Monday, October 13, 2014

Press Release: SCNC Postpones 1st October 2014 Independence Anniversary

Dear Countrymen and Excellencies, we announce the postponement of activities to mark the 54th Anniversary celebration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons on 1st October 2014 to 1st October 2015. This decision was taken in the aftermath of the death of Chief Ayamba. And it is necessary to permit the SCNC carry out an internal re-organization, which should consolidate and strengthen the mother movement, by reducing its existing number of Wings. May our emphasis on the only one date of 1st October be understood to reaffirm this date and none other, as the indelible mark of Southern Cameroons 1961 Independence. To this effect, we appreciate its recent recognition by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, in terms of President Biya having courageously transferred his purported Reunification Jubilee to February 20, 2014. The surprising change of date, from four previous threats in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, to celebrate the Reunification on a 1st October, is a deserved compensation for the SCNC peaceful disposition, even to the extent of allowing a false Jubilee commemoration in our historic capital of Buea. Truly, patience is a portent weapon, so we should never depart from our tested Motto of the “Force of Argument, and not the Argument of Force”. We are also very grateful to the International Community whose input, by stressing the truth of our 1st October separate Independence, contributed enormously to condescend and restrain the excesses of the Cameroon President. Since by all assurances our activities will remain always peaceful, we humbly request the International Community to enable the Yaoundé Authorities to exhibit even greater understanding towards 1st October 2015, so that we would celebrate the event without the habitual disruptions, arrests, detentions, and torture. Done in Bamenda this 22nd Day of September 2014

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