The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji has urged traditional rulers of the west region of Cameroon to Shun anti-republican attitudes as they exercise their duties.
The call was echoed Wednesday, January 20, 2022 in Bafoussam.
It was during a meeting at the Governor’s office between the MinAT boss and the different traditional rulers of the region.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji asked the traditional rulers to be more republican and work for the development of the country by playing an important role in the decentralisation process.
“Effective participation of traditional rulers should not only be in the political domain, but also in sectors of development” Atanga Nji told the Chiefs.
During the meeting, the Minister frowned at the traditional rulers for their recent memorandum of understanding issued and which went viral on social media concerning the socio-political situation in the restive anglophone regions.
To the Minister, the traditional rulers should have employed a more mature means to table their position to the powers that be.
The traditional rulers it should be recalled last November 19, 2020, issued a memo in which they castigated the military response to the crisis in the North West and South West regions of the country.
To them, the killings in the war against secessionists is too much and needed other avenues for solutions.
They had invited their peers in the two English speaking regions to step in and seek lasting solutions to the crisis.
The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji was in the West region from the North West region where he chaired an important security meeting with Administrative and Security officials of the region.
While chairing the meeting, he declared that the Head of State, Paul Biya, has won the war against secessionists and soldiers are on the field just to clean up the remaining “pockets of resistance” armed groups.
He however called on parents to stop playing double games and go get their children out of the bushes, or report their hideouts to security forces.
The Minister praised some traditional rulers who are actively working on the side of the Government to bring out the boys in the bushes.
Nine (9) of such boys, former seperatist fighters downed their weapons and were taken to the DDR Centre in Bamenda.
Before leaving the region, Paul Atanga Nji met with about 500 internally displaced persons, IDPs at the Governor’s office.
The Minister handed over humanitarian assistance gifts from President Paul Biya to the IDPs, comprising of metrasses, blankets, vegetable oils, bags of rice, spaghetti, just to name but these.