The nefarious effects of the pangs of terrorism on the socio-economic life of nations are living no one indifferent. Yesterday, January 09, at the State House, President Paul Biya while receiving New Year wishes from members of the diplomatic corps found it necessary to remind the international community of the danger hanging in the air if the nodes of international collaboration are not well tightened in the fight against terrorism. From every indication, there couldn't have been any better way of saying it considering the persistence with which terrorists acts are sending their roots into the ground. As rightly stated by the Head of State, all that it takes to fight such an ill seems to have been put in place by the international community, but the challenge remains. " If the fight against terrorism is successful in Syria and Iraq, it is to be feared that, in the absence of genuine and sincere solidarity between states, this scourge will spread and intensify in other parts of the world. I am thinking in particular of Africa and especially the Sahelian zone where Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad are already affected."
The tentacles of terrorism have for several years manifested themselves in Cameroon through the outburst and persistence of the Boko Haram sect leading to several thousand deaths. Cameroon and its neighbours of the Lake Chad basin as well as other international partners of goodwill have spared no effort to fight and terminate the existence of the dangerous sect. " Cameroon, for its part, is combining its efforts with all the neighbouring countries of the Lake Chad basin and international partners of good will to neutralize the nuisance capacity of the Boko Haram sect", President Biya assured. In effect, since 2012 when the first incursion of the Boko Haram Islamist sect was reported in Cameroon, the country has taken waves and waves of security measures epitomising in the declaration of war against Boko Haram, in August 2014. The Cameroonian
authorities have among other moves carried out partial reorganization of the territorial map of the army’s command by creating a specific military region, which groups together the departments most affected by the actions of the terrorist group. The results have been far reaching but the war is yet to be completely won.
President Paul Biya is quite aware of the challenges ahead, reason why in his address to the diplomatic community yesterday, he recalled the importance of stepping up international cooperation in the fight as is the case with the G5 Sahel States in the fight against jihadists movement. "This is an opportunity for me to salute the efforts of the G5 Sahel states, which are making enormous efforts to neutralize the terrorists. I also pay tribute to France, whose contingents are courageously participating in the fight against jihadists within the framework of Operation Barkhane", he underscored. Such solidarity is all the more necessary especially for third World nations that are in dire need of resources for their development projects. "Developing States need more financial resources to build roads, railways, ports, energy and industrial infrastructures for their development. These achievements help to create many jobs likely to divert our youth from taking adventure in other continents, and to save us from the tragedy that is turning the Mediterranean Sea into a great and hideous cemetery at the beginning of the 21st century." In all, the fight against terrorism remains an international challenge.