Cameroonian separatists set fire to a building near the residence of the late president of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), John Fru Ndi, who passed away on June 12. The incident was disclosed in a statement by the former party spokesperson, Jean Robert Wafo, on Saturday, July 15. The incident occurred on Thursday night in Baba, in the anglophone Northwest region, just a few days before the funeral of the historic opposition leader.
Following the incident, Joshua Osih, vice-president of the SDF, accused the separatists of attempting to disrupt the preparations for John Fru Ndi’s funeral. “We believe it is unacceptable to mislead the public into thinking that hindering the funeral would favorably advance any cause,” he responded to Christina Okello’s interview.
“We don’t quite understand why they are targeting President John Fru Ndi and the SDF with such intensity, despite being in opposition. If these separatists wanted to engage in dialogue, they would have gone about it differently instead of trying to gain attention through this incident,” Joshua Osih continued.
The Cameroonian lawmaker refers to it as a “strong warning.” “We now see what they intend to do. This makes us even more vigilant. However, it does not diminish the preparations made by the family, the party, and the Cameroonian state to ensure that the funeral proceeds smoothly,” he concluded. John Fru Ndi’s funeral will take place at the end of the month in Yaoundé, Bamenda, and Baba.