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42 DAYS OF INTERNET SHUT DOWN IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON BY GOVERNMENT AND ITS CORPORATE MINIONS

1 Mar

Apart from being reputable for its obnoxious taxation and faith in regime security at the cost of banning all forms of freedom of expression, assembly and association that enhance individual rights and liberties, Cameroun has officially set a new unofficial ”Guinness” record but for the most wrong reasons: Cameroun is now the new record holder for the longest internet blackout in Africa by a government.

It’s 42 days today that the government of Cameroon cut-off internet access to the two English speaking regions of the country. In a move to silent dissent and use the internet blackout as an excuse to arbitrarily arrest, detain and torture people. Security forces have exacted despicable human rights abuses on citizens of the affected region and spontaneous stop-check-confiscate smartphone operations are carried on individuals to conceal all evidence recorded. And areas with stray internet signals are being guarded and raided by government forces.

Mobile telephone internet service providers operating in the country have chosen the side of repression and human rights abuse in their accomplice with the government. Imagine how profit oriented firms can deprive over 3 million customers from a vital utility they have paid for without providing an excuse, compensation or an apology!

This is totally outrageous! I don’t know how they plan on regaining customer trust whenever they realise they are in violation of every international trade agreement,corporate social responsibility and customer protection treaty they are a party to. Someone please sue their corporate behinds in a massive class action law suit! They should not however be sued in the unjust, partial and dependent court system of Cameroun but should be sued in regional and international courts.

“Na only person wey he sabi true true color for Chameleon fit tok weda Chameleone be look left and right before it cross road.”

#BringBackOurInternet
#FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners
#NoToJusticeDelayed

RESIGNATION NOT ACCEPTED! ‘Anglophone’ Movements Leadership

25 Feb

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

The day Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo were called to the stewardship of being Consortium interim leaders by Dr. Balla Agbor when he anticipated his imminent arrest by Cameroun authorities was the day they not only accepted the call of a great man but was the day they most importantly accepted the “People’s Call” also. These duo have in their dynamism shown commitment to the values and goals of the Southern Cameroons people’s cause. We others must understand and accept that leadership be it militant or diplomatic is an on-the-job learning and skill acquisition process. These two have in two months succeeded to build communication channels and social dialogue bridges that were broken by decades of rancor between contesting leaders and organisations.

To the leadership of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, many leaders forget the cost of leadership. Being a leader requires you to sacrifice time, money, efforts and endure struggles and pain. We always talk about the benefits of leadership, but we fail to count the cost of it. We all can learn to play different roles at different stages in our organisation. Great leaders take responsibility for their actions, especially the mistakes and failures.1  “People in power are faced with temptation every day. They often must make choices between doing what is right for the organization and what is in their own best interests.” (Glen Llopis, Forbes Magazine)

To the Honourable Tassang Wilfred, one needs not be a behaviouralist or an expert at psychoanalysis to suspect from the last video that he is under situational pressure and emotional anxiety from lack of access to family most importantly and open liberty from whoever has access to or is hosting him in hideout. Which is the more reason the interim leadership must stand and hold firm until it can be ascertained that he is enjoying all his rational capacities and is under no duress or influence. We must take care of our own, whether held in captivity or under undue influence from consular authorities and peers alike.

“McCain is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” (Donald Trump, Race to the US White House) In all its arrogance, this statement above is however a double edged sword. Chose the kind of leader you want for your cause, the captured one personifies our sense of injustice, deprivation and moral conscience.A captured hero pinpoints the source from where our affliction is being projected, it gives us the physical address of whom the oppressor is. A captured hero darling to us invokes in us the spirit of a freedom fighter and liberator. The hero who returns from a battle with his physical freedom will definitely bask in the welcome and acclaim of the masses, they will go on to become living personification of victory and continuity whenever and wherever the call of duty comes up. The hero who fought and lived to tell the battle field story of his captured and fallen comrades on the fields of fire has a responsibility to lead the people in the liberation of the captured yet again but this time you definitely need your lieutenants to lead the charge with you. You need these lieutenants to carry on the struggle if you’re in turn preyed upon by the same oppressive cabal that abducted your peers previously.

On this note, we the People, in whose name the various Southern Cameroon liberation movements are acting demand to know what are their “real” plans to advance this cause further now that they think Tapang and Bareta must step aside and be forgiven for an undisclosed sin? It is not enough to take them out without offering us a broader road-map to the solution desired.

It is not because one was in the company of Dr. Balla Agbor that qualifies them to usurp his position, what qualifies someone is their shared vision, their leadership and coordination prowess. In my opinion therefore, Dr. Balla Agbor who had probably never met Tapang and Bareta in person felt he had met them in these qualities. Interim remains interim until it behaves contrary to or far beyond the struggle’s goals. Interim does not however mean one is less of an actual leader. It just happens that in organisations led by charismatic leaders as ours, when such a leader is abducted but still alive, their office most remain vacant in anticipation of their return to either assume it or give it up to the the progressive forces who brought about the change.

Let the photo below of Dr. Balla Agbor Nkongho with his fist raised defiantly on the day of his trial at the military tribunal in Yaounde-Cameroun on March 23 2017 serve as motivation why the struggle must continue and to why we the people are on this cause: To undo what 56 years of the Cameroons reunification which has been hijacked by misgivings, clientelism, patronage, linguistic prejudice, social, economic and political marginalisation of minorities, identity assimilation, ethnic hegemony, breakdown in constitutionalism and rule of law, loss of civil liberties, freedoms and human rights abuses. The remedy for which has been the call for a republican system and administrative setup in which people and individuals can live in social cohesion, multi-culturally coexist, aspire to and effectively become agents of nation building and development without being subjected to repression and mediocre means.

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Govmen Dey Kill We!

17 Feb

By Nwanatifu Nwaco
It’s 30 days today since the repressive government of Cameroun arrested and jailed the cause leaders of the marginalized people of Southern Cameroons.
It’s 30 days today since the stone age mentality regime in Cameroun shut-off Internet access to the English speaking regions of the country.
If Cameroon was ever ”one and indivisible” as claimed by regime lackeys and majoritarian apologists, I hereby bring it to their attention that today we have a country which if united by anything else, is divided along internet lines! We have become “Internet refugees!”
Cameroun government and its majoritarian sympathizers think unity, social cohesion and harmonious coexistence is imposed by might and decrees, and not attained or achieved by dialogue and consensus. It’s now clear that they love the land and resources more than they love Southern Cameroonian people. It is this land and its riches beneath they love, not we the people! Else how can one explain the arrogant indifference and open hate speech spewed out by most “ordinary” francophones on social media and their physical efforts to break the will of the people through sabotage of the struggle in our own home towns??
If you think I am joking or lying, go then and read the hate filled comments they post below the publications of moderate and sympathetic francophones! And observe the vigor with which they are bent on ending our civil disobedience campaign, I repeat if the current deadlock isnt resolved, the alienated minority will go for desperate options to which the over confident majority is willing to pay the price in Rwanda 94 part 2!

DOES GOD ALLOW EVIL TO HAPPEN?

22 Apr

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

“Kill them all, God will recognise his own.”
– Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux

The question is how do the righteous get to rule even?prayer without human physical effort is often vain. From the book of Job, we see the devil and the lord locked in a game of chess in which the faith of man is pitted against crushing evil visitations just to prove who’s the boss over our feeble short earthly lives. Bible theology says God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Everyday I wake up or go to sleep continuously fed with graphic and horrifying news from around the world but more recently with the spate of confessional violence that is tearing through my country Cameroon and the neighbouring republics.
I’ve watched goring videos of purported jihadists slitting the throats of people they captured and branded as infidels and dumping them into mass graves, i’ve read how people have left hospitals and died in some distant churches seeking miraculous healing from prophets. The ritual killing of teenagers with certain body parts removed by occultists and many other jaw dropping tragedies.
Am not losing faith in God but I sure have a very massive problem with this mindset that people have nurtured well into maturity about this take everything to God and do nothing theory. People no longer think taking a militant or dynamic stand against a vice is the right thing to do! I understand very well that people are wary and desensitized by the constant exposure to suffering and gruesome images on death and misery but my single biggest distaste is with all those people who arrogantly declare politics as a dirty game and in all disillusionment celebrate political apathy.
Like the Roman emperor Nero who insanely danced and put the blame on Christians while Rome burnt to cinders, many of my people have become like that. In the face of existential threats that need political will, participation and action, they coward away and push forward this excuse of ‘God will help us, God will protect us, God’s time is the best…let us pray…’ I hate to rain on your paradise party, God is actually very annoyed with your inaction in the phase of evil. Rise up and take a stand against wrongdoing when and where you can and pray that whatever best effort it is you’re pushing and putting out there for the cause of positive change,hope, pray and let it deliver its intended goal.
So does God allow evil to happen? I think for now he doesn’t allow it since there’s a promise of judgment, it is we humans obsessed with ideology, fear and blind belief that cause and permit it. What other better way could I point out our own complicity and guilt as part of the problem to our predicament other than by quoting Dante Alighieri:
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

The Endless Cycle of Defining Wrong and Right

3 Jan

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO TRULY KNOW WHAT RIGHT OR WRONG IS?
“Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not” – Protagoras of Abdera
In other words you are who you say you as only you know whom you truly are. You can only define yourself objectively in a subjective way.So if you’re aspiring to become a proficient thief, a cheat or a pious saint, you’re right in your choice, though am not sure about the outcome or welcome you’ll get when you meet a determined and convinced law enforcer, a neutralist or a dedicated demon.
However since we are members of society and are condemned as such to communicate and interact there rises thus the need for ethics, conduct and decorum. It is these rules and regulations which make our monopoly of opinion to define right contradictory. Right is something relatively defined based on communal consensus about issues of morality. You are always right in the way you feel and express your feeling about an issue but your choice of vocabulary, action and vocal tone as comprehended by your audience could lead them in their own right to rightfully conclude you as wrong. The point is not to become a skeptic of what right or wrong is or relativise everything to something.
By their very nature words carry and convey in them conceptions of opposition, contradiction and change. Norm definition therefore means putting virtue and vice within universal independence as units of measurement to which perceptions of good and bad must subscribe to or derive from. Therein lies the foundations of being liberal and political correctness.

Obama to deploy 300 US troops to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram: Enter the Conspiracy Theorists.

15 Oct

By Nwana Tifu                                                                                                                        

When news broke-out yesterday that Obama was sending 300 troops to Cameroon to support the fight against Boko Haram, social media was set on fire by dependency theorists, patrimonials and conspiracy theorists speculating and suggesting all forms of hypotheses to decry this US move as paternalistic, as a cover being used to destabilise Cameroon where the Chinese and French were failing.It is for this reason that I did the following political analysis.

With anti-French sentiments currently running sky high in Cameroon and given that French forces in the Central African Republic have been caught on video at artisanal mines and in pedophile cases, Cameroon has showed disgust for its traditional military and economic ally by entering lucrative contracts with the Chinese and has been flirting gratuitously with the benevolence of German and Russian weapons supplies.
Located in one of the most geostrategic regions of the world, Cameroons international policy of non-confrontation has come under test from transnational criminal networks, rebel groups religious militants.These groups have imposed acts of violence on this politically docile country to an extent where it has now been roused from its long military slumber to prove itself a formidable fighting force in defense of its territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
The US has all through this time refrained from direct interference given that Cameroon is a French protege. America through its strategy of leading from behind through financing, intelligence sharing and periodic naval drills with its Africa Command to fine tune the assault and rescue capacities of the Cameroon navy to defend its geopolitical interests seriously threatened by oil bunkering and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea oil corridor.
America’s mixed failure and successes at combatting ISIL in Syria and Iraq, its drone operations against Al Shabab in Somalia, al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Pakistan, Libya and Afghanistan or its now endless chase after the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony in the tropical forests spanning Central Africa to the Sudans, has left it badly in need a victory in the style granted by Seal team six in taking out the much dreaded Osama Bin Laden.
Following a string of incursions on its territory by Boko Haram militants extending their false jihad from their Nigerian heartland into the Lake Chad basin area shared by Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon, trade routes have been cut off, a humanitarian and malnutrition crisis now threatens all the countries of the region all under existential nightmares from these armed groups.


With Boko Haram resorting to hit and run tactics, it has in these past months emboldened itself and for the first time has used suicide bombers and kamikazes to implant and spread its terror campaign in Cameroon following a streak of kidnappings of foreigners and nationals.
The absence of an effective French military presence in Cameroon has enticed the US still in the good diplomatic books of Cameroon to now step in and fill the vacuum. Cameroon is part of a multinational task force formed by the sanction of the international community under the auspices of the UN and AU to eradicate Boko Haram and has been assigned the task of hosting the logistics center for the forces operations. Hence in furtherance of US national security and foreign policy interests and at the express invitation of the Cameroon government, the deployment of 300 military personnel with the part of this broad regional effort to stop the spread of Boko Haram and other violent extremist organizations in the Sahel especially was authorized by Obama through Congress on 14 October 2016 until a time when it is determined that they are no longer needed. This comes months after Cameroon hosted regional conferences and meetings on combating the geometric growth of insecurity in the region.
Now that Russia is causing confusion in the middle East over its bombardment of western sponsored rebels and ISIL militants alike, the US must avoid direct confrontation with Russia and take the fight to a new theatre.
This is strategic because sometime ago, Boko Haram pledged and swore allegiance to ISIS. The lake Chad basin area is endowed with several natural resources from oil in southern Chad exported by pipeline over Cameroon to uranium deposits in Niger, It is therefore out of question to let all these fall under the control of jihadists.After months of courting the US for weapons to fight Boko Haram without success by the Nigerian government, American worries about governance accountability and other rights abuses in Nigeria prompted them to withhold this vital support from Nigeria. At this moment, this is the best thing to pursue especially, now that the new Nigerian president Buhari seems ready and willing to cooperate as well as Cameroon, Chad, Niger, a move that contrasts to the docileness of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan versus the discreet yet poignant resoluteness and dynamism of the Cameroon government in its fight against the Boko Haram sect.

AFRICAN/BLACK MAN TIME!

2 Jul

If there’s one thing I hate very much right now, it’s this chronic lack of value and consideration for time which people half legitimised and celebrate.
For someone like me who is rigid with time on appointments taken and made, it’s very irritating and annoying to say the least when I have to wait on for more than 2 hours at a rendez-vous point without my host or other guests showing up!
Africans got a very rogue appreciation of time No one wants to come first to an occasion. The few who do have to wait and get bored. If the invitation reads 8:00 pm, be certain that it will start only after 10 pm. When you get inpatient and call, you’ll get weird excused like am still doing my nails, still at the pressing to pick up my suit, just about to shower now, I’ll be there in 10 minutes…
While we’re gambling and peddling with time, opportunities got no brakes.
… tired of waiting, leaving now.

The Business of Being Humanitarian in this Age

1 Jun

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

Sometimes I don’t get it with humanitarian aid agencies!
Imagine your father beating the hell out of your neighbours dad. Your mom cooks food with some money your father gave her last evening, along with some contributions of your old used clothes and takes it to feed and cloth your embittered neighbours wife and kids. Afterwards she goes to your local radio and appeals to other neighbours to support her effort to relief the suffering of the family her husband has deprived, without criticising that same husband.
Are they really neutral? Does the business of throwing meal packages along with bombs make a hegemonic war a just war? This is a mixture of hypocrisy, guilt and shame. They are not neutral, they are numb and blindsided. As for me, situations like this will be more uncommon if we lived in a matriarchal society. One has to wonder what she gains from such ‘relief’ or ‘charitable help’ when she knows the cause of such situation.

Its a dog-eat-dog world out there my brother and as you analysed in the neighbour scenario its completely foolish with what is going on but the truth is interest. The aid agencies are out for a just course but then they have interest to protect which has to do again with donors. I always asked this question…what kind of corporate social responsibility are weapon manufacturing companies involved into?

These are just some of the pitfalls of neo-liberalism. It turns to make society hypocritical. In whose interests are wars of values being fought? Is it to make the world safe for democracy and the citizens who elect those who vote to wage war? Or is it the military industrial complex and their siamese twin the corporate oil cartels and multinational corporations? I am increasingly failing to appreciate the meaning and intention of humanitarian aid agencies. It seems like they are sentinels sent out by the god of war and his knights of death to give a human face to a bad campaign.

I really puzzled over the extent and loyalty of some humanitarian aid agencies or say social charitable enterprises. Take a look at MONSANTO, produces highly modified genetic ‘foods’ like rice, corn but if one looks closely they are amongst the highest charitable donors to most relief aid in the world….from Haiti to Sudan to Thailand. One has to wonder what is going on? Modifying basic foods that cause diseases then turn around and support areas which they donate to that suffer from these same diseases their foods cause. Just a plethora of unnecessary ‘good’.

Monsanto has been the subject of wide criticism. Their products have been banned in several countries yet USAID never stops receiving and donating rations from them.  It brings us to the topical issue on what Sustainable development is really about? A friend once dissed that while others are using cutting edge technology to extract and transform third world resources for their own advancement, development agencies are telling us that we need to live sustainably by not doing what they do and did with earth resources. Everything these time needs to be Eco-friendly. He argued that sustainable development is going to keep Africa away from pursuing intensive industrialisation which is what it needs to break the consumer yoke.
I am yet to read a country report written by an Africans with parochial condescension about vertical policy effectiveness of donors and development agencies. Imagine a Yaoundé based organisation publishing a country report about the state of immigrants in the UK in the same vigor as Amnesty International does.

FROM RAINBOW NATION TO “XENOPHOBISTAN”

22 May

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

What do you call black African on black African violence and segregation?
Racism? Prejudice? Xenophobia? Personally, I have very close family and friends living in South Africa as students and businessmen. Not a single day goes by without me saying a prayer for security and wellbeing for them and other African nationals being targeted by violent and looting mobs of xénophobes.
Take out Arab north Africa from the continental tally and leaves you with South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon as the flag bearers of violence and discrimination on immigrants. Tribalism and nepotism are triplets with corruption.
The Politics of petroleum and, precious metals have permeated a rent seeking mentality. Somehow welfare thirsty dependent citizens of these countries. Darn political correctness, South African need to wean themselves of the victim mentality, the country needs to stop cashing in on the Mandela heritage for entitlements without work.
Economic growth comes from human resources first, capital and trade. It seems the liberation movement in South Africa made a lot of Socialist promises but once black majority rule was attained, they went instead for Capitalism on steroids. South Africans who had long been held as isolated hostages in their own country by the apartheid regime suddenly jumped on the globalisation wagon without explaining to the now activated socialists what the international political economic reality of the world they had just embraced actually was. Over constitutional liberalism has forever failed to guarantee rights and inclusion for new minorities and swathes of impoverished majorities as power struggle, élite corruption and domestic crime.
Somehow, South Africans believed that their government owes them social and economic reparations for having suffered under white minority rule. Those attacking foreigners know very well that they are singing to the wrong audience but a culture of violence has proven that the best way to get noticed by the Zuma club is to go berserk. Immigrants leave their countries with skills and capital to invest where there is market opportunity. South Africans are yet to understand what petty trading and private enterprise are. All they want is public service jobs and government welfare. Dream on guys!
Now that Pretoria has their attention, it wouldn’t be long for a series of first aid social reforms to be administered in new community housing and vocational schemes. For a moment the lid will return over the boiling pot waiting for the next spillover point.

South Africa needs a new name, it has been weighed on the scales of justice and found wanting…

As out cry continues against the attacks on foreign residents in South Africa, I think that country no longer deserves the suffix “Africa” in its name. Let’s give it a new name, I strongly move my nomination for
‪#‎SOUTH_XENOPHOBISTAN‬

AN ISLAND OF AFRICAN SKELETONS SHALL EMERGE FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

23 Apr

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

The bones shall keep on piling up in that watery tomb and someday, the land border between Africa and Europe may not just be the Spanish enclaves in north Africa but will be a bridge of bones or an island of migrants skeletons with no well-defined ownership or sovereignty. Even then some organisation is going to declare it a world heritage open to the crocodile tears of some tourist or someone is going to hoist a flag on it and demand visa fees and taxes. Let’s hope the flag belongs to the people of the fallen.

The fact that Africans stood by South African blacks during the dark days is a point to confirm Africa solidarity which the South African blacks has forgotten in a hurry. Crimes are punishable by Law and if any foreigners living in South Africa dont respect the laws of the land, they will be punished. The menial jobs Africans take in south Africa can in no way compare to what South Africa businesses are taking from other Africa countries. MTN, Multichoice, Stanbic Bank etc, are market leaders in the countries they are present. If we can accept their businesses why cant they accept other businesses. It is a shame that Africa through its powerless union(A.U) is silent on this recurrent issue.

As the Italian coast guard hauls to land record numbers of risk all or lose all immigrants, the media is keeping us updated with the tally on the number of those drowning to their watery tomb. As the Italians become increasingly overwhelmed by the human waves, Brussels’ FrontEx and its Triton program are surfing the tides with reports and conferences how not to stop the push and pull causes of inequality but how to militarily contain people physically on Maghréb shores before they take to sea. In 2011 when the guide of the Libyan revolution was brutally assassinated by French backed and armed hoards, many thought me naïve when I predicted a long drawn insurgency from tribal militias and a regional spillover of confessional and political violence. A few months after the Sahel region became engulfed in counter insurgency wars against a plethora of Jihadist groups.

The region suddenly became awash with weapons from Gaddafis looted arsenal, battle hardened and murder thirsty thugs broke the dawn of impunity . I said the sudden French interest in war abroad was not news to which Africans needed to dance to. As violence spilled over to Mali from Libya, the french tried to do damage control but the evil deed had been signed and sealed. All you who danced to the imperialist tune of humanitarian intervention and the right to protect played by France and its NATO allies have now buried your short memories in the sand. French military presence and all its business appendices has since 2011 increased in the region. You don’t bomb a country to ash and cinder for nothing.

The economic stakes are very high here. Who guarantees post conflict security and reconstruction? French firms of course will be given contracts to execute these tasks by funds credited by them still, from the transitional governments and clientelist successor regimes of these countries they tore down. This is simple economics and market theory of creating scarcity, spurring demand and then supplying at a hiked price. While many narrow minded Africans are hailing there interventions as a catalyst for democracy, pessimistic me still maintains that there is an economic stake being played out between the French, Anglo-Americans and the Chinese to gain effective presence and stranglehold on the Africa Rising, resource endowed, and self branded emerging economies. Unless the EU countries come down their moral high horse and see opportunity in trade and political fairness, their politics of subterfuge and meddling will only create pariah states and proxies in these countries exporting the migrants they abhor and dread so much.

“Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.”
―Niccolo Machiavelli
 

This should serve as a lesson to all who applauded the bombing of Libya in 2011 by France and its NATO buddies on trumped-up humanitarian and right to protect grounds. Am not sure the assassinated Gaddafi could have killed the hundreds of thousands that have died in direct fighting, the spillover violence and looted arsenal taken to the Sahel republics to wage jihads or the exportation of battle hardened and murder thirsty militants who went from the Maghréb to swell the ranks of the Islamic State group?
Why did France keep silent over Assad’s war of attrition on civilians but was swift to act on the Libyans threat of the use of force? With the Italians being overwhelmed now by the numbers of live and dead migrants washing up to their shores, Brussels and its Triton border scheme are milling out reports on how not to stop inequality and subterfuge in EU-Africa political economy relations , the talk is about physically contain people to the shores where they are fleeing the ashes and cinders of hegemonic wars , oppression from pariah states and clientelist regimes!

1 BILLION EURO FOR RESEARCH AND WHAT FOR MIGRATION?
In 2013, the European Union pledged one billion euros worth of funding for groundbreaking nanotechnology research on the substance Graphene by Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. When faced with the biggest immigration wave since world war 2 in 2015, EU leaders called African leaders to a conference in Malta, November  2015 and pledged to give them a 1 billion euro package if they accepted to take back their deported emigrants. What an insult, African leaders for once summoned the audacity to say NO. What next?