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Monday, 20 December 2004

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Che Sunday (Dr.)

Isn't it ironical that a bororo man who could move from Chad to Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon and claim citizenship in all these countries will be first in line to call an anglophone a Nigerian? What makes a french speaking individual more of a Cameroonian than an English speaker? It just goes to show everyone that the marriage between the two cultures is never going to last. Too bad.

Emmanuel Ntoko

When I listened to this nauseating and grating story on CRTV's "Morning Safari" this morning, I denied my breakfast. The impugned remark, yawned out willy-nilly, by a distraught MP, is part of a disquieting social-cultural continuum that haunts the sanity of Cameroon's putative unification.It is strange that an MP, who probably holds sway in a location hundreds of miles away from the cradle of Cameroon (witness "cameroes" in the Wouri, Douala and Kamerun's first political capital, Buea), should consider himself more Cameroonian than his colleague, whose name alone should have provoked in him some reflection before the fact. However, there could be no better venue and time for this incident, and the shrug off manner in which it was dealt with by the MPs - an apology by proxy - is, to my mind, very telling and even more disturbing.

charles Taku

I applaud the Hon MP for restating clearly from the floor of the National Assembly of La Republique du Cameroun what has been the official policy of the Government of that country since the annexation of Southern Cameroons in 1961.
To vilify this individual for lifting the veil of hypocrisy and deception that has masked the relations between them and us is to say the least, incorrect.
What this simpleton said is is not different from what most leaders of that country have said and proved in did in unmistakable terms.Ahmadou Ahidjo, Paul Biya, Emah Basil, Andze Tchungui and all those who lay pretension to leadership in the jucta that rules La that French colony have expressed the same feeilings in words and dids.
Let us take the composition of the recent so called government .Does it not in very clear terms justify the Hon MP's reference to Southern Cameroonians as Nigerians?Even though we are not Nigerians as alleged. Is it not true that Hon Jua and others serving that foreign government are perceived rightly for what they are or ought to be-foreigners or intruders in that foreign Parliament?
And has France the neo colonial master of La Republique not made it aboundantly clear that a Southern Cameroonian can never be president of La Republique?
Why then can the Hon Members fron Southern Cameroons not support the people's struggle against this perfidy by joining and supporting the SCNC?Will that not be the only ligitimate answer to these increasingly persistent calls for Southern Cameroonians to reassert their soveriegnty by leaving La Republique alone in thier neo-colonial paradise and mindset?
Chief Charles Fuatabong Achaleke Taku.

Pa Mbot

Let those have ears to hear let them hear, and those with eyes to see let them see.
Southern Cameroons will be free, sooner than most people think. Get ready

Courtney Eko

Francophones like the French that they parody,have this obnoxious feeling of cultural superiority.The anglophone has nothing to envy from the francophone.As a matter of fact,Nigeria is a better run country than this corrupt hole of ours.It is still possible to write the JAMB in the nigerian consulate in Buea ,and get admitted into medical school in nigeria without "seeing" anybody.Without going there at all!Can you beat that? Medical school!No 'Orals' to lubricate the oral cavity of members of the panel.To be called a Nigerian is not an derogatory.They are generally a puposeful and serious minded people who are developing their country.

Boniface Ndoping Wewe

This fracas unmasks the atrocious attempt by francophones to assimilate the English speaking minority.Even if Honorables Jua and Malla were friends, the venue of the joke is totally inappropriate. Skilled pranksters would not choose a maiden session of parliament to crack an insulting and seditious socalled "joke".Rather than brag about our bilingual and bicultural heritage, a few nuts like Mr. Malla equate anything to do with English- Nigerian.What a shame! To reign such an insult on the son of one of our great founding fathers -Augustine Ngom Jua is a tragedy. It is also first hand evidence of ignorance and incompetency for Hon. Malla would have revered the Jua name if he knew Cameroon history.This should raise eyebrows so that tomorrow the progenies of Foncha,Muna,Endeley, Mbile et al and every English speaking Cameroonian is not branded Nigerian and marginalized as always.
English speaking CPDM MPs irrespective of their constituencies should be commended for joining their counterparts to condemn the venom spewn by a cattle herder MP who can be Nigerian,Chadian,Guinean,and Senegalese simultaneously.
In 1966, our founding fathers agreed that there should be no silent, suffering ,creeping minority or an arrogant majority in Cameroon.Look at us today!
In conclusion,all our institutions in Cameroon should institute a cultural sensitivity training for MP,Ministers, students etc.We'll discover the joy of unity in diversity and think twice before uttering inciting pranks in the name of jokes.

Ndze Ntuv Evaristus Tunka

Sir,
The news about our MP brother from the North calling Hon.Jua a Nigerian has been really shocky to some of us.What came to my mind when I read the article on your Monday edition,here they come again.They just want to devour us,wipe us. I felt like hell.This act by our "honorable MP" shows proof of the fact that Anglohones have been relegated to the background to the extent that they are now looked upon as foreigners in their own land-no wonder the new cabinate some sort of falls short of Anglo-representation.What I think is that Anglophone MPs and members of this government of scaliwags and power hunger vandals should wake up from their slumber, and realise that they have equal rights as these Francophone monsters.To me right now, I think the Anglophones in Cameroon are an "endangered specie".Hon.Malla should be shown the door away from parliament to save the intregrity of Cameroon's Legislation.

eugene

we should not be surprised when addressed as nigerians, nigeria is a great country in africa,and while not in the world, Malla who happens by destiny to be herder with no origin, should be the first to describe a fellow colleague as a foreigner ,is a shame to the kind of MP Biya brought in the hemicycle, from history, fulanies are cattle rearers, not until now that the govt has made it that education should atleast touch them, so Hon Malla happens to be one of those rearers foced to abandoned his traditional occupation , and later found himself with an elementary certificate which later urshered him into parliament, with no solid educational background , one needs not to doubt the comment he made againts his colleaque , he his one of those who will drop this country into chaos,with no line of reasonig. wisdom,understanding,i pray his parliamentary mandate comes to an end before he ruins the nation ,next his constituency should look for better peolpe to represent them not Mall and if they lack one ,then they should not worry to look for one

Justice for all

DEAR JOHNSON, WE REMEMBER YOU AT THIS CHRISTMAS TIME WITH PRAYERS FOR YOU
AND YOUR FAMILY WHO ARE SPENDING CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM YOU BECAUSE OF THE
INJUSTICES IN CAMEROON. WE PRAY THAT GOD ALMIGHTY WHO HAS WITNESS EVERY
INCIDENTS WILL NOT ONLY PROVE YOU INNOCENT BUT BRING THE GUILTY TO JUSTICE.
HAVE CONFIDENT IN GOD AND HE WILL PROTECT AND DELI EVE YOU AND KEEP YOUR
FAMILY SAVE DURING THIS CHRISTMAS AND YEAR NEW PERIOD.
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE HOLD WITH JOY, HAPPINESS, AND GOOD
HEALTH. MAY YOU ALWAYS GAIN FAVOUR FROM OUR FATHER ABOVE. GOD BLESS YOU

Frank

I feel more at home in Lagos than in Yaunde or Duala, so maybe Mallam Usama bin Ignoramus has a point. For that matter, I feel more comfortable in Accra or Nairobi or Johannesburg or New Delhi. People, stop calling yourselves angophones, a term with no pedigree. You are Southern Cameroonians. BTW Nigeria is a much better place. People like Jua ought to return to Buea so that we can start governing ourselves again!

amotic

This incidence reminds me of my situation about 7yrs ago when I was travelling from douala to england. the security people at the airport questioned me in french but I decided to answer them in english. Then the man said why dont I answer in french because cameroon is bilingual. I replied, yes it is bilingual so that is why you should also understand my reply to your question. This man went billistic, seized my passport and started calling me a nigerian. I said what prove do you have to suggest that I was a nigerian? He said cos I did not reply in french. We struggled for over 10hrs, it was only after we have phoned the british embassy and the picture I use for my visa application was sent to this idiots, before they shamefully handed over my passport.
I felt like a foreigner, so this incidence does not come as any surprise to me it just hardens what i have known all along that, cameroon is made up of two countries where one has occupied the other and until this mayhem and unjustified situation is rectified, the anglophones would always be second class citizens.
My hope is this episode would open the eyes of those money grabbing, good for nothing betrayers, who think licking the asses of occupiers would give them greater standing in the society.

Frank

People:
France is a third class language in the world, much less important not only than English but also Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and even Portuguese. The pathetic frogs next door over the Mungo should be grateful that we have spent forty and more years trying to raise their profile in the world. Instead they wwant to force us to learn their third class language. It is time for them to go back to their country and to speak as much french as they like.

Elias Tayong

Yes Jua is Nigerian they claim.How can a Nigerian MP be in a Cameroon parliament? This is no joke at all.We are not at all compatible to these people.If not how can a bunch of individuals claim to represent a people sit quietly seeing the sweat of the tax payer go up in flames lit by Biya. These "people" are a disgrace to Cameroon outside here."Nigerian" MPs in Cameroun's parliament you either speak out and go out or you coil in and be fooled.You are different from "these" people fullstop You are objective,frank,and "these" people are the direct opposite.Please get out and fight or remain there and be insulted forever and ever Amen.

Tayong in Denmark.

Hans

Look, I think this is gone too far, it's not even a matter of CPDM or SDF. That bullshit has obviously been nursing this for long, I for one, should have walked up to the illiterate Northerner and smark him on the face. We all know he is not the only one who've been saying this and this should have been an ample oppurtunity to put an end to it, of course we will all be happy if we were Nigerians

I expected all the Anglophones to react profundly to such an allegation, notwithstanding their political background.

Some one should tell that fucking bastard that, he is too lucky to find himself there because of the over population in the North, haven't they heard of family planning?

It really pains me a lot, don't they (francophones) know that we've got the oil and the bread basket of that nation?

Leadership wise even, we are top, see what Musonge did the economy, what about Achidi Achu, bridgeing the peace. I fell cheated.

Hans, London.

henry ngale monono

Malla,s comments were malicious and actuated by spite and ill-feelings.It was not a joke in bad taste but a well calculated salvo directed at Southern Cameroonians.He was merely expressing an idea that has received support and encouragement from our oppressors and masters the francohpones.
If only we were really Nigerians...we would have had a super highway from Victoria to Mamfe to Bamenda...we would have had airports at Tiko,Besongabang,Bali and Nkambe.All roads liking our major towns would have been tarred.We would have had deep sea ports in Limbe and Tiko and a super highway to Mundemba.We would have been citizens of a bigger,better more organised country without the headache of the french language .
With no oil Cameroon would have been as poor as Haiti and maybe as chaotic.Many Francophones would have moved over to our area as refugees or as students as they now flood our secondary schools , Buea and Nigerian universities.We have given the francophones wealth, stability,and the commonwealth and for forty years they cannot provide us with a simple road from Victoria to Mamfe to Bamenda because they are afraid to open up an artery to Nigeria.
Recently we visited Abuja with nine Cameroonians .After we had gone round the 15 years old city a friend from the North West came to my room and said "mola DR. Endeley your brother was right may be we should have joined these people" When we arrived the Douala airport my francophone colleague after being welcomed by the heat from the non-functioning air-conditioners,the potent stench of urine and feaces from the dirty toilets , and the harrasment from urchins and hustlers at the airport exploded on the customs officer who was harrassing her in the hope of receiving the usual tip thus " vous pensez que vous avez un pays ?.
Hon Malla thank you once more for reminding us.When a woman is tied down in a marriage with many children where the love has gone sour she says " If not of this pikin them i for commot for this badluck marraige".
"The francophones should not be mistaken into thinking that it is too late for us to make an about turn.AMEN.

Genesis

The refusal of the Bakassi indigenes to be under Cameroon even if Bakassi is handed over finally to Cameroon is enough disgrace to Cameroon. It shows how irresponsible Cameroon is. Why should I cry when an illiterate, uninformed and primitive MP of Malla refers to a humble, dignified and rightful Cameroonian as a Nigerian just because of his language. We should not even blame him for he does not even know the map of Cameroon or the fact that Cameroon is bilingual. Check this out!
This comment did not surprise me for it is a common word from the mouth of any policeman or “gerdarme” any time you try to express yourself to them in English. However, no condition is permanent and I do not believe Anglophones did any wrong to deserve all this in what they call their country. We need a way out of this mess.

Genesis,USA

Tina

This is a strange and disturbing logic if we are to secede everytime someone says something we don't like. Where should the fragmentation end? The choice that was made for better of for worse at unification made us all Cameroonian and the Honorable Malla is irrelevant. As the daughter of Fulani herders I do not see the relevance in this debate of Malla's tribal origins or his level of education. He can't stop me being Cameroonian until I choose not to be anymore. And while Nigeria is a great country I am pretty happy not to be Nigerian. Cameroonian problems will have to be solved by Cameroon's young and growing bilingual population. The colonial period introduced an artificial linguistic separation of West African people which we have no real need to perpetuate further. In the end, is it the problem an unbridgeable linguistic/cultural divide or the undemocratic monopoly of power?

prince JIMMY

MARGINALISATION TODAY IS NOTHING NEW TO ALL ANGLOPHONES IN CAMEROON.SO I DON T SEE THE REASON WHY ANGLOPHONES SHOULD BE PRETENDING WHILE THEY ON FIRE.TO AVOID THIS I PLEAD WITH MY FELLOW BROTHERS TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFE BY FOLLOWING AYAMBA S GOSPELS.

prince FR ANGLOPHONES

I WILL NOT HESITATE TO TAKESIDE WITH MY BROTHER BC IF HON JUA IS INSULTED ANY ANGLOPHONE SHOULD BE WAITING FOR HIS TURN AND I SAY MARGINALISATION TODAY IS NOTHING NEW TO ALL ANGLOPHONES IN CAMEROON.SO I DON T SEE THE REASON WHY ANGLOPHONES SHOULD BE PRETENDING WHILE THEY ON FIRE.TO AVOID THIS I PLEAD WITH MY FELLOW BROTHERS TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFE BY FOLLOWING AYAMBA S GOSPELS.

Africa

Why all the cries in this forum.Does a Nigerian have no Right to became the President of Cameroon.???
Have you people look at the Cameroon Constitution before reflecting on the remarks above?.Have you asked yourself what its takes to became a Cameroonian.
Africa get up from your sleep.The Constitution is a guiding force in any Nation,once you became a cameroonian by any means the sky is no limit.You give the chance for dubious politicians to expliot you.No wonders some Cameroonains born by both parents from Cameroon abroad are refused visa to visit their Father Land.
Please try and stop this sort of discrimination.
Respect your constitution

mengndze benoit

Dear MS
I will like you guys to call a spade a spade when talking on major issues such as corruption insstead of beating around the bush. Most you be cowards when speaking your mind

Martin Enow

I SEEM TO FORGET SOMETIMES THAT I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CAMEROON. I SEEM TO FORGET SOMETIMES THAT OF THE 32 YEARS I HAVE LIVED ON EARTH I LIVE 24 OF THEM IN CAMEROON. TO BE HONEST WE ARE OUR OWN WORSE ENEMIES. MAY BE I TAKE A MILE TOO FAR TO THINK THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN EUROPE CAN HAPPEN AS WELL IN CAMEROON ESPECIALLY IN THE POLITICAL FIELD. HOW CAN A PM LABEL HIS COLLEGUE OF THE SAME HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT A NIGERIAN. IS THAT NOT SOME FOR OF MADNESS. IN A TRUELY DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY THAT PM WILL BE CERTIFIED AS MENTALLY INCAPABLE OF BEING A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. FURTHERMORE I WILL SERIOUSLY LIKE TO DRAW THE ATTENSION OF THE OPOSITION PMS THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO I AM AFRAID VERY LITTLE WILL BE ACHIEVED. HOW CAN YOU ARGUE AND WIN ANYTHING IN A HOPUSE WHERE YOU CONSTITUTE JUST 20%? THE CPDM PMS HAVE NOT GOT THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY AT HEART BUT THE INTEREST OF THEIR SWELLING ACCOUNTS. I WONDER WHETHER WHEN SOME OF YOU OUR POLITICIANS COME TO EUROPE YOU LEARN NOTHING AS TO HOW THINGS OPERATE. IF I WERE YOU I WILL BE FULL ON ENVY AND I WILL GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND TRY TO EMULATE AT LEAST SOME IF NOT ALL OF THE EXAMPLES I SEE IN EUROPE. IT IS A SHAME THAT WE ARE AT THE 21st CENTURY AND WE STILL LIVE IN A STATE OF POLITICAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REMOTENESS. A COUNTRY LIKE CAMEROON THAT HAS MORE RESOURCES THAN MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES SHOULD STAND OUT AS AFRICAS PARADISE. GOD BLESS US

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