Buea(National Times)-The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, has encouraged soldiers fighting Ambazonia separatists that their sacrifices to the nation would not go in vain.
He was speaking in the South West Regional capital, Buea Buea Monday, March 18, 2018, while commissioning newly appointed officials into their functions.
Minister Beti Assomo congratulated the newly appointed officers for defending the nation and stated that they would certainly be rewarded for sacrificing their lives to save Cameroon.
He acknowledged the price being paid by the soldiers who are being wounded while some are losing their lives, and he said it is a noble course to defend the nation.
The Minister also repeated the call on armed separatist fighters to drop their weapons and embrace the “peace plan” of President Paul Biya.
The Minister called them “our compatriots” and invited them to lay down their weapons and embrace normal life.
To the newly installed, Beti Assomo reminded them of the challenging task awaiting them which to him are in two-fold; fighting secessionists as well as the growing armed banditry within the Region.
He warned the military men against acts of indiscipline and urged them to promote friendly ties with the local population.
The installation took place under exceptionally tight security since it was a ghost town day, wherein movements were prohibited within the two English-speaking Regions by armed separatists.
There was heavy deployment of troops throughout the town and the famous armoured personnel carriers which have become acquainted with the war in the Anglophone Regions were on patrol.
The officers installed were appointed on March 5 by a Presidential decree. Those installed at the Buea ceremonial grounds included the Regional bureau chief of ex-service men and victims of war, Colonel Ateba Loenard Josué, the head of the antenna of military security for the South West, Captain Ahmadou Toukdoum, and the Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Battalion, Colonel Eyengue Amougou and the Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade, Colonel Eyenga Severin.
Due to the ghost town majority of those who attended the strictly military styled-ceremony were men and women in uniform including some civilian administrative heads of the Region.