The adage that a dog doomed to die loses the sense of smell, finds its best expression with the Biya Regime of Cameroon. The embattled regime seems unable to learn from its mistakes as it continues to carry out actions that can only lead to one outcome – its collapse.
It was a situation of Deja Vu when the news started pouring from Cameroon that peaceful protesters where being shot at in what was meant to be a day of international action against Electoral Hold Up and the Ongoing Conflict in the North West and South West Regions of the Country. Tempers flared across Cameroon and its diaspora when it emerged that Barrister Michelle Ndoki and activist Celestine Djamen were among those who had been shot.
If the regime had any iota of discernment, they would have known that Ndoki was the wrong person to have targeted. She won the hearts of the entire nation during her outing at the Constitutional Council following the botched elections on October 7th, 2018.
Barrister Ndoki, after being shot, went on to show just why she was the people’s ‘sweetheart’. In what must have been a difficult moment, and in pains, Ndoki encouraged people to shun fear and come out in their numbers. She asked that people should understand what they are trying to do, which according to her, they are merely trying to save their lives.
Commenting on the incident on Twitter and Facebook, Barrister Agbor Balla Nkongho stated that he had just spoken to Michelle Ndoki who confirmed that she was specifically targetted by the police officer who shot her.
I just spoke to Michele Ndoki who confirmed that she was shot 4 times by a police officer in Douala. She states further that, the police officer was clearly targeting her as he ran a long distant just to shoot her. She is Currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Douala pic.twitter.com/mZ5BuUoyzD
— Agbor Nkongho (@AgborNkonghoF) January 26, 2019
It should be recalled that when English-speaking lawyers began peaceful protests in 2016, the Biya regime reacted by attacking them, shooting at peaceful protesters, confiscating the gowns and wigs of the lawyers. Three years on, the situation has turned into a full-blown conflict, with heavy civilian casualties, and hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons.
One would have thought that the regime would understand that violence against protesters was never going to be a solution. The shooting of Ndoki and other protesters merely served in escalating the ire of protesters across the world. Members of the Brigade Anti-Sardinard expressed their anger by plastering the walls of the Cameroon High Commission in the UK with eggs and tomatoes, while those in Paris took over the embassy and burned the effigy of Dictator Paul Biya.
More actions are planned in the days ahead, and it is worrying times for Cameroon as nothing short of Biya’s resignation will satisfy the protesters whose only demand is that he leaves power and end the conflict in the North West and South West Regions.