“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.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has declared 48 hours of national mourning, and all Christmas celebrations have been cancelled.
GENEVA, Switzerland, December 26, 2019 – Simultaneous attacks by extremist insurgents on a military base and Arbinda town in Soum province in the north of Burkina Faso resulted in the deaths of 35 civilians – almost all of them women – as well as seven soldiers. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has declared 48 hours of national mourning, and all Christmas celebrations have been cancelled.
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit lamented the death and suffering caused by these attacks, the deadliest in five years of escalating violence in Burkina Faso and elsewhere in the Sahel region.
“Even in the midst of our celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, such appalling attacks remind us that conflict and violence remain the daily reality for many communities”, said Tveit. “We pray for the victims of these attacks and their families, and for all the people of Burkina Faso and of the Sahel region, that they might be preserved from such brutality and freed from fear.”
Since 2015 when violence began to spread across the Sahel, Burkina Faso has experienced increasingly frequent and lethal attacks by extremist groups, with hundreds of people killed and an estimated 560,000 displaced. A predominantly Muslim country, Burkina Faso also has a significant Christian population of approximately 20%.
In early November WCC, jointly with ACT Alliance, wrote a letter to President Kabore, based on communications received from Rev. Tegwende Leonard Kinda of the Association des Eglises évangéliques réformées du Burkina Faso which presented an alarming picture of the humanitarian and security situation in the region of Kongoussi town following a spate of attacks in the area. The letter appealed to the Government of Burkina Faso to do its utmost to protect people of that area against an advancing wave of extremist attacks, to preserve all Burkinabé people from sectarian violence and divisions, and to arrest the worsening humanitarian emergency resulting from these attacks.
“We extend our appeal to the whole international community to support the governments of Burkina Faso and its neighbours in addressing this crisis impacting so many lives in the region”, concluded Tveit.
By my reckoning, the rebranding of Central African Franc (CFA), which was the relic of the colonial French rule in Western African states. During the last few 48 hours, there is news of a new currency, which has implications, but also imperfections.
The ones praising this move is naive. The reason is simple, Emmanuel Macron or the French is still not giving way to power nor influence. They are still having their hand in the cookie jar. They are still involved with the inner-works of the financial sphere of the former colonies. They are maybe stopping the control directly from the National Bank of the French.
This move is to ease the pain of the past, but still the French and the European Union will have their stakes in it. As the pegged currency will be accordingly traded towards the Euro. A Euro, which the French has influence over in the EU. Therefore, the former colonies and the ones accepting this “ECO” Currency are accepting control from Paris and Brussels still.
They are maybe done with the regulations of CFA and the banking system as known today. But the ECO will be measured after the Euro. This is all a condition, that still benefits the former colonizer. If it wouldn’t, he wouldn’t have accepted it. Not like the French wants to loose influence nor the ability to easy trade with former colonizes. Why do you think most of the cars in Tunisia is French and not a random Skoda?
With that in mind, the ECOWAS was not launching this, but Macron was. Therefore, the whole thing seems like ploy to leave one relic behind, hoping people would be so happy that they don’t look into the mechanisms of the new currency. Not like the French would ever drop influence nor their strong hand over Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal & Togo. All of these will still be semi-controlled by Paris.
I have a hard time believing the intent of the French is to give way. No, this is just a shift to extend their power and find new measures to secure it. By remaking the former currency and the monetary union these nations have. Not like they are suddenly creating their own or having 8 separate ones. If they did that, then it might been significant. Where the own national banks, together with Ministry of Finance would make and ensure the safety of own national currency accordingly and necessary for their own Republic.
To remake and rename, only questions the motives behind the move. Other, than trying to clean the dirt of your hands and call it good days work. After years of questioning the currency and the stranglehold of these Republics. By having appointed men in their National Banks and having their gold in Paris.
I lack faith, but I am also very cynical about it. I’m not easily buying into it. I am hopefully wrong. Until the measures, until the mechanisms are all out and the proof of a vital change. It just seems like a small ploy to trigger hope for a difference, when its really just a new name and the same landlord over it. Its still the same farm and the same output, but the master just renamed the land differently. Peace.