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The regime in Cameroon can be compared with the present military junta in Myanmar, which thinks that it can use brute force to muzzle free speech and effectively sweep under the carpet any aspirations of its citizens to determine their destiny. If Cameroon's leaders have ever read, and have any knowledge of history,they should know that their readiness to use force against Anglophone Cameroonians in the hope that the Anglophone problem will go away will fail. It has often baffled me how educated, and supposedly cultured men would want to silence any traces of dissent by the use of force. Where is the difference then between Ahidjo's Cameroon and the democratization and free that Biya and his cronies claim to have introduced in Cameroon after 1990? Why victimize some one because he/she has views contrary to yours? Why victimize Anglophones because they are asking for something that rightfully belongs to them? Why use the military, financed by tax payer's money, against the very tax payers? I understand that after 1990 the forces of law and order were educated on the concept of the rights of the individual vis-a-vis their job requirements. It is now clear that, that was a wasted effort. It was done to deceive the international community and so benefit from debt cancellation. The entire Political, economic and social system in Cameroon needs overhauling and most important, Cameroonian politicians need to be schooled on Democracy and the Rights of the individual. The use of force as a means to an end has never succeeded, and wiil not succeed in Cameroon.
Thanks to Prince Mbain, the famous Prince like most of us who've carried out research in the National Archives Buea, know him, much of what is written on Anglophone Cameroon history today would be impossible. And to think that this valiant son of Anglophone Cameroon (or Southern Cameroon as some would prefer to it)would be work himself to death in the name of volunteer work is pathetic, to say the least. I recall how as post graduate students we use to crowed the small reading room at the archives each of us bugging "Prince" for this or that file. All of us wanted our demands for files to be met. In fact,some of us requested up to five files at once. And when we did not have them we'd curse. Little did we know that much of this work was "voluntary". Many students would have abandoned their "maitrise", MA,or Ph.D research topics, and many authors would have restructured their book projects had it not been for the benevolence of "Prince". My guese is that if "Prince" leaves much of our history would be lost for ever.