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Only Credible Journalists, Politicians Can Rescue Cameroon-Fru Ndi 

By Chris Mbunwe, *Ngwani N. Banda & *Betila Newu

Fru NdiThe National Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, Ni John Fru Ndi, says only credible journalists and politicians who are ready to die for the truth can liberate Cameroon from the junta in place.

He was addressing the staff of The Post Newspaper and Journalism students on internship during a courtesy visit to his Ntarinkon residence on Monday, August 29.

Fru Ndi lauded The Post for defying all odds and appealed to journalists to shun blackmail, backstabbing and lies telling.

“My problem in Cameroon and the journalists is that they do not investigate most of their stories before they broadcast or publish them. How can a journalist wake me up at 11:30 pm with a phone call simply because he has my number, shouting, ‘oh Fru Ndi, can you clear the air on this or that topic because we are going to press now?’

No iota of respect, because you are taking your paper to press, Fru Ndi must not sleep. Worse still, what air was he clearing apart from cheap, dirty money he received from his sponsors to nail Fru Ndi? Are these the kind of journalists that you want to be and you think they will rescue Cameroon? No. Only credible ones will rescue Cameroon, not these two for five francs journalists,” said Fru Ndi.

He added, “So, my young people, grow in the light of The Post, whose bosses are moulding you. I am proud to say that during the last Council elections, the SDF saw good leadership qualities in your Publisher/Executive Editor, Francis Wache, and elected him Mayor of Nkor.”

Fru Ndi explained that before the formation of the SDF on May 26, 1990, Cameroon had experienced a one-party rule which included intimidation and molestation of citizens.

According to him, the forces of law and order believed that they had the law in their pockets and the common citizens were ignorant, thereby enduring a lot of maltreatment; “that is what motivated me to fight for multi-party politics in order to grant the people’s freedom.”

He said he believed that freeing the masses from brutalisation was more important than the fear of dying in the course.

While encouraging the youths to join the SDF because their positions as leaders of tomorrow is ensured, the SDF chieftain appealed to them to be more responsible and committed.

He said young people in the SDF are sent to Councils, Parliament and Senate so that they can introduce fresh ideas and develop their communities.

“In Councils, Parliament and Senate of Cameroon today, it is only in the SDF that you find the youngest of these people. The Mayor of Furu-Awa in Menchum is 28 years old, and the MP of that Division, not to talk of the youngest Senator who hails from Adamawa Region,” Fru Ndi said.

He, however, regretted that the ‘android generation’ youths have sold their consciences and integrity.
“When it is election period they sell votes for peanuts not worth it,” the SDF Chair said.

Earlier, Francis Wache had thanked Fru Ndi for his open-door policy and briefed him on the recent ‘Summit of Renaissance’ that held in Bamenda for three days to mark the 19th Anniversary of The Post Newspaper.

* (Journalism Students on Internship)

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