Navy Captain, ATONFACK GUEMO, Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

Cameron - Honor and Loyalty : SECURITY IN THE NORTHWEST: calm and level-headedness of government

Calmness and level-headedness. These are the elements characterising the attitude of the governing authorities of Cameroon since the tragicup heavals recently noted in the security situation in the administrative region of the North-West. It is in vain that one would have expected thunderous declarations promising the flames of hell to the rippers of our valiant soldiers. It is in vain thatwe have predicted chaos in the areas plagued by the vermin of the so-called separatist terrorism.

It is to no avail that a certain world radio will have praised the terrorists' paying strategy, as if to endorse previously suspected collusions. However, neither the umpteenth provocation of ourenemies, nor the media boast, will have succeeded in tipping our government into the trap of blind retaliation, which is clearly set for it.

It must besaidthat the tact of our authorities and the mastery of our Defence and Security Forces seriously disconcert the entrepreneurs of confusion who swear by the governance of bloodbath.

Because unlikewhatis happening in other skies facedwithsimilarcircumstances, the provocation to escalationinitiated by armedterrorist groups through the use of heavyweaponsagainst forces on a lawenforcementmission ,willonly have received a reminder of the instructions, for more vigilance on the operational environment and more proportionality and discrimination in the application of possible fires.

Because unlike what is happening in other skies faced with similar circumstances, the provocation to escalationinitiated by armed terrorist groups through the use of heavy weapons against forces on a law enforcement mission ,will only have received a reminder of the instructions, for more vigilance on the operational environment and more proportionality and discrimination in the application of possible fires.

Moreover, before long, the new discovery of the seditious will only be a distant and sad memory of other groups of the same breed, having already tried it in the past, without much success.

In the meantime, it is especially not a question of making a dangerous and blend between peaceful populations and predators; it is especially not a question of taking revenge for the death of the brothers in arms, even if they would have been cowardly taken from existence, even though their lifeless bodies would have been horribly mutilated.

Moreover, the peace offerfrom the President of the Republic, Commaner-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to our lost fellow citizens, remains applicable today. Its objective remains to achieve an end to the violence in the Far North as well as in the North West and South West.

An end state whichdoes not require the populating of cemeteries, but that of centers for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the repentant ex-combatants./-

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO

Head of Communication Division - MINDEF