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Analysis: Those Anglophone Prophets Of Baal, How Biya Uses Them 

By Peterkins Manyong  

Not very many people are acquainted with the name Baal. It is the name of a wicked God worshipped in Canaan in biblical times. The greatest peculiarity of this pagan deity is that it quenched its thirst with the blood of children. Each time the children were being slaughtered, the priests of Baal sounded drums to drown their cries.

Anglophone politicians who fanatically defend the Biya regime which has been killing Anglophones both literally and metaphorically are performing exactly the role played by the biblical prophets of Baal. When Biya announced the imposition of a state of emergency in the Northwest in 1992, he said he was doing so after consultation with the Prime Minister who was then an Anglophone. The arrests, killings, rape and psychological torture that followed were done with the complicity of other Anglophones who helped compile the lists of suspects for arrest, detention and torture. 

Ngwa Ghandi, MIDENO accountant at the time would have been alive today, but for fellow Northwesterners. In 1997, it was an Anglophone military captain, who belonged to the Presidential guard, who spearheaded the killing of other Anglophones, including a gendarme from Bali who recognized the said captain. More than 15 Anglophones lost their lives as a result of the government orchestrated terrorist attack of 1997.

When SCAPO and the SCNC took the Southern Cameroons case to Banjul in 2003, it was another Anglophone, Dr. Dion Ngute, sent to defend the regime. The same thing happened in the case of the 1992 post-election victims from the Northwest, some of whom, incidentally, were CPDM militants such as Dion Ngute. A government sponsored SCNC that went to plead with the African Commission said the case filed by the two Southern Cameroons liberation movements, was led by two Anglophones, Dr. Isaac Oben, from the Southwest assisted by Samuel Tita Fon, from the Northwest. When a highly discredited panegyric on Biya written by a Frenchman was being launched in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, two Anglophones, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle and Gentry Ful championed the move.

While announcing his intention to revise the constitution and give himself another term, Biya justified this on calls from various quarters. Those "various quarters" were in fact, Santa, where CPDM barons led by Zaccheus Mungwe Forjindam, "pleaded" with the President to rule for 25 more years. We all know where Forjindam is today as a reward for his prayerful intention.
Last December it was an Anglophone, Prime Minister Philemon Yang who launched a book titled "Paul Biya: The People’s Call". Inspirational writing is a sacred undertaking because creativity is the only activity that brings man nearer to God. The Ancients gave breath to this concept when epic poets like Homer and Virgil began their poems by invoking the Muse.

"Paul Biya, The People’s Call" is anything but a piece of inspirational writing, because it is a compendium of familiar, hackneyed and moribund phrases and ideas. The authors of the 169 motions of support that form the bulk of the 336-page book are nowhere nearer the prophets of old who conveyed God’s messages to the Chosen people. They are self-seeking political parasites and intellectual eunuchs who like those intellectual robbers, the 200 university dons or rather dunces who made a similar call on the eve of the 2004 presidential elections, are lobbying to be remembered by President Longstay (courtesy: Nyamnjoh’s "Married But Available") after extending his mandate in 2011.

Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, who joined Jacques Fame, Rene Sadi and wrote the preface and the general introduction know that the majority of those who shout "CPDM Oye!" from tree tops would not hesitate to murder Biya in his sleep if they had the opportunity. To say the people all want Biya as their leader in 2011, knowing that they are eager to see the last of him is nothing short of sacrilege; the voice of political hypocrites is not the voice of God.

Speaking of hypocrisy, it must be said here, in fairness to Francophones, that in the domain of insincerity, Anglophones far excel. Anglophone members of government know that Biya hasn’t the slightest iota of faith in anything Anglophone and practically no intention to develop the two Anglophone regions. In his December 31, 2009 New Year message he enumerated projects for 2010 without mentioning even one for Anglophone Cameroon. This, despite the fact that Anglophones champion those who do exactly what he wants -tempt him with his own desires. This is exactly what the Fourth Tempter does with Thomas a Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, in T.S. Eliot’s "Murder in the Cathedral".

Unlike Beckett, Biya has no death wish. To achieve his life presidency goal he finds it most convenient to enlist the services of those very persons whose areas of origin are most neglected. The idea is to tell the world that those who accuse him of marginalizing Anglophones are malcontents, hell bent on discrediting his Regime.

With the above precedents in mind, it is logical to conclude that the planned visit to Bamenda is anything but a manifestation of love for the Northwest. His diehard supporters like Edison Fru Ndi, President of CAPBIYA, may not be wrong to expect his coming to be the long-awaited opportunity to announce development projects for the Northwest: the creation of a commercial free trade zone, a university, to name a few. But the question is "Must he visit the Region before making such an announcement? Why did he announce projects for the South region and Littoral in his New Year address instead of waiting to visit those regions first?"

It is true that much money will be spent in Bamenda during the visit. If after a survey of the town by his generals which lasted one day, a bill of FCFA 90 million was raised, it can be imagined what will happen when the Cameroon Army will empty itself into the city. This allegation lends credence to John Fru Ndi’s assertion that the visit is to create an opportunity for Biya to lavish money on his top ranking military officials so they can sustain him in power. Unless Anglophones in top positions learn to think less of themselves and their pecuniary benefits, the cry for marginalization will forever remain a rhapsody of words.

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