The Trump administration is closely following events in Southern Cameroons including the arrests and trial of Anglophone personalities and has issued a warning to the regime in Yaounde to resolve as soon as possible the Anglophone problem. CIR sources say the US has threatened to re-examine their military cooperation with Yaoundé following the numerous rapes, abductions and extra judicial killings in West Cameroon. A well-placed source hinted that some officials at the US State Department have called on President Trump to withdraw the 200 US marines in the Far North that have been helping Cameroon to fight the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The 84 year old Cameroonian dictator is said to be under considerable pressure both at home and abroad. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres attempted to reach him by telephone to discuss the human rights situation in Southern Cameroons. A UN aide who spoke to us and sued for anonymity observed that Biya promised to call back but has still not done so.
In the Vatican on March 23rd, the Holy Father Pope Francis reminded Biya of the importance of national cohesion and respect for human and minority rights. Biya does not seem to take the international community seriously and has instead announced some funny steps to calm down the people of Southern Cameroons. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium including the Southern Cameroon Common Law Lawyers have all rejected the plans made public by the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime.
By Chi Prudence Asong