By Kesah Princely
The former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ayah Paul Abine has reiterated that the campaign calling for school resumption can only make sense if there is cessation of hostilities in the Two Anglophone Regions.
The one-time President of Popular Action Party, PAP, made his remarks, Friday July 19 on his official Facebook page.
According to the Barrister, some newspapers and TV stations of recent had reported that he joint the campaign for school resumption. Reacting on what he never said as reported by media organs, the Church Warden lammed that “invitation to return to school is akin to invitation to dare death!!!” he said. “The government must do much more!!!” he added
Below is Ayah’s exact words
“PA AYAH NEVER SAID THAT
There have been newspaper publications, social media posts and even TV programmes claiming that PA Ayah has joined the drama for a return to school in Ambazonia. PA Ayah wishes to make it very clear hereby that nothing can be far from the truth!!!
Here is PA Ayah’s position on the issue as previously stated:
In the prosecution of “the Anglophone War … homes are deliberately razed to the ground by the military, resulting, in several cases, in entire villages erased from the surface of the earth! … schools are attacked and/or burnt down on purpose! … the wounded are extracted from hospitals and put to death through extra-judicial killings with impunity! … homes are broken into and innocent persons are callously shot and killed!
What is more and all the worse, the main targeted persons here are the young. No-one is unaware that even babies have been shot and killed in their sleep. Needless talking of young male youth seen in motion!
In the face of such prevailing insecurity, where and how is the child safe??? One would daresay that, in the absence of an official truce and concrete demonstration of the official valuing of human lives, especially Amba human lives, invitation to return to school is akin to invitation to dare death!!! The government must do much more!!!
In the final analysis, then, it is for every parent to evaluate the safety for their children in school and take the necessary decisions. What some quarreled with in the past was the Amba Authorities placing general embargo on children going to school. Now that the embargo has been lifted, one would dare to opine that [school] attendance may not be a collective resolution as safety remains highly staked.
We may not be seen to be luring people’s innocent children into life-threatening circumstances: killing for the fun of it!
MAKING SOFT TARGETS EVEN SOFTER!
God alone knows how, in the face of the clarity of PA Ayah’s stance by the foregoing terms, anyone could claim, even remotely, that PA Ayah has joined the general campaign for a return to school next September.
For PA Ayah, any such campaign shall only make sense after the secession of hostilities. Anything less smacks of dishonesty and amounts to invitation to collective suicide for the young!!!
PA AYAH NEVER CAN BE PARTY TO IT!”