Civil Society Plans Endless Protests to Flush Out NW Governor


North West Governor Abakat Ahamat

Civil society in the North West championed by religious, human rights, teachers, unions and traders’ organisations are mobilising the population towards endless street demonstrations aimed at kicking out Governor Abakar Ahamat.

Leaders of the initiative said their decision to try to force out the Abakar Ahamat is motivated by what they termed his “anti-North West  administration”. In a series of recent meetings, civil society organisations counted a number  of measures taken by the  North West governor  which  they  said are injurious  to the population of the Region.

Among the decisions were the fact that Governor  Abakar, for reasons best known  to him, banned  public  prayers in the entire North West Region even though his Moslem brethren hold prayer sessions in public under the watchful eyes of the Christians. Calling the governor “anti  Christ”,  they insisted that Cameroon is a secular state and so any religious group has the right to pray  or worship anywhere in the country. “We are afraid that out governor wants to introduce Boko Harram in our Region,” they said.

A cross-section of religious leaders in the meetings regretted that Governor Abakar knows very well that over 90 percent of the North West population are Christians and his belligerent decisions could ignite serious conflicts between the Moslems and Christians in the North West Region which is noted for its peace and love for strangers.

In another vein, they cited another incident in 2011 when the same Governor ordered the detention of a North West Fon, Chafah XI of Bangolan, for unjustified reasons. The coordinator of North West civil society organisations cum the Executive Secretary of Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (CATTU), Simon Nkwenti, derided the administrator for this action. “This Governor cannot look at the face of his Lamido in his Grand North but he has the guts to order the detention of our fon,” he mocked.

Note was taken particularly of the governor’s suspension of the activities of Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League (CAMCCUL) and its affiliated Credit Unions since late January 2012.

Like other North West civil society leaders, Simon Nkwenti pointed out that for “over 40 years since the creation of Credit Unions in Njinikom, Boyo Division, of the North West Region, by a Catholic priest, no administrator has ever meddled  in its activities except Governor Abakar“.

He said when all financial institutions of Cameroon were on their knees, with several liquidated, it was only credit unions that survived the storm “and   today, Governor  Abakar who is not a member, apparently out of jaundice, want to destroy what has taken the Anglophones over 2 scores to build”.

In a related issue, the civil society leaders accused the governor of trying to kill civil society in the region by causing the suspension of the salary of their leader, Simon Nkwenti, since August 2011. Simon Nkwenti is a state employee under the Ministry of Secondary Education.

To rescue their Region from destruction, the leaders of the civil society including teachers, pastors, human rights organisations and traders, resolved to mobilise the population to take to the streets until he is replaced.

By Michael Ndi