For minister of territorial administration, English-speaking secessionists have 30 days to lay down their arms. In which case, “it is the law that will follow its course”.
The Cameroonian Minister was last week the guest of the program “Actualités Hebdo” of Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), a public body based in Yaounde. The occasion for Paul Atanga Nji to reaffirm his firmness towards the English-speaking separatists. “The Cameroonian government will not engage with separatist elements in the country’s English-speaking region,” he said.
One way also to recall the statement made the day after his tour to the southwest and northwest in late March: “We can always stop the crisis without burning, looting, rape, destroy. The government is ready to enter into dialogue with those seeking the unity of Cameroon.
Claiming to be in line with President Biya’s desire to “make security a top priority,” Atanga Nji issued an ultimatum to secessionists. According to him, the separatists have a period of thirty days to lay down their arms. Otherwise, he warns, “it is the law that will follow its course”.
On their side, Internet users denounced this “martial” speech of Paul Atanga Nji. “Atanga Nji Paul is acting as Defense Minister and not as Head of the Ministry of Territorial Administration. In his interview with Actualités hebdo, Paul Nji spoke as if he was Defense Minister, while he was not named for it, ” one reads on Facebook.
Appointed at the beginning of March following a minor cabinet reshuffle, Paul Atanga Nji and the other English-speaking executive Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe, minister of secondary education, were expected to help create the conditions for a “frank and sincere” dialogue between the government and the government. Cameroonians and secessionists to curb the crisis hit Cameroon since late 2016.