Cameroon Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji has stress on national unity in Cameroon and reaffirms his unflagging supports to the Head of State Paul Biya amidst the swelling of the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon despite his unpopular nature among Anglophones are of the opinion that Anglophones are being you cannot be talking about Anglophone marginalized
He was speaking to the state media CRTV during an interview after his appointment as the new boss of the Ministry of Territorial Administration in which the minister stated that Anglophones have always had preferential treatment from the President Paul Biya Since 1982 and that his appointment as the Minister of Territorial Administration is a testimony to that.
Here is the full except of the minister Paul Atanga Njie Interview with CRTV.
“It is a profound gratitude that I sincerely want to thank the head of state H.E Paul Biya, Head of State and Commander in chief of the arm forces. I have said since you know me that since 1982 the head of state has given Anglophones always preferential treatment.
This appointment is another testimony that Anglophones have always had preferential treatment in Cameroon since 1982; and President Paul Biya as I have always said it whenever he has to take any important decision Anglophones have always been in the center of those decision.
So I think that I am proud that once again President Paul BIYA has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has total confidences in agloph… ……..English speaking Cameroonians I don’t like that word Anglophones we are English speaking Cameroonians thank you”
This is not the first time that Minister Paul Atanga Nji is talking about none existence of Anglophone marginalization despite the acceptance by the President Paul Biya that there is an Anglophone problem.
In 2016 during the early phase of the Anglophone crisis Minister Paul Atanga Nji warned against people calling into question national unity in Cameroon in an interview with CRTV radio in Yaoundé.
“National unity is something we cannot tamper with, H.E President Paul Biya has worked over the years to strengthen unity peace and stability in Cameroon. Today I don’t think we can be talking in terms of Anglophone and francophone it makes no sense because we have Anglophones who are studying in Yaoundé who have been here for 40-50 years you have Francophone who have been in Bamenda all their life.
I want to talk to the lawyers and to the teachers associations that Cameroon is united and if they have problems they have to table it to the right channels, the minister of State Minister of Justice called a meeting the other day and some of those lawyers who pretend to defend the interest of Anglophones did not attend that meeting; the Minister of Higher Education called another meeting to see into those problems and some of those teachers associations in the NW/SW did not attend those meetings.
So I want to tell them that enough is enough we will not tolerate any more any longer any one to jeopardize national unity.
But when u look at the issues that are being raised by the lawyers and the teachers how founded are those issues?
The thing is that you cannot start by asking for something then at the end of the journey you start talking about secession and the return of the federal system of government it makes no sense it means that you have lose control over what you started, so the lawyers have to be careful and the teachers associations they have to be careful.
The ministers who are directly concern have been instructed to discourse with them and if you don’t want to go and discourse in the forum open by a minister it means you have a hidden agenda, and I want to tell you that some of the members of this lawyers association, the teacher association they have taken huge sums of money from foreigner and they want to create confusion no they cannot we will not allow them.
Cameroon is united we are living in a peaceful environment and will not accept or tolerate anyone to jeopardizes the peace and stability in Cameroon the message has to be very clear. And the young man Manchou who started the rioting in Bamenda I want to advise him to go and present himself to the nearest police station because it is for his own interest he will get nowhere he has to come and render account for what he has done.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji as we speak how is the situation in Bamenda?
When people are manipulated they can go down the street for few minutes but at the end of the day they are reasonable we have traditional leaders who are talking to the people, we have politicians, parliamentarians, senators CPDM and other political parties’ leaders talking to the population that we have to preserve the peace and stability in Cameroon.
AND you cannot be talking about the marginalization of Anglophones in a country where for 25 years all the Prime Ministers are from the Anglophone region, you cannot be talking about Anglophone marginalization where out of 8 states universities three of them are being led by Anglophone professors, you cannot be talking about Anglophone marginalization in a country where the Director General of Customs & the Director General of Treasury two of them they control more than 5000 billion francs ever year that is high confidence place on them by the Head of State.
Anyone who is advocating the federal system of government on the basis that Anglophones are marginalized is not telling the truth that is manipulation and all those who have received money from foreigners to go down the street will have to render an account because we are on defenses”
Minister Paul Atanga Nji told CRTV Yaoundé radio in the early stage of the crisis in 2016.
With the increase in violence in the Anglophone regions or English speaking region was Minister Paul Aatanga Nji Correct about the manipulation of Cameroonians and about the none existence of the Anglophone you cannot be talking about Anglophone marginalization following his appointment?
TNN will attempt answers to the above questions in the days ahead