A former Southern Cameroons civil administrator and governor has been appointed to head the so-called National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee (NDDRC) for organizing, supervising and managing the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters of Boko Haram and armed groups in Southern Cameroons willing to respond favourably to peace appeal by laying down their arms. Fai Yengo has been given the key role by President-dictator, Paul Biya even though the Ambazonia Defense Council, ASC warned that Southern Cameroonians serving the interest of the French Cameroun government would have to face devastating consequences.
The surprise move means that former Governor Fai Yengo will now have to work hand-in-gloves with the Delegate-General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele who had issued a police order on the 4th of April 2018 preventing Mr. Fai Yengo from leaving the country. Governor Fai Yengo is reportedly under police investigation for corruption but has also been told by the 85 year President Paul Biya that he will have to help the Cameroon army develop solutions to forthcoming security challenges in the Northern Zone of Southern Cameroons where he was Senior Divisional Officer for Menchum County and Governor of the North West Province.
In the decree signed outlining Governor Fai Yengo’s new role, President Biya struck a markedly different tone to the one he adopted after declaring war against the people of Southern Cameroons. However, Fai Yengo Francis (to use his three names) will have to accept being regarded as a foreign citizen in La Republique du Cameroun. The Fai Yengo Francis appointment seems to imply an expectation of Anglophones and Francophones sharing a united and clear purpose in a one and indivisible Cameroon for years to come.
But the retired civil administration that is alleged to have siphoned much of the international aid and funds that came to the people of Menchum immediately after the Lake Nyos Gas disaster is coming back to the CPDM limelight at a particularly challenging time for the Biya regime.
By Sessekou Asu Isong in London