Cameroon - Honor and Loyalty : FIFTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITARY STATE IN CAMEROON :Surge of patriotismin sight
Fifty-first anniversary of the Unitary State of Cameroon. Barelysevendays to go before the usual surge of patriotism begins. As the momentous date of 20 May approaches, public enthusiasm is gainingsteam.Throughout the country, preparations for the celebrations were in full swing. No town, no village, no place, no square wanted to be left out of the great revolutionary movement.
For it was one of many aspirations, to be able to express openly in word and in action the irrepressible will of a people divided without its opinion, to be united again. It was an extremely rare ambition in the era of the irreversible colonial system.
What see med unthinkable, the people of Cameroon achieved, despite the machinations and other pressures of the ruling powers, the sameones who wanted to abuse both the League of Nations Mandate and the United Nations Trusteeship by turningour country into their private property.
It was time fo rthe proud People, a People strong in its diversity, to stand up to defend its fragmented land; its Sacred Land, its fatherland, its nourishing land, the foundation of its Unity.
The process of returning to its roots, which had begun many decades earlier, reachedits climax on 20 May 1972. The event went down in history and our fore fathers became heroes for having resisted oppression, denounced division, despised offers of assimilation and restored the Cradle of ou rFathers to its original integrity.
Could the same be said of thosesupposed compatriots whose only ambition is to turn some of our constituenciesin to separatistre publics? Could the same be said of those other so-called compatriots who, well sheltered abroad and hiding behind transactional nationalities, are now denigrating the land of their ancestors? Could the samebesaid ofthe apostles of impulsive communalism who preach hatred and exclusion of the other?
The answer is obvious. To give them reason and to find mitigating circumstances for their crimes is to be tray the soul and memory of our People.
At a time when past colonial divisive tendencies are resurfacing, aided and abetted by all manner of separatism, we must, more than ever, put up a common front to safe guard Peace and National Unity, ourhard-earned values.