The Head of State Paul Biya has said Cameroon soldiers will crush separatist fighters who will fail to drop their guns and embrace the hand of peace which he has extended.
Paul Biya issued the waarning during his traditional end of year message to Cameroonians broadcast live on television on Monday December 31.
Paul Biya said the new seven year mandate which he just started could be very decisive in the life of the country given the fact that efforts have been made to guarantee security since independence.
Thus Paul Biya warned that if separatists fighters doo not embrace the hand of peace which he has extended, then they will face tough times in the days ahead.
Read his excerpt below…..
“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.
“If my appeal to warmongers to lay down their weapons remains unheeded, the Defence and Security Forces will be instructed to neutralize them. I am well aware of the distress these rebels are causing the populations of these regions. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.
“In a spirit of national harmony, I decided to set up a “National Disarmament, Demobilization 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 organize, supervise and manage the disarmament, demobilization 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.
“I wish to emphasize that this initiative provides a dignified way out for ex-combatants and prospects for social reintegration, and should pave the way for a return to calm and normalcy.