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Friday, 23 January 2009


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Dr A A Agbormbai

Obama's government is certainly one that will help the democratic process in Cameroon. You can expect great pressure on the likes of Biya to democratise the electoral process.

You can also expect a tremendous drive against unethical practices such as corruption and embezzlement.

In fact, we can say that Biya's days of persistently dribbling the Cameroonian people are numbered. With Obama's government Biya will get the heat like he has never done. And this will all start with the ELECAM appointments.


Obama-mania is in full force today on Postnewsline. I just hope we gave our own local heroes such intensive coverage. For how long shall we consider to be second class to the events of the West? weh Africans! we have really been cheated in this life.


Obama's message can only translate into action if we work as a team to outsmart the failed leadership in our country. The more we stand to give the treacherous government officials of Cameroon some window of opportunity to continually lie and manipulate us, the more we would be unable to throw out the regime. The Cameroonian geo-political situation today is just quite complex.

In that country, we have a number of hungry and self-centred individuals, politicians, etc who are not consistent. One moment they are in the opposition and are reasoning properly, the next moment, they are supporting some treacherous CPDM buffons. This makes it impossible for us to be able to organise our ideas, policies and politics to defend the values we represent. Imagine if we had relied on folks like Tekum Mbeng in this forum? How far would we have gone? Lets be consistent. The biggest challenge we have now in Cameroon is to do away with the buffonery group of treacherous bandits called CPDM politicians. You can rarely single out any one of them that can truly be considered a reliable partner for change. They are not politicians but theives and we must break them down before we expect any change in our country the Southern Cameroons. They go around stealing and using the proceeds of their theft to invest on staying on power, spending billions on paying foreign PR organisations to write or say good things about them and their politicians, thereby limiting our ability to outsmart them. Anyone who coperates with them should be directly considered an enemy of the people.

Since Elecam was created, i have had heated debate here with many about the reasons for its creation. I advised those of the opposition SDF not to attend its meetings even before the last election. I was called all sort of names, but i still stand by my words. I have cautioned many of you never to rely on any organisation conceived and rubberstamped by the CPDM as they can only be used to manipulate us. Now you are seeing the result. Central Commitee members of the CPDM have been appointed to head an organisation that is supposed to be independent. To espouse their apparent neutrality, the members of Elecam have rushed to tell the world how they are resigning from the CPDM. What else do we expect? Is this not a direct rigging machinery created by those treacherous individuals? Why should we then sign in for any election? And they are also designing tactics to kill those of us who have taken a firm stand against their treacherous conduct. God bless Africa.

Legima Doh

Elecam is a subset of the Cpdm.Paul Biya is one of the most out of date presidents in the world.His end shall be worse than that of Pol Pot.I hear people call him Pol Po(t).That is the man whose foot steps he threads in.The Elecam is made of the best perpetrators of political adultery in the country.Now the regime's plan for a life long presidency for Paul Biya is so overt even to the eyes of the blind.I call on all brethren of our motherland to completely withdraw any involvement in the politics of la Republique.Flee from the devil to our land of safety which is the Southern Cameroons.
God bless our motherland.
Legima Doh,


You are right to mention the PR campaign that is underway by the Cpdm.There's a debate within the Cpdm,that the Diaspora should be treated with kid gloves.This is the reason we are observing some really scary ceding of grounds on this forum for the past months.You remember some ask us to huddle together and put our ideas together.This is a ploy to get closer to those they have been looking out for,and either stuff their mouth with ill-gotten money,or suffocate them.Others are weak in the flesh that they can't hide their new- found love for the regime's homosexuals.Some of them have been around for too long,and this is the category that keeps counting on the NW/SW supposed divide to hit home a slam dunk.The last group is that of guys of Bamileke descent,whom they think will do the magic because some of them have a good command of English.This group has accepted to do this job to cloud the people`s understanding of the complicity that is going on between some of their elder brothers and the regime in the swindling of our resources.Hardly does a day go by than we see one of them called to the judicial Police for interrogation.
Talking about Obama,when we mentioned here that his ascendancy was good for Africa spin doctors said we were too expectant.I see them now to ashamed to accept reality.Some are trying to divert attention by pretending to like African issues most.But when news come up here about local politicians,especially those of the opposition,they do everything to run them down.Africans have not been eating for the past centuries from Obama,but Africans have the view that if he can even solve one or two thorny issues ,he would have done his best.Some don't like the debate about Obama,because he represents change,and change is a very dangerous word to barren dictators that have been around for almost half a century.They think that opposition parties across Africa might want to emulate his example,thereby cutting away the blessed grounds under their feet.

Tekum Mbeng

Change in Africa has to come from the New Generation of Africans. I don't think people outside can implant change in Africa.

Outsiders built us roads. We liked the new roads but could not maintain them. The roads were washed away by rains.

We should pray President Obama goes ahead to expand trade with African countries to include a wider selection of finished and semi-finished goods and as well as foodstuffs. AGOA under President Clinton only benefitted a few countries with cotton mills. He should apply pressure on the European Union not to discriminate against finished goods from Africa.

There will be no true democracy in Africa unless it has a viable middle class that is independent of the civil service.


While i applaud the wonderful job that writers on this newspaper are doing to feed some of us, Cameroonians in the diaspora, I will also like to remind you guys of the danger of journalism of misinformation. Where did you get your facts that Obama was just three years old when Omar Bongo became president. This cant be true sincerely. You have to make sure you check this and challenge me if i am wrong

Bob Bristol

When Sarkozy took over, our hopes were high that the mandates of seat tight presidents in the likes of Biya and Bongo were already at the end of the tunnel. We just can't count on Obama to do our job for us. When it comes to state level, country interest is considered before anything else. Obama may be an intelligent politician from a positive perspective but Biya is more intelligent in crookery deals than Obama.

The entire world will soon be neck deep into the recession. Good presidents would focus on home policies. However, it will be a good opportunity for countries with cruel leader as general disenchantment may lead to greater mobilisation. It;s time for opposing forces to come together and bury the Biya regime. All we need is to forgo some of our political inclinations for now after which a national conference will be organised.

Regards to CountryFowl.


If African Leaders Did Not Learn A Lesson From Nelson Madiba Mandela, They Will Not Learn From Barack Obama

OBAMA , the 44th president of the United States of America will soon take over power in what has been described by some as a referendum of the Bush’s administration. Others look at it as a grass to grace venture and even a break through in the long standing fairy tale that a black could never rule America.
Whichever school of thought you may belong to, I personally have learned that power comes from the grassroots and not from the top as it is the case with most African leaders. African leaders are true politicians who are thinking only of the next election, whereas a true statesman like Obama is thinking of the next generation. They spend their time mapping out strategies to rig elections, sleep during international conferences where issues about their countries are being discussed and do intimidate whosoever is trying to oppose them.

Africans are clamoring for the wind of change that is blowing in America to be extended to Africa. Can Obama flush out these dictators who cling to power just as a louse clings to the body of a dog? Even if he has to do, it would only be possible in the second term of office God willing since he has so many pressing issues on his table like the American economy which is in a ‘tsunami position”, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism etc. Africans therefore should not expect miracles from Obama
It should be recalled that Obama was about 5 years old when Omar Bongo for example took over power as President of Gabon. From all indications, he is not willing to relinquish power. If Obama finishes his first term of office and enters the second which is the last he will leave office with most of them still in power.

Age does not always come along with wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone. Mandela at his age was able to set the pace for African leaders to follow of which none did.

After close to 30 years in jail as a freedom fighter he came out victorious when he was made the president. He handed over power when it was time for him to do so. Today his honor has been restored and he is respected in the world as a true statesmen
Why the noise about a Negro in the white house? Why refuse the container and at the same time in love with the content? Is the French National team not an African selection? Recently, Pierre Ngahane of Cameroonian origin was appointed to an administrative post of ‘PREFET” in France which is similar to that of a Divisional Officer here in Cameroon. Is France smarter than the US in spotting talented Africans?

Who am I then to be judged by my color? I am no one else but a handsome Negro in my thirties, a graduate from the university still living with my parents because I am jobless. With a broad hairy chest and well developed arm muscles willing to do any thing to earn a living, I was brought up in a society badly battered by the effects of slavery, HIV- AIDS, malaria, bad governance characterized by corruption, favoritism and long stay in power. Yes, in a society where brilliant citizens are never given the opportunity to serve their fatherland and thus leadership is in the hands of mediocre, a society where if you love opposition you will lose your position, a society where education is a curse rather than a cure, a society where nothing moves according to plan and is full of empty promises like 'the youths are the leaders of tomorrow', 'there is freedom of speech and press' etc. For sure these mean nothing to someone who has not eaten or is not having a place to stay.

Though an educated young man, my black color is considered an inferior color and any bad thing is usually associated to my black color. If I commit a crime , my name will enter into a black book as if the pages were black, if I let the cat out of the bag, I am considered a blackleg , If I go late to meetings and conferences, it is considered as black man time, If I am engaged in any clandestine business , it is considered black market as if only black people trade there, If I do something that others can not explain, it is black magic and in most cases Satan the devil who has never been seen by any body is usually painted black
I am really educated to lack self confidence in my own abilities as white color is considered superior.

Prince Larry Ayamba

Dear Readers,

Let someone tell Biya that he was lucky not to had been invited for the US president's inauguration because this portion of President Obama’s speech would had made him collapsed again and his "pile” dwindling like the tail of a horse.

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Jan.20, 2009

OBAMA: My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.


Bob Bristol,
what kind og name that? you are a white man? eh, you black man? *shakes head*

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