November 24, 2016
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA
As access to you is so difficult otherwise, we wish to avail ourselves of this means, the most easy open to us, to draw your attention to what your press secretary must have briefed you on already .
If it may please you to permit a little digression, Sir, we are all already aware of the dangerous role Radio Mille Collines played in inciting the terrible genocide in Rwanda. Next door, in Nigeria, similar incitement resulted in the pogrom that befell the Ibos in Northern Nigeria in the mid-sixties. Similar rumours in the era of modern telecommunication technology can set a country ablaze within seconds.
You are not without knowing, Mr. President, that Anglophones have been referred to in Cameroun as the Trojan Horse, and called upon to leave the country if they were dissatisfied with the way they are (mis)treated in Cameroun. With apparent official connivance, the ordinary Camerounese now considers the Anglophone as not belonging here.
When, therefore, Radio Balafon, as reported on the internet, spreads the rumour that Anglophones are chasing Francophones out of Bamenda where Anglophones are seen as mere squatters on their own native land, and your government seemingly connives at it all, no Anglophone feels safe anywhere in Cameroun, let alone, east of the Mungo.
Therefore are we demanding, in consequence, that an official statement be published on the Radio Balafon matter expeditiously so that Anglophones are put on their inquiry, please!
AYAH Paul ABINE
SUPREME COURT, YAOUNDE
PAP NATIONAL PRESIDENT