An Open Letter to Akwanga Ebenezer by Walter ONEKON ANGWERE
As anyone familiar with the current struggle raging in Cameroon will testify, it is not a new problem. It is one that has been raging for many decades. It is a struggle that has had its fair share of martyrs and traitors.
However, considering the legitimacy of this struggle, one is apt to wonder why victory has seemed so elusive for so long. If you are among those wondering, look no further than the actions of many who have sought to undermine the great work being done by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium.
It is therefore not surprising that when Ebenezer Akwanga, who prides himself to be a great champion of the struggle and who carries on his body the evidence of the brutality of the Cameroon regime, made a voice message in which he criticised, the
Consortium, some critical thinkers like Walter Onekon did not spare words in telling him how they felt.
Below is the letter Walter wrote to Ebenezer.
It is with disappointment that I address you on the verge of the New Year 2017. I have observed that instead of you being for the struggle to liberate the Anglophone Cameroonians from their present predicaments, you seem to be sowing seeds of discord and discouraging the masses. Why this show of egoism? Why do you think that you are more Southern Cameroonian than any other Southern Cameroonian?
It is morally wrong to take credit for what you have not done. Come to think of it: What have you done for this struggle that you want everybody to listen to you? I remember you had a failed strike in the university of Buea in 1997, if I am not mistaken. That failure seems to have frustrated you till date. You need not vent your frustration on us and this does not in any way mean that you have been leading the struggle for years.
Every Southern Cameroonian, be those in the Regime or in the opposition understands that the Anglophones have a problem and just like you, they have been quiet until the lawyers and teachers spoke out, more than two months ago. Have you ever had a rally to educate the people like the lawyers have done this time around? The answer is NO. You wrote a few books while in prison on the ‘Anglophone Palaver’ but that does not mean you are the only one who has written on this issue. Let me quickly remind you that a great part of your book talks about your person and not necessarily the Anglophone problem.
I have observed you very keenly since this current strike started and noted with dismay that you are not happy that people, other than Akwanga could awaken West Cameroonians to stand for their right. That is why you have opted to discredit and insult them. You even went as far as insulting online journalists for informing the population. The reason you give is that independence is better than a Federation. May I remind you that any liberation is a process and all steps (in this case the federation) counts.
You are an epitome of discord and it is my humble advice that you desist from that unpatriotic attitude. It is because there was an SCNC that you formed the SCYL. Unfortunately, you have never paid allegiance to the SCNC. Why this ego? That’s why you insult Mola Litumbe with no remorse. The fact that you never became a pastor of the PCC, or a civil servant of Cameroun does not mean you must become the president of Southern Cameroons to prove a point to your enemies. How dare you insult the Consortium and call its members ‘old fools’? Are you younger than the consortium members and what makes you think West Cameroonians consider you useful? And even after you shun your citizenship and adopted an American citizenship?
Even that Bible that you claim to read should have told you that you may start a cause, but must not necessarily take that cause to the expected end. You will be at peace with yourself if you accept that you no longer have a role in this struggle and enjoy your new citizenship and take care of your health.
Yes! President Agbor-Balla is a Human Rights Activist/lawyer. How does this make him not capable of handling a cause aimed at giving back the people their rights? We have to remember to chew our words before we say them. Yes! Mola Litumbe and Cardinal Tumi are old, but they seem to reason more that you, who is almost 60. You are the one to redirect your anger and be objective in the way you demand serious things. You have failed from the beginning and yet to convince me that you can succeed. You asked us to stay focused but you left the cause and settled in America.
Yes! Litumbe never matched when he was young and you too never did. You have to learn to respect the views of others. You insult the Consortium and the populace of Anglophone Cameroon but forget quickly that it is thanks to them that you are talking today. Worst still, you talk without any concrete plan of actions. I cannot count the number of promises you have made which never took effect. Every day I hear you say “…I am coming soon…” but that soon is taking forever. Are you for real? Don’t you think it is time we rallied all our efforts behind the Consortium?
Yes most of us do not have a resume like you do. But also tell us that a bigger part of your resume for this struggle has been trying to amass wealth (political or economic) for yourself. That is why in Banjul you were interested in La Republique paying you royalties for standing against them. Is that feasible? Stop fooling yourself and bullying Southern Cameroonians.
There is a saying in pidgin English “if you nor touch bitter leaf, your hand nor go bitter”. Your hand is bitter, and your last audio message says this all and it is in your place to prove me and the rest of English Cameroon to the contrary. To do this you must come to Cameroon to lead your struggle and stop posting useless audios and videos on social media that you don’t want the Consortium to be given the mandate to lead.
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in UNITING THE ANGLOPHONES BEHIND THE CONSORTIUM AND THE CURRENT STRUGGLE.
We are, we can and we must be stronger together.