By Jonathan Njikang
French Cameroon last Friday observed a National Day of mourning
in execution of the very high instructions of Dictator Paul Biya, who is Head of state and commander in chief of the brutal armed forces of Cameroun known for their use of excessive violence, and human rights abuses against the Ambazonian people in the war for the independence of Ambazonia. This time the tributes were in honor of the 17 soldiers killed on command mission in Darak, Far North region of Cameroon.
Cameroon’s flags flew at half-mast across the country and its diplomatic services. Special tributes ceremonies were organized in the regional headquarters in memory of the 17 soldiers killed in a fierce gun-battle between the Cameroon army and the terrorist group Boko Haram in the night of June 9 breaking 10, 2019, in Darak, Logone and Chari Division of the Far North region.
Bawe Maurice Nfoa, Biambeh Felix Biambeh, Nkwofor Mohammed and Ambe Abraham Foruwafrom the North West were the four amongst the fallen 17. The day of national mourning which unfolded at the 5th joint military region at Up-Station, Bamenda, saw the natives of Mbot-Nkambe, Bafut in Mezam, Bamessing and Babessi, all from Ndop, decorated posthumously with medals of bravery by governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique.
The black day also saw the brave soldiers accorded honors by the brigadier general of the 5th Joint Military region, Agha Robinson Ndong. Top ranking officials, family members, friends, colleagues and sympathizers all in black
paid last respects to their fallen heroes who died defending the territorial integrity of the fatherland.
The longest serving amongst the fallen soldiers with more than 25years of service, Bawe Maurice Nfoa, had previously served with the UN peace- keeping mission (MINUSCA) and Cameroon’s military effort to preserve its territorial integrity in Bakassi, South West region.
Edwin Chuh, brother to one of the deceased while wailing the tragic loss, regretted he will forever remain irreplaceable. He cried out, “He was our first born in the family. It’s a great loss. I don’t know who will replace him. He is the one who sent me to school from primary to university. Before his untimely dead, he promised me that he was coming and now he is coming but, in a coffin.” The brief ceremony that was void of speeches and mostly covered with symbolic gestures typical of the army in times of mourning featured military parades and eulogies.