Haman Boubakari, head of a ‘vigilance committee’ in the Meskin village in Maroua I sub-division says his group has never received any support from government. He spoke to Journal du Cameroun on July 27.
“We only hear it in the news that government has sent financial and material support to be doled out to members of vigilance committees. But the only thing we have ever received from Pascal Zoa, former divisional officer for Maroua I were machetes. He gave us machetes and sticks to support the fight against Boko Haram. We are aware that other material support including motor bikes were provided by government, but we do not know where they went to” said Boubakri.
The 36-year-old also said he heads of team of about 30 persons whose only motivation is patriotism and love their village. He pointed out to Journal du Cameroon that they are confident that the traditional ruler of their locality is also frustrated by the way local administrative authorities treat their group.
“We are obliged to use our personal motorcycles. But what is worse is the fact that we are not given fuel. This demotivates some members of my team. We not only carry out patrol walks in the town; we also go into the interior parts of villages. We have difficulties navigating these areas whenever it rains. This is because we do not have rain boots.” Said he.
He noted however, that they will not give up but will continue offering their voluntary services to their community and the nation as long as Boko Haram is yet to be completely wiped out.