“There is an Anglophone problem,” Cameroon Prime Minister, Yang Philemon confirms at a crisis meeting with Common Law Lawyers in Bamenda, the main opposition stronghold.
For the first time, the Common Law Lawyers would dialogue with Justice Minister, Laurent Esso, following several weeks of a deadly strike action that has swept across all English-speaking regions in the West African nation.
Barrister Harmony Bobga, the leader of the lawyers’ group confirms that the meeting was only a step in the right direction and that pressure squeezed the regime at a tight corner to listen to the masses.
“But the strike must continues intensively,” Bobga notes.
So far, at least three citizens have been reported dead in violent civilian clashes with French-speaking soldiers in Bamenda, according to opposition figures. Several others including women and children have been injured including a few alleged cases of rape by some soldiers in student hostels.
Since 1961, English-speaking Cameroonians have repeatedly suffered all forms of injustices and inequality in an unsigned union with the La Republique du Cameroon.
Nearly 10 million English-speaking citizens are using the social media to demand a federation in the Republic of Cameroon or an unconditional referendum that would pave the way for the independence of Southern Cameroons.