The only time that Cameroon Dictator Paul Biya has directly taken an action to affect the ongoing crisis in the English-speaking Regions, is when at the airport, he declared war against Separatists.
For over two years, the conflict has metamorphosed from a simply demand by lawyers and teachers to a demand for outright independence by separatist asking for a State of Ambazonia.
As Biya refused to deal with the situation, it inevitably spiralled out of control to the situation that is now clearly a civil war, albeit one fought only in two regions of a country of ten regions.
As Biya prepares himself to go to stand again as a Presidential Candidate in the October 7th 2018 elections, during which he will be seeking another 7 year term in addition to his current 36, one would have thought resolving the current conflict will be top on his list of priorities.
However, when one considers that Paul Biya is one dictator that never holds a cabinet meeting, never gives a press conference, never engages in any form of interaction with the public that would require impromptu responses, then that person begins to realise that Biya is at his comfort zone with a war situation.
With the current war situation, Biya is using one stone to shoot two birds. He is hoping that the military with their superior weapons and training will kill off any form of resistance from the English-speaking agitators. Secondly Biya hopes that the conflict will serve as a distraction should he win the elections on October 7.
The level of agitation among Francophone activists who are also disgruntled with Biya’s barren 36 years in power, is expected to increase over the coming weeks and might explode with a win.
In Biya’s estimation therefore, should the military successfully use force to shut down the resistance in the English-speaking Regions, this will serve as a deterrent for others planning any form of agitation before and after the elections.
So effectively, the more the military kill young people and the more these retaliate, Biya remains the one person who will win in the event that the conflict continues.