Professor Emmanuel Konde Spits Fire!
By Paul Wokeni (Canada) & Julie Bessem Manyo (South Africa)
Professor Emmanuel Konde of Morris Brown College, USA has deplored the exploitation of trade unionism to settle cheap political scores. Writing from his office in combative posts on facebook , on the ‘The Cult of Intimidation and Mob Violence Called "Ghost Town" Must Be Combated’, he questioned the sincerity of the sponsors of the so-called Anglophone demand. He writes: “My beloved Fatherland is being ravaged by political tendencies alien to my people. Men and women of mind have been intimidated to silence by the insignificant ones abroad who are instigating violence as a tool of negotiation; on the home front young men who ought to be in school learning have been deceived to use crude weapons--machetes and clubs--to inspire fear and even attack pupils who would rather attend classes in schools across the South West and North West regions than stay at home doing nothing. Any person who opposes this alarming recourse to "primitivity" is cajoled to submission, branded a traitor, a spy, a paid servant, sent gory images of violence perpetrated on nonconformists, etc.”
The scholar of fine repute, then questions the broader unsuspecting audience, the silent majority: “What manner of people have we become? Strangely, even some of our hitherto thought of men of dignity are advocating for Government to dialogue with The Consortium. The What?, I ask. Something is definitely gone amiss. Intimidation and violence have rendered my people superstitious enemies of reason.”
Enough is enough!, professor Konde screams, and then posits: “ There's nothing unique about the grievances launched by the teachers and lawyers. Every nation goes through periodic traumas that threaten the body politic, when segments of the population demand of the state to adjust the existing political order to accommodate them. Change is not easy and bureaucratic change is even more difficult and slow in materializing.”
His thunderous scolding of amateur revolutionaries the majority of whom hide in diaspora, climaxed when he retorts: “The demand for necessary change ought not to be sought through intimidation and violence where other mechanisms of achieving the desired ends exist. Indeed, many are blind to the machinations associated with the current crisis that is falsely presented by a lousy bunch of ill-educated rabble-rousers as a unified Anglophone front.”
Trade-marked in his analysis, he further x-rays the sincerity of descendants of the grassland Northwest region of Cameroon who have nothing to bring to the Anglophone Union, and challenges through rhetorical questioning their dogmatic infantile rabble-rousing agenda in abusing the cyber-space with propaganda and fake news to hold the South West region hostage to unleash their diabolic machinations. He questions: “When have the coastal and hinterland Anglophones ever-been truly and honestly United politically? Which sector has always emerged victorious and which always the vanquished? And now, in this moment of truth, some sheepish, spineless ones are once again being led like docile cattle into the slaughter house, he charged!
A fine historian of our time, Professor Konde does not miss delving into contemporary history to unearth the evil enshrined in the Northwestern plan to destabilize Cameroon as they have always done when serving as occupants of the star-building: “Permit me to seek refuge in our recent history in order to elucidate on the fakeness of the unity that is being projected today. I will go no farther than the 1990s and will deploy no more than three incidents as illustrations: (1) the founding of the SDF (Social Democratic Front); (2) Albert Mukong's dialogue with Yondo Black; and (3) John Fru Ndi's "Ghost Town". How many coastal people were invited to participate in the planning of these monumental events? Alas, the ugly head of "follow-follow", silent compliance rises again!
Befitting a political lecture being dispensed from a Grecian auditorium, Professor Konde surmises with some lessons to latter-day amateurish politicians and their hoodlums of fans: “Politics is a continuing and unending dialogue, negotiation, about interests. Only those who sit at the table are granted some measure of their demands. Dialogue takes place between and among competing interests. Hence negotiated settlement is key to resolving the issues involved in any dialogue.
Wherever competing interests are involved, no single party should expect to get each and every one of its demands. Compromise is necessary in resolving competing interests! Eschew violence, desist from intimidating those who do not agree with you, and exercise tolerance in dealing with those who would rather act differently.” What an admonition! “Wherever falsehood is the central motif of any struggle, no sooner victory is won than the erstwhile allies begin to tear each other apart. This scenario is looming in the horizon. The cult of mob intimidation and violence must be combated with full force and wiped out of my beloved Fatherland!” A lesson indeed, in time, saves life in the homeland.
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