Early in the week government ordered its security forces to swoop on, and brutally disperse a press conference organized in Yaounde by some opposition parties. These opposition parties apparently wanted to give a political opinion on recent calls for a modification of the constitution that may cause a precipitation of presidential elections and allow incumbent president Paul Biya to seek another mandate.
The leaders were arrested manus militaris, detained and later released without any formal charge. Later in the week, a number of civil society organizations applied and had authorization from the Divisional Officer of Yaounde I, to publish the names and pay tributes to civilians and soldiers who have this far, lost their lives following repeated deadly incursions by Boko Haram.
The event that was to hold at the Muna Foundation was again rudely and abruptly interrupted by police officers, following a ban from the same Divisional Officer who gave the authorization in the first place.
When a regime or a nation starts refusing to accommodate or is unable to accommodate a variety of or autonomy of ideas, they consider such attempts as affronts and threats, to the nation. The danger here is that they can no longer distinguish between their interest and that of the nation. It can thus be likened to a fascist state.
Because fascists believe that a nation is an organic community that requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to use force even against popular opinion to keep, so they claim, the Nation strong. Fascism, we should remind is a farce. It does not last.
But, we should also be reminded that a NATION of sheep begets a government of WOLVES!
News Extra Foundation Radio
2 March 2016