By Boris Esono Nwenfor (Cameroon)
In a statement issued on his Facebook account on Monday, he said he can no longer be active in politics with the prevailing situation in Cameroon characterized by what he terms wanton killings, and lawless repression of civic and human rights.
His resignation comes at a time when the party has indicated that they will boycott all future elections until the crisis in the South West and North West Regions is solved.
He said: “I wish to inform the national and international communities that political leadership and virtually even just ordinary active political participation in Cameroon today, under the prevailing circumstances of the wanton, ruthless and systematic destruction of human lives and property, not any less the lawless repression of civic and human rights are inconsistent with my conscience”.
“As the result, I have stepped down from the position of the National President of the Popular Action Party – PAP – with effect from this day, Monday, the 4th day of March, 2019, at noon local time”.
He added that he is doing so “In compassion with the killed, wounded, suffering/starving, and those languishing in detention centres under appalling conditions”.
His decision may have a ripple effect as other political parties have yet to make it known if they will partake in upcoming elections. The MRC party whose leader is presently in jail has indicated they have no intention in taking part. Meantime, the SDF party is still to decide. In an interview with its National chairman, Ni John Frud Ndi, he said at the moment there is no intention because there are so many stumbling blocks already on the way.
The Anglophone crisis which has been going on for more than 2 years now has seen scores of people killed on the part of civilians, security forces and the separatists themselves. Thousands of people have fled to neighbouring Nigeria while others have become internally displaced persons.
According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, insecurity and violence have forced more than 400,000 people to flee their homes and continue to have serious consequences on livelihoods and living conditions. Around 351,000 IDPs and 372,000 people in the host community need water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Many of the conflict-hit population are suffering severe emotional stress. About 3,700 unaccompanied or separated children need urgent assistance and psycho-social care.