Cameroon: Biya’s New Years Message is a Stern Warning to the Anglophone Region
“For those who persist in going down the wrong road and continue to use violence, we will have no other choice than to combat them in order to protect all our fellow citizens. Our Defence and Security Forces will, once again, perform their duty with restraint, but without weakness. I wish to reassure them of my full support and high esteem” (Paul Biya, 31.12.2019).
You can imagine, the ghost villages, the gigantic amounts of Internally Displaced Persons and people who has lost loved ones. Listening on their radios, hearing the broadcast of their President of the Republic. From the man who has for 37 years been their President and their ruler. Most them known of nobody else, hell, most of them was not even born before that time.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has some nerve, the man who struggles to walk. The man who stumbles to talk. The jet-setter, the Switzerland bound, Ghost President and globetrotter. That person are sending a warning to the Anglophone regions, the North-West and South-West Regions.
“Today, I wish to thank all those who kindly participated in the dialogue, and congratulate its organizers, in particular the Prime Minister, Head of Government” (Paul Biya, 31.12.2019).
He praises the self-imposed Grand National Dialogue, which was a charade and farce. Where he made no astute changes, neither changed the narrative on the ground. As his armies and his soldiers are still beating people to pulp, still sending the young citizens to their graves, while the President and his wife is living life of ancient kings.
“Neither the social media nor news outlets can change the outcome of an election, talk less of illegal protests, violence and personal or hate-filled attacks. Remember, I once said “Let’s talk, let’s not fight”. Such is the behaviour of the citizens of a democratic country” (Paul Biya, 31.12.2019).
Certainly, a man of that fashion. Whose used to get away with this behaviour will talk this way. Will says something about the ones going into the wrong path. Like the leadership of Ambazonia, whose behind bars. Or even put Maurice Kamto in his place too and blame Social Media too. That is minor infliction of things, but shows his sentiment.
Not that I blame the old man, well, when he can order the destruction and the steady killings, while having his ministers lying to the international about the state of affairs. Than, you know the man can do anything. He knows this, Paul knows this and abide by it. Biya knows that International Community, the African Union, ECOWAS and everyone else. Will not touch him. His Teflon and nobody, nobody will dare. If they do, it is his own citizens and by decrees, by orders, they will linger in jail on trumped-up charges.
So, Biya with his New Years Message of 2019, sends a stern message for 2020. Not likely he guns will be silent, not likely that the torment nor the vicious attacks on his own citizens will end. No, he will continue, as the only right road is his. That is what he thinks and obliged to think that, but that doesn’t necessary mean its true.
Biya is self-inflicting harm to his own Republic. Blaming others and burning his own regions for his own fanfare. Who knows why, while he wants the glory for stopping the fire. He knows this, but that is what he does. It isn’t wise, neither is smart, but its just malicious. It is evil actions with intent.
At one point, he will loose control of the hornets nest his poking at, sooner or later he might get stung by one. Than, he might get what happen all these years, as his own might caused all this pain. A warning shot now, only shows his heart or lack of it. Peace.