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North West Region: Atanga Nji tells Fons to down royal guns, sue for peace

Paul Atanga Nji, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, has instructed the embattled members of the North West Fons’ Union, NOWEFU,…

Paul Atanga Nji, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, has instructed the embattled members of the North West Fons’ Union, NOWEFU, to put down their royal guns and sue for peace.

Minister Atanga Nji first spoke to the Fons in Yaounde, on Monday, March 5, 2018, during his commissioning ceremony.

Addressing the Fons on the sideline of his installation, Minister Atanga Nji gave the custodians of the culture and tradition of the North West people 10days to put their house in order, while he will meet with them to settle the problem once and for all.

It was based on the Minister’s instructions that one of the factions led by its President General, Fon Barnabas Shey Mbunwe, met in Baba I on Tuesday, March 12, 2018, to discuss on the possibilities of burying the hatchet with the other faction led by its own President General, Jahbo Ibrahim and heavily controlled by Senator Fon Teche, President of the NOWEFU General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters after the conclave, Fon Shey Mbunwe stated that they have extended an olive branch to the faction led by Senator Fon Teche to no avail.

“We have appealed to them, stating clearly that our doors are open and up till this time I am talking to you, they have refused to come.”

He said the first move they initiated was to invite the other faction for them to settle their differences, “but we were snubbed by our brothers”.

To Fon Shey Mbunwe, the problem in NOWEFU started when Fon Teche and few others sat and changed the NOWEFU Constitution without convening a General Assembly after the expiration of Fon Teche’s mandate as President General of NOWEFU.

However, many expect fireworks at the NOWEFU Secretariat in Bamenda tomorrow, Friday, March 16, 2018, when Minister Atanga Nji meets with the Fons.

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