The hashtag #BiyaShouldSay is trending on Twitter, Tuesday, September 10, after Cameroon State media announced that the president of the Central African country is to address the Nation, at 8 PM (19H GMT).
It is unusual for Cameroon’s president Paul Biya to make an impromptu speech; his traditional address usually comes up on February 10, the National Youth Day Eve and December 31, New Year’s Eve.
Since the announcement was made by the Civil Cabinet at the Presidency last night, Cameroonians have taken to twitter suggesting what President Biya should or should not say as he addresses the nation this evening.
Some Cameroon twitter users want all political prisoners released.
#BiyaShouldSay that all political prisoners (opposition and anglophone) are being released. New elections in 6 months and he won't be a candidate. Withdrawal of all military troops and call for cease fire in NW and SW of the country. 😊
— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) September 9, 2019
I hope he is gonna allow all MRC's protagonists to be free. #BiyaShouldSay
— 🅰️lpha Woman ♠️🇨🇲🇧🇯 (@missESAF) September 10, 2019
Paul Biya should release all detained in connection with posteclection conflict. Allow the national assembly to reinstate federalism in Cameroon with a the position of VP going to an Anglophone. Electoral reform. Guidelines for dialogue in current angl crisis. Etc#BiyaShouldSay
— NGOMDUM Marcel (@NGOMDUM) September 9, 2019
Some twitter users have equally mentioned the issue of dialogue between the government and separatist leaders and calling for an end to hostilities in the restive North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
#BiyaShouldSay It is time for dialogue. Invite the anglophones to the table , pull out the military from the NW and SW Regions.
Give the anglophones what they want and leave power with something to his name. #AnglophoneCrisis
— Gabila Franklin (@GabilaFranklin) September 10, 2019
#BiyaShouldSay we've all gone wrong and it's time to forgive each other. He demands a ceasefire in NW and SW. Release all political or separatist prisoners. Call for an inclusive dialogue without precondition
— 🇨🇲NA Carl (@ngwasiri_carl) September 9, 2019
Apart from reactions on twitter, political figures in Cameroon have equally reacted to the awaited speech.
The leader of the National Reconciliation Party, PCRN, Cabral Libii says the speech should be geared at ending the bloodshed in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
“Compatriots are dying! A lot of blood has been flowing. This is the priority of priorities. Do it Mr President. If that is not why you express yourself tonight, then don’t do it. Any other speech will be in vain or inappropriate,” Cabral Libii said.