Speaking within the context of the first anniversary of Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute as Prime Minister,
Dr. Nick Ngwanyam, MD, CEO of St. Louis University Institute Douala and Bamenda said by settling for a Special Status for Anglophones at the end of the Major National Dialogue, Chief Dr. Dion Ngute missed the chance to solve Cameroon’s greatest problem.
He writes: “The PM had a chance to be the greatest and he lost it forever. You are the greatest if you solve the greatest problem. That opportunity was solving the Anglophone Problem and he went off a tangent into space singing a chorus with no acceptable rhythm. He engineered the Special Status for Anglophones. This is a tool to continue the assimilation of Anglophones. He forgot that H. E. President Paul Biya stated in Paris recently that Anglophones would no longer be assimilated as they the Francophones have been trying to do in the past 58 years. Going against the instructions of the President in this regard is not good news.”
He outlined that “H.E. Prime Minister Dion Ngute has had a very rough time from the moment he was appointed because the nation had too much shit on her hands that he had to clean up”.
“He took over the post of PM coming into these big shoes from a position of a junior minister. Besides some ministers think they are more entitled than others and they perceive Anglophones no matter their ranks as beggars and slaves. He had to be proving to everyone that he is not an underdog. He has done that in style” he added.
“He has had to work very hard at this image boosting exercise because the former occupants ‘feared’ the francophone masters with a morbid type of fear and that gave francophone masters the opportunity and misguided opinion of treating to death and servitude of the 6 or 8 million West Cameroonians with a lot of contempt. Marginalization has been a way of life for us” Nick Ngwanyam also said.
He recounted that “He has worked as hard as he can to change that perception and suffering of his yoked brothers and sisters in his own way. Up until now, Anglophones in government were too shy speaking in English and identifying with their roots.
“If the former PM had been people friendly, he would have defused the crisis of the lawyers and teachers on time and there would never have been a war. Students would never have been beaten up at the University of Buea and no one would have been killed on the Commercial Avenue in Bamenda on the 8th of December 2016 or so following a programmed CPDM meeting” he said.
“He and his advisers were too ashamed to identify with their people and preferred to trade them off for a plate of beans. Arrogance and disrespect has caused death and untold suffering to unsuspecting victims who were asking just for good governance and fair treatment. Endemic over-the-ceiling corruption and impunity has made a bad situation worse” he explained.
“I am still trying to figure out how he will deal with lies telling in Cameroon in low and high places; even many ‘prophets’ and elected officials are champions at this evil. Old habits die hard. When the oldest senator stood in the general assembly of the MND and lied in the presence of the PM Dion Ngute about the nonexistence of a relationship over the years between people of the North West and those of the South West, the PM did not correct such gross errors. I felt a pain in my heart.
“I thought the old man’s mind was failing until some delegates of SW origin at the MND chorused that they all wanted a ten state federation so as to get away from North Westerners whom they perceive as predators.
“I understand that all the delegates were locked up in a room prior to that and this position was dictated to them. I know that PM Dion Ngute is too mature to be this xenophobic and could not have engineered such a thought nor encouraged it in any form, manner or way. For that I must congratulate him. I still have to ask him for his own version of the truth one on one.
“I gave him my blue print on the confederation as a form of state that will solve the Anglophone problem. Amongst some of the things said, I drew his attention to the fact that the name of the country should be changed. As a two state confederation, the post of Vice President would have been introduced.
“In so doing the Presidency would alternate between Anglophones and and Francophones. The Anglophones will breathe a little more oxygen. And the whole nation would benefit for an Anglo-Saxon leadership and management style. This would have dispelled unfounded rumours that France has rejected the possibilities of an Anglophone ever becoming a President in Cameroon. I know these are lies meant to intoxicate an unsuspecting people, because Cameroon is a sovereign state and only Cameroonians can chose their leaders.
“I guess he threw my documents into the dust bin as soon as I turned my back and left. After all, why should he care when he even turned down the request of H.E. Christian Cardinal Tumi who wanted to have a general Anglophone Conference before the MND. If he and his ministers and mayors have no regard for the Cardinal then we are a lost people.
“The PM had a chance to be the greatest and he lost it for ever. You are the greatest if you solve the greatest problem. That opportunity was solving the Anglophone Problem and he went off a tangent into space singing a chorus with no acceptable rhythm. He engineered the Special Status for Anglophones. This is a tool to continue the assimilation of Anglophones. He forgot that H. E. President Paul Biya stated in Paris recently that Anglophones would no longer be assimilated as they the Francophones have been trying to do in the past 58 years. Going against the instructions of the President in this regard is not good news.
“Good luck Mr. Prime Minister. I will encourage you to create 2 million jobs for youths in two years. Stop importation of fish and rice and grow your own. Reduce the excessive consumption of alcohol and build markets and public toilets in your cities and towns. Provide skills and capacities for our youths.
“Empty political speeches with little or no truth in them is only hurting the nation the more. God be with you as you start the second year in office. You can only succeed if you embrace the truth and work in Love. If you depend on human wisdom and seek to protect your post by sacrificing the youth and your people then you are history.”