By Eric Tataw – Monday March 18, 2019.
Many denizens of Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West who spoke to National Telegraph by phone from Buea, capital city of Cameroon’s South West said the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of Cameroon in charge of Defense has displayed an unusual disposition.
Joseph Beti Assomo was speaking Monday, March 18, 2019 at a ceremonial ground in Bongo Square, a precinct in Buea as he presided at the installation of the Regional Delegate of Ex-servicemen, Col Ateba Leonard Josue, appointed through a Presidential Decree in March 5, 2019.
Joseph also occasioned the Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Batallion (BIM), Major Eyengue Amougou Allain Wilfred and Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade (BRIM), Col Eyenga Severin, in a purely military event attended by high profile personalities including the Ekema Patrick, Mayor of Buea.
According to a National Telegraph secret stringer, the Minister’s approach toward Anglophone militias was unusual either signifying two things; government is loosing the war of the Minister is simply pretending because a top America diplomat is in Cameroon and might be monitoring local news.
Our secret stringer describes the Minister’s approach after he referred to Ambazonia Restoration Fighters fondly called Amba Boys as “Our Compatriots” while calling on them to drop their weapons and reintegrate themselves into the society for the emergence of Cameroon.
The Minister also cautioned soldiers in the North West and South West to avoid terrorizing the population, adding that they must show great signs of professionalism. He also urged them to collaborate with the population for decorum to return to these regions.
The Ministers declarations contradict at least three former positions from three different top personalities starting with President Paul Biya, 86, who has in the past ordered the military to neutralize Amba Fighters.
The Minister Of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi who just recently in a statement said everything has returned to normalcy but here is the Minister of Defense in Buea, begging Amba Fighters to drop their weapons for things to return to normalcy. The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji has also threatened the fighters they would be crushed if they don’t come out of the bushes.
Beti Assomo’s declaration also confirms Tibor Nagy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa who is presently in Cameroon was right when he said Tuesday, March 12, 2019; “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on.”, he said while calling for “open, unlimited national dialogue.”, and suggesting “perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.”, he said referring to the North West and South West Regions.
The deadly crisis should indeed be taken to an International Platform because the Minister is calling Amba Fighters ” Our Compatriots” but Amba Fighters see elements of the Cameroon Military as everlasting enemies who have killed their family members and burnt down their house in hundreds, an observer have said. Only an International Platform can indeed bring a breakthrough, he added.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by Anglophone militias in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia. Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings.