The President of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC, who doubles as President of Fako Layers Association, Barrister Agbor Balla Felix, says President Paul Biya has not been well briefed on the issues raised by lawyers and teachers. The Buea-based advocate added that “The President’s Speech has completely misjudged the situation for West Cameroonians whose education, culture, language and economic aspirations have been severely undermined over a period of 55 years.”
In a Press release shortly after the State of the Nations address by Paul Biya on December 31, 2016, the Consortium’s leader noted that the speech calls for honest dialogue which they share and that the speech recognized the dishonest approach of governments previous efforts, hence they cannot determine whether or not negotiations will yield fruits unless the government shows good faith.
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium maintained that what is happening in former West Cameroon is “A grassroots movement for the restoration of the values that West Cameroon inherited at independence such as the democratic shield and Common law, which appear to have been severely undermined.”
The Civil Society Organization said what happened in Bamenda, Buea and Kumba is blatant disregard of fundamental Human Rights which have been watched with horror both at home and abroad, thanks to the exposure of Social Media.
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium following these events has called on the Head of State to investigate and prosecute those who have facilitated or perpetrated the killings, rape and torture of English Speaking West Cameroonians. It maintained that the strike action shall continue this January until substantive dialogue is engaged.