Election 2011 – Southern Cameroons: SCNC Urges Cameroon Poll Boycott

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The Southern Cameroon National Council has called on the Anglophone Cameroonian population to boycott the October 9 presidential elections, arguing that Southern Cameroons is not a part of Cameroon. The Southern Cameroon National Council, a separatist organisation seeking independence of the two English-speaking regions of the country, has called on all “Southerners’’ (the Anglophone Cameroonians) to boycott the October 9 presidential elections. In a statement signed by the Chairman of the SCNC, Chief Otun Ayamba, the SCNC chieftain makes allusion to two maps of Cameroon handed over to President Paul Biya in May 2010 by a special UN envoy, insinuating that even the UN recognises the differences between English and French-speaking Cameroon.

“Southern Cameroons is not part of Cameroon”, the statement says adding that “the freedom of Southern Cameroons is no longer far away, especially as we are determined to regain our rightful place within the community of free nations”.

Chief Ayamba warns all English-speaking Cameroonians who take part in the October 9 election insisting that “they would be doing so at their own risk and peril”.

It however remains to be seen whether the boycott call will be heeded by most English-speaking Cameroonians as, even among Anglophones themselves, there is no unity of purpose.

It should be recalled that before reunification in 1961, the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon were one entity attached to Eastern Nigeria under a UN trusteeship.

During this period, what is today the Northwest Region dominated politics and Anglophones from today’s Southwest Region felt marginalised by their Northwest compatriots, reason why the Southwesterners whole-heartedly welcomed the 1972 referendum which led to the unitary state, abolishing West and East Cameroon.

Today, Southwesterners are not hot for the idea of a separate state of English-speaking Cameroonians because they fear the marginalisation to which they were subjected before the unitary state came into effect.

“Whether we are in the present-day Republic of Cameroon or in the Southern Cameroons the SCNC is posturing for today, we would still be a minority,’’ said Moses Ayuk, a tailor of Southwest extraction.

Source: Camer.be

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