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War Against Boko Haram: Cameroon’s Forces Score Major Successes In Ngoshe

Following is the introductory statement by the Minister of Communication, IssaTchiromaBakary during a press conference in Yaounde, January 10, 2017.

« Distinguished Journalists,

I wish you a warm welcome to this encounter during which we will be discussing on the latest developments at the front line of the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group.

As a matter of fact, following the repeated incursions of the Boko Haram terrorists into our territory, our valiant Defense and Security Forces under the banner of the Multinational Joint Taskforce, in perfect synergy with the Army of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, have been conducting special operations since 19 December 2016 in the locality of Ngoshe and its surroundings in the Nigerian territory.

This ongoing major offensive has enabled the Forces of the Coalition led by the Cameroonian Forces to occupy this part of the Nigerian territory. It was made possible thanks to intelligence from various sources.

The operation itself consists in searching the area, in order to definitely dismantle the logistic bases of the Boko Haram terrorists.

At this point in time, the balance sheet of the operations is as follows:

– several manufacturing units of explosive devices were destroyed;

– a dozen of explosive devices was neutralized

– training camps were dismantled;

– a hundred of terrorists were definitively neutralized;

– over thirty fighters were captured and handed over to Nigerian Forces;

– hundreds of hostages were freed and handed over to Nigerian Forces.

Unfortunately, during this victorious operation, three soldiers of our Defence Forces were killed. These were:

– On January 2, 2017, Private GODWE Fulbert of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, who bumped into an improvised explosive device during a search operation in suspected houses;

– On January 7, 2017, Private ABESSOLO BILOA Aimé Prosper and NGONDI Boris Parfait, both of the Rapid Intervention Battalion who were fired by the enemies while clearing the way for their mates.

The three elements who died during this fight were part of the 2014 batch of the Rapid Intervention Batalion of our Armed Forces.

For the three years they spent within the Army, they were disciplined, hard-working servicemen, and showcased a remarkable sense of self-denial.

The entire Nation pays homage to the respective memories of its three worthy sons who fell in the field of honour, for their sense of honour, their sense of sacrifice, their courage and patriotism which cost them the most valuable asset, I mean their lives.

The President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, addresses his most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. On his behalf, we express to them, the compassion of the entire Nation and the comfort of the State.

In this regard, I should mention that the sacrifice of the three valiant sons of the Nation who fell at the war front should remain an example for each of us, in this war imposed on us by an enemy from elsewhere, a war that no one in our country would have wished to fight.

Beyond the success of this yet another victorious operation against crime and obscurantism as embodied by Boko Haram, it is worth reminding that His Excellency Paul BIYA, President of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Army, is determined to fight against this horde of barbarians until their final eradication from our national territory.

The Head of State hereby renews Cameroon’s firm commitment to relentlessly continue this battle until the final victory to all the countries of the front line who are directly involved in the fight against Boko Haram and to all friendly countries of the international community who support us in this fight against the ideological and civilizational backwardness of this criminal horde.

I would like, on behalf of the Government, to indicate to our Defence Forces as well as our Security Forces, that the Cameroonian people is proud of them, proud of their bravery, their loyalty, their patriotism, their selflessness, their sense of sacrifice, their professionalism, all qualities that have made it possible for our country to be on the verge of definitely putting an end to the ungrounded and reckless aggression which has been imposed on us for four years now.

Thanks to the commitment of our Defense and Security Forces, of administrative authorities, of vigilance committees and of the entire Nation, it is clear today that Boko Haram is experiencing its last moments in this aggression led against our country. But we must all remain vigilant, because, although it has been considerably weakened, this nebula still has some capacity to harm.

We must therefore remain united and supportive in the final struggle for its total disappearance.

I cannot, of course, end without extending to you, Distinguished Journalists, the gratitude of the Government and of the whole Nation for the excellent work you have been doing to accompany and support our country’s struggle against the unjustified aggression imposed on us by the terrorist Boko Haram group.

Thank you for your kind attention ».

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15 comments

  1. May their souls Rip, our gallant soldiers are there fighting and making the noble sacrifice to the defense of la republic, while their brothers & sisters in west Cameroon are been torture & rape by their own soldiers, its high time our heroic soldiers come back home were they’ll belonged & they can sent those rapists soldiers east of the mungo to defend la republic

  2. Are you suggesting that soldiers from different regions are used for different causes ?

  3. BIYA MUST GO ( BMG) Reserved

    “The entire Nation pays homage to the respective memories of its three worthy sons who fell….”

    POINT OF CORRECTION

    1. LRC pays homage to the respective memories of its three worthy sons who fell …..”
    2. Southern Cameroon pay Hommage to the innocent children who were tortured, raped and killed in cold blood by Gestapos of LEC

  4. What I am suggesting is that everybody should stayed were they’ll belonged because dis GoD forsaken union with la republic was a very big mistake & the reality on the ground prove my point, our gallant soldiers in west Cameroon is doing the honorably thing fighting until paying the ultimate sacrifice like in dis instance & so many for la republic while those rapists & child molesters soldiers east of the mungo doing very disheartening thing by raping & tortured children very dishonorable their action even at the dismayed of their leadership Oga Biya ,so is every work of life same stuff with you people in la republic, since you can’t legislate love, thus is good for us west Cameroonian to go our separate way from la republic

  5. Peroration, lengthy speeches, plenty of publicity seeking are signs of wistfulness, lack of self-worth, innate insecurity…….

    By the way, The Gambia’s minister of Information is making news by honorably resigning from a murky arrangement that tarnishes his ideal in life.

  6. Biya commander in thieves United Kingdom

    Chiroma created boko haram as his 2007 interview indicates, in which he lamented the treatment of the grand north and warned of serious consequences until bone was put in his mouth and like a dog he is, he now sings the song of his new owner. When he was planning these things he never thought he was coming back to government and now it has gone out of control he is here pretending and calling the most peaceful and respectful people terrorist. Chiroma tell your boys to stop killing innocent people up north. You know who they are and you are holding the government ransom by using your boko boys as bargaining chip. Because you are a terrorist yourself you did not see anything wrong with your army raping our girls in buea and killing our boys in bamenda.
    You will acknowledge the anglophone problem while sitting in a cell just like your frienemy marafat, who was sending his D. O. s to lock up anglophones with impunity but he is the loudest songbird for our cause.

  7. LIES, ALL LIES

  8. David Aboem Achoye successor to Popol or how