It is true that it took many years for America to tower like a temple and to bloom like a flower, perfect in all its parts, extremely solid and august for all to see. Blood was spilled, there was mourning at first sight and individuals made great sacrifices for the common good of what now has become the United States of America.
It is true, especially today, that Cameroonians everywhere on the highways and byways, streets and alleys, open roads and hedgerows, need to stop and think about the future of this land in the stream of their consciousness. This is not just a statement of fact, but a criterion vital to eliminate deviations and errors of the past from repeating themselves.
In Communal Liberalism of 1986, President Paul Biya expressed his desire to promote justice, but 29 years later, many Cameroonians are indicting him for setting a system that undermines justice. Critics of the Biya regime say he has failed to defend everyone’s freedom, promote meritocracy and the common good and also failed to create harmony among the citizens.
Our President’s idea that he can do as he wills, has highly been favourable to him alone and detrimental to the whole nation. Biya and his adherents, who are mostly political careerists and power-hungry men, see themselves as the people’s protectors and sing aloud that the people’s will is their first concern, but go on expressing only self-contradictory propositions.
Once upon a time, Biya pledged to build a strong Cameroonian democracy, stating that the past does not offer us any example of a successful democracy, but what we have as democracy is only a cosmetic and empty form, glittering from the outside like white washed tombs of dead men.
Such is the deceitful character of political egoism in this country which decks itself with the finest names: new deal government, and links itself with the philosophy of communal liberalism.
Biya and his devotees pay lip service to altruism, but in fact, practise deception and selfishness; they are a disgrace in their wantonness and seem to have lost any sense of virtue or truth; the very existence which for them has become a problem or a vain illusion.
Rather than freeing the people as he promised, especially in 1986, Biya has imposed on the bent backs of the people a load they cannot carry; an omnipotent government.
It is despotism that Biya calls democracy. Since his ascension to power so many years ago, Biya has been conjecturing and his purely conjectural and imagined indications are yet to produce signs and symptoms of progress.
At a time when ethnic, religious and linguistic particularisms threaten national unity more and more, Paul Biya has gone ahead to distort Cameroon’s history. The past of Cameroon now appears shabby, cold and entirely lacking in beauty.
Biya has greatly meddled with the history of our land and re-shaped it according to his views.
All the historical accounts of the past 50 years or so: independence and re-unification are being re-written to provide a vehicle for one man’s bias and prejudice. Like every other thing in Cameroon, our history has become one of total arbitd fiction that is indistinguishable from the reality of real events. greats like Socrates, one wonders how citizens of africa nation blessed with human and natural resources and Africa in miniature, have no shame to think only about filling their stomachs and pockets using even unjust means and seek onlrariness, it wears a few feathers of real history, but it stands more like a story than history. Thus, Biya and his clowns have createy after false glory and undeserved honours. Socrates’ words are true even today that: “as for moral values and life, as for the truth and as for the health of the soul we do not care.” It is plausible to conclude this piece by noting that people who close their eyes and reject the truth or claim that it does not exist because they have refused to see it cannot keep it unnaturally shut forever.
By Solomon Lyonga Ikundi