Cameroon: Buea Mayor Slams Diaspora, Calls Anglophones Terrorists

The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, has chastised Cameroonians in the Diaspora while calling Cameroon Anglophones terrorists. In his welcome address during the Regional seminar to drill mayors in the Northwest and Southwest Regions on the recovery of local Council and State budgets, the Mayor of Buea, chastised all people involved in the ongoing Anglophone Crises. Welcoming the Minister Delegate in charge of Decentralisation at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Jules Doret Ndongo, Mayor Ekema expressed joy for the fact that, despite attempts by some Cameroonian to disturb the peace and unity in the two Anglophone Regions, the Minister was able to make it to Buea. "One will imagine how you would have
been wondering and pondering of what awaits you in the city of Buea, but your massive presence here is eloquent testimony of proof that you have not been brainwashed by sycophants, terrorists, adventurers and a bunch of scammers through the social media who have no future and lavish in asylum camps beyond international borders." He assured the Minister of a peaceful stay in the city of Buea as he chairs the seminar.

I assure you of the peaceful climate prevailing in our municipality and we assure you of your safety which has been guaranteed by the meticulous Governor Okalia Bilai and his command staff," Mayor Ekema averred.

This is not the first time that Anglophones have been called negative names in recent times. Last time, it was the Minister of Communication, 'Issa Tchiroma who labeled Anglophones as terrorists. Also, the Governor of the Southwest Region, Okalia Bilai, referred to the Anglophones as 'Dogs'.

Despite the Mayor's assurance to Minister that Buea is peaceful, this is not the situation on the ground as the population has been living in fear lately. There have been continuous arrests in the municipality, youths arrested in their homes early in the morning in the neighbourhoods of Muea, Mile 16 and other vicinities. There is still constant fear also as activities in the municipality are yet to return to normal due to the high level of militarisation.


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