South West Chief conference has responded to the Governor of their region following comments made four days ago at the Buea Council building.
In a statement made available today April 30th, 2019, the Chiefs of the region “categorically condemns the demeaning and threatening manner by which the governor of South West region reminded us of our usual civic duty” the statement reads in part
The chiefs decry Okalia’s moves; say they are committed to resolving the Anglophone crisis as per the instructions by the Prime Minister Chief Dr. Dion Ngute.
The angered chief also decry what term “hate speech” by the governor of the region and says such hate speech must be “completely discarded from the thoughts and deeds” of the people
They chiefs concluded the communiqué by reminding the South West boss that their native laws as traditional rulers do not allow them to march past the grandstands and completely dissociate themselves from such positions
Last week, the South West governor Benard Okalia Bilai made headline news when a video of him went viral ordering the chiefs to carry placards and March with their villagers behind them on a national day celebrated every May 20th
The Governor said if the chiefs don’t respect the order they risk losing their thrones. The governor’s statement has drawn massive criticism on social media but no government official or institution has reacted this far.
Measured and expected response
The much-expected communiqué from the traditional rulers have been looking weak in substance and tough in rhetoric. The traditional rulers walk a fine line, distancing themselves from the governor but not the government
They emphasize the need to work within the framework of the Prime Minister and head of government to help resolve the crisis
Traditional rulers in the North West and South West have been criticized in the past for sacrificing the secrecy of their once feared and revered traditional stools for political gains, making them lose respect and admiration from their population and public officials
The Anglophone crisis has further exposed the emptiness of the traditional rulers as most of them have been kidnapped and disgraced