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Kidnap incident escalates Cameroon’s secessionist crisis


Action takes place ahead of octogenarian president’s inauguration for another 7-year term

By Nsikan Ikpe


The kidnap of 79 school pupils and their principal in a school in the secessionist-hit North West Cameroon province is escalating Cameroon’s anglophone secessionist crisis, The Difference can report.

The incident took place at the Bamenda Presbyterian Secondary School.

And very significantly, the action is taking place on the heels of octogenarian President aul Biya’s inauguration for another 7-year term in office.

At least two provinces in Cameroon have been caught in seccessionist-related violence following a military onslaught on the regions which had declared that they were exiting the nation and setting up a new Republic of Ambazonia to cater for the Anglophone speaking segments of the country which have for long been complaining of marginalization at the hands of their Francophone co-travellers.

President Biya who has been in power since 1982, was declared winner of the presidential elections conducted last month in the Central African nation which has also been grappling with the equally devastating Islamist Boko Haram insurgency and declining economic and social conditions, despite opposition claims and insistence that the 85-year old ‘maximum leader’ did not win fair and square.


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