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Tuesday, 28 March 2006

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Rexon

I think poor countries esspecially countries like la republique du cameroun will always remain poor. No matter what is done, It will remain a morally decayed society that if any meaningful development need to take place, a whole generation need to go through some form of moral purification. If poor countries like la republique du cameroun,CAR,GABON, Nigeria, Congo, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and all other morally decayed countries wants to develop, they should be colonised or handed over to modestly honest african nations/People like Namibia, Bostwana, Mozambique, etc to manage. The colonial masters did a good job to train criminals to manage us. Criminals like Paul biya, Ahidjo, Njeuma, agbor tabi etc have been appointed to head academic institutions, at thesame time that they are publicly preaching opaque issues like cam-no-go, lying to their people to vote for parties whose intent is the destruction of the resources of the country, etc. I trust no one, i mean no ones ability to manage la republique du cameroun, as long as we have that cameroonian spirit of feymenism, no meaningful development can take place. Even intellectuals who comment in this forum, have esspressed their dishonesty to a very high level that i have turn to believe that there will be no right manager for Cameroon originally from Cameroon. In cameroon for example, even University professors side with the very corrupt Biya regime to satisfy their selfish interest, protect their political appointments, etc. They are the ones who are dispatched as campaign managers to tell lies to their faithfuls most of whom are illeterates.
In some societies like in the scandinavia, academics are the most respectable and honest people. They speak the truth, practice the truth and are role models to the children they teach. But in la republique du cameroun, our academics are instead preying young girls for marks, selling polycarps and other books illegally to students, etc. Even Cameroonian and other west african academics mostly those in moderately corrupt and developed societies like the United states cannot be trusted. I think the model of cameroonians who can at least do a favour in terms of managing africa effectively, are the present generation who are being trained in morally purified countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, etc. Most of whom do not commnent in this forum. Even when they do comment in this forum, their opinion is very unique and different from the very corrupt ideologies of most west african academics who studied in colonial countries like France, Great Britain, Germany, etc.

julius

Mr Tim Harford,

your analysis of the reasons why Cameroon is shackled to poverty is dead spot on. I have thought about these issues for a while but could not express them as eloquently as you have above. The sad fact is that Cameroon is a failed state and thus exhibit all the characteristics that you point out. Unfortunately I don't see a turn around on the horizon despite the fact that Biya's reign is about to come to an end. It seems to me that for Cameroon to get on the right path again, the country and its citizens need to go through some type of ritual purification and leave all the bad practices that have brought the country to this nadir behind. Until the rent seekers are purged out of the system, things will never change.
I am just dreaming though because I don't see any hope for this country. The people will stay poor and wretched for a long time. Just wait till the meager oil resources run out and we start importing oil.
About the kleptocratic culture in Cameroon, I have often wondered how these public officials could steal so much money and live opulently, surrounded by misery. I have often thought that there was something pathological about that. It is no longer a matter of simple greed when you no longer have a conscience or sense of propriety.

God Help us.

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