They fear being targeted in case of post-election violence.
Le Jour newspaper edition of August 29, 2016 that relates this information, states that Cameroonian nationals, are presently leaving Gabon for precaution. “They are afraid of being targeted in case of post-election violence,” the newspaper writes. However according to information from Le Jour, this is not a final departure from their adopted land, but just a temporary departure.
According to Junior Nkoulou, Municipal Councillor in Efoulan, in the Mvila division, it is a quite normal reaction. According to him, this is a precaution because when it degenerates in a foreign country like Gabon, “the first targets are often the nationals of other countries such as Cameroon,” he said. Sévérin Minko, carrier on the Ebolowa-Abang-Minko’o road, speaking of the Gabonese presidency, added that “what is happening in Gabon can not leave us indifferent. The more so that this country is neighboring Cameroon. Security concerns can know that this neighboring country sharing several kilometers from the borders with Cameroon in the South Region necessarily has an impact on our own. “
The carrier added that in addition, “the volume of trade between the two neighboring countries to frontier market of Abang-Minko’o is important. Gabonese come here to stock up on fresh food. ” Yet it must be said that since the borders were closed for electoral reasons, there was a decline in the volume of trade at the border market of Abang-Minko’o. The losers are among Cameroonian traders who can no longer have significant revenues made thanks to its rich Gabonese customers.
The departure of Cameroonians from this country is because Jean Ping, the opposing candidate to Ali Bongo, declared himself the new President of Gabon, while official results so far have not yet been disclosed.