Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Defence Minister Pays Emergency Visit To Bamenda, Announces Change In Military Approach Against Separatist Fighters

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
Bamenda - 23-Sep-2021 - 08h47   4016                      
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Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of Defence paid an emergency visit to Bamenda Wednesday, September 22, 2021, prompted by the killing of some 15 soldiers by armed separatists in Ngoketunjia Division last Thursday, September 16.

“We are here in Bamenda, the North-West Region today for an emergency,” said Beti. “The High Military Command and myself, dispatched by the President of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in the aftermath of the bloody and treacherous attacks whereby the Defense and Security Forces have been subject to of late in this Region by irredentist separatists, obviously equipped with increasingly sophisticated equipment and benefiting, this is an established fact, from human and external material support.

Cameroon's defense minister proceeded to announce a change in military strategy against separatist fighters active in the North-West and South-West Regions.

His words: “This new paradigm of the security situation, which is already in the process of consolidation in this Region, as in that of the South-West, warrants a change of approach in the action of the Defense and Security Forces.

“We wish to convey to the biological bereaved families and the large military family, the deep and sincere condolences of the President of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Paul Biya, and those of the Nation, following these tragic incidents.

“We equally extend same condolences to the families of civilian victims, sometimes butchered with incredible barbarity, by these armed gangs. The Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces hails and encourages the Defense and Security Forces for their bravery, their tenacity, and their rock-solid morale which has enabled them to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and thus, preserving many human lives in this Region. Likewise, he commends and congratulates those of our compatriots who, on a daily basis, braving fear and threats, provide their civic support to the Defense and Security Forces in operations.

Defense Minister announces paradigm shift in military operations in the troubled North-West and South-West Regions(c) MINDEF

“The in-depth assessment of the situation which we have just carried out will consolidate the achievements of the operations carried out so far. The Defense and Security Forces remain united and closely so, in the conduct of operations. “Obviously, I cannot give you here the details of the appropriate readjustments and actions which will be deployed without delay; because, in this matter, action cannot go band in band with incantation.

“You also give me the opportunity to tell all these so-called well-meaning souls who seem to have found in these trying moments, an opportunity to engage in populist campaigns and subtle or active weakening of the demobilization of the Defense and Security Forces, that their maneuvers as lesson-givers and critics of government action are well known and followed. And it is at the very least curious to observe the unbridled activism of some yesterday arsonists today draped in the false appearances of lesson-givers or late humanists.

“The country needs peace with the sincere and patriotic support of all its daughters and sons in accordance with the policy of the Head of State asking all these compatriots irrespective of their location to lay down their arms and allow a return to normal life, to the unhindered implementation of reconstruction projects already decided by the government with the support of some of our partners.

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