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The amount was handed over to the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o in an audience he granted the traditional rulers in Yaounde last Friday February 27, 2015.
The paramount chief of Bamissengue and president of the cycle of traditional rulers of the Bamboutos, His Majesty Teihgni Detio said the cash donation is the beginning of plans by the elite of the Bamboutos to boost the morale of the military at the front which will continue in the days ahead. According the chief Detio, the determination of the Head of State to eradicate the dreaded sect has re-awakened the patriotic spirit of all Cameroonians and the population of the Bamboutos could not indifferent.
The secretary general of the cycle of traditional rulers of the Bamboutos, His Majesty Tchuetchue Mbokouoko Rodrigue revealed that the donation is in line with resolutions of the meeting of traditional rulers of the Bamboutos that took place in Mbouda last January 17, 2015 under the aegis of their patron, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development.
During the meeting, the traditional ruler revealed, they resolved to support the war against Boko Haram materially, financially and spiritually.
Though the envelop was not opened, Minister Mebe Ngo’o immediately handed it to the army chief of staff, General Rene Claude Meka for onward transmission to the commanders of the 3rd and 4th military regions who together with regional governors will know how best to use it.
Describing the gesture by the traditional rulers as a sign of patriotism from committed citizens who are determined to defend their fatherland, Minister Mebe Ngo’o promised to transmit their message of appreciation to the head of state, commander in chief of the armed forces. The Defense boss told the traditional rulers that their gesture will galvanize the forces at the battle front. He told the traditional rulers that though Cameroon has lost some of her military men in the war, the damage inflicted on the terrorist group by the forces is enormous.
The gift from the traditional rulers of Bamboutos came just a day after the Minister received a huge consignment of gifts consisting of fresh fish, sardines, cooking oil etc from some business persons as their support to the forces.
However, observers have been expressing doubts whether the money will trickle down to the beneficiaries.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Yaounde