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SDF Claims Gov’t ‘Ransoms’ Fuel Boko Haram 

By Chris Mbunwe

The Social Democratic Front, SDF party, has insinuated that President Paul Biya and his cabinet Ministers know who the Boko Haram insurgents are.

Their assertion, the SDF says, is informed by the fact that each time the Boko Haram kidnap someone or some persons, President Biya assigns his Ministers to go and negotiate for their release in millions.
Meeting in Bamenda on August 1, the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the SDF observed that if Boko Haram is bent on killing Cameroonians, it is because of the huge amounts given to them as ransom and it is the same money they have now been using in purchasing weapons.

The other preoccupations bordering on the lives of Cameroonians and their livelihoods were discussed during the NEC meeting. A three-page document titled ‘Special Resolutions’ the SDF urged Government to, as a matter of urgency, “disclose those involved in negotiations and ransom-paying with terrorists and wonders why those negotiators and those who sent them cannot tell the Cameroonian people what these terrorists want.”

The resolutions, signed by the SDF National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, propose to Government to put in place appropriate security measures to reinstate State authority and civil service in the affected areas.

While reaffirming its full support to the defence and security forces, the resolutions reiterated the need for economic, social and cultural development in the affected areas that must accompany any security to tackle the roots of terrorism and radicalisation leading to violent extremism.

The party calls on organisers of all public gatherings, political manifestations and rallies, all religious authorities, market officials and all other groupings to implement relevant security measures that will prevent infiltration by the forces of evil.

Fru Ndi, during his opening remarks at the meeting, banned the wearing of veils and carrying of large hand bags by women during any SDF meetings.

The National Executive of the SDF noted, with dismay, and consternation that “the Commander-in-Chief of Cameroon’s Armed Forces and the Head of State, chooses to go on holidays and shies away from honouring fallen heroes, visiting the troops at the war front and the affected populations, as well as the wounded in the various hospitals.

NEC appealed to Government to change the essential dimension of the fight against terrorism to also include policies to protect and support victims and their families.
The SDF requests the Government, to initiate a permanent consultative and inclusive political forum on issues relating to threats to national security.

On other national issues, the SDF called on the review of the Electoral Code, introduce the single ballot paper and stretch out to full biometric so as to come up with an electoral system that will guarantee free, fair and transparent elections in Cameroon.

While calling on President Biya to take up his constitutional responsibilities and address the nation and consult with political and civil organisations in order to establish a common cause of action embraced by all the citizens, Fru Ndi condemned Government’s irresponsibility in maintaining weak institutions that fail to protect persons and property as well as the preservation of the rule of law.

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