Facts have now emerged to confirm that, the outing of the US Ambassador to president Paul Biya in which he advised the President to begin thinking of his legacy,  had the full backing of the US Congress.

In the said letter, the Congress Men had instructed the Ambassador to tell the presidenta new leadership is necessary for governance improvements.

“We respect the rights of Cameroonians to select their leaders and note that the past Presidential elections have been marred by allegations of fraud and electoral institutions bias.

We note that the political process is heavily controlled by President Biya and his party, and that the State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights covering Cameroon’s last presidential elections, in 2011, assessed the contest to have been “flawed by irregularities, including the failure to properly distribute all voter cards, late opening of polling stations, multiple voting, ballot-box stuffing, the absence of indelible ink, and intimidation of voters.”

The most recent Human Right Report notes “restrictions of freedom of expression” as a top human right concern, and states that “opposition and civil society activists were harassed, detained and denied the right to assemble or operate by the government.” … After 35 years, new leadership is necessary for governance improvements” the letter stated in part.

Concerning the revolutionary conflict in Ambazonia, the Ambassador’s Press Statement after meeting the President, Paul Biya on the eve of May 20, 2018 was also in tandem with the letter of the congress men.

The lawmakers had in the letter condemned violence on both sides, and particularly the disproportionate use of force and military power by the military forces.

They singled out the BIR, which they noted, has been notorious for many human right atrocities in Ambazonia, and in the Northern part of cameroon.

“…Given that certain units of the BIR operating in the North have been found ineligible for assistance under the Leahy law due to human rights abuses, we ask that rigorous scrutiny be applied to the BIR and any other security forces operating in the Anglophone regions, to ensure that U.S assistance is not abetting violation of Cameroonians’ rights.

Further, we respectfully ask you to convey the message that security force abuses can exacerbate resentments that fuel instability, and work with your partners both in the U.S military and among like-minded embassies to emphasize the need for respect for basic rights in the Anglophone regions” the letter added.