Excited Meme SDO yesterday gathered Chiefs of his jurisdiction and asked them to bring back their subjects taking refuge in bushes. His organised meeting is coming barely few days after the visit of the minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji who called on chiefs of the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon to take their responsibilities and ensure that Anglophone Cameroonians that are currently seeking refuge in bushes regain their respective localities.
The Meme SDO in the South West region of Cameroon encouraged families, parents as well as children that have escaped to other safer localities to return to their respective villages in a meeting with chiefs that took place yesterday in Meme.
It should be noted that several villages have so far been deserted in Meme division as a result of increasing tensions between security forces and some yet to be identified armed individuals.
According to the Meme SDO Ntou’ou Ndong Chamberlin the road from Ekondo-titi to Kumba was considered the economical road for Meme division but today it is not the case anymore.
“All the villagers have run away into the bushes including all the contractors. Nobody is there that is why I think that it is time for us to bring them back to ensure that all those villages be resettled by their population. We know also that the all the foods in general was coming from this same road now that the population have decided to run away it will be difficult for us to have food in the months ahead if nothing is done. Generally I know that like a father they are going to follow what I gave to the chiefs as instruction. Am going to do my best to follow my instructions from the Head of state”.
The meme Chiefs on their part gave an unexpected condition to the young Ntou’ou Ndong Chamberlain of the South West Region. According to the Chiefs, the withdrawal of the security forces and the creation of a safe environment with the locality is first step towards the “come back my people” campaign.
Critics have now questioned whether the Government of Paul Biya being what it is, can “stoop so low” and respect the conditions given by the Chiefs to withdraw the Military Forces from the localities of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
It should be noted that this is not the first time a call like this has been made by both local and international bodies to the Government.