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Mr Akoson, I am so sorry for you because you talk a lot of nonsense. Your attitude, at least from your writings on this website does not show any good judgment or democratic value. You insult people day after day. Sincerely, if the Southern Cameroons you talk about will be based on intolerance as you and other have consistently demonstrated, then I believe all your followers are doomed for an Afghanistan in Africa. You call people FROGS because they hold opinions different from yours. Let me tell you, you are SILLY, a BIG FOOL, an IDIOT, and a BULLY with tyrannical tendencies incapable of being part of a democratic society. Hi all, Look, I am not an advocate for anyone. I am an independent minded Cameroonian, who will not accept deceit either from the government, opposition, or pressure groups like the SCNC. Nfor Ngala Nfor could legitimately make his claims without misleading Cameroonians that the Minister didn’t violate any constitution, because he did violate the country’s constitution. I will repeat again that he was DISINGENEOUS and that is UNACCEPTABLE. Our constitution is not window dressing. It is the highest law of the land and I respect it as such. I recognize that it is seriously flawed and we definitely need a new and better constitution. But until we have one, I will continue to respect and uphold our constitution. There is no perfect constitution in the world. Even the contemplated Southern Cameroon will not have a perfect constitution. Therefore we cannot just disregard a constitution because it is flawed. Amadou Ali violated the constitution of Cameroon. He was supposed to have been dismissed from government by the Prime Minister (who is clearly powerless) or the President. The fact that he wasn’t shows clearly that our government is unaccountable. This in itself is a good point when advocating for the SCNC cause, because it illustrates how our government condones constitution violations which vividly undermine the cultural identity of the Anglophones and perpetrate their marginalization in the country. But to make a case by lying to Cameroonians who may not have read the constitution is just not right.
Hi Watesil, I am very impressed by your piece. It is terrible, to say the least, for Nfor Ngala Nfor to state in a press release that “Amadou, by banning the use of English at the press conference, never violated any constitution”. It is certainly very difficult to digest such s misleading statement. I equally think that such a statement is not worthy of the leadership one expects of the Southern Cameroons’ movement. According to Article 1 (3) of the Cameroon Constitution “the official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having the same status …”. Regardless of how flawed our constitution may be, Amadou Ali certainly violated the country’s constitution. Until the country adopts a new constitution, ours actions, including those of state official must be guided by the constitution. Therefore the statement, position, intention, and action of Nfor Ngala Nfor in this particular regard is disingenuous. Even more doubtful are the true intentions of Nfor Ngala Nfor after learning from Watesil that he was a Yaounde University Professor and a servant of the system he now condemns.
Tutmose You wrote one of the most mature comments here. Your call for reconciliation may just be the best solution to Cameroon's problem. I will like to refer you to an article that I just discovered, "Constitutional Illegitimacy in Cameroon: The Illegal Annexation of Southern Cameroons" - at http://www.picam.org/Documents/Illegal%20Annexation%20of%20Southern%20Cameroons.pdf. This article is written by one ERIC NGONJI NJUNGWE. This guy gives you a clear historical picture of the anglophone problem and the marginalisation of anglophones. In his recommendations however, he rightly call for dialogue and reconciliation.
FON, It is not enough to put other peoples' words in quotation marks. You have to state the source. I could not know where you were quoting from until I visited www.picam.org. This is part of the article you copied without acknowledgement: PICAM condemns the recent statement by the Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, and Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon, Amadou Ali and call on his immediate resignation or dismissal for contravening the Constitution of the country. In a press conference held on January 5, 2007, the Minister of Justice declared without hesitation that he would not welcome questions asked in English. This statement is unwarranted of his status and a serious desecration of the Constitution he is entrusted to uphold and enforce. PICAM would like to draw attention to Article 1 (3) of the Cameroon Constitution (Law No. 96-6 of 18 January 1996), which states as follows: “The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having the same status. The State shall guarantee the promotion of bilingualism throughout the country. It shall endeavour to protect and promote national languages”. Likewise, according to Article 31 (3) of the Constitution, after the President enacts laws passed by Parliament, these laws must be “published in the Official Gazette of the Republic in English and French”. It is therefore inconceivable that Amadou Ali can pretentiously continue to function as the Minister of Justice after making comments that seriously affect his credibility and effectiveness in upholding the laws of the country. The Justice Minister of any country is supposed to be the chief guardian of the country’s Constitution, while upholding the principles of equality and non-discrimination in the administration of justice. Instead, the Justice Minister of Cameroon has become the main protagonist of discrimination, inequality, and slayer of the country’s Constitution. In such circumstances, the Minister of Justice can no longer be a legitimate enforcer of justice within the national territory of Cameroon and should resign his position immediately. Amadou Ali’s comment not only diluted the very essence of the Justice Ministry, it equally rekindled debates over the marginalization of the minority Southern Cameroonians’ whose case for separation seemed strengthened, the separation movement emboldened, and its legitimacy further confirmed from comment unbecoming of a Minister, let alone, the Justice Minister. Not only is the Minister’s moral authority at stake, his legal authority to defend and uphold any other laws of the country seems questionable in light of his flagrant violation of the highest law of the country... Don't I have the right to ask that you to acknowledge your sources, rather than deceive people into thinking that you are the one making such good analysis?
Hi Guys, I will call on you to read the well thought out press release by Progressive Initiative for Cameroon at www.picam.org or at http://www.picam.org/DEM/demjustminisshouldresign.htm. Articles like this help many Cameroonians understand what is at stake instead of arguing and insulting each other for no reason. This is not a place to write complicated English, just make the analysis without personal confrontations. I am getting sick of you guys who attack other here. FON, next time you copy and past excerpts from articles or press releases from individuals or organisations like PICAM, acknowledge the source of that information. I though the quotations were your analysis until I read the PICAM article. Give credit where they belong.