ANGLOPHONE CRISIS IN CAMEROON: PAUL BIYA REFUSES THE RELEASE OF SISIKU AYUK AND CO
cameroondailyjournal.com|This was to be the main subject of this presidential election. It has not happened.
It is in the South and the Far North that the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (CPDM) built the victory of Paul Biya. As for the opponents, they remained cautious, proposing at best a dialogue and a transition to a moderate federalism.
Result: the election really took place only in eight out of ten regions, which only accentuated the feeling of exclusion from North West and South West residents.
On September 29, Paul Biya again promised peace, saying “their future is well within [the] Republic.” It remains to prove it. The head of state could support the general English conference organized by Cardinal Christian Tumi at the end of November.
He hoped that the secessionist leaders held at the Secretariat
Defense, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Ambazonia, would be released for the occasion, but Biya is not favorable. At best, Ambazonians and their diaspora leaders from the United States, Belgium or South Africa – Cho Ayaba, Ebenezer Akwanga, Fon Gorji-Dinka or Boh Herbert – could participate by videoconference.
But, beyond funding, what control do they really exert on the fighters who are
today claim Ambazonia? When in doubt, the security response is still in Etoudi’s favor. Yaoundé has stepped up its collaboration with Nigeria to stop arms smuggling into the English-speaking area from the Nigerian state of Rivers. A new contingent of the Rapid Intervention Battalion would also be ready for the day, while helicopters and armor were ordered by the army.