By Eric Tataw – Wednesday July 3, 2019.
Prof Alain Patrice Nganang, a Cameroonian writer, poet and University Don in the US has received a special open appeal from Cameroon’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Wednesday July 3, 2019, National Telegraph has learned.
Minister Grégoire Owona said Patrice is asking the Bamilekes, a tribe in Cameroon’s West Region to carry out Genocide but didn’t mention if it’s directed against any group. The Minister wrote on his Facebook page addressing Patrice as his young brother.
“Hello my young brother nganang Patrice, I condemn without reserve the genocide that you ask the “Bamilekes” to organize. For the love we have for our country and after weeks of recoil, I suggest you to remove your words and continue your fights by respecting a minimum of ethical rules and an agreed language” Grégoire said.
The Minister continued that; “We must respect life and no violence must animate us. Commit yourself for the fight that allows to keep our country United and make it prosperous. With all the respect I owe you, without a grudge, he concluded.
Patrice is yet to react to the statement. The University Don is very famous for his activism especially as many English-speaking Cameroonians hold him high for supporting the Ambazonia Revolution by decrying the killing of innocent civilians in the North West and South West.
Since 2017 when an armed conflict broke out in the English-speaking regions, the Minister has never condemned the killing of innocent civilians by the Cameroon military, yet he’s quick in condemning Patrice, sources have wondered.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West are engulfed in an armed conflict since 2017 and elements of the armed forces and mobile police have taken advantage to target innocent civilians and loot goods and chattels of the civilian population, sources say.
The Military has on many occasions been accused of extrajudicial killings in the South West and North West Regions of the country. The Cameroon Government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violations, including targeted killings and the burning down of over 400 villages.
According to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.F