History is witness to the fact that for over 50years of ‘independence’, the President of the Republic of Cameroon used his constitutional powers for the first time in France, to declare war against the terrorist group Boko Haram. When the French media tried to grill him on reasons why Boko Haram operated with ease within Cameroonian territory, Mr Biya reminded his interviewer that he [Mr Biya] is not responsible for directing the operations of this villain group. And in a suggestive that the question should be directed to a country that has economic and geo-political interest in destabilizing Cameroon, he acknowledged that the group’s preferred time for inflicting terror in Cameroonians is at the cover of darkness.
With the multiplication of attacks in neighboring states, and terrorism taking an unprecedented turn in the region, Central African leaders convened in Yaoundé to seek practical solutions to their common security threats. Notwithstanding the collective pledges made to eradicate Boko Haram, the overwhelming crackdown by the Chadian troops, and skilled frontier fortresses from their Cameroonian counterparts sent shivers down the spines of the terrorists.
Cameroon’s war was declared in France and the good People of Cameroon, in accord with their Commander-in-chief are supporting the war on the civilian front. Billions of FCFA, tons of food and other requirements are being voluntarily donated to support war efforts. These great citizens organized solidarity matches in various administrative units all over the territory to show proof of the Patriotism and their desire to protect the integrity of their Fatherland. In one such match on February 28, 2015 the enlightened youths of Yaoundé held anti-French placards and chanted accusatory songs in the face of the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Francoise Robichon.
According to some analysts, the aforementioned and rising hostile sentiments against France account for the reason why Mr Hollande preferred a nocturnal visit. In the traditional African Context, night visitors are considered to be bearers of evil news. One would not be surprised therefore, that days after the infamous visit of Mr Hollande, suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Far North Region of Cameroon killing a number of civilians. Be it a confirmation of the reality in African believes or a mere coincidence, it is inevitable not to notice that French presence in Cameroon was, is and would always be bad omen to the people.
Covered by this looming dark cloud, the people of Cameroon are more convinced that joint efforts with Nigeria and other neighboring countries are a condition sine qua non for the eradication of terrorism in the region. But how would this be possible under the tight grip of France? (…to be continued).
By: Kukangley T.
-THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED BY alafnet.com ON THE 2ND OF AUGUST 2015 JUST AFTER MR HOLLANDE VISIT TO CAMEROON.
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