The Truth About the Consortium
What is to be understood is that many have failed so far to comprehend the meaning of “consortium”! In a very simple phrase; “A consortium can be described as an association of ‘groups’, ‘companies’, ‘several businesses’ to form a conglomerated union which represents the common interest of the several groups which came together to form it”.
In the case of Southern Cameroons, a consortium was formed which is made up of representatives from various factions of common law lawyers’ association, Teachers’ union, traders’ unions, Okada and Taxi drivers’ unions. They unanimously agreed to be the one voice crying out loud in the wilderness against the global Southern Cameroonians’ problem.
By forming a consortium, the different unions and associations were simply telling us; Southern Cameroonians—that they have consented, to leading us, under the auspices of the consortium to either gain outright independence from La Republique Du Cameroun or the attainment of a two state federation. We, the people, accepted the consortium on the grounds that they stood for the common interest of every Southern Cameroonian and have it at the back of their minds that their individual demands as “associations” or “unions” will be met when we gain independence or granted a two state federation as a people.
From the onlooker’s point of view, there seems to be some black legs in the consortium, or should we say some representatives of the Teachers’ Union, hold an opinion contrary to what the consortium stood for.
Senior Citizen and Deputy Attorney of Cameroon’s Supreme court; Ayah Paul Abine had his say in the matter as seen below.