen the regime try ever more desperately to paint Mr. Fru Ndi as a growing electoral liability for the SDF. Even diluted, Mr. Fru Ndi and the SDF have held firm as the political alternative of choice. That says a lot about how hard Fru Ndi has worked the electorate.

Who Said Power Corrupts?
Woe betide anyone within the SDF ranks who gets the idea that power is up for grabs. The SDF is still not as open as it could be. Mr. Fru Ndi on Thursday was neither throwing in the towel nor waving the white flag of surrender.
Want proof? Then, read his preliminary statement to the press (as prepared for delivery and posted elsewhere on this eGroup by Aaron Nyamnkwe). Sure – the speech could have packed more punch. It bears faint resemblance to the visionary lines delivered by the old-time SDF. His written remarks, although more hard-hitting than the off-guard, spin-free answers he provided in response to questions from journalists, had the disadvantage of hemming him into a box.
Obviously, no one should read too much into one statement one. Not especially now that the SDF seems to be speaking from both sides of its mouth. Want examples?
On the anti-terrorism bill alone, a first media outing by the SDF five days ago, came in the form of a strongly worded statement, lambasting the Biya regime, delivered by SDF MP Jean-Michel Nitcheu. Before we could digest it, an interview featuring the SDF parliamentary group leader, Mbah Ndam, embarrassed even diehard SDF supporters by its pro-CPDM, pro-Biya, pro-regime slant. That was 48 hours ago. Then yesterday, enter Fru Ndi! His statement corrected none of the first two declarations. Instead, it merely shunned the colorful radicalism of Nitcheu’s statement and side- stepped Mbah Ndam’s kissing up to the regime approach.
Without addressing the SDF doublespeak – or is it triplespeak? – of the last five days, the Chairman’s press conference clarified what he will NOT do.

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road
Mr. Fru Ndi, we learnt, does NOT plan to lead a fresh round of political muscle-flexing against Yaounde. To be precise, he will NOT lead street protests aimed at – well – anything ! He won’t lead a Burkina Faso-type popular uprising. He won’t use street protests to persuade Mr. Biya that our democratization suffers if he promulgates his freshly-minted, freedom-killing, anti-terrorism bill into law.
It could have helped to hear what he WILL DO. In the absence of hearing him articulate a roadmap, I have dared to suggest something.
After 24 years of uninterrupted reign at the helm of the SDF, I await to be spate on by diehard supporters for suggesting that Mr. Fru Ndi owes us a second announcement. The second would derive from the clairvoyance of the first: that Ni John Fru Ndi has done his best but has failed to oust the Biya regime.
The second announcement would answer the question: when will there be a change of guard at the helm of the SDF?
I may be reading the wrong political tea leaves, of course, but here is what I believe. Mr. Fru Ndi’s intention – of which I know nothing – in announcing that he has done his best, but has failed, could be – God forbid, right? – but could it be one of those Ahidjo tricks. Remember them?
The story goes that “Grand Camarade”, as Ahidjo was called, would threaten not to run for “reelection” just so he would be “begged” to do exactly what he was dying to do in the first place.
So, here are my questions: Was the SDF into the Ahidjo role described? Was Mr. Fru Ndi urging a political free-for-all? Does he want a political “five minute cover eye” to help reverse the anti-terrorism legislation? Was Mr. Fru Ndi threatening not to lead street protests just so he would be “begged” to do so? Is this an attempt to restore Mr. Fru Ndi into his erstwhile role of Cameroon’s political Messiah?

A Country Doomed by its Politicians
Even after 24 years of reign – and counting – at the helm of the SDF, Mr. Fru Ndi’s confession that he has done “his best… but failed” is something rare among Cameroon’s power-drunken politicians. Hardly anyone in politics in Cameroon ever admits that they are burnt out.
It is more fashionable for our politicians to be in the youth wing of the ruling party in the Senate or Parliament at the tender age of 90-plus. We are perhaps the only country in the world where our political dead wood ages backward. The only country where the political adults “eat their young” in order to stay on in power.
As someone who cares deeply about salvaging what is left of the legacy Mr. Fru Ndi seems bent on destroying (“na who send you, norh?”), I am concerned that nudging the SDF Founding Chair to pass the “baton of commandement” is not working. I have previously been told that the people want their Chair to stay on.
How convenient! It just happens that what the people want is what the Chair also wants.
Democracy is not only possible through everyone winning majority vote. Maybe the SDF Chair is so popular he can be winning term renewals into 2050. Should the Chair oblige?
We know how, faced with the certainty of being reelected should he run again, Nelson Mandela decided not to seek another term in South Africa. Faced with that same certainty, both Mr. Biya and Mr. Fru Ndi have chosen to show glaringly why none of them understands the importance for democratic transition to turn down being married to power till death do us part.
Quite simply – and this will be my last line – the longer Mr. Fru Ndi justifies his reelection to the helm by evoking the “plank in eye” argument that party members want him to stay, the more he robs himself of the moral authority to take what becomes a mere spec out of Mr. Biya’s eye.

End of the Myth

The Gestaporization/Militarization of Justice in the Camerounese State By Ntemfac Ofege

Let’s again foray into this new law on so-called terrorism, shall we?
Especially the hogwash justification being forced-fed the unwary by the Biya regime and its unabashed emblematic leeches, trolls and neo-apologists like one Joseph Mbah Ndam of the Social Democratic Front.
Now the Camerounese Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, gave a Press Conference in Yaoundé on December 8 in which he distressingly failed to confute the following:
1. That Mr. Biya’s new law on so-called Terrorism targets anglophones;
2. That the law targets the Press;
3. That the law is contrived to prevent the citizens from rising against Mr. Biya’s failed regime a la Burkina Faso;
4. That the law re-institutes a Police Gestapo State and;
5. Especially, that the law will lead to an escalation of the already observed militarization of justice in the Camerounese State.
We have pointed out this case. Maxwell Oben is an Anglophone. He was arrested in a public transport vehicle by members of Mr. Biya’s guard who thought it scandalous that Mr. Oben should be reading a book by Che Guevara book in Buea just when Mr. Biya was coming to celebrate the so-called Cinquantennaire of the even more derisory and illusive re-unification that never was.
Mr. Biya’s guards figured that the fact that Mr. Oben, was reading this horrendous book is proof enough that Mr. Oben is a “subvert,” another Bin Laden, who had a major terrorist plot like riding the world of Paul Biya.
Arresting a citizen for reading a book is a tell-tale sign of a Gestapo state in training. The full-blown Gestapo state would soon burn all books adjudged “subversive.” Then they will bring back the “balancoire” and, like their American compradors resort to sleep deprivation, anal feeding and water-boarding of persons adjudged to be opposed to their nonsense. Then we will get to the Zionist blueprint written by an Occupier Israeli who recounted being present when a Palestinian was tortured – he was ordered to rape his own daughter, and when he refused, was stripped naked and made to crawl on the floor licking up broken glass with his tongue.
When Messrs Marafa, Oben, Fotso etc are released they would surely write books about conditions in Camerounese prisons. Those conditions may not be as horrific as the CIA “extraordinary renditions” as per the just published US Senate report rendered below but nothing says they will not be.
Detainees transported by the CIA by aircraft were typically hooded with their hands and feet shackled. The detainees wore large headsets to eliminate their ability to hear, and these headsets were typically affixed to a detainee’s head with duct tape that ran the circumference of the detainee’s head. CIA detainees were placed in diapers and not permitted to use the lavatory on the aircraft. Depending on the aircraft, detainees were either strapped into seats during the flights, or laid down and strapped to the floor of the plane horizontally like cargo.

Mr. Oben’s case is compounded by the fact that, like most of us who grew up in Southern Cameroons and speak this language, we are totally against colonization or its worst form – concolonization. Reason why we reject francophonization, francophone hegemony and francophone colonization with all in us. Don’t teach me your language.
I define concolonization as a form of expansionism wherein a former trust territory qua French Cameroun is in the process of annexing, subsuming, francophonizing and subjugating Southern Cameroons, itself a brotherly former trust territory.
Mr. Oben is scheduled to appear before the Military Tribunal for that “crime against the security of the state.”
On October 28, 2014, three Camerounese journalists, Messrs Félix Cyriaque EBOLE BOLA, journalist, operative with Mutations newspaper and president of the Camerounese Syndicate of Journalists; Mr. Rodrigue TONGUE of Le Messager newspaper and Mr. BABA WAME, journalist and lecturer at the University of Yaoundé’s School of Journalism, were arraigned before the Yaoundé Military tribunal on charges of colluding with terrorism by not passing on information about alleged terrorist activities to the police, the gendarmes and the military.
The Camerounese military now expect journalists to be good citizens by snitching i.e. pass on information about those that oppose the government or those that are friends of those that oppose the government.
This is exactly how a police or Gestapo state works. Citizens are transformed into snitches and Judas Iscariots who trade-off each other at every opportunity. This is called the Judas Iscariotization of the state.
It happens that the investigation had nothing to do with terrorism but rather with a lawyer, Barrister Abdoulaye Harissou, president of the Camerounese Union of Notaries, known supporter of the jailed former minister of state for territorial administration, Mr. Marafa Hamidou Yaya and also known to have presidential ambitions.
The Biya regime wanted to know if Mr. Harissou had plans of evicting Mr. Biya by military force in his mind. And, the regime expected the journalists to provide them with details about Mr. Harissou.
Mr. Harissou is the president of the Camerounese Union of Notaries. It is but normal that his phone calls go forth to journalists and vice versa, you see.
As if hounding journalists who may have known Mr. Harissou is not enough the manner in which Mr. Harissou was arrested is most suggestive of Gestapo tactics or the antics of Nicholai Ceausescu’s Securitate or the even closer CENER and the BMM.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Mr. Harissou was summoned by the governor of the Far North province to be in his office at 11 am. The governor had arranged with the Directorate of External Research, the organ that took over from Cameroun’s Securitate or CENER to pick him up. by the Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakari , head of the Region notified the notary before officers DGRE he ‘ arrest and the gentlemen of the intelligence services were there to take him to Yaoundé . ”
The point I am making is that every law creates the structure, the infrastructure and the super-structure of its application. The devil, they say, is always in the detail. The procedure in the Camerounese state is for a law to have what is called a “decret d’application”. This often gives the administration the latitude to claw back on freedoms and/or raise the devil. For example, the 1962 ordinance on terrorism (which has not been abrogated) created a horrific institution CENER and a Kyrie of nationwide torture chambers cum political prisons called BMMs operated by torture superintendents like the ghoulish Jean Fochive. Many Camerouneses were disappeared by CENER and the BMM.
CENER is today known as the DGRE or the Direction Generale de la Recherche Exterieure. They are the people keeping Barrister Harissou in their gulag.
Mr. Maxwell Oben, the three journalists and Barrister Harissou are examples enough to tell us all that we are heading full-steam towards the militarization, the Gestaporization and the Judas Iscariotization of the Camerounese state. These are not members of Boko Haram, these are ordinary citizens arrested because of their right to freedoms; freedom to read a book, freedom to practice journalism, freedom to have a conscience and the freedom to object to a very bad government.
It has been pointed out, succinctly, that all the terms of reference the new law are already in the Camerounese Penal Code. Meaning that a new law when the provisions of the old have not been repeal is the vintage redundancy typical of an incompetent leadership of a quasi failed state. Moreover, the Camerounese state already operates like a prototypical police state. The bloody place is carved up into “blocs” headed by a “chef de bloc” who is on the payroll of the ministry of territorial administration and required to make periodic reports on events in the “bloc” to the sub-divisional officer or the “chef de terre.” The “chefs de blocs” are all informants and they have other informants, especially members of the CPDM and retired military, police and gendarme hands, working for them.
As if the above is not enough, the Gendarmerie Brigade Terres or Brigade Territoriale and the Brigades Mobiles of the Police are paramilitary units ever ready to jump-start the next hot pursuit of persons characterized as “subverts.” Generally these “subverts” and poor devils standing up for the violation of one freedom or another or one liberty or another. The paramilitary units are under the command of the sous-prefets or chefs terre, an unelected curiosity appointed by the president who lord it like little presidents in this area of jurisdiction.
While a sophisticated society could be expected to use an FBI and effective technology to fish out genuine terrorists, a Banana Republic, and the Camerounese state is an over-ripe banana, would count on its informants, its indics and its snitches to garner information. We all know that these methods are not only ineffective but they can also be used to settle scores.
Why was I not surprised to read this claptrap from one Mbah Ndam, the so-called leader of the SDF Group in parliament. Mr. Mbah Ndam declared to a local newspaper that:

“Our fight since 1990 brought liberty and freedom and now if you were to be charged of offenses provided by this law and you are to go before the military tribunal, one guarantee you have there first is that they are trained magistrates even though they are military people who are sitting there. Secondly any decision of theirs is subject to appeal to the regional court of appeal where you will have civil magistrates sitting. Any decision by that civil magistrate or the civil appeal court that does not satisfy you, you have the right to go to the Supreme Court and even if you are condemned to death after the Supreme Court decision, there is still there is still the application for grace, for mercy by the head of state, so I want to say it is due process that exists. Secondly if you were to be arrested that you were marching, it must be proven that you were carrying out a terrorist act and what constitutes a terrorist act is a question of law, of international law.”

How disembodied from reality! Pure wishful thinking absolute baloney if not muddying the waters! Translated, the above Mbah Ndamish gobbledygook is that, having been enticed by the regime, Mr. Mbah Ndam, and, by inference, the SDF are for the militarization of justice in Cameroun, the Gestaporization of the judicial apparel and the Judas Iscariotization of the citizenry.
Mr Mbah Ndam’s offensive bleating did not consider a given in all crusades for freedoms and liberty to wit:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
A law, invented by persons who do not derive their just powers from the consent of the governed but by election fraud, and which law deprives the citizen of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot be justified. A law that creates a Gestapo state and turns its own citizens into Judas Iscariots while at the same time militarizing its judiciary cannot be explained. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in every state commences with the right not to be arrested for freedoms and liberties, especially sedition, in all forms? The right to sedition is guaranteed in a democracy. It is called the freedom of conscience ie the right to disagree with the leader’s policies and politics especially when those policies fit the bill of an invention from the land called Morontia. Believe it or not, a democracy mandates the state and the government to allow the Anarchist to pursue his or her happiness, happily.
The fact, however, is that people (like this Mbah Ndam) talk about bringing liberties, freedoms and democracy without being democrats let alone knowing what exactly democracy is all about. There are 09 items that distinguish Lincolnian polyarchy or democracy from other forms of government. Freedom of knowledge, freedom, belief, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience, freedom of enterprise, freedom of settlement, freedom of movement, freedom of association and religion, freedom of trade unions, freedom and fairness of elections, grassroots governance or power to the people, a state of law and the respect of the law, etc. all blend together to give freedom of economic enterprise and governance that cater for the general wellbeing of the people.
What the SDF did it 1990 was to force the injection of association or multipartism into the Cameroonian dispensation. Forcing multipartism into a political structure and functions is not bringing democracy.
Mr. Mbah Ndam ought to be also told that justice delayed is justice denied. Proof of that? Mr. Maxwell Oben will soon be one year in detention even as he prays to have his day in court, court being arraigned to the Military Tribunal for reading a book. Consequently, what is this arrant nonsense from this Mbah Ndam fellow about trained magistrates in the Military Tribunals and Courts of Appeal? Is Mbah Ndam such a dunce that he does not know that the Jacobin Napoleonic system in the Camerounese state not only operates on the “guilty until proven innocent” precept but that system is irredeemably corrupt, managed by persons of very low moral stature who derive their substance and sustenance by pandering to whims and caprices of the Supreme Allied Commander in Chief of the Magistracy, Emperor of the State and its only Fondeur de Pouvoir? How long does it take for the Camerounese justice system to prove a victim innocent?
When was the last time this Mbah Ndam fellow attended court?
In all fairness to Mr. Mbah Ndam, a belletician gone ballistic, it is known both here and there that the ma is a major disaster as a lawyer (see the sheer number of SDF cases he botched by sheer incompetence) and with the system he is now part of money talks and bullshit walks.
What is it they say about belletics and belleticians: “belle go befo, country go fo back.”
Even when Abdoulaye Harissou, his colleague, is arrested.

OPINION: Did the SDF Call Cameroonians Cowards? By Boh Herbert

My jaw dropped to the floor reading through this interview by Hon. Mbah Ndam.

The core question which News Watch invited the MP to answer is simple: does the recently adopted law on terrorism risk jeopardizing civil liberties and freedoms in Cameroon?

Let me warn you: Hon. Mbah Ndam is not particularly polite; he is revisionist; he is as pro-Biya on this issue as they come; but he is at least blunt.

Cameroonians, he warns, should not “become cowards”.

He does not define what cowardice is, but he stresses that this anti-terrorism “law does not stop civil disobedience, it does not stop strikes”.

Forgive me! But I thought we knew that already. Yes, the law does not stop these activities. It merely criminalizes these activities; making anyone participating in them likely to be accused of terrorism, punishable by death.

To his credit, the SDF MP confesses that “Cameroonians are justified in their apprehension”. As he explains, talk of “any law on terrorism” should cause “ghost pimples”.
Mbah Ndam, The Revisionist

Hon. Mbah Ndam makes light on the havoc terrorism wrecked on Cameroonians, facilitated by the 1962 and 1972 ordinances. For the SDF parliamentary group leader, “these laws frightened Cameroonians”.

Any historian or student of history knows that these laws did not frighten… they facilitated the massacres of hundreds of thousands of Cameroonians. Those laws legalized and justified genocide of the Bassa and Bamileke peoples; the so-called terrorists, mostly in the Littoral and West Regions.

Begging to differ, the MP says the recently adopted law is unlike “the laws used to crush” the nationalists movements in Cameroon just prior to independence. How could anyone disagree with that? This new law is, indeed, unlike those early laws. It is worse! Which is why pro-freedom activists are, rightly, up in arms.

Not so the SDF MP, who digs deeper into revisionism. He claims that it was the SDF that clamored for Ahidjo to repeal repressive laws. Oh, yeah? He says that it is thanks to the SDF “breaking (political) ground” that the December 1990 laws were passed. Really? He claims further that it is the 1984 foiled coup d’Etat that turned military courts into “tribunals of exception”. Waoooh!
Terrorism Law to Enhance Freedoms?

For Hon. Mbah Ndam, this law “has not deprived Cameroonians of their right to public manifestation (sic); it has not deprived political parties of holding public rallies and manifestations (sic) against evils committed by the government”.

One has to wonder if the SDF parliamentarian lives in or speaks about the same Cameroon where such protests are regularly, if not permanently, banned.

The MP is not done. He gets more forceful, arguing: “It (the anti-terrorism law) has not limited the right of anybody”. Even Hitler’s Goebbels would have needed to take notes at this point.

We know that Hon. Mbah Ndam is not unaware of the nature of the regime in Yaounde. He is the same one who argues that Yaounde is bound to act “in its usual characteristics manner” – the same way it has acted over the past 32 years, causing Cameroonians much suffering.

A few questions are worth asking. For example, if as the MP argues, “the provisions of the penal code”… the provisions of ” the criminal procedure code” and of “the military justice code are still applicable” why was the terrorism law needed? If the terrorism law changes nothing, why was it needed? Where in the three codes were protests punishable by death? How is it possible to consider that protests are crimes as bad as hostage-taking and, therefore, punishable with the same sanction?

Issa Tchiroma’s has a Job Security Problem

Let me confess that the more I read the interview, the more I felt that Hon. Mbah Ndam sounds like he was interviewing for the position of Public Relations Officer for the CPDM regime. Hear him!

“The military tribunal that exists in Cameroon today is no longer that murderous military tribunal of old”. Hello, journalists! All those of you who are on trial before the military tribunal, have nothing to fear. Mbah Ndam wants you to know that the regime follows “due process “.

Hon. Mbah Ndam guarantees that you will be judged in the military tribunal by “trained magistrates”. He guarantees that you can appeal your death sentence (if it comes to that) before civil magistrates in “regional courts of appeal”. He guarantees that you can “go to the Supreme Court” if not still satisfied by the appeal outcome. Then, of course, he explains, you can always apply “for grace… (presidential pardon) by the head of state”.

Can someone – anyone – tell Cameroon’s “Praise Singer-in-Chief”, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, that his job is at risk?

The SDF parliamentarian, who must know what he is saying because he is a lawyer, is more reassuring than Issa Tchiroma. Here is Hon. Mbah Ndam auditioning for Issa Tchiroma:

If a Cameroonian gets arrested at a protest rally, he says, “it must be proven that you were carrying out a terrorist act… as defined by international law”. Here is some more from our “Monsieur le Depute”: “For you to be prosecuted in Cameroon, it must be shown that the acts you have performed are terrorist acts and that you belong to Boko Haram… somebody must show that you belong to one of (these) terrorist movements”.

As you can see, Hon. Mbah Ndam thinks the yardstick of proof has been set very, very high. Am I stupid in presuming that the regime in Yaounde does not even have to shop around to find someone who is willing to use any lie to prove that any Cameroonian targeted committed a terrorist act? Yaounde has been around. Been there, done that! Yaounde will nail anyone for terrorism it wants. Exactly the same way that Apartheid South Africa found “proof” in excess that Nelson Mandela was nothing more than a terrorist.
These Terrorists that Mbah Ndam Knows

Hon. Mbam Ndam does not cite international law in identifying the terrorists that already exist in Cameroon, according to him. He relies on stereotypes to paint certain Cameroonians terrorists.

The terrorists, according to him, are recruited from among our “illiterate brothers and sisters and the youths of the North”. Terrorists are those living “under abject poverty” and those in the Far North “living like animals” whose only property is “the small mat they hold in their hand that they can put somewhere and sleep”. Hon. Mbah Ndam’s profile of a terrorist (in the northern parts of Cameroon) is completed by the claim that they are “lured” into terrorism “with a few francs” by Boko Haram.

As you can see, Cameroonians don’t even have to be involved in protests before being identified as terrorists. Cameroonians just have to be the wrong thing… such as being illiterate; living in abject poverty; owning nothing but a mat… to be considered likely candidates for recruitment into Boko Haram ranks.

Not to be out-performed by Minister Issa Tchiroma, Hon. Mbah Ndam argues that the newly adopted law “will serve” Cameroonians “greatly.” You read that right! But, just how will it serve Cameroonians?

The SDF parliamentary group leader has the answer to that, too. This law, he says, will put Cameroon on the terrorism map (which Mbah Ndam could have pulled up on his laptop). The regime stands to make money – to get foreign assistance in reward for its efforts on terrorism. Hon. Mbah Ndam explains that Cameroonians are currently “not included in the realm of those who can seek international assistance” for the fight against terrorism “because we had no legislation for it”. Did someone aptly advise that we should always follow the money?

One lesson of history does not seem to be lost to Hon. Mbah Ndam. He states, accurately, that President Ahmadou Ahidjo refused to repeal the same repressive laws that were used to prosecute and condemn him; forcing him into exile where he lived out the rest of his life, died and remains buried.

I am wondering – and I hope that no one accuses me of subversion – I am wondering if there is a lesson there, too, for President Biya and the Mbah Ndams of this world, who have helped his regime put together this new terrorism law. Why do I have this strange feeling that the Biyas and Mbah Ndams will be judged and condemned by the same laws they have passed or refused to repeal? Why do I think the regime in Yaounde is about to fall on its own sword?


The Offensive Mbah Ndam Interview.

Mbah Ndam 2