PAUL BIYA’S SPEECH TO AMBAZONIANS: LAY DOWN ARMS OR FACE FIRE BY THE MILITARY
The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, has warned Amba Fighters and war mongers fomenting trouble in the North West and South West Regions that they risk being neutralised by security forces if they fail to heed his appeal for them to lay down their arms and resume normal life.
The President sounded this note of warning on Monday, December 31, 2018, while addressing the nation in his traditional end of year speech.
“If my appeal to warmongers to lay down their weapons remains unheeded, the Defence and Security Forces will be instructed to neutralise them.”
According to Biya, he is aware of the hardship the populations of the two conflict-stricken Regions have been subjected to by the armed men, and their yearning for the return of peace. He said he shares in their plight and will not allow the chaotic situation to continue.
“…I will focus on the situation in the North-West and South-West Regions…Recently; I had the opportunity to express myself regarding the issues concerning them. I stated and I reaffirm my deepest concern for the populations of these two Regions. I am very sensitive to their worries about their safety and their aspirations for a return to calm and normal social life… I am well aware of the distress these rebels are causing the populations of these regions. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.
Going by the President, since security is a sine qua non for civil peace and economic and social progress, it should be prioritised.
He said it because of the desire to promote national peace and harmony and to avoid the use of extreme measure that he created the National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee to cater for ex-Boko Haram and Separatist Fighters.
Hear him: “In a spirit of national harmony, I decided to set up a “National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee” to avoid the use of extreme measures. The duties of this body, which is under the authority of the Prime Minister, are to organise, supervise and manage the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants of Boko Haram and armed groups in the North West and South West Regions willing to respond favourably to the hand of peace extended to them.”