Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

Cameroon: Controversy over separatist's agenda

The main opposition parties in Cameroon are divided over the separatist agenda - the independence of the Northwest and Southwest region. The separatist group is fighting hard to have an independent state what would naturally have been when she had her independence from the British colonial master.

On the other hand, the opposition parties disregard such agenda and campaign for a unified Cameroon. It could be noted that politics undermine the pride and welfare of those it should defend. Neither the government nor the opposition wants to accept this pertinent request. Due to the government's resistance, over 3000 lives have been lost since the crisis began and thousands displaced.

A local proverb states "a worthless man has no oppressor". This implicitly means that this region is being "oppressed" or marginalized because of its worth. In this region, there are natural resources some of which are currently being exploited and others yet to: spanning from its rich fertile soil through the unexploited mineral reserves to its coastal line. 

The government of Cameroon has over the years kept these regions underdeveloped while collecting or exploiting these resources. The government's agenda is to keep the region in perpetual lack so they would not have the capacity to stage a fight for independence. This is one of the reasons why the crisis was lightly assessed by the government undermining the power of knowledge and the quest for freedom.

Being given a special status is not what the region  wants but a state that could preserve, manage and maintain the wealth which belongs to the unborn generation.


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