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Tuesday, 02 December 2008


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Nigerians living in cameroun without visa should regularise their paying for the residence permit or go for cameroonian nationality,consular card cannot be eqivilent to resident sounds stupid.
If the law reguires them to do so,then i must say that those of them residing there without residence permit are doing so illegally.


La Republique Francaise du Cameroun should not keep trespassing into our land, brandishing Southern Cameroonians as Nigerians. Anyone born in the territory of the Southern Cameroons is a Southern Cameroonian by birth including children of Nigerian descent. I find it unrealistic that people who have been living in a land in their third generation are being asked to produce residence permit. Do the numerous colonial DO's in the Southern Cameroons paid for any residence permit to be able to settle in our territory? Why then should they brand Southern Cameroonians as Nigerians and start asking them for residence permits? This is the trick that they have been using to destroy our economy. Intimidating people of Nigerian descent, destroying roads linked to Nigeria and forcing our economy and formerly economic hubs like Kumba, Mamfe, Ekondo Titi to become burst.


Rexon, no offense, but sometimes you sound like a fool.


I am coming to understand that some of us lack any judgement on the ongoing maneouvres of the LRC,as if we don't have eyes to see or ears to hear about these ills and cankeworm.Nigerians born in SC are definately SCians.But on a wider scale as to what entails development of seasonal roads,schools and major infractures in the area it will take some more centuries in the SC before the LRC government can bring sustainable change and development.The economy in the neglected SC continues to slump while the people live in abject poverty.

We know we shall get there one day.

De Fritzo


Hi Rex, that was rather cheap.I dont think any Nigerian mentioned in the article tried to claim SCian nationality.Why force it down their throats?Gosh ,do i hate it when you talk politics. Cheers though.

mk the southerner

- United Front Responsible for Positive Results

A powerful delegation of devoted and committed Southern Cameroons nationalists were in Abuja Nigeria to officially take active part in the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) from November 10-24, 2008

Barely two days after the open session had kicked off, the nationalists from the very last annexed peoples in Africa made their presence felt. Not only was the Southern Cameroons delegation the largest at the ECOWAS Parliament grounds in the city of Abuja , it was peculiar in that the members were clad in pure Southern Cameroons outfit and regalia.

On day three, the presence of the Southern Cameroons delegation became the issue on all lips, especially as the team was always flocking together and always seen chatting with this or that dignitary or Commissioner in the ACHPR.


Shortly before the Commission broke off its morning session on November 13, 2008 for lunch break,, the over 30-man team of the Southern Cameroons decided to take the bulls by the horns and did what had never been done before in the history of the African Commission.

To show the maturity of the Southern Cameroonians, the Deputy Chairman of SCAPO, Mr. Augustine F. Ndangam went up to the Chairlady, in session, who was flanked by her Vice and the Secretary of the Commission, to inform her that a Southern Cameroons delegation was around to present its petition to the Commission. She quickly understood the circumstance and agreed to the peaceful demonstration.

Thus, led by SCNC's National Chairman and SCAPO's Deputy Chair, the over thirty Southern Cameroonians mounted the high stage to the astonishment of the full ECOWAS Parliament delegates to the Session. The Security at first was confused, but quickly understood that this was the best way to manifest a people's frustration…especial ly in a Court on Human and Peoples' Rights!

Handing over the petition, the leaders, Chief Ayamba and Mr. Ndangam introduced each of the over thirty members in the delegation to a simple but dignified Chairlady of the Commission. She shook hands with all, and then bowed gracefully to receive the petition from the hands of Chief Ayamba. The petitions were all jointly signed by SCAPO and SCNC.


The first petition reportedly is brief and straight to the point. According to information from the corridors of the commission, the first one draws the attention of the African Commission to the fact that hearing on Communication 266/2003 actually ended some two years ago. The petitioners are said to have been harping on the fact that justice delayed is justice denied…with all its nasty consequences.

Thus, the petitions is seemingly requesting the ACHPR in its 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja to hand down the long awaited ruling on that Communication.

Our source indicated that while making this appeal peacefully, the Southern Cameroons delegation considered it necessary to let the Commission know that it is not every Southern Cameroonian who believes in the peaceful/legal approach to resolving the issue. This is in obvious reference to the developments on the ground where some Southern Cameroonians acting in the Bakassi area captured some hostages.

Thus, the peaceful process that SCAPO& SCNC are pursuing at the African Commission is not the only option available for there can be no peace without justice.

The second petition is said to be making reference to a letter earlier written by the Commission to the plaintiffs deferring the above said Communication to the 45th Session because the Commission has not yet received the arguments on the Admissibility of the Communication from the Respondent States.

To this, the Southern Cameroons delegation is said to have reminded the Commission that Communication 337/2007 was filed at the 41st Ordinary Session of the ACHPR in Accra , Ghana . Moreso, at the 42nd Ordinary Session in Brazzaville , complainants were told that the Respondent States had not yet replied. Again, at the 43rd Ordinary Session in Swaziland , complainants were again told that the respondent states had not yet replied.

It was thus queer that at this 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja , the Southern Cameroons was being told again that the Communications under reference is being deferred because La Republique du Cameroun and Nigeria had not yet replied…yet again.

The team from the Southern Cameroons was thus urging the Commission to take the appropriate measure and decision applied when a Defendant either refuses or fails to reply after three sessions as the present case.


Going by this information, the petition raises a number of pertinent and salient points which obviously awakened the awareness of Commission members. Corridor reports hold it that the Commissioners were convened into a special private session to urgently address what might have been taken for granted all this while.

However, the complainants are proposing that the frontiers of the Southern Cameroons are determined by International Treaties. These frontiers were not set by La Republique du Cameroun, a country which Southern Cameroons was not part of when she achieved her independence, and have not been part of.

It emphasizes the fact that self-determination is a continuing right and in essence means self-preservation, not self-destruction. The plaintiffs are thus stating that a people cannot self-preserve by extinguishing themselves. One of the commentators from an African country even put it better…that "No African country is known to have undergone self-extinction in the process of decolonization and self-determination. "

He even added that if tomorrow the African people have to surrender their territories and sovereignties to create a stronger union in Africa , it will be by each sovereign people to surrender their own individual territory to create such a stronger African Union, but not through the crimes of annexation, illegal territorial acquisition and the subjugation of Africans by Africans

One of the delegation members insisted to this reporter that Communication 337/2007 is entirely based on the principles of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, The Constitutive Act of the AU, the Charter of the AU, and the principles of International laws in general.

It should be noted that the plaintiffs are drawing inspiration from the fact that just as the rest of Africa rejected colonialism in all its forms, the people of the Southern Cameroons are refusing to bow to colonialism in whatever form.


It should be recalled that last May 15, 2008, the Southern Cameroons People Organization headed by Mr Augustine F. Ndangam was in Ezulwini, Swaziland for the 43rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission that held from May 7- 22 2008.

During that session, the Southern Cameroons drew the attention of the African Commission to the fact that one year after seizure of the Communication 337/2007, the Respondent States had failed to reply to the Substance of the complaint.

The Southern Cameroons drew the attention of the African Commission to the deliberate delay on the part of the Respondent States to submit the required information.

On the same score, at the 43rd Ordinary Session, the SC's delegation called on the African Commission to take appropriate decisions under the Charter to proceed with the Communication if the Respondent States were unable or unwilling to respond to the complaint, or it would be concluded that LRC was only spiting the Commission.


The complaint in Communication 337/2007 requires especially LRC to submit its international boundaries at independence to enable the African Commission to determine whether or not there has been a violation of Article 4b of the African Union Constitutive Act.

It should be recalled that the African Constitutive Act to which LRC is a signatory impels all African Union states to respect that said charter, especially Article 4b, which insists on all to respect the international boundaries, it had at independence.


It is on record in Yaoundé, Lagos , Abuja and the UN Headquarters at New York that LRC had her independence from France on January 1 1960, and that Nigeria had hers on October 1, 1960.

It is also a known fact that LRC had her independence on January 1, 1960, and the entity referred to as the Southern Cameroons in UN books was NOT, NEVER part of her.

It is also an indisputable fact that the Southern Cameroons had taken a political act in history when her thirteen members in the Eastern House of Assembly in Enugu staged a walkout referred to in political jargons as Constitutional Crisis in the Eastern House.

In 1954, the Southern CAmeroons had a quasi-independence status, just a step to being fully independence… .with a Premier heading a government. By 1958, there were fair and free elections organized by that government who saw the victory of the opposition headed by KNDP's John Ngu Fonch. Endeley conceded defeat and took the opposition bench.

Thus by the Nigeria was granted the independence by great Britain on October 1 1960, the southern Cameroons was already running her own government from Buea and was not part of Nigeria .

Moreover, on April 21 1961 the general assembly of the UN met to vote for or against the independence of the Southern Cameroons and the JOINING or NOT of LRC as expressed in the ACT OF INTENT on February 11, 1961.

It is on record that over fifty states voted for the independence of the Southern Cameroons while some ten nations, including La Republique du Cameroon and France voted against the southern Cameroons INDEPENDENCE BY JOINING LRC,

Since the majority carried the day the decision was thus taken and on October 1, 1961, in Buea , Great Britain lowered the Union Jack and declared the independence of the Southern Cameroons , with FONCHA as its prime minister


Curiously enough LRC President whose country voted against the SC Independent by joining LRC was conspicuously present at the Bongos square event on October 1 1961 this However is considered in international Law as the active and tactical annexation of SC

Thus the paradox is that not only is it dangerous but also unadvisable to force one party to unite with another especially a bigger party when the later had actually openly manifested its opposition to such a union this explains why the union has never been cordial 47 years later.

It must be noted here that the discovery of vast oil wells in, mineral deposits etc in the Southern Cameroons by France shortly after it voted against the Southern Cameroons JOINING LRC , led to the sharp change of policy which pushed France's LRC to occupy the Southern Cameroons by force and spoil and dispose of the natural resources of the Southern Cameroons by LRC in contravention of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights Article 21(1,2,3,4,5) - See details elsewhere.


The Southern CAmeroons is thus submitting that the unnecessary delay makes it imperative for Southern Cameroonians to place on record 6hat the international boundary separating the SC and LRC, one of the Respondent States in that Communication has remained inviolate throughout the years of the annexation of the Sc by LRC. The SC is further stating by all this should LRC in the course of the delay attempt to violate the particular boundary referred to, because of or in spite of Communication 337/2007, the African Commission will be promptly informed.

Thus, the position of the people of Southern Cameroons is that the International boundary like the one in question cannot be tampered with by the domestic decree of one of the disputing parties.


Information gathered at the corridors of the 44th Session in Abuja indicate that the Commission had written to the SC Counsel that it was deferring the said Communication to the 45th Ordinary Session because it was yet to receive arguments on Admissibility of the Communication from the Respondent States. The information sounded to many on the corridors as provocative and irritating, reason why their reaction was spontaneous and swift.

Many wondered whether the Commission was going to continuously deferring the case as LRC kept refusing to make its reply. Others wondered what this particular Communication had to do with the long ended case on Communication 266/2003!

From the above premise, the SC delegation thus decided to put up the two petitions and staged the peaceful demonstration.

The effect of this demonstration was swift, and immediate. First, TFT learnt that a private special meeting was convened to discuss the issue raised by the SC delegation, and later on word spread around that appropriate measures were to be taken immediately.

Another effect of the peaceful demonstration was that the official delegation of LRC that was conspicuously absent suddenly was seen rushing in while the Commission was in Session.

The delegation led by Minister Dion Ngute, himself , a Southern Cameroonian, was given the floor to present the human rights report of "his" country.

In his typical " Republican Homily", Minister Dion Ngute took the rostrum to paint a wonderful picture of the Yaounde Regime! He stated how democracy was 'avancee' and moving on smoothly, especially with the "decentralization law" now operational. He recounted how there were no political prisoners in La Republique du Cameroun. He harped on his government's resolve to check corruption and promote social welfare by the "recent salary increment in Cameroun .

Somewhere along the line, Minister Dion NGute was called to order, or so it seems, and reminded to make his submissions in writing. He immediately rushed to the Cameroon High Commission in Abuja and put up a written script whose content TFT was unable to procure.

What we gathered is that it was done in their usual colonizing language, Français!

No word was gotten as to whether the other respondent state, Nigeria , had yet deposited a response…but suffice to note that it will NOT be a joint response!


Many were heard declaring on the corridors that LRC's reply was hastily done, and that it was the usual thing, i.e., delving into issues that are inconsequential to the issue in question.

There was talk that LRC was harping on three aspects of history:

It is reportedly referring to the 1961 plebiscite, which it refers to as "referendum" as if both words mean the same thing in international law.

There are also indications that LRC is claiming that she ratified the African Charter so referred to only in 1986, and so cannot be bound by whatever existed long before 1986!. Many were quick to raise questions on this. One commentator made reference to South Africa which was not part of the OAU, but immediately it scrapped the apartheid system, it was admitted into the AU and is bound to abide by all the rules, whether they were enacted long before South Africa regained her place in the AU.

Another person wondered aloud whether the fact that a child was born in 1986 or baptized in 1986 means it should not abide by laws and rules enacted before its birth or his baptism!

Another rumored issue is that where LRC seemingly makes reference to the ICJ. To Yaounde , as in other instances, the ICJ verdict sealed the fate of Southern Cameroons, because the verdict formally recognizes the ownership of Bakassi in Southern Cameroons as LRC's.!

This naïve position only exposes the desperation and frailty in LRC's claim to the SC's territory. It should be noted that LRC took the Bakassi case to the ICJ against Nigeria , not against SC, and the ICJ verdict was against Nigeria being at Bakassi, not the handing over of SC to LRC. Moreover, the UN openly rejected the handing over of Bakassi in Southern Cameroons grounds, with the knowledge that LRC was going to use it to try to confuse public opinion. If the UN had fallen into LRC trap, the LRC would have used it to tell the world that at last, the UN had formally recognized that Southern Cameroons belongs to LRC. Fortunately for Sc, and unfortunately for LRC, the UN decided to do it rather in Calabar , Nigeria …curiously.

Meanwhile the delegation later learnt of the arrival of elderly nationalist, Mola Njoh Litumbe in Abuja . Though he was there on the counts of the Bakweri Lands' Commission palavar, his interest in the Southern Cameroons struggle was very glaring.

SCNC Vice National Chair, Nfor Ngala Nfor flew in late from Paris where he had been delayed due to the strike action of the airport workers.

Word also circulated that Northern Zone Chairman, Hitler Mbinglo H. also flew in and returned the same day.

Meanwhile, at the time the delegation was on its way to the rough roads of Ekok and Ako, word filtered in that a team of LRC lawyers led by Lawyer Amazee had just landed Abuja when Yaounde learnt of the developments. However, this reporter later learnt from Lawyer Amazee that his team returned almost immediately as it landed in Abuja !!


There is a common adage that UNITY IS STRENGTH. Others prefer to put it as UNITED QWE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL! It is openly said both within the circles of the Southern Cameroons activists that the one major obstacle to the rapid restoration of the Southern Cameroons independence is their fighting in dispersed ranks. In other words, the major weapon for quick success is UNITY.

For once, the Abuja trip last November 12-24 2008 manifested the inert desire by committed Southern Cameroonians to unite their forces and resources to oust the colonizer, LRC.

For once, the three major leaders in the Southern Cameroons were seen together working together, sleeping on the same bed and eating from one dish. Even Nfor Nfor who was in far away Europe on mission sent very warm wishes and made mention of the word UNITY several time. This will sound like some bad news to some…even within the struggle, for they are some individuals who will fast and pray to (Lucifer) that the struggle lasts a little more longer!...for selfish reasons, of course, just as many are praying that the cure for HIV/AIDS hould never be discovered! No comments!

For once,, Chief Ayamba Ette Otun, the Octogenarian Chairman of the SCNC, Mr Augustine Ndangam, the wearing but smart Deputy Chair of SCAPO and Prof. Carlson Anyangwe, the legal luminary Head of Government of the Restoration Government of SC met in Abuja, thought together, reasoned together, strategised together and took far-reaching decisions jointly.

For once, the effect was swift. The impact was felt immediately and the results were fantastic. While Chief Ayamba led the SCNC's hot-headed activists, Mr Ndangam was at the head of the litigation team of SCAPO while Prof Anyangwe blended the two and LRC was caught pants down in the middle of the market square.

For once, the Southern Zone delegation superceded that from the Northern Zone, for it is known that on several occasions even during meetings in the Southern Zone, the delegation from the Northern Zone has always outnumbered that from the Southern Zone.

For once, there was a lady in the delegation. She came in from Mamfe County in the Southern Zone, creeping over the creeks and swimming through those dangerous waters!

For once, the delegation was full of energetic youths who in the past were always being used during street demonstrations at home. In Abuja , many other delegates and observers to the 44th Ordinary Session could be heard openly commending the representativity of the Southern Cameroons delegation. That is what is referred to as the Secret of Unity!

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