Journal du Cameroun | News of the appointment of the former Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic, Paul Atanga Nji, as the new Minister of Territorial Administration over the weekend, swept through the Anglophone Regions like an inferno.While some Anglophones, especially apologists of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) lauded the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, for finally placing an English-speaking Cameroonian in one of the sovereign Ministries in the country, which has over the years been the preserve of Frnacophones, others argued that Atanga Nji’s appointment is of no consequence to the Anglophones.
Reacting to the appointment of the Permanent Secretary at the National Security Council, Ignatius Mbah, said the appointment of Antanga Nji to the coveted Territorial Administration Ministry is a sign of recognition by the Head of State for his selfless service to the people of Cameroon.
“Every hard work deserves a reward. I think the Head of State is just rewarding Atanga Nji for the selfless service he has rendered to Cameroonians as Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic, which to me, is his due,” Mbah told Journalducameroun.com.
Another Anglophone, Kenneth Tanchekong, said any President on earth can only appoint people who can bring his vision for the country to fruition.
“I think Atanga Nji has demonstrated to President Paul Biya beyond all reasonable doubt that he can assist him in achieving his vision for Cameroon.
Remember that President Biya has set a development agenda for Cameroon which must be attained by 2035. To achieve this, he needs people who are loyal to him like Atanga Nji and people he trust. I think Biya really trust Atanga Nji and it is only normal for him to give him more responsibilities.”
On his part, Johannes Ndumbe Eko said the new portfolio of Atanga Nji will spell doom for Anglophones.
“Anglophones should get ready because the President is sending one of theirs to crackdown on them. Remember that Atanga Nji has every power to rally the forces of law and order, first as Minister of Territorial Administration, who controls all Governors, SDOs, DOs and then as Permanent Secretary at the National Security Council. I fear for Anglophone,” he said.
To Bridgette Manyi Arrowame, Atanga Nji is now reaping the fruits of betraying is Anglophone brothers to the Biya regime. “Now that he has been made Minister with a portfolio, he will do worse things for President Biya to continue investing in him. Let’s watch and see our new Minister at work,” she said.
It would be recalled that Atanga Nji was one of the first Government official who ignited the furore of the Anglophones Crisis and, to a large extent, exacerbated it when he openly declared that there was no Anglophone Problem in Cameroon.
Many Anglophones are hoping that the new Minister of Territorial Administration will work with tact to protect the internal cohesion and not to further rekindle the waning embers of the Anglophone Crisis.