(Being a reflection by Barrister Ayah Paul Abine* on his Facebook page on January 3,2019 - after President Paul Biya's New Year Message to Cameroonians)
"Before his abduction and captivity, Ayah Paul Abine had, on at least ten occasions, called for and strongly recommended dialogue to resolve the ‘Anglophone Crisis’. He did not relent after his release and subsequent to the formal declaration of the Anglophone War. Ayah graphically painted the picture of the somber effects of war!!!
As if to vindicate him, in the prosecution of the war, unarmed Anglophone civilians dressed in red have been killed on occasions as if for the fun of it. On other occasions, it has been the turn of those in black. On others yet those in blue and white! The killers even turned their guns against the demented (mad).
EVEN THE DEMENTED!!!
In the currency of the war, scores of villages have been burnt down, some entirely; at times with human beings burnt alive in their houses – some in their sleep. In the currency of the war, foodstuffs have been burnt to ashes to secure the demise of the survivors of the guns! And we have seen the photos of both cash and food crops destroyed for fatal effect in the long term.
In the currency of the war, innocent Anglophones have been rounded up and taken away – no-one can vouch today if all are still alive or as to their whereabouts: many are languishing in dungeons. Thousands are battling it out with animal predators in the wild even as we write. Thousands more have relocated to foreign lands internally; and many more to Nigeria principally. These temporary survivors have had to fend for themselves for months before some even just smelt any relief supplies.
In all these situations of a merciless war, clearly out of the ordinary, the Camerouoonianese Authorities have consistently and sadistically praised the army for their ‘efficiency and professionalism’!
In his ‘address to the nation’ on December 31, 2018, Mr. President did issue an ultimatum to the Anglophones to surrender UNCONDITIONALLY or be ‘NEUTRALIZED’!
Going by the prosecution of the war in the past, it is tantamount to a call for more indiscriminate killings and the wanton destruction of property! It is a call for the callous killing of the very people Mr. President said voted him into office just three months back at as much as 89% in some places!!!
SO SO SAD!
*Barrister Ayah Paul Abine, is a retired prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon. Barrister Ayah is a noted Biya Critic and advocate for the rights of Anglophones in Cameroon.He was jailed for eight months by the Cameroon Government and released without any formal charge.