Troop presence in Manyu is at its highest ever: But for how long and why?
The Biya Francophone Administration is intensifying troops’ involvement in the Southern Cameroons conflict having announced a war against the interim government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
The heavy deployment of soldiers, gendarmerie and the police units raises fresh questions about the idea of a “One and Indivisible Cameroon” where the number of troops has gone above the number deployed in the Far North region to combat the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram (Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo has not disclosed an exact number).
Recent comments from Francophone barons of the Biya regime suggest that the Cameroun army is contemplating a deployment in Kumbo in the Bui County beginning from Jakiri. The Bui deployment and those of Manyu is coming at a time when additional forces are needed in Mora and Fotokol in the Far North to help with stability.
The near tripling of Cameroon’s military deployment in Mamfe, Eyumojock and Akwaya along with Beti Assomo’s comments, suggest a shift toward the wrong direction and the end of the Biya regime. The escalation has also prompted calls from some Francophone political elites to define the objectives of the mission over the long term in order to avoid a costly mistake that may end up dividing the country and generate additional cost both in terms of lives and resources.
Cameroon Intelligence Report understands that there are already casualties on both sides. It is hard to say if the 84 year-old Paul Biya and his gang of Francophone acolytes have an executable plan for post-conflict governance in Southern Cameroons mindful of the fact that neighboring Nigerian tribes such as the Ejaghams, Bokis and Efiks are already entering the conflict.
Yaoundé has told the world that its soldiers will not segue into an occupation role, but it requires careful planning and intensive diplomacy with the Southern Cameroons traditional and religious rulers to avoid sliding into something unintended. We of this publication believe that Biya and his Francophone cabinet are extremely lacking in all of these aspects.
We can now reveal that government forces are in Anglophone Cameroon with the ostensible intention of helping to push the nation into chaos-the legacy of all France-Afrique dictators. Cameroon’s so-called Special Forces are already deployed in Otu and Ekok and are firing artillery into Nigerian territory which can easily turn the conflict into a full scale war.
Interestingly, an Anglophone cabinet minister in the Biya regime was heard murmuring privately that General Elokobi Daniel Njock has not been assigned the Manyu expeditionary mission. The current approach is an indication that things are moving very fast and Biya may be forced out of office before Christmas.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai