A renowned professor and state official in Cameroon has said ongoing tensions in the North West and South West Regions could be minimised by 40 per cent if the Head of State releases jailed Ambazonian leaders.
“If by 6:00pm, the head of state releases all those arrested including the leaders, in at most one week, things will be solved by an estimated 40 percent. The more you brutalise and arrest the fighters, the more you get youths radicalized,” Professor George Orock Enow declared.
The Director of the Buea Regional Hospital continued that arresting moderates gives room for radicals and that because of government’s poor management of the crisis, the situation is deteriorating.
“Opportunities to solve this crisis have been missed… People have been radicalized. So many people have died; government soldiers, civilians and fighters,” he lamented.
Professor Enow Orock thinks that granting amnesty to all those in jail and sitting on a round table for dialogue, is the only way out of the current impasse.
“Whatever happens, there must be a round table conference. Even in two, five or ten years. And when that time comes, the biggest question will be, was all the bloodshed worth it? Contrary to what Honorable Joseph Wirba said, the Anglophone problem may not sink Cameroon…the Country may learn from this crisis and sit together on a common table for a way out of all the problems plaguing the country…
“Why not sit now on the round table and spare more lives?” Professor Enow George questioned.
The professor did not mince words in condemning what he descibed as government’s role in deepening crisis.
He used an adage to further paint the picture.
Hear him: “You don’t call a dog with a stick in your hand and expect it to come. Even if you are the master or you use several baits.
“The government has it as duty to preserve the unity, integrity of the state and ensure the safety of people and property. The government is nothing without the people. If the people who voted the government have grievances, the government must listen to them. There is no weakness in giving a listening ear. ”
He concluded by underscoring the need for military presence to be reduced.
“When you send soldier in a conflict situation like this, there are two options: either they shoot or are shot. The government should reduce the number of soldiers on the ground. There must also be de-escalation on both sides. The local population is suffering the consequences more.”
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