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Cameroon's 11 February Delimma:  How the mourning day became paradoxically  the Youth Day.

The purported youth day celebration began proper in 1967. The first six years after the truncated plebiscite of October 1,1961 which saw the creation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, this day was celebrated initially as mourners day because according to Ahmadou Ahidjo the Cameroon's have lost a part of their territory to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This part was known as British Northern Cameroon's.

The truth about this day the 11th of February 1966 is that John Ngu Foncha had hired l youths below twenty from Dschang to vote for reunification on the the 11th of February 1961.

After obtaining a very slim victory margin, Foncha went to Yaoundé and was asked by Ahidjo what the state could give to these youths as compensation?

Foncha without even thinking said a national youth day be organized in honour of the youths because they helped to rig the Plebiscite results.

This is so disheartening and humiliating to believe that fraud is being celebrated as a national day and one then thinks that such a state can ever organize free and transparent elections without resorting to its rigging machinery.

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