After a former minister shouted loud and clear on CRTV’s Sunday afternoon magazine program; “Dimanche Midi” to the dismay and disapproval of his Francophone interviewers that there is no Anglophone problem in Cameroon, Senator Tabe Tando of Manyu extraction took his turn in Limbe last week to throw jibes at the learned men and women whose role is to protect the vulnerable casts of society at all levels.
Tabe Tando’s vitriol only portrayed him as one in self-seeking mode, taking desperate steps to position himself for any eventual elevation by the Biya-led government, especially as the country looks obsessed with the idea of the naming of a new government at any moment. The desire to be recognized as one who can die for the system, even against the interests of the very people he purports to represent is most certainly the driving force behind Tabe Tando’s declarations and near insults on our venerated men and women of the law.
When CRTV’s Alain Belibi and the other colleagues on “Dimanche Midi” told one of our learned professors of political sciences that; “almost a thousand lawyers met in Bamenda to decry an Anglophone problem and I think these people are too learned to be taken for granted”, a great scholar came to my mind, Thomas Hulex.
It is Hulex who declared that; “Perhaps one most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do when it might be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned. However early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly”.
The message here is that any form of education that would not be put to the service of what is true, what is momentous and at the time it has to be put, is virtually worthless. What a waste it is to have so much knowledge and devote it to sophistry and the perpetration of slavery and the permanent confiscation of a peoples’ freedom? Of what use is knowledge if the service it provides to the multitude of people who look up to the owner of that knowledge is taking his followers to the slaughter house in exchange for a mirage? These are serious questions that deserve answers from those who pass for our elite, but who in the end turn a blind eye to the exigencies of tomorrow in the quest for a “better” today.
Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime Prime Minister appears to be talking directly to our brave Common Law Lawyers when he says; “Without courage, all other virtues lose their meanings”. Courage here does not mean the absence of obstacles and well other setbacks that could make one escape at even mirrored failure. This is why Samuel Smiles says; “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what we do by finding out what not to do, and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery”.
The challenges our chivalrous Common Law Lawyers are going to face are far more daunting than the foolish bickering of senators who want prominence at all costs, even at the cost of the future of their progeny. Water cannons would come at some point, just like would do grenades and in most circumstances it shall even be live bullets; but the belief that over four million Southern Cameroonians are counting on you should and must see you through. The time now is not to draw back; the only way is forward and that is the only Language Yaounde intends to listen to.
A one-time US President, Richard Nixon came out strong when he said; “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits”. And the Chinese put the icing on the cake in this proverb that reads; “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor men perfected without trials”. The ball is rolling and no one should stop it for fear of what no one is yet certain of, this is because the darkest hour of the night is the hour just before dawn.
As the countdown to six months goes on, it is important to constantly draw inspiration from Napoleon Hill who affirms that; “Difficulties come not to obstruct, but to instruct” and from William Ward who insists that; “Adversities cause some men to breakdown, others to break records”.
Our dear Common Law brothers and sisters, our cradle henceforth is; courage, courage and courage- keep the candle of hope alive for the suffering masses in Southern Cameroons.
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