The journalists cum history teacher took to Facebook on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to rubbish claims that the security of learners is not guaranteed. He insists that the education of a generation cannot be sacrificed for anything, no matter how legitimate the claims can be. He says if the belligerents all see the importance of education, then schools must reopen this September 2019 at all cost.
Mancho writes: “The two warring parties support back-to-school - both La Republique du Cameroun and the Ambazonia Interim Government. Even the ADF set up a school in Momo Division. This means that they all agree that education is good while political issues are fought for. What then are we waiting for? Come September 2019 let’s flood the schools with our kids.”
The coffin revolutionist insists that the protest was never to destroy but to add. “The protest was to improve what we had not to destroy the little we had. Ndamba na sense!”
According to Mancho, the interest shown by both parties towards education should rather serve as a strong force which rules out any security threats. He says not even his release should be pinned on school boycott.
“We complain of security, yet our kids go to church, birthdays, funerals. We attend weddings, njangi, festivals etc. Kids in other trades like tailoring, mechanic, furniture, business, decorations, crafts etc are going to school. Why only regular schools?
“We want all prisoners of conscience released. Good! But as they pay the price for freedom, kids must not pay a bigger price. We will face a darker future when these kids mature as uneducated vagabonds roaming our streets. Join hands lets educate these kids. It cannot be later than now. Mancho Bibixy, forever in chains for you all! Yes! It's me.”
Mancho’s coffin revolution coincided with an Anglophone teacher’s strike called in support of grievances expressed by Common Law Lawyers at the time.
On that fateful November 21, 2016, Mancho Bibixy, the newscaster of a local radio station, stood in an open casket in a crowded roundabout in North West Region’s capital Bamenda.
Using a blow horn, Mancho denounced the slow rate of economic and structural development in the city, declaring he was ready to die while protesting against the social and economic marginalization of Anglophone persons in the hegemonic Francophone state.
The history teacher cum journalists says as unrests in Cameroon’s North West and South West regions soar, the rich have moved their kids to safer areas to study while the poor are paying the price.
Mancho regrets that the current struggle has gone against the ideals the Coffin Revolution he stood for – a struggle that has rendered the poor even more helpless.
His words: “[the] biggest paradox is that the rich have moved their kids to safer areas to study while the poor are paying the price. The Coffin Revolution was to protect the poor and fight injustice. We can’t see the poor suffer while the rich have their way.
“I’ve concluded that even if I have to die in prison, the kids must go to school this year. Let them use me as any sacrifice to have schools resume fully come September 2019. It cannot be later than now!”
Mancho Bibixy is currently serving a 15-year jail term at the Yaoundé Central Prison. He was arrested on January 19, 2017 in Bamenda and was tried at the Yaoundé Military Court on charges of terrorism, secession among others.