In a press conference organized by the ministry of communications in Cameroon, late Wednesday, April 22, the Minister of Communications, Rene Emmanuel SADI, briefed Cameroonians and the International community on recent happenings in the country.
Minister Sadi said the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, has never ceased to work for Cameroon’s peace and unity. He urged citizens to be patriotic and responsible for the good of the nation.
Reports say the press conference was organized by MINCOM to react to the European Union’s resolutions on the crisis plaguing Cameroon; which the MINCOM Boss said the Cameroon government is aware of.
The European Union Parliament on Thursday, April 18, criticised the government’s handling of the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon and called for investigations into allegations of rights violations by Cameroonian soldiers. The body equally urged the government to release Maurice Kamto and all protesters detained since January.
The Cameroon government’s reply to the resolutions, in the words government’s spokesperson during the press conference;
“Our republican forces, whose vocation is paved with honor and fidelity, cannot at the same time come to the rescue of the population and be cynical executioners.
The Cameroonian government denies allegations of gender-based violence against homosexuals; while pointing out that the practices concerned remain illegal in Cameroon”.
“The Cameroonian government believes that this resolution is an instrumentalized product of ignorance, misinformation and bad faith.”
Cameroonians have reacted to the outcome of the press conference and the time it was held (at about midnight), on social media.
Je demandeu hein?
Je me lève à 6h et j'apprends que René Sadi a fait une conférence de presse hier à 23h?
Le gars-là est simple?
— Tchakounte Kemayou (@matango_club) April 23, 2019
Some people were asleep at the time the press conference was ongoing and only woke up to the news.
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Cameroon government’s reaction to the European resolutions, comes after the Senate and the National Assembly’s reactions.
In a communiqué from its President, Marcel Niat Njifenji, the Senate described the resolutions of the European Union Parliament as a “litany of falsehood on the socio-political and security situation in Cameroon.”
Following the footsteps of the Senate, the President of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril stressed Cameroon is a democratic country governed by the rule of law and deeply committed to its unity and territorial integrity.