The Kumba massacre: An unholy sacrifice!!!

EDITORIAL 05 Nov 2020
The Kumba massacre:  An unholy sacrifice!!!

The brutal murder of seven students in Kumba last week, ages between 9 and 12, and over a dozen others seriously injured by gunmen, simply paints the picture of a people who have arrived at the zenith of their precept as far as the human being is concerned. In other words, human life has lost its value and is only fit for sacrifice to the gods. But must this be the case in a country that has known peace and unity for the past half a century or more? Have we allowed ourselves to become that callous as to target a generation of leaders of tomorrow?
However, no one will deny the fact that we are in a state of war. Or, on the contrary can there be any other definition of war than when two parties engage in an armed confrontation against the other, up to a point where innocent children have to be sacrificed for no just reason simply for the taste for blood? This is of-course an unholy sacrifice which even the gods must not accept. The truth is that the act is gruesome and deserves widespread condemnation. We therefore join others who fervently condemn it.
This however brings us to the most puzzling question. Who actually is responsible for this unforgivable act this time around? In most cases in the past, the usual trend has always been that fingers of accusations are always pointed first to the Ambazonian fighters. It has happened some times that the real perpetrators don’t turn out to be Ambazonian fighters. So the riddle has crept up again, leaving the entire population with regrettable tears of mourning, while perhaps the real perpetrators and their sponsors are dining and wining over a “job-well-done”. All we in this Newspaper can do for the moment is to appreciate the Prime Minister, Dion Ngute, for dispatching a team to Kumba to condole with the families of the victims.
We however strongly believe this is simply intended to share the grief with these families but the pain and memory of their lost ones will stay with them much longer. What is obvious is that the history of our country has been grossly dented by this single act. We equally share with Nfon Mukete 1V Ekoko, of Kumba who also strongly believes, in his own words that, “Evil is evil and can never be condoled in a civilized society”. Indeed, in the committee of civilised nations of the world, with whom we share a number of norms and values, especially one which gives no man the right to take away the life of any Human Being, the massacre in Kumba is an evil which must not be condoned. It is therefore our hope that the Prime Minister’s assurance that the culprits will be brought to book does not go the same way as several other promises of investigations which have produced no concrete results.
We also hope that may it not happen again. For even though it is true that child soldiers have been desperately conscripted in wars, such as in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Central African Republic, etc. it has never been recorded anywhere that innocent school children have been targeted and killed so brutally. It is obvious that in the present crisis, there have come up several bright opportunities for the crisis not to attain this level, where innocent children should fall victims.
There have been several appeals for a genuine dialogue that will go down to the very root causes of the Anglophone problem. But regrettably, all such appeals and even offers for mediation by friendly countries have not been heeded to by the regime in place. On the contrary, the situation has continued to degenerate, because of the regime’s belief that only a military victory will usher in a final solution. But for four years, the regime has been pressing on for that illusive solution through the barrel of the gun. The road, on the contrary still remains long. Today it is the massacre of innocent children. Tomorrow and the days ahead are just another package of uncertainty. Again we can only say, may it not happen again!!!

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