President Biya Takes Stock of Security Challenges

A meeting to that effect took place at the Defence Ministry and was presided at by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence Beti Assomo Joseph.

Cynthia EFOPA

Under the high instruction of the President of the Republic, President Paul Biya, a high level meeting to evaluate the security situation of the country took place at the conference hall of the Ministry of Defence. The meeting that was presided by the Minister Delegate at the presidency in charge of Defence Beti Assomo Joseph is in prelude to the upcoming 7th 2018 presidential elections and the resumption of the 2018-2019 academic year.

It is no news that security is a key factor for the smooth functioning of any state and more so for the unfolding of elections. Stories abound of countries that has gone into chaos due to post elections insecurity. It is for this reason that the Commander in chief of the Defence Forces, President Paul Biya convene this very important meeting that witnessed the participation of the Secretary of State to the Minister of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie and that in charge of Ex Servicemen and War victims, the Defence chief of Staff, military generals, Commander of Joint Military Region as well as Gendarmerie Regions. The Minister of Territorial Administration and the Delegate General of National Security. The in-camera meeting that lasted for more than ten hours is believed must have cut across the security challenges in the ten regions of Cameroon. The major once been the Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North Region, the insecurity that has resulted to assassination and theft in the East region due to the sectarian crises in the neighboring Central African Republic, piracy in the littoral and the present socio political crises plaguing the North West and South West regions. It is evident that the latter must have consumed much time of all the problems tabled.

The issue that began as a corporatist claim from teachers and lawyers to which adequate solutions were given by the president of the Republic, was hijacked by separatist claims of breaking away South West and North West regions and creating a new territory. The Cameroon people jealous of their unity in diversity did not welcome this secessionist dream. Faced with back to the wall, the secessionists resorted to arms as a way forward. Since the crises erupted in 2016, they have been killings of persons and the destruction of property despite government’s effort to call for peace.  Terrorist activities in the both regions has been the raison d’etre of the postponement of legislative elections. They have created an arena in which parliamentarians could not freely move around their constituency for campaigns. With the upcoming 7th October presidential run up, security needs to be at its utmost best to enable the electorates go to the polls without fear.

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