According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the leader of the Social Democratic Front worked for a return to calm in the Northwest and South-West Regions.
In its December 13, 2016 issue of the daily newspaper Le Jour, Minister of Communications (MINCOM) Isa Tchiroma Bakary suggested that Ni John Fru Ndi, the leader of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), is one of the “statesmen” who worked to restore calm in the English-speaking Regions.
Today, they are emerging, little by little, many mood swings that have been accompanied by numerous violence and repression decried by public opinion. The newspaper surprised by the MINCOM’s congratulations to the leader of the first opposition political party in Cameroon, in this same edition, wonders whether “the SDF and the power of Yaounde work hand in hand in these times of anglophone demands” .
A question that arises from the fact that the SDF and the Government so far have had quite divergent positions. First point of divergence: the idea of Ni John Fru Ndi on the establishment of federalism in Cameroon. “The subject was declared taboo by the Government. And Issa Tchiroma Bakary reiterated this position during its press conference last December 10, “the paper said.
It should be added that the MINCOM then explained that the return to federalism is “in total dislocation with the founding principle of our Republic that is our national unity“.
Another point of divergence between the Government and John Fru Ndi that the daily paper raises is the question of the so-called anglophone problem. One recalls that the president of the SDF had declared that “the Anglophone problem is real in Cameroon“. Yet the members of the Government in all their statements have always indicated that they do not exist.
The newspaper in its analysis notes that there is however in these congratulations “the underlying question about the stakes of the political transactions that could exist between the power of Yaounde and the main opposition party which is an undeniable force in the Anglophone Regions “of Cameroon.
MP Joshua Osih of the SDF, met by the daily, said that there is no rapprochement between the political formation and the Government: “we are an opposition force and will not do the work of the Government in its place. The Government can consult our political agenda and if it does not understand, we can always provide it with insights, “he said.