By Tata Mbunwe
Pro-government activist, Frankline Njume, lashed out at CRTV’s Unity Palace correspondent, Dr. Ashu Nyenti, for rebuking him over derogatory posts that incite division and conflict between people from the Northwest and Southwest Regions.
Njume blasted Nyenti for being silent over the recent killing of natives from the Bakweri tribe in the Southwest, citing the killing of the Chief of Dibanda village in Buea and the recent killing of Rebecca Jeme, Momo divisional delegate for communication and a native of Bakweri.
Ashu Nyenti cautioned Njume to stop inciting divide and xenophobia between South-westerners and North-westerners, stating: “Xenophobia is not a cause worth its salt. That generation of South-westerners looking for revenge against whom, I don’t belong there… Please let us not blame our incapacities on Northwest people. In the NW (Northwest) there are idiots just as in the SW (Southwest). In those two regions, there are good people… You cannot claim to be a Paul Biya supporter and you preach hate and things that go contrary to his political beliefs,” Ashu Nyenti said.
Rather, the unrepentant Frankline Njume bashed at the jurist for being incompetent for his job at the Unity Palace.
“Silence during an epoch of oppression like this makes you one with the oppressor. You have chosen to be a silent observer, whereas you are elite whose opinion could influence things in favour of your people. It doesn’t bother you SW is getting rotten and extinct, you are in your comfort zone drinking and waiting for the worst to befall us,” Njume told Nyenti in a Facebook post.
Frankline Njume, a fervent pro-government activist, has been notoriously calling on people from Cameroon’s Southwest region to “revenge” against those from the Northwest.
Although several members of the civil society have criticized him, he has rather intensified calls for xenophobic violence against the North-westerners resident in the Southwest.
Although there currently exists a law in Cameroon that punishes hate speech and tribalism, authorities have however been slow to punish people who fuel ethno-political tensions, with Frankline Njume, Chief John Ewome Eko (Moja Moja) and others spared.