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Monday, October 29, 2018

Anglophone Crisis: Paul Biya refuses the release of Sisiku Ayuk and Co

This was to be the main subject of this presidential election. It has not happened. It is in the South and the Far North that the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (CPDM) built the victory of Paul Biya. As for the opponents, they remained cautious, proposing at best a dialogue and a transition to a moderate federalism. Result: the election really took place only in eight out of ten regions, which only accentuated the feeling of exclusion from North West and South West residents.

On September 29, Paul Biya again promised peace, saying "their future is well within [the] Republic." It remains to prove it. The head of state could support the general English conference organized by Cardinal Christian Tumi at the end of November.

The latter hoped that the secessionist leaders detained at the State

Defense Secretariat, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Ambazonia, would be released for the occasion, but Biya was not in favor. At best, Ambazonians and their diaspora leaders from the United States, Belgium or South Africa - Cho Ayaba, Ebenezer Akwanga, Fon Gorji-Dinka or Boh Herbert - could participate by video conference.

But, beyond funding, what control do they really exercise on the fighters who

claim today of Ambazonia? When in doubt, the security response is still in Etoudi's favor. Yaoundé has stepped up its collaboration with Nigeria to stop arms smuggling into the English-speaking area from the Nigerian state of Rivers. A new contingent of the Rapid Intervention Battalion would also be ready for the day, while helicopters and armor were ordered by the army.