A Nigerian advocacy group, “Africans riding for justice, peace and dignity”, has raised concerns over the international community’s prolonged silence on the ongoing crisis in the English speaking regions of Cameroon.
The spokesperson for the group, Magret Udoh, raised the concerns on March 11 while briefing the press on the situation in the affected regions. Udoh said human rights violation such as killings, arbitrary arrests, detention torture, disappearances and banning of civil society consortium are noticeable trait against the people in English speaking Cameroon.
While calling on the international community to come to the aid of the people of the area, Udoh implored the Nigerian government to speak up against the injustice being meted to the people. She said that it would be dangerous if Nigeria refused to halt the violation of people’s right.
Since the Anglophone crisis started in October 11, 2016 with the Common Law lawyers strike and degenerated into a popular uprising, neither the Federal Government of Nigeria nor its diplomatic representation in Cameroon has issued a statement.
Hear her; “We need to speak out together and decide what change we wish to see in our countries, across Africa and with what we want Africa to be when we celebrate Africa Day in the future,”.
The Pan African group maintained that Nigeria and the International Community could not be indifferent at this point in time. According to the group, Cameroon and Nigeria are brothers and sisters stating how some 56 years ago the people of Southern Cameroon were with Nigeria, but opted to go to Cameroon, hoping things will be better; hence, must not be allowed to be violated
With over four million Nigerians living in Cameroon; one of the largest Nigerian Diasporas in the world, there are indications that how the crisis is handled, is going to affect Nigerians living in the troubled regions. This, in appreciation to the fact that issues that have affected one of the countries have had spill over effects in the other like the Boko Haram insurgency