27, April 2017
The President of the Republic has appointed Chi Asafor Cornelius as pioneer Secretary General of the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism. His was appointed 48 hours to the official installation of members of the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, a ceremony to take place today Thursday, 27th April 2017.
Shortly after his appointment, the new Secretary General expressed profound gratitude to the Head of State for the confidence bestowed. He vowed to use his over 30 years experience at the public service and university to foster bilingualism and multiculturalism in the country.
In a CPDM-style declaration, Chi Asafor advised all to be hardworking because “The President never forgets hard workers in this country. By making it possible for me to be part of an important organ like commission to help promote togetherness, to help bring peace in the country is something I have to formally thank him for”.
The 15 commission members appointed on 15th March 2017 will be installed by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, and Philemon Yang. The commission is headed by Peter Mafany Musonge, a common politician and former Prime Minister and Senator.
State radio and television noted that each of the members of the commission is experienced. They are expected to use their knowledge to build a stronger cohesion among Cameroonians while promoting the effective use of the two official languages and the valorisaration of Cameroon’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Southern Cameroonians are justified in holding firmly that with the collapse of the purported federation, the bilingual, bijural and bicultural character of the country, and a return in 1984 of East Cameroon to its name and identity at independence on January 1960, the putative union was dead. They were entitled as a matter of international law, to regain their own identity at independence on October 1, 1961.
The actions by Paul Biya in disbanding the Consortium, kidnapping its leaders and other significant Southern Cameroon leaders and charging them on spurious politically motivated charges before a Francophone court-martial for presenting the very grievances which he has trivialized by decreeing a so-called National Commission on Bilingualism are to say the least infantile and laughable.
Not only are the Consortium Leaders, Barrister Felix Agbor Nkongho and Dr Neba Fontem along with Mancho Bibixy, Hon Justice Chief Paul Ayah, Mola Njoh Litumbe and hundreds of Southern Cameroonians still in detention, the perpetration of widespread and systemic crimes against humanity and genocide of the Southern Cameroons is ongoing with impunity.
By Rita Akana