By John Ndiba
"Muumu di laugh, diba di carry he", is a famous quote in west African english creole from erstwhile Cameroon's late soukous maestro Lapiro de Mbanga, which can be used to describe youths in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The imbecile drowns smiling! Being deceived on the possibility of instant success in civil disobedience, thousands have found themselves languishing under the brunt of the law, whilst their sponsors enjoy Pizza and Hamburgers abroad, and seasoned politicians like Ni John Fru Ndi playing safe and collecting rents from French firms using his property. With the lure of a quick fix to the developmental challenges African youths face, and the asset of ICT in aiding uncensored communication, youths of the North West origin in particular have been misled into the vain expectation of a revolution.
Being amateurs, they have exposed themselves, engaged in lawless acts which puts them in direct confrontation with law enforcement agents. Thousands have surprisingly found themselves in jail, and some wonder aloud if its a bad dream.
Even in America, youths that opposed Wall Street made no headway in their occupy wall-street sit down strikes.
Yet, in the tropical jungle of Cameroon, some have seen the prime of their lives reduced to dozens of years of imprisonment terms while their sponsors thousands of miles away from Cameroon in the comfort of facebook and the internet urge them through vainglorious cyber-bravado to break law, jeopardize their future and wreck their country which even bush-fallers envy.
Arab youths left Europe in their thousands to fight and die in Aleppo, not graffi diaspora to fight in Ntarikon.
The uselessness of Cameroon diaspora who enjoy food, beer, sex and idleness in foreign lands immorally coaching and putting graffi youths into harms way, is unprecedented in history. The tale is in the massive crack-down using the terrorism law of 2014 which even the bamenda SDF - the leading opposition party headquartered in Ntarikon, voted for. While others have ran into exile to enjoy life and sex, others are in hiding, some wreckless misguided elements still push youths into lawless confrontation with the police.
The government is determined to arrest nauseating midgets in diaspora at the airports for those who will visit Cameroon or put a formal request for extradition of ring leaders, visibly publishing ad hominem on facebook. In a recent Press Release by Cameroon's Minister for Communication, Mr Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the criminal charges and the process to try those arrested has been clearly spelled out. Download Press Release MinCom When all is done and dusted, some will face the death penalty and while others will spend long jail-terms distributed in prisons across Cameroon from Bertoua to Kousseri.
“Foolishness is more than being stupid, that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.” ― Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change
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