The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has promised to provide security to all Presidential aspirants campaigning in the two restive Anglophone Regions of Cameroon.
While opening the first sectorial conference of Regional Governors for the year 2018, Atanga Nji encouraged leaders of political parties vying for the Presidency to carry their campaign activities to the North West and South West Regions since the President of the Republic has taken adequate security measures through the intermediary of the Regional Governors to protect them.
“I call on the leaders of political parties to make the calendar of activities available to Governors for adequate security to be provided,” the Minister said.
The Minister also warned religious, political and traditional authorities to shun what he called hate speech during this period of electioneering as the Government would not condone with anyone propagating such.
“As for the election, religious leaders, political parties, traditional authorities should be responsible in what they say and do because they shall be held accountable for hate speeches. The Ministry of Territorial Administration is the tutelage authority of political parties, organisations, churches and traditional rulers.”
Atanga Nji also called on all to respect the verdict of the polls and refrain from using violence to press on their case. He lauded the CPDM and its National President for being an example of fair play as he recalled that during the 2013 Senatorial elections wherein Elections management body, ELECAM rejected the lists of the party in the West and Adamawa Regions, the party did not employ violence.
The Minister also praised the President of the Republic for taking adequate security measures to safeguard the academic year and the Presidential election in the North West and South West Regions.
According to Atanga Nji, Paul Biya has given Anglophones more than what they demanded and the current violence is being orchestrated by what he called terrorists.
However, when asked about the last weekend’s attack in Bamenda and the preparedness of security officers to protect the election, Atanga Nji could not give any concrete steps, but insinuated that the Head of State has taken all ‘necessary measures’.
The situation in the Grand North was also reviewed where it was noted that calm is gradually returning to the area. The Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary also said that Boko Haram has been weakened seriously and his Region is prepared for the election and they shall be having 4,000 polling stations.
The Governors’ conference, which opened this Monday, September 10, is the first presided at by Atanga Nji since his appointment in March 2018. It is being held under the theme, “administrative authorities and the protection of the electoral process” which is why the Territorial Administration boss also reminded the Governors that they must protect the process according to the Law.
Also present were the Minister in charge of Decentralisation, Georges Elanga Obam, the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, and the Secretary of State for National Gendarmerie, Galax Yves Landry. Top security officials from the Regions were also present.