The US military in partnership with the Cameroon arm forces, the multinational task force of the Lake Chad basin commission, and inter-agency partners are taking part in an exercise which began yesterday at the Douala Naval Base named Unified Focus 2017 in Douala in an effort to focus on the fight against terrorism.
According to the U.S. Army Africa deputy commander, Brigadier General Moore, Unified Focus is a brand new concept.
Moore says “We brought together representatives from all of the regional militaries, non-governmental organisations, to have intellectual and academic discussions on security issues so that we may provide some solutions and move forward with the security problems and the fight against Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa”.
Cameroon Generals present also express optimism and salute the idea behind Unified Focus. According to them the exercise aims at getting best results.
“Exercise Unified Focus is an AFRICOM exercise that effectively mobilises both national and regional efforts for the best results in the fight against terrorism,” says Cameroonian Major General Sally Mohamadou, Commander of the 2nd Military Region of Cameroon.
Two children have been found dead in the West Region after reportedly ‘inhaling a toxic gas’ from their mother’s charcoal oven. The two kids are aged 7 and 2; a boy and a girl respectively.
Reports say it all began on Saturday 22.04.2017 when their mother lit the charcoal oven to cook her corn chaff. And this morning they were found dead in the house.
The mother who is in a clinic responding to medical attention is recovering gradually. She is expected to help in shedding more light on the incidence when she regains strength.
The father of the kids is currently speechless in the face of the shock.
My Fellow West Cameroonians,
A few hours to the start of our "Civil Disobedience", the weapon we have been divinely instructed to use against the forces of oppression that wreak havoc and cause bloodshed, I wish to remind you again that:
1. Our struggle is a peaceful resistance, not a violent one. No citizen, worthy of West Cameroon should take part in any form of violence or take part in any bloodshed. Teachers will not go to school, so children, don't bother to go to school. The indigenes of West Cameroon are heroically and collectively resolved to resist until their demands are met.
2. Any one who dreams of enjoying the citizenship of West Cameroon should do well to keep their children at home so that State provocateurs will not use them to inflict violence on our community again. We have known shame, lack, abuse and all forms of human suffering, but only self-discipline will take us through.
3. Our God is God of justice and truth. He defends the weak. He delivered Israel from the hands of Pharaoh with his mighty army. He will do same for us. So, we do not have to fight to achieve it. God will do it for us.
4. Anyone who plans to betray this cause should imagine what will happen when God finally gives us the victory. The shame will be too much for you and your future generations. Think about that and don't doubt what God can do.
5. Finally, I thank the Church and all the Men Of God for their prayers and intercessions. We look forward to a nation that will serve God in truth and in spirit, free from intimidation, marginalization and the fear of the unknown.
God bless our peaceful struggle.
Dr. Fontem A. Neba
Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium
A group of police officers have paraded the empty streets of Bamenda early this morning to stage an anti ghost town protest.
The officers who were all dressed in civilian attires were carrying banners and posters denouncing the still down of activities in the city on Mondays.
The banners carried messages claiming the population of Bamenda denounces ghost towns. Ironically, our reporters in town informed Cameroon Concord that those who took part in the sham demo were numbered below 30 persons.
Southern Cameroonian logger and activist wrote this on his wall:
While Ghost town is going effectively in Bamenda, we are seeing few police men and ladies disguise as civilians marching and they could be heard speaking in French.
La Republique you lost it. We are in charge.
Board members of Cameroon's lone airliner, Camair co are meeting in an extra ordinary board meeting in Yaounde today.
Though the agenda has not been disclosed, it's heavily alleged that the fate of the company's Managing Director hangs on a thread and it won't be a shocker if he is shown the door out of the sick facility.
Succeeding Nana Sandjo in August 2016, Ernest Dikoum just like the airliner has been on a turbulent flight.
It's alleged that amongst the malpractices are insorbodination and disrespect for constituted authority, mafia deals as well as the signing of certain decisions without consulting the board.
Observers claim these and other problems which he has been unable to solve might provide the leverage for him to be sacked.
The extra ordinary board meeting comes at a time when Camair co has been unable to stand on it's feet despite "reforms" engaged by the company to stay afloat.
The Boeing restructuring plan given a go ahead by the Head of state, Paul Biya is yet to be fully implemented.
Pro-European Emmanuel Macron is set to face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France's presidential run-off, results showed Monday, making him clear favourite to emerge as the country's youngest leader in its history.
Macron topped Sunday's first round with 23.9 percent of votes, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with 21.4 percent, according to near-final results from the interior ministry.
They will contest the run-off on May 7.
"For months and again today I've heard the doubts, the anger and the fears of the French people. Their desire for change too," 39-year-old Macron told thousands of cheering supporters in Paris.
He pledged to unite "patriots" behind his agenda to renew French politics and modernise the country against Le Pen and "the threat of nationalists".
An ex-investment banker whose marriage to his former school teacher has fascinated France, Macron said the results were a clear rejection of traditional parties.