The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has told the population of the North West Region that the Government will not relent in her efforts in crushing any group that will rise in resistance.
According to him, “pockets of resistance in the Regions will soon be “neutralised. Terrorists and armed robbers who have attacked Cameroon and are using hunting guns cannot stand the State security, which has so far been very professional in the discharge of their duties.”
Minister Atanga Nji was speaking in Bamenda on Sunday, August 19, 2018, while on a special assignment to the North West Region on the instructions of the Head of State.
But his declaration rather dashed the hopes of the North West population, who thought that the Minister has come home to crusade for a cease fire that will end the shootings, killings, looting and haphazard arrests that have characterised the North West and South West Regions, since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis.
During an in-camera security meeting to evaluate the security situation in the Region, the Interior Minister urged those in the bushes to “lay down their weapons and report themselves” to the closest security post for “justice to take its course.”
Atanga Nji further asserted that there is “no future in the bushes” for those who have taken up arms against the State because the security forces will soon get them.”
On the October 7 Presidential election, the Minister was very categorical: “there will be elections in the North West Region.”
Atanga Nji also maintained that he was also in the Region to transmit the Head of State’s words of encouragement and instructions to the administrative and security authorities in the Region for the work they have been doing for the last two years and for them to accompany Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) during the October 7 poll and ensure that it is hitch-free.
“I expect the security to give ELECAM logistics and security support to make sure they do their work as assigned to them by the Head of State.”
On back to school, Minister Atanga Nji urged parents to tell their children in bushes to come out because “they have to be in schools not bushes.” The declarations by the Minister come at a time when activists of the Republic of Ambazonia have met in the United States to strategise for the future and actions plan to take after a torrid two years .
According to the meeting’s resolutions which have been circulating on social media, the activists are still prepared to prevent school resumption come September 2018 and to stage a protest on October 7, which is Election Day.