TO THE CAMEROONIAN DIASPORA
Subject: Political situation of our country and a call
for a common republican front to save
the Cameroonian people from disaster
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I addressed the Cameroonian people on Monday, 24 August 2020, on the basis of the catastrophic security situation in our country, particularly in the North-West and South-West regions, and the strong political tensions that has been on since the October 2018 presidential election.
The main message of my address was a firm warning to Mr Paul BIYA and his regime on the organisation of any new election in our country without meeting the following two requirements:
– Negotiation and establishment of a ceasefire in the context of the armed conflict in the North-West and South-West paving the way for a genuine Inclusive National Dialogue;
– Consensual reform of the electoral system.
Some of you wanted to give peace a chance by taking part in the “Major National Dialogue”, organised from 30 September to 4 October 2019 in Yaoundé. However, almost a year after it was held, everyone can see that the regime has once again abused the trust of those like you who believed it intended to end the killings and create the conditions of the return to peace in the North-West and South-West regions of our country.
Since the end of this Major National Dialogue, the security situation has continued to deteriorate. During the municipal and legislative twin elections of 9 February 2020 that Mr BIYA held, against all political logic and therefore simply by bravado, Cameroonians and more specifically the populations of the North-West and South-West did not feel concerned. This was already the case in these two regions during the 7 October 2018 presidential election. The “elected representatives” of the two regions and their families are today, for the most part, internally displaced persons or even refugees in Nigeria, because they do not feel safe in their areas, even with the protection of the army.
On the occasion of our arbitrary detention, and even in view of the attention you pay to the fate of Vice-President Mamadou Yakouba ‘MOTA’ and the twelve other CRM militants still unfairly detained, you have demonstrated to us your attachment to justice. During my tour of Europe and North America, I got a feel for your interest in peaceful change in our country. I am aware that in the diaspora not everyone shares my peaceful approach to the struggle, nor all the options of the CRM and its allies on various national issues. However, I am convinced that beyond anything that can divide us, we have in common the love for our dear and beautiful country and are all concerned about its future.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In your respective host countries – especially for those of you who live in democratic countries – you witness that the rule of law, good governance and democratic institutions are the preconditions for development.
The regime is trying to display a semblance of normalcy to deceive the international community, but anyone can see that our country is falling apart. Mr BIYA’s regime stole the dream of several generations of Cameroonians. Our compatriots in the English-speaking regions and those victims of the fight against Boko Haram are going through hell in a kind of indifference of the regime and the international community. Public finances are in trouble. The social situation is catastrophic, extreme poverty continues to gain ground. The management of the Covid-19 confirmed the mediocrity of the regime’s leadership. The situation is at a standstill and the country is on the verge of collapse.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The situation is serious! All progressive forces, whether political, intellectual, academic or civil society, from within as well as from the Diaspora, must unite to peacefully, but resolutely, put an end to the descent, visibly planned by the dictatorial regime, of our country in the abyss. In this spirit, they must demand the outright resignation of Mr Paul BIYA from power, if he engages in new political elections in Cameroon, starting with regional elections, without having met the two requirements recalled above.
The Diaspora has a decisive role in this last phase of our struggle. I count on you. The Cameroonian people in distress also count on you. Let’s stay united and we will win!
Done at Yaoundé, this 25 August 2020