There’s no gain saying that well over half of the population in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon has been displaced, due to the ongoing crisis.
The imminence of October 1, whose gory reminiscence of 2017, is yet to be forgotten, resonate an atmosphere of ocitancy in the Northwest and Southwest regions.
Many wonder how October 1, 2018 will like in the restive Anglophone regions, given that Cameroon military that hitherto had monopoly of war arms, now battle fiercely with Ambazonian fighters, a “war” which has lasted for closed to two years now.
The conflict that has migrated from the bushes to towns and city confrontations, only goes a long way to exacerbate the already deploring situation.
No doubt, as the two forces keep on battling for supremacy, it is the common and unarmed civilian, who bare the brunt.
It is now normalcy in parts of the two regions, to go to bed with heavy gunshots every night, and wake up every morning with decapitated bodies.
The situation becomes further compounding when the security forces embark on indiscriminate shooting and killing of civilians,arrests,burning of houses, Ambazonian fighters abducting civilians for ransoms, incessant destruction of administrative structures, and what have you?
Such activities have only left the population with the option of fleeing to safer zones.
The situation remains unclear, if the armed Amba fighters will engage the military in offensive battles on October in Buea and its surrounding like was the case in 2017.
One thing stands tall, the military seems to be combat ready now, more than ever. New military camps have been opened in Wotutu, Tole, Mile 16, Muea, Bonakanda, and other strategic places.
For sure, the military has put all security dispositions to contain any excesses of the Ambazonian defence forces.
While the pro independence fighters have continued to mobilise in groups, blocking roads to paralyse movements into and out of the region before October 1 – independence day of Southern Cameroons and October – Presidential election in Cameroon.
The rumour of the visit of CPDM Presidential Candidate, and incumbent President, Paul Biya, to Buea in the coming days, seems to have added more security fuels in the town of legendary hospitality.
Candidate Paul Biya, is rumoured to visit Buea, so as to campaign for the Presidential Elections billed for October 7.
It is rumoured that he shall also address the ongoing crisis plaguing the Northwest and Southwest Regions.