The ongoing security crisis in the Far North was the focus of the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the National Assembly on Tuesrday. National Assembly House Speaker, Right Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, has urged Cameroonians not to be discouraged but remain vigilant more than ever before against the terrorist sect, Boko Haram for “the enemy still roams.” He made the appeal on behalf of his peers while opening the Second Ordinary Session of the 2015 Legislative Year yesterday, June 10, 2015 at the Ngoa-Ekelle hemicycle, in the presence of the President of the Senate, Marcel Niat Njifenji, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang, cabinet ministers as well as some members of the diplomatic corps.
“Certainly weakened and even on the brink of agony, Boko Haram nevertheless still compels us to be vigilant, for its demonic spirit could surge at any moment to commit regrettable acts,” the Speaker’s voice thundered across the hemicycle. He did not fail to hail the mobilisation observed during the May 20 celebration and maturity of the Cameroonian people who rose up like one man, demonstrating strength, cohesion, commitment in support of republican institutions incarnated by the Head of State as well as their attachment to peace and unity.
While emphasising that no exogenous power can destabilise Cameroon except with endogenous complicity, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril reiterated the House’s total support to the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in his crusade against Boko Haram or any other threat. “We also reaffirm our sympathy and our affection to the local and foreign population which at one moment or another, have found themselves in the torment caused by the barbaric acts of the terrorist sect,” said the Speaker.
The plenary session opened in a convivial atmosphere preceded by hugs, laughter and chit-chats by MPs; all portraying their happiness in meeting again after recess. The recess, Cavaye Yeguie revealed, was marked by successes in parliamentary diplomacy, praising Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, who won a tough election in Midrand, South Africa to become the new Speaker of the Pan-African Parliament. He equally had praises for other MPs who had been elected into key functions abroad. As the session drew to its end after the speech, the MPs strolled out of the hemicycle feeling confident of their preparedness to deliver during the June session which promises to be flooded by burning issues affecting the country.