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Anglophone Crisis: Diaspora Wants Governor Okalia, Minister Tchiroma To Resign 

By Basil K Mbuye

Cameroonians in the Diaspora recently vented their anger about the ongoing Anglophone Crisis by calling on Minister Issa Bakary Tchiroma and Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai of the Southwest Region to resign.

The decision was one of the resolutions arrived at in the Patriotic Cameroon Diaspora forum on the Anglophone Crises that took place from October 13 to 15, 2017, in Paris.

The communiqué reads: “We condemned and called for the immediate resignation of Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai for his use of derogatory words or language against the people of the region he is appointed to govern.

Vehemently condemned the intimidation and dictatorial tendency and language being used by some Government officials to suppress the free debate of the Anglophone Crisis on public media platforms. Individuals in point are Ministers Lauren Esso, Fame Ndongo and Issa Tchiroma.”

The meeting held under the theme; “Strategies and Organisation of the Cameroonian Diaspora for a Sustainable Contribution to Socio-Political Change in Cameroon”, was followed by Cameroonians from across the Diaspora, who were campaigning for change in the country.

In its 16 point-resolution, participants of the Cameroonian Patriotic Diaspora Forum elaborated on a number of points for a better Cameroon tomorrow.

The Patriotic Cameroon Diaspora Forum, while calling for the unconditional release of all those arrested in connection to the Anglophone Crisis, also “condemned vehemently and in the strongest possible terms the excessive use of force against peaceful and unarmed civilians in the Northwest and Southwest Regions”.

This was followed by an appeal to the ”international community and the UN, EU and AU to lead the quest for an independent and non-biased investigation of the massacre committed in the two Regions on September 22 and October 1, respectively”.

Besides the call for an emergency dialogue, participants called on the Government of Cameroon to ensure that victims of the crisis should be given some attention while those that are dead should see their families receiving compensation from the Government.

“We call on the Cameroon Government to immediately take full responsibility and disburse funds to assist all victims hospitalised or receiving treatment as a result of injuries sustained during this crisis and compensate the family of our fallen heroes,” reads an excerpt of the communiqué.

The forum also appealed for a “special investigation on the allegations about the Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema, for his role in the violence and brutality exerted on the people of the Southwest Region.”

It was agreed that Francophones in the Diaspora will contribute and support victims of the crisis that have seen some families losing their loved ones and property.

Finally, there was a call for the massive participation of Cameroonians, especially the French-speaking Cameroonians, in the October 21 demonstration in support and solidarity for the people of the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.

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