For several years now, our country has been grappling with various threats at its borders: maritime piracy, incursions of armed groups from neighboring countries, hostage-taking with ransom demands and, above all, the atrocities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
As everyone knows, Cameroon is a peaceful and hospitable country. Hence, it would have preferred a more serene environment which is more conducive to the harmonious development to which it aspires. It must be admitted that such is not the case in the sub-region.
As a proud, united, mutually supportive, and courageous people, Cameroonians have always found and will always find the wherewithal to face every threat and meet every challenge.
In this regard, our defence and security forces are an example which should be emulated as commended by the head of state, commander in chief of the armed forces during the graduation ceremony of the 36th batch of cadet officers from the combined arms services military academy EMIA.
Thanks to the devotedness, bravery and sense of sacrifice, maritime piracy has been significantly curbed. Hostage takers are relentlessly tracked down. Boko Haram has suffered severe routs and is now reduced to merely launching sporadic assaults on civilian populations or attempting cowardly attacks.
In this fierce war against our country’s enemies, many of our sons and daughters have fallen in the field of honour; others have been wounded. I would like here to pay them glowing tribute on behalf of the entire Nation.
It is worthy of noting that the head of state in a posture as a strategist said it loud and clear that would like to say loud and clear that their sacrifice was not in vain. Indeed, not an inch of our territory has fallen into the hands of the enemy. Our brave and hardworking people have continued to ply their trade. As a haven of peace and stability, Cameroon has witnessed an influx of thousands of refugees from every conflict area in the region, fleeing for their lives and in quest of a sanctuary.
Nonetheless, our army would not have been so efficient without the backing and support of a united and close-nit Cameroonian people, for, while the Army is the shield of the Nation, the Nation is the granite bedrock on which the Army rests. Hailing from all the regions of Cameroon, our soldiers also have always enjoyed the unanimous support of our people, from the South, North, East or West.
In this vein, the head of state congratulated the Cameroonian people on their commitment in the struggle to defend the fatherland, particularly through vigilante groups and on their unflinching support to our army. He as well urged them to remain united, supportive and strong so that together, we may be able to face all challenges, as the struggle goes on and will continue unrelentingly until the final eradication of the threats looming over our beloved and beautiful country.