PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
24 January, 2014
Cameroon is on high alert due to the insurgency and political instability
in neighbouring countries, and has
therefore honed its strategies to counter the situation along its borders.
The terrorist activities of the Boko Haram Islamic sect in Nigeria as well as the political instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad have combined to threaten the security situation in Cameroon, PANA reported.
Within the last one month, the
Cameroonian authorities have responded in a multi-pronged manner, recruiting 6,850 people into its national defence forces, including 2,000 for the Presidential Guards, 2,750 for the Armed Forces (Air, Land and Sea ) and 1,100 for the National Police, and taking delivery of modern equipment.
This massive recruitment follows the
creation by Cameroonian President Paul Biya of new elite military units in regions where insecurity prevails in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and South-Western parts of the country.
‘The President seems concerned by the insecurity in Cameroon since the crisis started in CAR and the advent of the Boko Haram phenomenon,’ said Mathias Eric Owona Nguini, a socio-political scientist and university teacher.
Spokesperson for the Cameroonian
Defence Ministry Lt.-Col. Didier Badjeck, disclosed that Cameroon has recently taken delivery of military equipment that allow its defence forces to react rapidly to any situation. He, however, assured that the security situation at the borders and within Cameroon is stable.
Also in reaction to the growing insecurity along its borders, the Cameroonian Defence forces have engaged in military exercises in the locality of Akomdam to check the reliability of the Cameroonian system of information and communication, according to Pierre Njine Njonkam of the country’s Defence Forces.
Officials of the Cameroonian Defence
Forces have touted the country’s
experience in the management of trans-border crises, including in the Bakassi peninsula, to buttress their claim of the country’s readiness to contain any security situation.
On the regional front, the Cameroonian authorities have been working with their counterparts in neighbouring countries for concerted actions and strategies in the struggle against insecurity in central and western Africa. In that regard, Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck is expected in Yaounde on Monday to discuss security strategies with his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya.
Cameroon’s Defence Forces have already taken position along the border with CAR in the northern part of the country, and also at the border with Nigeria, in case of any eventuality.
Cameroon, which occupies a strategic position in Central Africa, shares a total of 3,148km long land border with Nigeria to the West, Chad and CAR to the East, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the South and a 504-km long maritime border with Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the South-west.