Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has sent a delegation to the country’s Far North region to pacify soldiers fighting against Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, a security source told Xinhua on Thursday.
The delegation, led by Director for Civil Affairs in the Presidency Martin Belinga Eboutou, was comprised of the army chief, Gen. Rene Claude Meka, said the source who did not wish to be named.
It arrived in the Far North region on Tuesday and on Wednesday, the delegation visited Kousseri town near the Chadian border to assess the progress made in the fight against Boko Haram and also boost the morale of Cameroonian soldiers who have been fighting alongside Chadian troops since mid-January.
Issues being addressed by the delegation include failure to pay war allowances to some soldiers and embezzlement of food aid by some military chiefs, to the detriment of the forces placed under their command.
“These issues had caused tension among the Cameroonian troops fighting against Boko Haram in the Far North region,” the source revealed.
Eboutou’s mission will also focus on recent revelations about the intention by Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, who is said to have been injured in an offensive by Chadian forces in northeast Nigeria, to organize major attacks against Cameroon.
“This is serious information and our authorities are taking matters very seriously. That is why the delegation is visiting the Far North region to verify its veracity,” the security source said. Enditem