Following months of strikes, boycotts and unrest in Southern Cameroons in protest of the mass arrests, arbitrary and random killings of Anglophones in the Northwest and Southwest regions, rape of University students, beatings and last and not least the cutting of internet in Southern Cameroons, it was about time for the diaspora to cut loose by organising a forum for discussion that was held at the House of Commons on 1 February 2017. This historic meeting was between proponents of Southern Cameroons and representatives of La Republique (in this case the acting Cameroon High Commissioner to the UK) with some British MPs at the Committee Room 10, attracted guest speakers such as John Robert Cryer Leyton and wanstead
- Prof Nelson Enonchong (one of the most decorated legal luminary from Southern Cameroons) gave a discourse on the events that led to the current state of affairs and Cameroon (as it is currently known) and provided a legal background as well.
- Dr Priscilla Nkwenti presented all those present with images, facts and figures of the current unrest in Cameroon: The immediate causes and consequences.
- Then it was the turn of His Excellency Joel Herve Nguenkam, the acting High Commissioner of Cameroon to the UK (Colonial High Commissioner), whose contribution was to provide the measures taken by the government of La Republique du Cameroun to solve the present unrest.
The turnout of the meeting was also impressive with more than 200 members and sympathiser of the SCNC.
After two wonderful presentations from Prof Enonchong and Dr Nkwenti, we were all reminded of our own history and of the current state of affairs in Cameroon, it became evident that His Excellency had been given an upheaval task – one that was too big for him to chew as he either dodged from answering the questions asked or presented so-called “measures” that were clearly not true and unfounded! All those in attendance appreciated his presence at the meeting but after some of the stuff he said and didn’t say in the course of the meeting, it was clear that the government of La Republique du Cameroun has refuse to listen to the cry of Southern Cameroons. Unable to persuade the audience, the acting High Commissioner still took the side of La Republique du Cameroun amidst all the atrocities been committed and the blatant abuse of human rights in Southern Cameroons. This stance by the acting High Commissioner drew boos from the audience accompanied by some tough questions from the SCNC members in attendance which His Excellency struggled to answer. In numerous segments of the Q & A, he would either fumble, lie in his response, ignored or dodged the questions been asked. It was also clear that the measures and actions taken by La Republique du Cameroun to resolve the current crisis was simply oppression or suppression at all cost. This led to an agitated, frustrated and angry audience evident by the boos that resonated around the House of Commons. I am sure Yaounde got the message Southern Cameroonians in the UK sent and are ready to resist and resist and resist until freedom is secured for Southern Cameroons.
As part of the entourage that came with the acting high commissioner, was an individual deemed to be a spy as he has been spotted in three different events. He stood at the back of the room not paying attention to what was been said but was longing at the audience and making notes of their comments and possibly their description which to us was a clear sign that he is eyes and ears of La Republique sent to report what was going on, those in attendance and what was said and/or agreed.
A closing remark from John Robert Cryer encouraged us to continue our struggle peacefully by urging us to mount more pressure externally as parliament represents what happens externally before making any informed decisions. If this is done and adhered to, then a committee will have to be formed (with the approval of the PM) to talk about the struggle of Southern Cameroons in the House of Commons. His suggestion and promptness was highly appreciated and welcome by the audience with applauds and a sign of relieve that at least someone cares about our plight and freedom fight. This was all in line with what has now become the slogan for this fight as quoted by Hon. Wirba whilst himself quoting Thomas Jefferson, “when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty” and we sure will resist till the end!
BY Pride Mbi Agbor SCNC UK.