Yaoundé (National Times)-Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, signed a decree appointing retired civil administrator and former Governor, Francis Fai Yengo to head the Commission recently created to disarm separatist fighters, Boko Haram fighters and reintegrate them into the society.
The appointment comes some eight months after Fai Yengo’s name featured on a leaked police confidential document last April and alongside others who were prohibited from leaving the country.
The issue of the former Governor’s name featuring in the leaked document generated debates.
While serving as Governor of the Littoral Region, Fai Yengo occupied the strategic position of Chairman of the Ports Authority of Douala known by its French acronym as PAD. Controversy related to the management of certain files is said to been what put the security apparatus on the former administrator’s path.
With the difficult task of heading the Commission comprising mostly members of Government, the retired administrator is expected to put his experience to work in handling the delicate issues related to disarming separatist fighters and Boko Haram insurgence.
Observers see Fai’s appointment as being strategic given that even in his native Division in the restive North West Region, the presence of separatists has distorted social cohesion.
Fai is equally the Board Chairman of the National Civil Status Registration Agency known by its French abbreviation as BUNEC.
Given the Cameroonian context of Presidential actions and politics, many see the appointment of the retired administrator by the Head of State as renewed confidence that frees him from any cloudy discussion in the public place.
In the wake of the appointment, critics, especially separatist activists have remained categorical that the Disarmament Commission will achieve very little.
Advocates of such argue that the necessary environment has not been created to disarm and reintegrate the fighters.