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7512wilson, My colleagues and I were in stiches after reading your comment. I literally fell off my sit. Thanks for making my day and kick starting the weekend with a laugh in my heart. No one should wish maladies on a fellow being but Mr. Biya is an exception for obvious reasons. On a serious note, have you noticed that us Cameroonians are either too cowardly or too placid to contemplate engaging in war. In all seriousness the decrying of Biya's maltreatment of the citizenry have been heard from all corners of Cameroon and the diaspora alike. Years after years of heaping pain and strife on our families, friends, neighbours etc. Yet the situation persists. No one in their right mind advocates war. But the seed of war already exists in the form of anger, helplessness and frustration amongst Cameroonians brought on by Biya's regime. The result of which is a general admittance that the man has to go. However, we seem to lack the impetus to go that one step further. Biya's game balling with the livelihood of Cameroonians is catalyst enough. But we seem reluctant to pick up on it and bite the bullet - no pun intended. In my previous write up I advocated for HOPE and letting the tide of time do its worst on Biya. This was as a result of listening to Nelson Mandela speak. There is nothing like listening to the voice of an elderly statesman to thug the chords of your heart. This resulted in someone asking me in this forum if liberty and freedom has no price and how HOPE is no plan. Point taken, however, my answer to that is thus, and I emphasize "priceless". Every citizen should be willing to give an arm and a leg for the liberty and freedom of self and the general populace as a whole. But it is evidence hitherto that this will never come to be in Cameroon. The spilling of innocent blood is not in our collective nature. The people of Cameroon are too peace loving - to a fault. May be the question should be "what is the price of being peace loving even in the face of adversity?". Surely when you are pushed to a corner you have to come out fighting. Shall we continue in our collective peaceful mentality while individually lamenting the situation we find ourselves in? The various ill fates might await Mr Biya in his unfavorable destiny. Sooner rather than later I venture and HOPE. Regardless, I agree with you that arms is a viable option. But then how do we reconcile with the inevitable loss of innocent lives that will insue keeping in mind the peaceful nature of our people? On the flip side, as amply pointed out already in this forum by various people, chances are even if Biya suddenly suffers a bout of conscientiousness and steps down, he will hand pick a successor to carry on in his vein. A loss loss situation for the Cameroonian people. I am truly bamboozled by this whole situation. But I take heart in the knowledge that there is a growing willingness especially amongst the younger Cameroonians to effect change as opposed to just talking about it.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2007 on Bear With Us! at Up Station Mountain Club
USofAfrica, I sypathise with your sentiments but there are more political parties in Cameroon than both you and I have had hot meals. None of them thus far "can use the masses, strategy, wisdom, and diplomacy to oust that evil political dictator out of ETOUDI". Creating another one would equally be fruitless in my opinion. I agree with you that hope is not a plan but its a starting point. Biya has the mechanisms in place to trample on any entity that poses a challenge to him. The evidence is in the fact he has been there for so long. The point I was trying to make is that time creeps up on us and Biya is no exception. SIMPLICE You are right but living without HOPE will render you an inability to fight and pay the price for freedom. I am not a soldier but I will willingly pick up arms against Biya's regime. However, I still believe shedding the blood of any Cameroonian for the demise of Biya is wasteful. The point you make about Biya hand picking a successor is valid. So what do you propose should happen? It is a perplexing situation. Please unravel me. There are so many knowledgible people in this forum and I am humbled to partake in it. Can someone endulge me by pronouncing what mechanisms there are that can be used to remove this cancerous infestation from the sits of power?!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2007 on Bear With Us! at Up Station Mountain Club
Good show 7512wilson Very soothing words for every downtrodden Cameroonian out here. Like you, I believe Cameroon will see her glory days in the near future. I was lucky enough to be at the unveiling of the Mandela statue. As frail as he was, this great man has an amazing presence. I felt tingles in my spine just listening to him speak, every single word measured and weighty. If I may paraphrase your Mandela quote, "from the darkest nights comes the brightest days". There are brighter days ahead for every Cameroonian - men, women and children. The day of the oppressed shall always dawn. Unfortunately, it seems this will only manifest itself at the behest of Paul Biya as opposed to the democratic will of the people. However, we can rest assured that Mr Biya can stall to his heart's delight, but the tide of time spares no one. I used to advocate the use of force because my anger was suffocating me, but listening to Mr. Mandela was like a breath of fresh air. Why waste good bullets on this man, he aint worth it! Any Cameroonian who sheds their blood for the sake of getting rid of Paul Biya would be wasting good blood. Just keep this quote to heart and watch the Cameroonian renaissance unfold...." no injustice can last forever,...suffering in the cause of freedom will never be in vain,...no matter how long the night of oppression, the morning of liberty will break through".(Cheers 7512wilson)
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2007 on Bear With Us! at Up Station Mountain Club
Paa Ngembus, I find the idea of separating just for the sake of it quite foreign. I was born a Cameroonian and prefer to stay the same. The battle cry of the separtionist seems to have been exhausted. Infact, it had been lost by our forefathers. I refuse to fight a loosing battle. Just because I do not share your views does not mean I am not a southern Cameroonian. If you think I am wrong then educate me.
7512wilson, I say amen to that brother, you are spot on. A change in direction is required to save cameroon from this modern day slavery. This man Biya and his inner circle of bandits are playing Russian roulette with the livelihood of cameroonians. Back in the days I looked at NJFN (SDF)as cameroon's messiah incarnate. Now I have lost all hope. Should have, would have, could have! are the best word of a fool. We cannot leave in eternal hope. Hopeing against hope that Biya will suddenly see the light and give up. The man will die - not soon enough as far as I am concerned - as president and after that another one of his gang members will take over. With equally the same dire destitude for Cameroonians. I sympathise with SCNC and the likes... But let's face it, none of them have taken us any further away from this monstrosity that is CPDM. Cameroon is still Biya's personal property...Even the supreme court is toothless. In my humble view all the opposition parties should say enough is enough, amalgamate and take to arms. Nothing short of this will do. There will be strife and hard times (nothing new there for an average Cameroonian!)but atleast there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I will happily volunteer to put myself in the front line. Atleast for the betterment of the future generation, we cannot let our children grow up to leave like this. It high time Biya and his gangsters come to realise that there is a new breed of Cameroonians.
Dadiceman, Thanks for pointing me to the other forums. You are very kind but be careful you don't misintreprete people's words, you might just end up falling on your own sword. That would defeat the purpose wouldn't it. In other words, look before you jump. Speaking of defeats, one is already defeated when one engages in pointless discussions. I am rather too long in the tooth and the effort evades me to partake...I refuse to humour you. Oops! Mia culpa maxi.
Why does everyone seem so bent on gaining points instead of making points. The suffering of a whole nation of people is not a trivial matter. Some of your naratives are so child-like, i have lost the will to live after reading them. Isn't it a herendous crime to our fellow cameroonian that we that have made to a place were we enjoy liberty and freedom - and are enjoying the fruits of democracy -can do nothing but pay lip service to their plight. Is this a forum for SCNC vs SDF? Or are there some conscious Cameroonians out there who truly wants what's best for our country? If that is the case then we are all going about it the wrong way. I am angry and utterly fed up everytime I visit this site only to read verbal garbage - people spewing wasteful vernom at each other week in week out. Garbage in garbage out - but no substance. Anyone who feels disgruntled enough at what is going on in Cameroon should know where to take the fight. I want to stand up and be counted. if anyone feels the same then it is time for action. I would like to praise Dr Tan for his insights above. Obviously, a calm and collected mind is needed. But I am sure most will agree it is now time for action. I know some hot head will reply to my write up in their usual idiotic manner. Anybody who agrees with me, lets galvanise and immobilise in a collected effort to destabilise Mr. Biya and is cronies. (I couldn't care tupence for any negativity)