The Regional Director of the National Democratic Institute for Africa talks about the management of the Anglophone crisis by the Government.
Visiting Cameroon, Christopher Fomunyoh, Africa Regional Director of the National Democratic Institute, Think Thank based in the US, interviewed by the daily newspaper Le Jour on 29 December 2016, gives his views on the Anglophone crisis. The one who asserts that the so-called anglophone problem is present in Cameroon speaks of its management by the Government.
Responding to the question of what proposals he can make for an end to the crisis, Christopher Fomunyoh said: “In the current system of governance under President Biya, it is difficult to know who to make concrete proposals. How can you propose solutions to a blinded core of the regime that refuses to recognize the existence of the problem? Will he be able to implement solutions that he himself can not initiate? Some speak of federalism as a solution, but there is no assurance that if adopted, federalism would not remain a dead letter, as the current regime has done with the decentralization adopted in 1996. For 20 years, the constitutional provisions To decentralization are not applied. It must be recognized that those who have governed our country for decades have mastered only one approach of Jacobin centralization of power “.
On the management of these social tensions by the Government, Christopher Fomunyoh states: “As I said last week in Kumba in the Southwest, no Head of State or political leader chooses the crises that arise during his mandate, but it is on the management of these different crises that they are judged. I welcome the fact that Prime Minister Philemon Yang traveled to Bamenda to meet lawyers’ and teachers’ leaders, and that the Governor of the North-West Region increased his citizen contacts at the height of the crisis to calm The spirits heated by the brutality of certain elements of the forces of order and by the false and untimely statements of certain politicians. That said, you will recall that in a statement of 23rd November I asked that President Paul Biya addresses the nation to appease and reassure everyone. I remain convinced that such an approach initiated from the beginning would have allowed better management of the crisis “.