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Daniel HK

This is the most empty speech. most uninspiring speech I have ever read. shame for Biya after all the studies in France is this all you can give. Its ironical that Biya who is refusing to lead other generation of leadership to emerge is address the same Youth that he is working so hard to repress

Tekum Mbeng

We often forget that His Majesty is only a politician - he does not mean what he says.

We can see that he is scared of the example set in Chad. The President there had changed the Constitution 2 years ago to extend his time in office. That is the cause of the recent invasion from the east.

This is exactly what Paul Biya wants to do in Yaounde after a quater of century in office.

Abdou

Mr. Paul Biya claims that basic education has the fourth highest share of the state budget. But he fails to tell us that 90 % of this budget ends up in the pockets of CPDM government officials, who are mostly from his tribe. Mr. Paul Biya should also know that in a developing Country like Cameroon, the highest budget should go to Education, Scientific and Technological Research and not to Defence. We don’t see what Defence is doing with the huge budget put at its disposal every year except in guarding Mr. Paul Biya and his family.
After 26 years of ruling, Mr. Paul Biya is still “Trying to do”, what a shame. His report booklet as a leader is empty after 26 years at Etoudi. What he have done well is to “Defend his cultural identity” by making it possible that his tribes men occupy all the top positions in Cameroon and that the Anglophones and to some extend Bamilekes and the Grand North are marginalized in all spheres of public life. That’s why the project for the socioeconomic integration of youth is operational only in Yaounde and to a later extend Douala.
It’s nice he is aware of uncertainty “Uncertain world”. His predecessor El-Alhadji Amadou Ahidjo handed to him a Cameroon with all certainty. Now he is telling us that the Cameroon has become uncertain. The hatred he has sown in Cameroon is enough.
The Uncertainty he have created is enough. Please Mr. Paul Biya, don’t tamper with article 6(2) of the 1996 constitution else what you claim happened in Chad is nothing compared to what will happen in Cameroon.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

Mr. Biya, it is too late to salvage the situation. You have messed up and country and under you blood-thirsty regime, nothing is redeemable.
Mr. Biya it is too late to prevent the consequences. God has already reserved the hottest part of hell for you. Your roomates will be Mobutu, Idi Amin, and Hilter.
It is too late Biya. You have been cast to eternal damnation.

Ekone'kupe

Same speech for 25 years. The first youths who heard this speech 25 years ago are now middle-aged men and women who have never had a job but are nearing retirement age. A whole generation has been wasted while the country stays stagnant. Today he does not even bother to mention to the youths that he is planning to stay in office for life (as if that does not concern the youth). This Cameroon thing looks like a failed project. Sign me up Ma Mary.

small davil

Mr Paul Biya is a failure.what a shame.

red flag

JUST LISTEN TO THIS(NYAMFUKA)
HEAR HIM ...EXTERNAL ATTACK , EXTERNAL ATTACK IN CHAD,, DAMN YOU, HE DOESNT EVEN READ NEWSPAPER. HE THINKS THE REST OF THE WORLD IS LIKE HIM WHO ONLY KNOWS HOW TO SPIN. EVERY ONE KNOWS THAT ,ALL THE LEADERS
OF THE ATTACK, WERE ONE TIME MEMBER OF HIS REGIME, AFTER DERBY CHANGE THE CONSTUTION, TO MAKE HIMSELF (PRESIDENT FOR LIFE) THEY ORGANISE AN ATTACK TO FLUSH HIM
OUT. JUST LIKE THIS CRIMINAL OF A PRESIDENT KNOWN AS PAUL MBIYA. YOU DAY OF RECKONING IS FAST APPROACING, JUST STAY PUT AND YOU WILL SEE. YOU ARE FACING 2 FRONTS, THE 7M BRITISH SOUTHERN CAMEROONINANS YOU HAD HELD CAPTIVES FOR 45YRS WITHOUT A VOICE ON OUR GOD FORSACKEN LAND,ONE ONE FRONT AND YOUR BLACK-FRENCH COMPARTRIOTS. WHOM YOU HAVE ROBBED AND BASTARDIZED FOR TOO LONG ON THE OTHER, EVEN THOSE WHITE MONKEYS CALLED FRENCHIES WONT HELP YOU.
A REAL COWARD OF A (NYAMFUKA)

Squinty

Over the years we have exhibited as Cameroonians, complacency in the way the political live of the country is run. As individuals we have each contributed to making Cameroon what it is today. In as much as I have castigated and blamed the essingan mafia for the troubles they have put the people of Cameroon through, I should nonetheless accept responsibility for my docility and role in that destruction.
A lot of times we have sat behind our desk, on our computers and poured our venom and frustration on Biyaist and the essingan brotherhood. How many times have we asked ourselves what we failed to do when we had the time to do it? In the 1990s when the heat of the debate was rife, when a great number of Cameroonians we willing to sacrifice their lives for nation, how many of us stood aside and watched?
I am among that group of people who used to sit behind their desk and type pages announcing the impending revolution. I accept the fact that several years ago, I thought Biya will not stay in power forever. I believed he will soon die and we'll get the change we all desire. Yes, I accept my own complacency and responsibility in sustaining him in power. I recognize my role in that and because I accept my responsibility I now know it is my duty to stand up and fight. We have done the talking and we will continue to talk. But the time is changing. The talking must be accompanied by walking. The walking must be followed by the running. The running towards Etoudi must accompanied by the fighting. The fighting should be followed by the screaming and when all these things come together, the pandemonium will be such that the essingan brotherhood will bail out. They will flee and we will be able to sing the victors son. And for once our fatherland will be free and we shall set things right for ourselves, for our children and for our children’s children.
The question of change in Cameroon is not about apportioning blame. The new machinery developed by Biyaist is the "blame theory" which states simply that give your people someone to blame for the woes and the fault will never be yours. At the micro level we as individuals have failed to examine ourselves and have turned to blame Biya and co for our woes whereas if we examined our souls we'll see our role in this decadence. Because Biya has understood the blame theory so well he has set Fru Ndi to blame Muna for his failures in the leadership of the SDF. The Ewondo man has to blame the Beti man and the Tupori man must blame the Fulani. The North westerner has got the South westerners to blame so has the Douala got the Bamilike to blame. The blame theory is child of the divide and rule principle. At an experimental phase it has worked remarkably well for Biya and of course, it was once said that fool and people once shame on you. But when you fool them twice, then the shame should be on them Biya has done it once, shall the shame be ours?
The new revolution for Cameroon requires that we all accept responsibility for sustaining the corruption and decadence in Cameroon. It is going to be difficult for some people to take that responsibility but remember that for every "choko" you gave you were putting a nail on the coffin. How many times did you bribe a police man for not carrying a national identity card? How much did you bribe the immigration service to get a passport? For all the bush fallers, how many times have you bribed customs at the port or the airport to claim your goods? How many times have your bribed the immigration police to enter or leave the country without a vaccination certificate? Did you condemn that friend, brother, cousin, or classmate who bribed their way into ENS and ENAM? We know them, we live with them, we drink with them and we know what they have done. I am not preaching witch hunting. I am not talking about taking advantage of a situation and going after people simply because they happened to have gone to institutions we coveted. I am talking about a responsible and accountable recognition of wrongs we have done to Cameroon both individually and collectively and working towards putting things right.
A mass revolution requires a re-examination of our inner self. The individual will for change super cedes the political will. When as individuals we have that will to instigate change, even if the political will is not there we can force that change to come. The change we crave for in Cameroon is not about changing Biya or the president. It is about changing the institution of the president, over hauling the entire political machinery. Biyaism has for 25 years has been institutionalized into every sector of daily life in Cameroon. To remake Cameroon requires not only removing Biya but removing all the tenets and relics of the system. The present war should not just be about Biya but more about eradicating Biyaism because if we only take out Biya, Biyaism might endure even long after he's gone.
I accept the fact that as Cameroonian I have allowed my frustration with the system to over ride my zeal and motivation to fight. I accept that I have resorted to inexplicable excuses why I don't have to fight. Yet I come to understand that a wise man must not wait until his back is against the wall to start fighting. By the time you get to that wall, you might not even have room to move your fist.
Who is afraid of violence? Can you have omelets with breaking the eggs? You cannot build a house without a foundation. It is either we destroy to reconstruct or we let the house collapse on us and kill us. If we want a better Cameroon let us get ready to cut down the baobabs of corruption, the irokos of electoral fraud, and the mahoganies of manipulation. For those who want to build a better Cameroon, let us get ready to dig up the foundations of mal-governance. I am sick and tired of being a peace loving Cameroonian if my love for peace will only help maintain the dominance of the essingan brotherhood.
Let history be our judge
Peace.

MOTABENAMA

EVERYTHING IN CAMEROON IS BEING PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE.WE ARE ABSOLUTELY SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THE FAKE PROMISES THAT YEILD NO DIVIDENTS. IF THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS AND DENTISTS AS WELL AS PHARMACIST IS TO INCREASE THEN THE HIGHEST BENEFACTORS WILL REMAIN THE BETI PEOPLE SO WHY DISTURB US BY GIVING FAKE HOPE. THIS IS JUST AN IGNORANT JUSTIFICATION FROM A MAN THAT HAVE NEVER SHOWN ANY FORM OF LOVE FOR HIS COUNTRY NOR FOR HIS PEOPLE THAT HE IS ONE TO BE TRUSTED. 25 YEARS OF YOUR REIGN HAVE BEEN 25 YEARS OF MISERY. LEAVE THAT COUNTRY ALONE BEFORE YOU COMPLETELY DESTROY THE DESTINY OF ITS PEOPLE. ITS TOO MUCH. REMEMBER YOU HAVE CHILDREN IF YOU DESTROY THAT COUNTRY TODAY THEY WILL ALWAYS BE THERE TO ANSWER FOR YOUR CRIMES AND POSTERITY WILL NEVER GRANT THEM CLEMENCY.

simplice

Mr Squinty, that piece was absolutely brilliant:the epitome of an acute dissection of the status quo.

Princeayamba

KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY PRINCE LAWRENCE AYAMBA, SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE SC INTERIM GOVERNMENT IN-EXILE ON THE OCCASION OF THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HOLDING AT THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS FROM FEBRUARY 9 – 11, 2008


Freedom Fighters,
Fellow Southern Cameroonians and delegates,
Brothers and sisters,
Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,


The year 2007 has come to an end, leaving each and everyone loads of things not done as well as those still to be done most especially the final push for the Independence of the Southern Cameroons.


The good thing is, in every beginning there is hope for better achievements. While hoping that the year 2008 will be a year of breakthrough for the people of Southern Cameroons, I wish you all, a very prosperous year 2008 and advancement of the Southern Cameroons course.


YOUNG PEOPLE AND LEADERSHIP – The way forward


Africa won its liberation through the efforts of the young. Across the African continent, the moment of independence represented many things. It was the winning of the political kingdom and the promise that our countries could unshackle itself from the chains of colonial rule and achieve the political, social and economic development for which its people had yearned. But national independence manifested something else too, something that is easily overlooked with the passage of more than half a century.


The social, political and all liberation movements that are struggling against colonial rule were overwhelmingly parties of the young. Not only were the rank and file of independence movements filled by youths, but the leaders themselves were young. It is striking to look at the photographs of Africa’s independence leaders as they assembled in Africa Hall for the creation of the Organizations’ of African Unity in 1963. They were strikingly youthful. It was not uncommon for prime ministers and foreign ministers to be in their thirties. And these were the veterans of many years of struggle, struggle that had often begun in high schools, and had frequently reached its zenith among students in universities just like our chairman, the SG and a host of us. When the Italian colonists lowered the flag in Mogadishu, they handed over the government to the Somali Youth League. This is exactly what will happen in the SC soon.


The prominence of the young was clear in the civil struggles that yielded peaceable liberation in countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Tanganyika. Still more was it true of the armed liberation struggles that brought freedom to Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. If the leadership of South Africa’s liberation struggle were entering what would normally be considered retirement age at the time of that country’s liberation that was only because overcoming Apartheid took so many long years. The Southern Cameroons is no exception. Recognizing the importance of his young followers, Nelson Mandela proposed that South Africa’s first democratic constitution reduce the age of enfranchisement. The proposal was not adopted, but it was a genuine and bold effort to reciprocate the trust that the country’s young revolutionaries had placed in the men and women who had led their struggle for more than a generation.


Liberation was the promise of a young Africa, the promise that there would be, always, “something new out of Africa.” While drawing upon African traditions, independence was also a generational revolt and still should be especially in our case, of the young against the old. It was a new dawn, not a return to the past. This promise of youth enfranchisement was in fact one of the most fundamental pledges of liberation, but over the years it has been the most neglected. Many of the hopes of independence have been disappointed: among them is the promise of empowering the young generation. African cultures are respectful of age, and the continent’s leaders have exploited the symbols of fatherhood, wisdom and experience to the full, often presiding over sclerotic governments out of touch with the rapid pace of change. The tradition of obedience to one’s elders is routinely cited. But this is only one side of the story. There is a tradition, equally vibrant, of generational renewal. This was not just a historical accident of the independence generation. Equally it was true of the first resistance to imperial conquest and the domestic movements for renewal such as the Fulani Jihads, the Sudanese Mahdists and countless others.


This conference is a historic recognition of the forgotten promise of liberation, that it would enfranchise the young, and is a moment to redeem the pledge.
"Wisdom is a gift; you can't train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace — that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom"

Youth Rights


Youth have rights as well as obligations, though they are too often forgotten in a social order built around gerontocrats and welfare agenda focused on children. Domestic and international law distinguishes between children (legal minors) and adults, commonly using a threshold of eighteen years. The category “youth” will always be secondary to the child-adult dichotomy. Some age-based definitions of youth include under- 18s, others do not. Different issues arise depending on whether the “youth” in question are above or below 18: for those younger, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the corresponding African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child are applicable.


Article 12(1) of the UN CRC reads, “States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.” The Article goes into further detail on judicial and administrative procedures to be followed on matters directly affecting the rights and wellbeing of the child in question. But these provisions are both secondary to the basic legal reality that children under 18 are not fully legally enfranchised and subjective insofar as they call for an assessment of the “maturity” of the child. Meanwhile, on reaching 18, the former child is a full adult with all the rights and responsibilities that status entails. All the provisions of an adult under the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the Conventions on Civil and Political Rights and on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights apply. Such young adults are not simply “future potential”, receptacles for learning, but they are active and contemporary social, political and economic actors in themselves.


A legalistic approach to rights is essential for their robust enforcement. But an exclusive focus on what is justifiable overlooks the fact that rights are “work in progress.” The norms that underpin human rights provisions are in a constant state of contest and evolution. For example, there is still no complete consensus on age 18 as the upper limit of childhood. Many states still recruit 17 year olds to their armed forces – SOCADEF should take note. Age categories and the rights and responsibilities that accompany them are moulded by circumstances. In times of national emergency, youth are catapulted to the front rank of participation. It is young people who are recruited to the army, who are mobilized for national campaigns. Similarly, today it is youth who must refashion the social and political mores in our Country.

Comrades, Ladies & Gentlemen,

The confidence our people continue to put on the SCYL places a great challenge and an enormous responsibility on our shoulders. The people have proved that they are ready and capable of governing. The Youth League must continue to make its own contribution to our further success in meeting the challenges ahead of us.


We must continue to draw inspiration from the dedication of the founding fathers of the SCYL and all other Southern Cameroons liberation movements, from the tradition of heroic struggles of the youth over the decades as we sustain the momentum of the struggle for the struggle for the accomplishment of the mission of the restoration of the independence and statehood of the Southern Cameroons.
We who are alive today are witness to a generation upon whose shoulders history has conferred unprecedented responsibilities and in whose hands it has placed limitless possibilities.


We are living in the age of a political, social and economic revolution. It is the era of our national renaissance and freedom. We cannot dare disappoint the millions of Southern Cameroonians who banker for freedom, democracy and social change in their lives.


The regenerated and strengthened Youth League must continue to play its role as a front-line fighting force in that continuing struggle for fundamental change and a better life for all our people.
I would also like to remind all Southern Cameroonians here present that, in coming together a lot can be done. That we should try to make the year 2008 a year during which we would join our voices together as well as our individual strengths to build a stronger network for the liberation of Southern Cameroons.


Remember, “We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes this year”


I wish you all a successful conference.

THANK YOU and God Bless the Southern Cameroons.

Prince Lawrence Ayamba
Secretary of State of t he SC
Interim Government In-Exile


Akume

How old are you, mr SS. Who elected you to that office. Can you give me a simple explanation why you and your fellow freedom fighters decided to fight the war of liberation outside the occupied territory.
Don't you people think the war will be easily won when fought from within than without.

You people should stop fooling yourself. You represent nobody but yourself and your dreams. If you want to fight Biya, go home and do that, and stop all these dreaming stuffs. Cameroonians are all suffering and not only Anglophones, which I happen to be one of them.

Clear

Is Cameroon a Communist state or what? The way Paul Biya talks about Cameroon seems to suggest that the youth can do nothing without government assistance: the government is doing this; the government is doing that - to help the youth.
Rather than creating the atmosphere in which young people can flourish without much reliance on the government, Paul Biya is doing everything to chain the youth to the government so that future generations of Cameroonians should only succeed because they are wedded to the corrupt CPDM regime. Government does not need to be doing all what Paul Biya has listed. Paul Biya seems to think that those things he listed are achievements when in reality they are ways to hook the youth on government institutions. The government wants its presence to be felt all over the economy so that no one doubts this presence. But rather than helping the youth, it stifles them. In most countries on earth, more jobs are created by the private sector rather than by the government. The 21st century which Paul Biya is talking about, as most economists know, is characterized by private enterpresises rather than communism. But Biya knows that the only way he can continue to run the country like his private plantation is to make people believe that only the government can make their lives better, thus smothering creativity. And young people are beginning to believe that only the government can help them. That is why they see their survival as dependent only on entering into government professional schools such as ENAM, ENS, etc. And so their lives are eternally wedded to the corruption of the Cameroon government as Biya wants. It is therefore ridiculous to hear Biya talk about morality if this state of affairs prevails. Remember what happened a few years back in relation to the admission into the medical program at the University of Buea?

Government should create the atmosphere that fosters creativity, responsibility, accountability, etc., so that the youth may develop their talents and better themselves without relying on government. If the government wants to help the youth, what about reducing the present exorbitant taxes being levied on industries? Industries are folding up in Cameroon and moving to other African countries with low taxes, thus rendering the youth unemployed. When young people want to start small businesses the government taxes the busineseses to death. It takes for ever to run papers through the government in order to start a business. And so the young people continue to remain unemployed and dependent on the government as Biya wants them to be. How can you control the youth as Biya wants to do if you do not make them poor and dependent? Rather than thinking that Biya's policies are meant to help the youth, they should be seen as meant to hold the youth in thrall to his machinations.

It is the function of university professors in Cameroon to help the government create an atmosphere that is conducive for the development of the youth. Unless, perhaps, they are unable to do so because they too are beholden to Paul Biya. Thus, they continue to train the youth to depend on the government. And so the cycle of corruption and misery continues. And so the lives of many young Cameroonians continue to be mortgaged to a future that never arrives, and a government led by senile, deceptive, corrupt and self-centered politicians.

I my lifetime, I have seen how my own friends with whom I graduated from the university in Cameroon in the early 90s go into these professional schools which Paul Biya is now touting, join the corrupt government in Cameroon, and become corrupt themselves. They are the ones (the young people Paul Biya is talking about) who are taking bribes at seaports and treasury offices all over Cameroon today, funneling some of the money into CPDM campaigns. At this point I am not going to name names. It suffices to say that Biya's vision for the Cameroonian youth is pretty myopic if not sinister and cruel.

To help the youth, Biya needs to scale back the involvement of government in their lives. The government (especially Biya's government) is bad for them. Biya's government is bad for the material, spiritual and moral development of the Cameroonian youth. Biya's contemptuous and patronising speech to the Cameroonian youth is therefore appalling for he cares not about them.

Clear

Is Cameroon a Communist state or what? The way Paul Biya talks about Cameroon seems to suggest that the youth can do nothing without government assistance: the government is doing this; the government is doing that - to help the youth.
Rather than creating the atmosphere in which young people can flourish without much reliance on the government, Paul Biya is doing everything to chain the youth to the government so that future generations of Cameroonians should only succeed because they are wedded to the corrupt CPDM regime. Government does not need to be doing all what Paul Biya has listed. Paul Biya seems to think that those things he listed are achievements when in reality they are ways to hook the youth on government institutions. The government wants its presence to be felt all over the economy so that no one doubts this presence. But rather than helping the youth, it stifles them. In most countries on earth, more jobs are created by the private sector rather than by the government. The 21st century which Paul Biya is talking about, as most economists know, is characterized by private enterpresises rather than communism. But Biya knows that the only way he can continue to run the country like his private plantation is to make people believe that only the government can make their lives better, thus smothering creativity. And young people are beginning to believe that only the government can help them. That is why they see their survival as dependent only on entering into government professional schools such as ENAM, ENS, etc. And so their lives are eternally wedded to the corruption of the Cameroon government as Biya wants. It is therefore ridiculous to hear Biya talk about morality if this state of affairs prevails. Remember what happened a few years back in relation to the admission into the medical program at the University of Buea?

Government should create the atmosphere that fosters creativity, responsibility, accountability, etc., so that the youth may develop their talents and better themselves without relying on government. If the government wants to help the youth, what about reducing the present exorbitant taxes being levied on industries? Industries are folding up in Cameroon and moving to other African countries with low taxes, thus rendering the youth unemployed. When young people want to start small businesses the government taxes the busineseses to death. It takes for ever to run papers through the government in order to start a business. And so the young people continue to remain unemployed and dependent on the government as Biya wants them to be. How can you control the youth as Biya wants to do if you do not make them poor and dependent? Rather than thinking that Biya's policies are meant to help the youth, they should be seen as meant to hold the youth in thrall to his machinations.

It is the function of university professors in Cameroon to help the government create an atmosphere that is conducive for the development of the youth. Unless, perhaps, they are unable to do so because they too are beholden to Paul Biya. Thus, they continue to train the youth to depend on the government. And so the cycle of corruption and misery continues. And so the lives of many young Cameroonians continue to be mortgaged to a future that never arrives, and a government led by senile, deceptive, corrupt and self-centered politicians.

I my lifetime, I have seen how my own friends with whom I graduated from the university in Cameroon in the early 90s go into these professional schools which Paul Biya is now touting, join the corrupt government in Cameroon, and become corrupt themselves. They are the ones (the young people Paul Biya is talking about) who are taking bribes at seaports and treasury offices all over Cameroon today, funneling some of the money into CPDM campaigns. At this point I am not going to name names. It suffices to say that Biya's vision for the Cameroonian youth is pretty myopic if not sinister and cruel.

To help the youth, Biya needs to scale back the involvement of government in their lives. The government (especially Biya's government) is bad for them. Biya's government is bad for the material, spiritual and moral development of the Cameroonian youth. Biya's contemptuous and patronising speech to the Cameroonian youth is therefore appalling for he cares not about them.

red flag

WAS BIYAS SPEACH NOTONLY IN FRENCH AS USAUL?
HOW CAN YOU CALL A MAN YOU NEVER ELECTED, WHO DOESNT EVEN SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE YOUR PRESIDENT? IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION ANY WHERE IN THIS WORLD.

Ma Mary

February 11, 1961 = Plebiscite Day

What is this Youth Day subterfuge?

What is this fear of the truth?

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