On the 21st of November 2013, I posted on my blog (www.tmazonga.wordpress.com) an article entitled, « DECISIVE FRANCOPHONE MINISTERS, HESITANT ANGLOPHONE MINISTERS ». The article can be revisietd by clicking on the following link which then opens up the approrpiate page of the blog :
Today, Former Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic, Professor Peter Abety sent me his reaction. Here it is below in its entirety :
« Dear colleague, I think you are mistaken in your analyses and you seem to be laying unwarranted blame on Anglophone Ministers, as well as giving undue credit to the SDF Chairman in the political arena. Anglophone ministers generally do not make a public show of their relationship with Ni John Fru Ndi but it doesn’t mean that they don’t exchange visits. When I was in Government I visited the Chairman and had breakfast with him while chatting on our political differences. This was not national news. When he was bereaved on two occasions, I was at his home along with the former PM Achidi Achu and other present and former CPDM ministers from the Anglophone regions.
The move by the Chairman of the SDF to approach President BIYA in December 2010 was belated and certainly from a position a visible weakness. I was part of a delegation of North Westerners led by the renowned Prof. Anomah Ngu who went to the Chairman in 1992 urging him to dialogue with President Paul Biya. He turned down our request with words that were not kind to us. Prof. Ngu felt insulted and with surgical precision predicted that the Chairman shall in future go up to the President when he will be so weak politically as to gain nothing significant from the encounter. It is also worth noting that on the invitation of the Cameroon Government, the celebrated South African Bishop Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries also visited the Chairman at his Ntarikon residence and tried in vain to convince him to dialogue with the President……
As an Anglophone elite I am convinced that the whole idea of the SDF, perceived nationwide as an Anglophone party, is a fundamental error. We Anglophones are a numerical minority in Cameroon and it is almost suicidal for us to make ourselves a political minority as well….. For example the African Americans in the USA will never have produced a President if they had formed a Black party and militated 100% in it. They have got to the top through integrating into one of the two majority parties… The CPDM is THE majority party in Cameroon and that’s where we need to belong if we want to participate in decision making in Cameroon. Let’s be realistic.
Prof. Peter Abety »
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