Nkongho Felix Agbor, chairman of the lawyers’ association of the Fako division, and president of the consortium, is one of the lawyers who have slammed the door of negotiations with the government on the demands of anglophone lawyers and teachers.
In an interview with La Nouvelle Expression of December 29, 2016, Nkongho Felix Agbor gave the reasons why he slammed the door of negotiations with the Government on the demands of lawyers and teachers in the English-speaking part of the country.
The President of the Lawyers Association of the Fako Division in the Southwest Region, who is also chairman of the consortium (an association of lawyers’ unions and English-speaking teachers), says he has worked hard on difficult issues but has not yet succeeded to solutions.
“We asked the Government to release the children kidnapped in Bamenda and Kumba, who were transferred to Yaounde Central Prison or the State Secretariat for Defense (SED). It was said that negotiations could not be continued without these children being released, “he said.
For Nkongho Felix Agbor, in a dialogue, the process must be a win-win. “If they release the children, we can continue to dialogue,” he said. According to him, no guarantees as to the safety and health of the young people arrested during the demonstrations in Bamenda were brought to them.
“Among these children, there are some who, according to our information, are ill, are ill-treated. They were arrested in the south-west and north-west, what are they doing here [in Yaounde in the Center]? When people take action in Yaounde, do they take them to Bamenda or Buea? “Asks the president of the consortium.
Several other grievances made the meeting impossible. Among other things, “a strike was organized in the southwest and northwest. We are organizing a meeting in Yaounde. The Commission is unbalanced. The head of the Commission is someone from Yaounde, the Secretariat is run by a francophone. These are unacceptable things, “said the president of the lawyers’ association of the Fako Division.
According to Nkongho Felix Agbor, even if the Government releases young people arrested in the North-West and South-West Regions, negotiations should take place in Bamenda or Buea, “because that is where Things started, “the consortium also intends to call for an independent commission of inquiry to shed light on the acts of violence perpetrated on citizens in Bamenda and Kumba.
Concerning the thorny problem of federalism, he thinks it is important to discuss it. “Federalism,” he says, “is not secession. Everyone loves this country. When the strike started, there were claims. It is because the state did not react that the strikers hardened their approach “.