Saturday, May 11, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: Dion Ngute foolish Paul Biya in Bamenda

"Apart from the indivisibility of Cameroon, the President of the Republic is ready to organize a formal dialogue to resolve the crisis. The President of the Republic has asked me to say that apart from separation and secession, anything else can be discussed, "said Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute at the Crtv. This statement of the head of the government, was made this Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Bamenda, at the beginning of his four-day working visit to the North West region, one of the two regions plagued for almost three years. years, to a socio-political crisis. This outing of the Head of Government, who is in a campaign of peace on high education of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, comes at a time when the government had long opposed a national dialogue, proposed by the men of God, society civil society, some political parties and even the international community.

Since his appointment as Prime Minister of Cameroon, it is the first time that Joseph Dion Ngute has visited these regions in conflict. After a stopover in Bafoussam, capital of the Western Region, the head of the government, holding a peace tree in his right hand, was greeted in Bamenda by women in tears, waving placards on which could read: "We mourn our children" or "conflicts are inevitable but violence is a choice". Joseph Dion Ngute also conducted during this first day, with the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, a series of consultation with the authorities and forces of the North-West. After Bamenda, Joseph Dion Ngute is expected in the Southwest, his home region, for the second leg of his tour.

In a report published on May 2, the NGO International Crisis Group (ICG) reports that the Anglophone crisis has, in 20 months, 1,850 deaths, a majority of schools closed for two years, more than 170 villages destroyed, 530 000 IDPs and 35,000 refugees in neighboring Nigeria. A balance that may increase, with the intransigence of the belligerents who took these two Cameroonian areas hostage.