Is this the MPs newly acquired spirit of patriotism?

EDITORIAL 10 May 2021
Is this the MPs newly acquired spirit of patriotism?

It ought to take much reflection to realize that the recent letter to the US congress by some signatories representing members of the National Assembly, is an initiative which sounds much like one motivated by a newly found spirit of patriotism. It could however not be seen in the same perspective by anyone who has been following trends in Cameroon for the past four or more years back.
The MPs letter sincerely appreciate the right of the government of the United States dealing with their migration problem in the best way it can, but on the other hand, the MPs strongly detest the views perpetrated by these congressmen on the situation in Cameroon And the situation in Cameroon which the MPs refer to, is none other than what has been globally recognised as a senseless war involving brothers against brothers and not so much a migration issue.
The problem of illegal migration is certainly not a recent phenomenon. If therefore, under the former US President, Donald Trump, the issue became so vexing, prompting him to spend so much time to convince Americans to raise money for the construction of a wall on the borders between the US and Mexico, it was simply because the influx of migrants from Mexico into the UU was becoming unbearable for America, in the perception of the sitting president of the United States at the time. What should be noted is that most of those who were struggling to migrate to the US from Mexico did so illegally.
What every right thinking Cameroonian would expect from the MPs is that, it is time for them to come face to face with the reality and, to be for once, honest to themselves to admit that they have been guilty of dereliction over the issue of the Anglophone problem right from the stage when it was seen as a problem that could be addressed in good faith, up to the time when finally escalated into arms conflict.
The question to ask is: where were those Parliamentarians who have today become so patriotic and concerned about the situation in Cameroon, when in 2016, on the flow of the National Assemble, one of their peers, Hon Wirba, stormed the House to air his discontentment with the way the Hon. Members of the House were keeping silent over a issue that was at the time bare issuing sparks. Did anyone in the House, including the speaker who in vain tried without success to stop him from what he thought would prompt some concern from the House to open up discussions on the Anglophone problem?
In the face of this dereliction, it does not only sound absurd, but shameful for our MPs to describe themselves as representatives of the people when, in actual fact, Anglophone problem apart, in what area of our national life, where the interest of the people is at stake have our so-called representatives of the people played their legitimate role of intervening for the people.
It is the strong belief of many that the initiative taken by the US congressmen to persuade the US President, Joe Biden and his Home Secretary, Alejandro Mayoekas, to grant temporary protection status to British Southern Cameroonians living in the US, by placing an 18 months break in the proceedings on their repatriation is a wise judgment. Our Parliamentarians cannot therefore pretend that they are unaware to the prevailing situation that forced them out of the country to seek what they probably missed back home.
It is therefore regrettable that the Parliamentarians are desperately trying to cover up a sad situation so well known by the outside world, than what the MPs have themselves tried to discover.

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