Following the killing of four soldiers and two policemen on Tuesday and Wednesday by Anglophone secessionists in Cameroon, and an escalation of terror by Anglophone activists agitating for independence, long serving leader, Paul Biya, in a rare televised appearance, called the attackers “terrorists masquerading as secessionists”, and said Cameroon would now defend itself.
“I think things are becoming perfectly clear to everyone,” Mr. Biya said, that Cameroon is under attack from a bunch of “terrorists masquerading as secessionists”.
Mr. Biya said everything has been put in place to rid Cameroon of “these criminals” and re-establish peace and security in the country.
President Biya spoke on Thursday immediately after landing at the Nsimalen airport in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, from the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
He extended his condolences to the families of the victims and ordered a high level security meeting to take place on Friday.
The minister of Defense announced in a statement that a special security meeting would take place in Cameroon on Friday.
Anglophone secessionists turned deadly in the past one month, killing at least 10 security forces, burning about six schools and one church, and detonating bombs in the Southwest and Northwest regions of the country.
The government accused rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch of remaining silent as Cameroon came under attack.
Mr. Biya has rarely spoken on television about attacks in the country and journalists in Cameroon branded his last tv appearance as a “special one” that might be followed by “concrete actions”.