In his speech at the end of 2016, the President of the Republic dwelt at length on the recent demonstrations in the capital of the North-West Region.
Paul Biya waited for his traditional December 31 speech to speak. Giving his position on the tragic events that took place in Bamenda in early December 2016. On 8, 9 and 10 December, parties of the corporatist demands of the lawyers, teachers and students of the English-speaking Regions took part in the regional capital of Bamenda in the North West.
The day of December 8, 2016 was particularly violent with several dead (two to four), injured, public buildings destroyed and, even more serious, the flag of Cameroon burned and a flag presented like that of the secessionists Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), hoisted in front of the regional hospital of the city.
The President of the Republic did not go by four ways to condemn these acts. “Because of a group of extremist, manipulated and instrumentalized demonstrators, Cameroonians lost their lives; Public and private buildings have been destroyed; The most sacred symbols of our nation have been profaned; The economic activities have been paralyzed momentarily, “said Paul Biya.
All this in the opinion of the first Cameroonian is totally “unacceptable“. He therefore “strongly condemned all acts of violence, whatever their origin“, whilst promising to take “all the consequences of the various investigations under way“.
While using this martial tone, the Head of State acknowledged that some of the demonstrators have “substantive issues that can not be overlooked“. He recalled that he had “instructed the Government to engage in frank dialogue with the various parties concerned in order to find appropriate answers to the questions asked. I invite them to participate, without prejudice, in the various discussions, “he said.