Adolphe Lele Woos Fighters With Psycho-social & Logistical Support Upon Repentance

Governor Lele Lafrique and Ni John Fru Ndi chat after a public event Bamenda (archived pictures)

The governor of the N.W Region of Cameroon, Adolf Lele Lafrique has called on the population of his region of command to remain the peace loving, law abiding and above all God fearing citizens that they’ve always been in the face of the ongoing sociopolitical and security turmoil rocking the region. He made this call last Friday September 14 2018 in a press release he read out to media persons in the MINEPAT regional delegation conference hall, Up Station, Bamenda.

He began by first announcing to the entire population of the region that following the growing acts of killing, kidnapping for ransom, looting of property, destruction of personal documents and generalized vandalism perpetrated against pupils, students, teachers, innocent civilian masses and the defence and security forces accompanied by threats from secessionist activities promising to ground socioeconomic activities and hinder circulation of persons within, into and out of the region in the days ahead, government has taken appropriate measures following very high instructions from the Head of State to guarantee the collective safety and security of the movements and activities of the inhabitants of the region through the end of year festivities and stop trouble makers.

Adolf Lele Lafrique reiterated what had since been in practice, that movements of persons and goods shall be subjected to strict (but highly professional) controls in accordance with section 2 of Law No. 90/54 of 19 Dec. 1990. He warned that private individuals, commercial vehicles or motorbikes that shall be caught in the act of transporting terrorists or compromising materials and those facilitating such transactions shall simply be assimilated as terrorists themselves and treated as such.

In the press release, the governor also called on all parents, children, loved ones, brothers and sisters who have been misguided and misled to take up arms against the fatherland to surrender their weapons to the nearest Administrative, Traditional, Municipal or Religious authority and as a follow up, they shall be entitled to psychological and logistical support for their eventual rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

The strengths of the diaspora in stirring the struggle weren’t underestimated. Adolphe Lele Lafrique offered them an olive branch by saying, “Our brothers and sisters in the diaspora are called upon to desist from manipulating the population and sponsoring socioeconomic hardship and illiteracy, but to instead redirect their hard earned resources to socioeconomic development and education which they themselves benefited from and which has made them the respectable men and women they are; and to accompany the government in Nation building as true and committed patriots.”
He ended by asking God to bless Cameroon. However, it should be noted that before, during and after the governor’s release, hundreds of public transport vehicles fully loaded with goods and passengers kept speeding out of the region, clearly indicative of the governor’s call for  inhabitants to stay put and go about their normal life unperturbed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Before now, contradictory messages of calls from the supposed Ambazonia leaders abroad and ground zero fighters for a complete shutdown of the two Anglophone regions for close to a month had been widely spread on social media. They were received with high condemnation and opposition. Though subsequent messages from various angles have been trying to reprogram the supposed shutdown, in a bit not to add insult to injury, such are alleged to be coming little too late because for fear of the unknown and foreseeing their inability to stay indoors for close to a month, an alarming proportion of the population has been fleeing into Bafoussam, Douala, Yaounde and other towns to seek refuge.

The crisis have continued to escalate because both separatist fighters and government troops have vehemently refused to listen to the numerous resounding calls for an immediate ceasefire and commencement of  dialogue. Instead both parties have rather been going in for more and more sophisticated weaponry to exhibit their might. In the midst of this two elephants fights, the grass (innocent citizens) is suffering.


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