Fellow Southern Cameroonians,
Here we are once more at the crossroads of our destiny; by day and by night Yaounde confirms to us what we already know but sometimes refuse stoically to acknowledge in public- that our very existence is seriously threatened. Those of you who thought that Mr. Paul Biya was about to soften and release our leaders, sons and brothers kidnapped and taken to prisons in La République du Cameroun can now begin to come to terms with the hard reality that we either fight now once and for all or we perish collectively with our eyes wide open.
We all saw the drama at the Military Tribunal in Yaounde yesterday; our own Mancho Bibixy brought to court in chains as if he was a hardened criminal, the applications for bail thrown out with no convincing argument, another long and unexplained adjournment and then the provocative and unacceptable arrest and release after 24 hours of the sons of Hon. Chief Justice Ayah Paul Abine. This is too much for a people to take, we are under sustained attack and we must respond by intensifying the use of the time-tested and proven weapon we still have- peaceful resistance.
We are calling on the international community to take good note of Yaounde’s notion of dialogue; the continuous use of brute force against unarmed civilians, increased abductions and kidnappings, maiming innocent school children in order to tag the Consortium and SCACUF as terrorist organizations, the unceasing arson on our public edifices under the supervision of colonial forces stationed all over our territory as a way of depriving our people of important amenities because they have shown their resilience in obeying our ghost town calls and other forms of civil disobedience.
Non Withdrawal of Francophone Magistrates
The Higher Judicial Council of La République du Cameroun met in Yaounde yesterday and refused to withdraw the majority French speaking magistrates from our courts, rather they decided to victimize the highest ranking Southern Cameroonian Chief Justice at the Supreme Court- Hon. Ayah Paul Abine. The presence of those French speaking magistrates in our courts was one of the main reasons of the current phase of our resistance, yet government officials have been quick to initiate press outings to claim all our worries had been handled.
Again, by refusing to release our leaders, sons and brothers from colonial jails in La République du Cameroun despite calls to do so from the United Nations, the African Union and countless international nongovernmental organizations which assert unambiguously that they are not terrorists, the government of Mr Paul Biya has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubts that Cameroun does not respect any international treaties and conventions it is party to, talk less of respecting even its own laws.
Ghost Towns on Mondays & Tuesdays
The events of Wednesday the 7th of June leave us with no other option but to intensify our resistance against Yaounde in a way as to tell the world that we are going to stop at nothing short of the restoration of the independence of our fatherland- the Southern Cameroons. On those counts we have decided to up the ghost towns operations to two days for the entire period of the writing of the political GCE Examinations.
The shutdown on Monday the 12th of June has been christened the Mancho Bibixy Resistance Ghost Town while Tuesday the 13th of June is named the Ayah Paul Recognition Ghost Town. Remember to stay home, fast and pray for God’s intervention, no GCE Examinations without preparations, no street demonstrations.
God is with us!
For the Consortium,
Barrister Eyambe Elias, Deputy Secretary General
Tassang Wilfred, Programs Coordinator