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Cameroon Prime Minister Optimistic Peace Will Return To English-Speaking Regions

The Cameroonian Prime Minister expresses high hopes for restoration of peace in the northwestern parts of the country after a four-day peace mission.

The Cameroon Prime Minister and Head of Government, Dion Ngute is optimistic about the return of peace to the Northwest region of the country following a four-day peace mission to the region.

“I have noticed that the populations want peace to return. There are divisions which already have peace,” the Prime Minister said in Bamenda on Friday before leaving the region back to Yaounde.

“Others are on the way to becoming peaceful. There are still others, two or three divisions where there are still important challenges.”

The Prime Minister who was a special envoy of President Biya to the region in search of peace suggested that there were other solutions to bringing about peace in the region, adding that a military solution alone cannot bring the expected results.

According to him, the population has a big role to play in bringing about peace in the region, and parents must play their role vis-a-vis their children who decided to side with proponents of the secession of the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

“We concerted together to see the ways and means of speaking to the youths who are still in the forest so that they lay down their arms. The contribution of the population is primordial,” the Prime Minister declared.

“It is necessary that the populations accept to contribute. We cannot depend on the armed forces alone which have been doing a great job but it is necessary for there to be the engagement of the populations because those in the bushes are their children.” 

During his sojourn in the Northwest region, the Prime Minister held discussions with the various living forces including traditional, religious and political leaders as well as the youths.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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