As journalists keep on asking questions on the death of Buea Based journalist Samuel Wazizi and the government continuously adopting a provocative silence approach, we take a look at their past major nonchalant reactions to the people’s grievances.
The Cameroon government has had a reputation for a chameleonic approach to situations that concern the people of Cameroon.
The government has been known for swift reactions on situations which may be of danger to the people at the top of leadership. The government of the country has given its citizens the impression that they do not matter. Cameroonians are no strangers to government ignorance of their plights to swift reaction to international situations.
It is as though the diplomatic relations between Cameroon and its allies are more important to the government than the needs of the citizens in the country.
The government’s handling of the Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West has been very volatile, only reacting to what happens on ground depending on the amount of international pressure and human right organisations.
But funny enough, the Cameroon never ceases to “Strongly Condemn” what is beyond their borders which they deem is going wrong. For instance; flash back to the Pinyin massacre of last two years, the government decided to adopt a mute stance despite the enormous pressure by the human rights to give an official statement on the issue. What about the governor who unapologetically called Anglophone Cameroonians “dogs” or the Vision4 journalist who said Anglophone could be crushed like cockroaches, the Buea town massacre and so many more.
We can go all day recounting. But realise how swift the President of the Republic was able to send his condolences to the French president for the death of former French president Jacque Chirac, the same thing Cameroonians had been asking of him ever since for the thousands of people killed as a result of the war he declared in the English speaking of Cameroon.
What about the president’s tweet sending condolences to the Nigerian president for the deadly collapse of a church in Uyo Nigeria? Ignoring the countless unimaginable atrocities committed by the military he sent to the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. President Biya personally wrote to Barack Obama in 2016 when Muhamed Ali died to send his “Heartfelt condolences”.
Just last year when Xenophobic clashes erupted in South Africa against foreigners, many Cameroonian officials and ministers were all about adding their voice to what was going on in South Africa, while here in their own backyard, something worse had been brewing for close to five years and no concrete solution brought forth.
Now with the recent murder of Floyd in the United States which has sparked worldwide outrage, Cameroon still is not left out, but for 3 days now Cameroon journalists and people have been clamouring for answers from the government as to what happened to Buea based Journalist Samuel Wazizi, but the government till date have chosen to adopt the most provocative of silences to all these pleas from the people.
Mimi Mefo Info