For so many years, Cameroon has been known as a very peaceful country by foreigners. In fact some Cameroonians even claim that Cameroon is the most peaceful country in the world.
As a Cameroonian, if you are asked by a foreigner that; What makes cameroon peaceful? what will be your response?.
Its very obvious that you will be very dumbfounded due to the fact that all those things that causes instability in other countries like High Unemployment, Manipulation of votes, bad leadership,Tribalism, Bribery and Curruption, Embezzlement, poverty and other determinants of instability can also be found in Cameroon.
After being embarassed by the above question. I decided to carry out a research to find out those hidden factors that makes Cameroon a peaceful nation and different from similar countries with instabilities.These are my findings .
The Backbone of the peace in Cameroon.
The Youths of Cameroon; who constitute about 65 percent of the active population of Cameroon are heavily involved in gambling activities i.e. PMUC, Pari Foot and other forms of Gambling. These gambling activities have diverted the minds of the Cameroon youth from Politics and matters of the country. In addition to that, Gambling has given the Youth of Cameroon hope. Just the feeling that they might become millionaires someday by simply predicting the outcome of a football match makes them not to rely too much on the fake promises of their Government. But if this hope is taken away from them i.e. the gambling companies are sent away, the Youth in Cameroon will now begin to focus their attention on their Government; a government that has no blueprint to change their lives. This will possibly lead to an uprising against the Cameroon government. Hope is what makes life worth living.
According to statistic, Cameroon is number 3 in the league of beer consuming countries in the world and majority of the beer consumers are the youth. This excessive beer consumption by the Cameroon youths has made them to be very unambitious, irresponsible and very passive in the affairs of their country.
After the attempted coup by the ex-president of Cameroon; Ahmadou Ahidjo, President Paul Biya beefed up security in Cameroon.
In order to eliminate any possibility of an uprising in Cameroon, President Biya further created a very fierce military force called BIR also called Manawa by those whom they have dealt with. These special force called BIR; is made up of dehumanized youths who are ready to kill incase of any uprising. The Cameroonians who are not ready to die has no choice but to look for ways to cohabit with the numerous problems in the Country hence the reason for the peace.
Good Opposition Parties.
Cameroon is peaceful thanks to the peace loving political parties in Cameroon especially SDF; the top opposition party in Cameroon. I think John Fru Ndi; the leader of SDF, deserves an Award for the peace in Cameroon.
Proliferation of Churches.
The proliferation of Churches especially the pentacostal churches in Cameroon has made many Cameroonians to be more spiritually contious than physically contious. Its often preached in our Churches that this world is not our home hence the reason why many born again Cameroonians are not concerned with the political affairs of the country. In addition to that, most christians in Cameroon are under the illusion that rebellion is a sin and prefer to pray for change.
Strict censorship of the press.
The peace in Cameroon can also be attributed to the strict censorship of the press in Cameroon. The Government of Cameroon is very strict in making sure that no information (fact) that will threaten the peace in Cameroon is leaked to the masses. For example at the climax of the current Anglophone problem, the press were restricted from discussing about the federalism or were restricted from enligthtenning the people about federalism; an issue that the Government of Cameroon thought might threaten the peace in Cameroon.
Poor quality of Education
Education is like a light in every society. When people are well educated they become less gullible and very concerned about the affairs of their country. On the other hand poor education keeps the people in darkness; makes them unaware of the problems in their society. The quality of Education in Cameroon has been deliberately kept poor hence the reason why the people have lived in darkness for over 34yrs; since president Paul Biya took power. Peace will continue to reign in a corrupt society as long as the government keeps the people in darkness.
Ok those are the factors that makes Cameroon a peaceful nation despite the prevalence of the same problems that have caused instability or uprising in other countries.
If those 7 factors mentioned above are eliminated, Syria will become 10 times peaceful than Cameroon.
I REST MY CASE!.