Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has advised Cameroonians of their responsibilities in respecting state institutions as they make use of the vital communication tools, this is coming barely 48 hours after American Cable News Network CNN, and other international media announced that US will cut military aids to Cameroon due to alleged human right abuses caused by Government Military owing to the ongoing Anglophone Crisis and the war against Boko Haram .
Paul Biya made the statement on his tweeter handle today February 8, 2019 during which he stated that “Whenever at a click, you access these communication highways that give you global visibility, you must bear in mind that you are not exempted from fulfilling civic and moral obligations, such as respect for others and your country’s institutions”
President Biya equally added on his official facebook page that “Be Patriotic Netizens who work for the development and radiation of Cameroon, not passive followers or naive relays of the absolve of the Republic.
As Cameroon’s President takes to tweeter in response to negative publicity from his compatriots the response in Washington seems to be different as the Head of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser paints a different picture about US-Cameroon Relationship to the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he stated that he met with Cameroon’s President Paul Biya alongside the U.S. ambassador before elections in October 2018.
“The bottom line is right now in Cameroon is that they have been a good partner with us in terms of counterterrorism wise but you can’t neglect the fact that there are alleged atrocities in what’s gone on there. And so we continue to take our cues from the State Department and from the Ambassador and our level of engagement will continue but not go ahead of what the state department will say if we had to take other actions.”
The state of Cameroon is fighting both a separatist movement in its Southwest and Northwest regions and Boko Haram extremists in the Far North. The State Department has urged “greater transparency in investigating credible allegations of gross violations of human rights by security forces.” General Waldhauser concluded to the Senate Armed Services Committee