The call for an all inclusive dialogue is very appreciated. The government should now allow Anglophones of various political thought to mobilise, organise themselves and take part without fear of arrest or other punishment for their ideas.
The announcement of the all inclusive dialogue should signal the end of arrests of Anglophones for their political ideas. They should be allowed to participate without restriction. This is about their future.
I urge those who will be attending the national dialogue to call for the release of all those detained in connection with the crisis, the need for constitutional amendment and also to ensure that the form of the state is equally discussed at the dialogue table.
Whilst my expectations were not fully met in the speech, we should give peace a chance by supporting the dialogue process.
Barrister Nkongho Agbor Balla
Founder – Center for Human Rights & Democracy in Africa