Thursday September 17 th 2021 is quite significant in President Paul Biya’s “peace offer” for the voluntary surrender of eight hundred and fifty four ex combattants of Boko Haram on Cameroonian soil.
The Commissioner for Education at the Borno State Governor’s office LAWAN ABBA WAKILBE sums it up as “the withdrawal of about one thousand people from Boko Haram further weakens their man power, a thing which would have taken much time, resources and carnage, if we were to proceed through the barrel of the gun”.
In effect, the Borno State official on behalf of his governor expressed gratitude to President Paul Biya of Cameroon for facilitating the sojourn of eight hundred and fifty four ex combattants of Boko Haram on Cameroonian soil and their eventual repartition.
The Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa BAKARI accompanied by top Defense and Security Officials supervised the boarding of the Nigerians at Mora, in the Far North Region.
Then the convoy of fourteen lorries transporting the ex fighters and associates plus two trucks loads of luggage including relief assistance offered by Cameroon’s Presidential Couple was escorted to Amchide on the common border between the two countries.
Apart from the envoy of the Governor of Borno State, a huge military contingent was at the official ceremony to hand over the 244 men, 215 women and 395 children all of Nigerian nationality to their authorities who once again lauded the common stance of President Paul Biya and Mohamadou Buhari in the battle against the islamist terrorist sect which spilled over from North Eastern Nigeria into the Far North Region of Cameroon in 2014.
Authorities of the Multinational Joint Task Force combatting terrorism with the Lake Chad Basin tip more defections of Boko Haram fighters in the days ahead as their last bastion sway in rapid succession.
With the repartriation of Nigerian and Chadian defectees, only Cameroonians now remain at the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration transit Center in Meri pending the announced building of a permanent center at Meme, Mayo Sava Division.
Ayuk John Ashu