Former Governor of the North west and South west regions of Cameroon has died.Governor Oben Peter Ashu, an Anglophone, hails from the Manyu division of the South West Region.
He died yesterday at the limbe regional hospital after a protracted illness.He will be remembered for his famous slogan of” Come no go” referring to non indigenes of the south West Region during his time as governor .
As South West governor, Oben Peter Ashu, blamed the “settler” population, which outnumbered the indigenes in most urban areas of the south West region.
He is one of those ‘brainwashed ‘ who master minded the Anglophone divide and was accused of Negotiating the Anglophone Identity as he stood firm in the side of President Paul Biya against the Anglophone Problem in Cameroon.
According to the South West Governor Oben Peter Ashu,” the South West was ready to go to war to keep Biya in power.”The Biya government on its part openly endorsed Governor Oben Peter Ashu’s actions against a backlash of public criticism.
Former Governor Oben Peter Ashu had express contrition for his crimes against humanity in 2014 in a Catholic Church Bokwango Parish Fako division accompanied by his close family members. Reports from those who saw him at the church service say he put on a cheerful appearance as he greeted parishioners after service.
In conclave with the Parish Council then, Peter Ashu 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, Mr Peter Oben pleaded for clemency, understanding and the human milk of forgiveness…”I am asking my NorthWest 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”
He was also board member of the national investment fund.
By Edmond Tambe