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Buea Mayor wants SW re-militarised, promises bloodshed if AGC holds in Buea

The Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge, has demanded for more troops to be re-deployed to the South West Region…

The Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge, has demanded for more troops to be re-deployed to the South West Region to protect lives and property.

Mayor Ekema made the appealed to the Head of State through the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, after leading some South West denizens in a peaceful march-past from the Buea Independence Square to the South West Governor’s Office.

The march past was to denounce the kidnapping of some Bakweri Chiefs and the holding of the General Anglophone Conference (GAC) billed for Buea from August 29 to 30, 2018.

The GAC, convened by the Emeritus Archbishop of Douala, Christian Cardinal Tumi, the PCC Synod Clerk and the Imams of the Bamenda and Buea Central Mosques, is aimed at brokering peace in the on-going Anglophone hostilities.

Ekema threatened that they will be bloodshed if such a conclave holds in Buea, a municipality in which he is the law.

The march proper began late in the afternoon, as a result of late and timid attendance from the expected ‘Southwest population’ whom the Mayor said are out to correct the errors that have been made, and also to protect their interests.

He also stated that they are out for peace. In the march-past, placards were carried with inscriptions shunning secession.

The Mayor likened his small crowd and timid following to the Biblical story of David and Goliath and averred that they (the Davids of South West), will overcome the Ambazonians whom he referred to as masquerades and Maquisards.

He demanded that all those held still held by the Separatist be released as soon as possible. Going by him, he is out to protect what the South West has failed to protect over the years.

Meanwhile, one could not help but notice the countenance  on the Governor’s face when  Ekema threatened to wreak havoc and shed blood in Buea, should the Government endorsed the conference aimed at looking for lasting peace in the trouble-plagued Anglophone Regions.

The Mayor, prior to his march-past drama, had objected the idea of the GAC holding in Buea. He told the Governor that the decision was reached at during consultations with the people of the South West Region.

When he repeated his blood spilling threats, the Governor simply promised to forward his concerns to higher authority.

On the issue of dialogue, Governor Okalia averred that dialogue has already commenced and that those in the bushes should drop their guns because dialogue can only take place in a place where there is peace.

The Governor took exception to the use of hate speeches by the Mayor, calling for reconciliation, peace, non-violence and peaceful co-existence.

Going by Governor Okalia Bilai, there is no such thing as ‘graffi’ because Cameroon is one and indivisible.


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