Prime Minister Philemon Yunji Yang has travelled to Bamenda, North West region on a crusade to encourage citizens not to heed calls for a boycott of National Day celebrations.
The Head of Government travelled to Bamenda on May 5 to counter calls by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium asking citizens in the region to boycott the celebration of the National Day on May 20. The Consortium has been calling on citizens in the North West and South West regions to observe a “ghost town” on this day as part of the on-going protest against marginalisation- the protest is marked by civil disobedience, ghost towns and non-celebration of commemorative days.
The protests started with a teachers and lawyers sit-down strike which has shut down schools and courts in the region since October 2016. The PM, we gathered, was on a mission to encourage members of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM to come out in their numbers and take part in the traditional march past. The march usually takes place at the Bamenda grandstand on the commercial avenue.
PM Yang is head of the regional permanent delegation of the CPDM for the Northwest region. He held a meeting with leaders of the party from the seven divisions of the region during the weekend. The meeting was attended by heads of divisional permanent delegations, Members of Parliament, mayors, government ministers of North West origin and traditional rulers. Philemon Yang stated during the meeting that the goal of the get together was to take meassures to ensure the success of the national day celebration.
The party bigwigs resolved to put all hands on deck to guarantee the successful celebration of this day in consolidation of national unity which is currently threatened by Anglophone separatists movements.