Since the ELECAM of Mr Biya announced the October 7 elections, a scary phoenix has resurfaced. It arises after seven-years and dies in the ashes of post-presidential elections protests after a month or so. This phoenix is the people’s call for a united opposition to save Cameroon, and the inability of the opposition camp in Cameroon to harken to this call. Most Cameroonians believe that a united opposition will solidify the need for change, and paint some colours of the the peoples’ will on the opposition camp.
Joshua Osih, Maurice Kamto, Akere Muna and Libi’i Li Ngue Cabril, all top contenders in the opposition fractured swamp, have refused to heed to the call for collective action. Arguing it is not possible for this or that party to form a coalition with this or that person. Or that they are “Gods chosen” to rule the country. Just as Biya has said “na catapilla go cam move me for ya”.
These men preach to us that what they are doing is for “the people”, the people “tell us what to do and what not to do; they lay down the law and is identical with [our] will” their call is imperative. Yet when we make our first call, PLEASE UNITE, they slap it into our face, with a resounding, NO!
The inability on the side of “these men” to form a viable coalition party should force us to “hit our heads” and ask, where is the leadership? Should they be focusing on personal interest, satisfying a narrow party agenda, or serving the broader will of the Cameroonian people?
If the will of the people cannot be imperative on the judgement and decision of the opposition while in opposition, how possible is it that this “blind instructor” will command this group of “all men” if any of them gets elected into office?
Our opposition should learn from Carazan. Carazan is a fictional character in the world of Immanuel Kant, the famous German philosopher. Blind by popularity and wealth, Carazan lost touch with two essential things to success in the public, love of fellowmen, and their needs. Carazan only discerns that self-seeking behaviour, in light of pronounced need of collective action, separates us from success and life, after meeting a deadly angel.
‘In proportion as his riches increased, this wealthy miser had closed off his heart from compassion and love toward all others. Meantime, as the love of man grew cold in him, the diligence of his prayer and his religious observances increased [just as our opposition call for us to vote them has increased]’ Kant told us.
After this confession, Carazan goes on to recount the following: ‘One evening, as I sat by my lamp I drew up my accounts and calculated my profits, sleep overpowered me. In this state I saw the Angel of Death come over me like a whirlwind’.
The message from the Angel was awful, the self-centred Carazan was no longer useful in a mission to put recognise the need of others. ‘Carazan, your service of God is rejected. You have closed your heart to the love of man, and have clutched your treasures with an iron grip. You have lived only for yourself, and therefore you shall also live the future in eternity alone and removed from all communion with the whole of Creation.’
Of course, if the “God” of Cameroonians can “cast the opposition” in to the abyss as the Angel of Death did to Carazan, after October 7, our opposition, like Carazan will learn and say ‘At this instant I was swept away by an unseen power, And… I have been taught to esteem mankind; for in that terrifying solitude I would have preferred even the least of those whom in the pride of my fortune I had turned from my door to all the treasures of Golconda.’
The message is simple, a disunited opposition will loss the October 7 Elections. And this sham will emerge again in the next seven years. Until then, let us watch as these Carazans count their riches, the Angel will meet them on October 7.