Cameroonians like all other citizens of the world are not short of expectations as regards their fatherland. Every Cameroonian I have ever met has an expectation for Cameroon, including the government. In every New Year address to the nation, the head of State, H.E Paul Biya as his tradition is, always outlines his vision and aspiration for Cameroon.
We all have expectations as regards what we want our country to become and this in itself is interesting. A society without expectation will become a docile society and such will never advance but will continuously retrogress. Expectation is the seed that leads to positive actions for change. Expectation is the mother of manifestation.
Below is an interview done with several Cameroonians on the question, “what is your expectation for Cameroon”?
With all the expectations expressed by Cameroonians both at home and abroad, the question is, Can these expectations be met at all? If yes, what will it take? How can these expectations be met?
Can these expectations be met?
This question is similar to the question God asked the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37 in the Bible when he was faced with a valley full of dry bones. The bones were depicting the state of Israel as a nation at that time. The prophet was asked “can these bones live? It was a very hopeless situation more hopeless than the state of our country. As the story goes, the prophet was in doubt of any possibility for the revival of the bones. Then God told the prophet to speak to the bones and command them to hear His word, the word of promise for their resurrection. When the prophet obeyed, flesh came on the bones and the bones joined one to another and stood as a great army. Impossibility became a possibility.
The above episode is an inspiration of hope to all individuals and nations going through hopeless situations. There is always hope at the end of the tunnel.
Coming back to the situation of Cameroon and the question, Can these expectations be met? I say yes and yes again; our expectations can be met. There is no hopeless situation anywhere but hopeless people. This means, we are our greatest problem and not our circumstances. There is more hope for Cameroon than we can even imagine. We have a great future no matter what our present situation depicts. We should get back and learn from history, expectations may tarry long but will eventually happen in their time. This reminds me of the struggles of the Negro for equality in America and how long and how much it cost them, but today we have a black man (Barack Obama) as the most powerful man in the world. Another reminder was the South Africans, who for several years struggled for freedom in their own country and for several years it was as if their fate was sealed. As history records it, Mandela the leader of the ANC and symbol of the South African struggle, stayed in prison for 27 years and six months. On that faithful day, the world stood and watched him step out of prison as a free man in a free and independent South Africa. I think as Cameroonians, we need to recover our hopes and dreams for our fatherland. Delay is not denial, one day we will see and live our expectations for Cameroon. Even if we may not see all we expect in our life time, it will definitely come to pass some day in the time of our children. Our dreams for Cameroon should not only be limited to our own time and generation, they should be extended to times far beyond our time. Martin Luther king Jr. said in one of his addresses,” I have been to the mountain top, I have seen the promise land, I may not get there with you but we will surely get there as a people”. That is what I am talking about; having a dream which goes beyond one's time to future generations.
I will want to say again that, our expectations for Cameroon can be met. The question is, what will it take? This will be my focus in the next edition of “Nation Builder.”Continue reading... |