Barrister Helen Ebai thanked the Prime Minister for coming to meet the people for peace to return in the North West and South West Regions. But said one grave problem with Government officials is that they speak often to protect their jobs or positions in Government, rather than tell the Government about the reality on the ground.
“My problem is some of us have been talking to the boys. But when you go to tell them that, come out from the bush and drop your guns for the sake of peace, they say one group of persons cannot put down the gun and the others are holding their own.” Barrister Mrs Ebai said this is one of the problems why the call for the boys to drop their weapons was not being heeded to.
She said further, that the boys also want that all those arrested for the last three years, in relation to this crisis, should be released so as to give them confidence that Government means business.
She was one of some seven persons who made some interventions after the Prime Minister had successfully delivered his message from the Head of State to the population Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
The PM had, in his address, reiterated his message as in Bamenda and Buea, that the Head of State, Paul Biya, has promised dialogue to re- solve the ongoing crisis. He reiterated that that the issue of separation will not be on the agenda.
“The boys are saying that they cannot come out because the military will kill them,” she reiterated.
Chief Atem Ebako of the Talangai Village talked of the need for Government to engage the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport as one of the ways to pacify the people of the Region. The PM, just as his Predecessor, Philemon Yang, said plans are already afoot for the construction of the Limbe Seaport. He revealed that the Chiefs in Buea had made the same request to him. Dion Ngute said all that had been said by the people will be forwarded to the Head of State for his consideration.
He expressed regret that the crisis has caused a drastic fall in school attendance to as low as 20 percent. He was, however, happy that, unlike in other parts of the Southwest, schools were going on well in Limbe.
The Gathering had other interventions from Senator Mbella Moki who urged the PM to do something to revive SWELA and thanked him for coming to see how the crisis can be resolved.