6, April 2017
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC), has called on the populations of the North West and South West to disregard the announced visit of former Indomitable Lions captain, Rigobert Song Bahanag to Southern Cameroons.
State broadcaster, the Cameroon Radio Television announced on Tuesday that the former footballer who survived a stroke would visit the regions and thank them for praying towards his healing. In a release on Wednesday 5 April, the CACSC noted that Southern Cameroonians (North West and South West) are a friendly and peace loving people but insinuates that Song’s visit is a state-sponsored initiative with ulterior motives.
“And so, it must be resisted, ignored and completely boycotted until Yaoundé understands that the train of the restoration of our statehood sped off since early February and we do not plan to have any business with them anymore,” part of the release read. The co-signatories of the statement; Barrister Eyambe Elias and Tassang Wilfred said the consortium cannot recall when the regions organized public special prayers for the life of the ace footballer when he was hospitalized in France.
Song’s visit would be the second caravan to the regions after the trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations that was paraded in all ten regions. However, critics hold that should “Manyang” embark on a thank you tour, he should go to all ten regions not only the crisis-hit North West and South West.
Song who arrived the country on Saturday April 1 after spending six months in La Pitie Salpertriere Hospital in France already organized an inter-religious service in Yaoundé on Tuesday 4 April to thank God for his survival and Cameroonians for their prayers. He also visited the Yaoundé Emergency Centre where he spent three days in a coma before being airlifted to Paris.