Buea(National Times)-The Conveners of the Anglophone General Conference (AGC) have organised an online referendum for the people of the restive North West and South West Regions to select the type of Government which can transform the present mayhem they are experiencing into gains for all.
In a letter signed by the Chief Convener, His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, the Prelate said they are using the opportunity provided for by the postponement of AGC to sample the wishes and aspirations of members of the public so that they will all be well represented whenever the conference is called again.
Three questions are being asked the public with the first dwelling on the root causes of what has become known as the Anglophone Crisis and the last two focusing on the form of State and ethics which can resolve the protracted struggle.
In carefully selected words, the conveners decided not to call the conflict, the Anglophone Problem but referred to it as the “socio-political and economic problems.” “What are the causes of the socio-political and economic problems that we are living or experiencing today in the two Anglophone regions?” the first question read.
The second question is reminiscence of the 1961 referendum which brought the former British Southern Cameroons and French Cameroun together. “In your opinion, what form of Government can best solve these problems? –a) is it Federation? –b) is it through the present Unitary Decentralised State?” the question asked.
The third question seeks to address the carnage and barbarism which has characterised the conflict and dwells on the moral aspect of the question. “Given the ongoing crisis and the moral behaviours of some of the actors, will it not be advisable for moral philosophy (ethic) to be introduced in the educational system of the country?” the question read.
However, looking at the present disposition and to remain neutral, the conveners also gave rooms for suggestion on any other form of State which has not been mentioned. While insisting that the conference must take place, Cardinal Tumi said the denial of authorisation for the conference by the Government is a blessing in disguise. He therefore urged respondents to take the questions seriously and drop their answers at their facebook page or through classic methods.
Since it was made public, Government has not yet reacted officially, probably due to the avalanche of challenges faced in recent days especially with the withdrawal of the hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations AFCON by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).