One of the members of the newly created ‘Anglophone Peace Commission’ says the initiative will be a success.
Responding to some of the concerns raised by Mark Bareta, one of the ring leaders of the Ambazonian Movement, Dr. Nick Ngwanyam said:
“The Anglophone Peace Commission will be one of the biggest and most effective commissions, I Dr. Nick Ngwanyam do give you the Anglophones my word that these principles shall be respected at all times”.
Dear brothers and Sisters,
I like this name that has been suggested by Mr. Mark Bareta in reaction to the interview granted on Cameroon Calling this morning by two of our brothers speaking on behalf of a larger group seeking for peace in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon.
As the secretary of the group, I will like to sincerely congratulate him for his sincere advice as we all seek for a meaningful way out of these senseless killings and slaughtering either way.
Mark is worried about the messenger. He thinks this messenger sleeps in the same bed with the powers that be and should not be trusted. He has a genuine right to feel that way and any right thinking person should feel that way as well. You need to ask questions and get the right answers so that no one takes you for a ride or for granted again.
Some have asked about the fruits of the many commissions created before to seek these same solutions. They have questions about the results of such including the Bilingualism Commission and more. Every right thinking person knows that you judge things not by their names but by their fruits..
We are very happy that Mr. Mark Bareta has suggested a wonderful and positive name under which we shall all operate; Anglophone Peace Commission. Thanks brother for being foresighted. The name we chose failed to see the points you raised and it was not intended to cloud anything nor was it a sign of fear to call a spade by its name. You know I always do; so that should not be an issue.
Our problems as Anglophones have to be addressed by Anglophones. We hope that after a ceasefire, we can move to a higher gear where the same problems are addressed by the concerned parties especially the government for a lasting solution to this crisis.
Anglophones are multicolored. They are CPDM, SDF, Grassfield, Forest/Coastal area ( Notice I avoided NW /SW), Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, women, children, men, women and all professions you can think of. There is a majority population of youths that are not working. They are disenchanted and feel lost because of no jobs and a lot of other issues. We are a mixed bunch.
The common thing to seek for as we speak to and with each other is to go for TRUTH and LOVE. We need to RESPECT LIFE and WORK ON PRINCIPLES.
If we are looking for things that divide us, there are baskets full of such. Let us look for that common ground and hold on that tread of hope. I agree with you that a lot of water has gone under the bridge but we all have a duty to stop loss.
No amount of killings, burnings, kidnappings for ransom, looting, raping, hate speech, name calling and what have you can make the situation better. The way forward to is to start to look for that faint light of peace through what we are all trying to do here in the name of all Anglophones born and unborn. It is our collective responsibility.
Who told them that there can be peace without justice?
I like this phrase of yours. You are right. If you remember I have been trying to illustrate several times through social media, TV and Radio how peace is a product of Truth. Justice is the process of reestablishing truth and paying reparation. There can NEVER BE PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE. It is a principle that cannot be broken. Either way there must be justice.
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I do understand that this is of great concern to you and many of our brothers and sisters out there and back here at home. We have had brothers and sisters here in high places before who spoke and lived for their stomachs and not our common good.
They actually fed these fires of hatred and spooked it. Even in the commission, we put this on the table as the first condition, TRUST AND NEUTRALITY. We had to arm-twist anyone who was not getting this new turn of events to understand that it was not business as usual. And we have gurus of both sides of the divide in the nouse.
It is the primordial condition for anything of substance to happen on the ground. TRUST is of the essence. Respect is her cousin. Truth and Love are the foundations.
I Dr. Nick Ngwanyam do give you the Anglophones my word that these principles shall be respected at all times. I will do my best to keep a watchful eye on them and would ring bells of caution if I notice the contrary. We shall collectively do our best as a winning team.
OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY.
The Anglophone Peace Commission will be one of the biggest and most effective commissions, that has ever existed in our land. This is so, because it belongs to the people. It is their channel of expression.
It runs across boundaries and involves EVERYBODY.
There is no exclusion. Everyone’s voice shall and MUST BE HEARD. From the villages, sub divisions and divisions; from all njangi groups, development groups, choirs and what have you. All of the Diaspora is part of it.
Mark, we count on you to be able to organize the positive thoughts to the ceasefire in Europe. I know you talk to Tapang Ivo, Eric Tataw, Chris Anu, Buh Herbert, Ayaba Cho Lucas and all the others that I cannot mention here. I know how you quarrel and insult each other but stay together for the good of humanity. Nobody is perfect here on earth. It is every body’s thing. No exclusions.
We need all hands on deck. We need all ideas to come forward so that we can get this cease fire to hold from our end and from the government side as well.
We should collectively take responsibility for this CEASEFIRE on both sides. This will truly pave the way for other DIALOGUES and NEGOTIATIONS to take place leading to a lasting solution as we continue to reason and talk in a civilized manner.
We beg and pray that the killings, maiming and burnings should stop.
It is the Lent season and the Bishops have called for a respect of life. May God the Almighty grant us his wisdom, guidance and protection. Be blessed.
As a closing remark, I will like to say that we cannot win if we do not go with the Lord. Abandoning him for other gods is a disaster.
Dr. NICK NGWANYAM, MD
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