Minister Atanga Nji Paul calls armed groups in the NW and SW Regions “Prodigal Sons”.

President Paul Biya has allocated funds for the renovation of the burnt offices of the Divisional officer of Bafut and that of Bali sub-divisions respectively. The revelation was made by the minister of territorial administration, Atanga Nji Paul, on Sunday 19th August 2018 while visiting the sub divisions as part of an evaluation exercise with government officials of the NWR, to assess the level of security in the region, ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.

On the 7th of October, Cameroonians will be visiting the poll to once more vote for a new president but this comes at a time when the country is facing security challenges especially in the two Anglophone regions since the crisis started in 2016, with many now living in the bushes and young men and women taking up arms. It is in this line that minister Atanga Nji Paul during the security meeting called on the armed youths to return home like the prodigal son in the bible and ask for forgiveness while giving up their arms. the minister asked them to report themselves to the nearest police station or government agency and they will be welcome back into the society as a Cameroonian and justice will be done. According to the minister the armed youths in the bushes cannot fight against the state as they do not have the support and this will all come to an end. They should rather think of going back to school and build a future for themselves.

Despite the security challenges, the region has been declared a safe zone by Minister Atanga Nji, for the presidential election as the region is gradually returning to normalcy. The electoral board of elections, Cameroon is an independent body in Cameroon in charge of organizing elections in Cameroon but the government will provide logistics and security for a hitch free presidential election.

Talking on dialogue, Minister Atanga Nji Paul highlighted the importance of dialogue within the framework of state institutions. For over three years, several institutions have called for dialogue, an act many have described as the best tool that can put an end to the Anglophone crisis. The big question is who is going to call for the dialogue? A question no one has answered till date.

Maikem Emmanuela Manzie

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