- [contact-form] “My heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on”
By Atia Tilarious Azohnwi
Tibor Peter Nagy Jr., the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs is contemplating taking the deepening crisis in Cameroon’s restive North West and South West Regions to an “international forum.”
Ambassador Nagy was speaking Tuesday, March 12, 2019 as he continued his tour of the African continent.
Top US Diplomat Suggests Taking Cameroon to Global Forum
The top United States diplomat to Africa says perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.”
A visibly annoyed Tibor Nagy told reporters on Tuesday that “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on”, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa however called for “open, unlimited national dialogue.”
Communication Minister and government spokesman in a strongly worded statement last week criticized Nagy’s earlier comments on the Anglophone crisis, accusing him of misunderstanding the situation and interfering in Cameroon’s internal affairs.
Common Law Lawyers in Cameroon went on strike in October 2016 to protest government’s attempts to annihilate the Common Law practice in a constitutionally bilingual and bi-jural Cameroon. The strike lasted for over a year.
Anglophone teachers in the country joined the strike on November 21, 2016 to uphold Anglo-Saxon values under threat in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions. Same day, Mancho Bibixy staged a coffin revolution at Liberty Square in Bamenda to protest against the marginalisation and economic deprivation of Anglophones.
Matters came to a head on Thursday, December 8, 2016 when the population of Bamenda took to the streets to denounce the politicisation of a strike action they consider genuine and borne of longstanding grievances.
Days of ghost town have since been observed throughout the South West and North West Regions of the country.
The oldest member of Cameroon’s National Assembly, Hon Enow Tanjong in his speech yesterday called on the international community to show solidarity for Cameroon.
His words: “you who are the privileged witnesses of Cameroon’s efforts, may I, through you, appeal for the International Community’s solidarity, understanding and objectivity in the handling of the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. It is no secret to everybody that the secessionists are committing violations of unparalleled magnitude; assassinations, arsons, forceful conscription of children, rape of young girls, abduction of school children and teachers etc.”