The man who is highly credited with setting up a “Neo-Nazis” rule in the SW Province of Cameroon and who was relieved of his duty very unceremoniously in a Gubernatorial reshuffle by the same President Biya who appointed him; Governor PETER OBEN ASHU has died peacefully at his home in Limbe. A sister publication, Cameroon Concord News that made the news public did not provide any details surrounding his death. However, Cameroon Intelligence Report understands the former governor had been ill for a while now. He reportedly attended church service at the Bokwango Parish in 2015 accompanied by his close family members and put on a cheerful appearance as he greeted parishioners after service.
In conclave with the Parish Council, the late Oben Peter, the Cameroon Hitler explained his Reign of Terror in Buea as “Human Weakness”. He is said to have confessed and requested “Forgiveness from Anglophones of North West origin” saying he acted the way he did because his Paymasters expected nothing less from him…”I was merely trying to please my Paymaster, President Biya because that is what he expected of me in order to maintain my Governor job”. In a remorseful tone that amounted to a Mea Culpa from a previously very arrogant Governor, massa Peter Oben pleaded for clemency, understanding and the human milk of forgiveness…”I am asking my NW brothers to forgive my trespasses. It was not deliberate. The truth is; I don’t really hate Bamenda people as I am being characterized. That is not really who I am for those who know me”
Such antics can pass muster in a Parish context but certainly not in a Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity. Violations of Human Rights cannot any longer be justified on grounds of blind obedience of hierarchy even if one were a Military Governor or a Mercenary. That argument had long been buried at the annals of the Nuremberg Trials. However, it is a commendable act when humans express contrition and remorse for Crimes against humanity especially when they have been stripped of the claws that made them predators.