Barrister Akere Muna
The Sanctions Commissioner of the African Development Bank Group ,who is also a Member of the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa,Barrister Akéré Tanbeng Muna has given his opinion on the current crisis in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. As a guest on the STV -Télévision program Spectrum last December 29, 2016,of which alafnet.com published the video on the 30th of December,2016, the former President of the Cameroon Bar Association argued that the current Northwest and Southwest Regions were independent before the October Reunification 1961.
Akéré Muna contested the statements of those who declare the contrary. “People had different agendas. I think that for some, it was necessary to mask an annexation and for the others, it was two States. And this desire on the side of Southern Cameroon is so clear that they are insisting that they had their independence before the Reunification.So ,West Cameroon celebrated its independence at the Centenary Stadium in Limbe before we celebrate Reunification. “
The Barrister defended his statement by brandishing documents referring to the independent West Cameroon and swears that he attended the proclamation of the independence of former British Cameroon.
The former president for Cameroon of the anti-corruption NGO Transparency International is stirring the past and says that during the Foumban negotiations between West Cameroon and the Republic of Cameroon in 1961, “Southern Cameroons did not suspect that there was another game going on “.
He added that prior to Nigeria’s independence on 1 October 1960 , Southerns Cameroon was managed by Nigeria as part of Nigerian federation. But his father Solomon Tandeng Muna had requested and fought for Southern Cameroons to be detached from Nigeria before its independence to avoid future negotiations with both West Cameroon and Nigeria.
Finally, he said 14 voters against 12 had voted for secession from Nigeria and consequently for the advent of an autonomous Southern Cameroon. Akéré Muna says the anglophone problem has two sides. One legal and the other political.
“On the legal side, we can re-do a lot of things that have been done, which have completely truncated the truth. But I think that the solution to the problem of our country does not lie in the past. The actions we are undertaking today will determine the future, “he argues.
by ELAD PRIDE