The virus that causes this strange killer disease first hit newspaper headlines in 1976 from Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then experts maintain they have been 19 outbreaks claiming thousands of lives of the most vulnerable – the poor- in society. But none of these outbreaks has been in British Southern Cameroons or Bamenda.
The worse and most devastating outbreak in history was last year in three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone. In these countries more than 11,000 souls were lost with some poor families wiped out or leaving innocent vulnerable orphans. None of these most affected African nations share common boundary with British Southern Cameroons.
It should be recalled that in the fight against this worse killer disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) made it abundantly clear that neither cure nor vaccine has yet been found. To the best of our knowledge WHO which faithfully monitors global health and seeks solutions has not yet made a declaration for a vaccine.
We also firmly believe that had WHO established a vaccine for this killer disease, it will first announce and prior attention will be turned to the three nations – Liberia, Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone. Wherefrom comes the Ebola Vaccine fit for trial only for Bamenda where cases of EBOLAoutbreak have not been reported?
We painfully note and state without fear of contradiction that they have been frantic efforts by Yaoundé to link Bamenda, indeed British Southern Cameroons, with the Boko Haram to the point that some three Police officers were recently exceptionally promoted by Presidential decree and decorated for foiling some terrorist explosions planned for Buea and Bamenda. Yet Boko Haram is claiming innocent lives in the Far North of la Republique du Cameroun and schools in some districts cannot even function. We cannot so soon forget the 1997 so-called terrorist attacks in Kumbo, Bamenda among others. But in spite of the heavy militerisation of the North West Province and Bamenda in particular, not even one terrorist was arrested in action.
In the more than three decade reign of this current Presidential monarchy British Southern Cameroons has witnessed terrible states of emergency and an economic blockade- a real instrument of war against an external enemy. Yet gullible Southern Cameroonians are deceived with crumbs to look up to Yaoundé for self-survival.
We cannot so soon forget the Lake Nyos gas disaster of August 21st 1986 which claimed some 2000 innocent lives in one night, not counting livestock. This was a weapon of mass death, our own taste of the holocaust. To say the least Yaoundé did not give the attention required for a natural disaster that affects a people you care about. To date victims are still languishing not forgetting the disappearance of foreign aid for victims since management was in the hands of the masters in Yaounde who know not Wum let alone Nyos.
But when you compare the treatment and attention given to NsamEfoulam, Yaounde, petrol fire disaster victims who went to steal but got engulfed in the explosion, you get the true picture. While the NsamEfoulam victims received high profile attention as sons of the soil with the Yaoundé Government as their father, the Nyos gas disaster survivors, off springs of nchindas had to survive by the grace and mercy of their Creator. They have no earthly father for Yaoundé killed the Buea Government and state of British Southern Cameroons. We are orphans, the fatherless.
When fire burns you, you run away from wood ash. Be not deceived the Yaoundé authorities do not love the people of Bamenda and British Southern Cameroons.
By this Press Release we call on all citizens of Bamenda in particular and people of British Southern Cameroons to stay away from the so-called Ebola vaccine. You never play games with anything that can cause death. Ebola is a killer disease for the poor and the wretched. Those administering the vaccine, ask if they have they administered it to their family members? Why should Bamenda be the trial ground?
We should know that Bamenda is a transit town; any epidemic that affects Bamenda will spread like wild fire to all.
But why is Bamenda always used for high ground standing for the ruling clique but at the detriment of the people? President Paul Biya has personally been supervising the Bamenda Ring Road for the past 25 years but there is nothing to write home about. The Kumba – Mamfe road which President Ahmadou Ahidjo inaugurated has been in the news since 1970s yet to date remains impassable. Give us the Kumba – Mamfe Road and the Bamenda Ring Road. We do not need the Ebola vaccine!
We are a people with unquestionable inherent sovereign rights to say “NO!” to what is against our supreme interest. Consequently we vehemently and unequivocally reject the so-called Ebola trial vaccine. We are not guinea pigs! What we want is peaceful separation respecting our inherited international boundaries so that we leave as good neighbours.
We therefore call on all Traditional Rulers, Traditional Councils, all Cultural Associations, Youth and Women Associations, the Churches etc. to give the information contained herein the widest circulation possible for the author and giver of life, the Almighty God, gave only one chance to live on planet earth and do his will.
Done in Buea this 17th Day of November 2015.
NFOR, N. NFOR
National Chairman (SCNC)
- Director General World Health Organization (WHO)
- All Human Rights Organisations
- The UN