At the end of the evaluation meeting chaired by Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and “on high instructions from the President of the Republic Paul Biya“, the main military officials across the country were instructed to strengthen surveillance, particularly at the borders.
The Cameroonian authorities, who fear the proliferation of terrorist attacks by the Nigerian sect Boko Haram in the wake of the celebration of the National Day celebration on May 20, have decided to strengthen security measures throughout the national territory.
Strengthening security measures for a “festive and peaceful celebration” of the National Day, which, according to security sources, could be an opportunity for terrorists to multiply attacks, reports APA.
“According to reliable information, outside the Far North Region, which is the subject of suicide bombing attacks and terrorist incursions of Boko Haram, special security measures concern all borders of the country” we learned.
Moreover, given the socio-political situation in the English-speaking North-West and South-West Regions, whose professional demands have degenerated on political issues, the appeal of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to the partition of the country, the leaders look “in a special way” the population movements in this part of country on the eve of the feast of Unity.
As a result of this ongoing crisis, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the main opposition party with its stronghold in Bamenda in the Southwest Region, decided to boycott the parade marking the 45th anniversary of unity on 20 May, according to an internal circular issued on Monday evening.
In his address to the heads of the executive, regional and district representatives, the president of the formation, John Fru Ndi, explains this measure by the “inability” of the head of state, Paul Biya, to find relevant solutions to the problems raised by the lawyers and teachers’ unions, which is at the origin of the deep crisis that has shaken the English-speaking areas of the North-West and South-West for 7 months.
In the same vein, he denounced the non-existence of an inclusive electoral code in the country, the inertia of the public authorities to create suitable conditions for living together citizens and the real risks of a blank school year in the English-speaking regions.
For John Fru Ndi, the government has so far been unable to respond to the many calls and deep aspirations of democracy and social cohesion, including in the demand for national dialogue to study the fundamental problems that arise today in Cameroon.