In this fiery Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) interview, Mola Njoh Litumbe explains why the 1961 (re)unification between the British Southern Cameroons and the French-speaking "La Republique du Cameroon" remains an unconsummated act, an illegal union.
This interview was broadcast during the Feb. 23, 2014 special edition of "Cameroon Calling" dedicated to the union of the two Cameroons.
We have never delayed cooperation [with Nigeria]. We always agree to exchange information. We said that if the Nigeria government is ready to undertake a very important attack against Boko Haram, they have to inform us in order to protect our border in order to put troops and information services in order to prevent [Boko Haram] from entering our country. This has always been the principle accepted by both countries.
“What we were reluctant to accept is to authorize a foreign army to penetrate our soil, because we already have what we need in order to face the situation,” said Tchiroma. “We are ready to engage a coordinated cooperation ... so together we deal with them. This has always been the position of our government.
Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon's Information Minister and Government spokesperson.
Click on player below to listen to complete interview.
On Wednesday August 31, 2011, the BBC World Service's Africa Have Your Say program organized a panel discussion on the viability of the forthcoming presidential election in Cameroon. Panelists included myself, Felix Bate of Reuters news agency, and Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon's minister of communications and government spokesperson, along with phone-ins from around the world, interviews conducted in Cameroon, and contributions from Twitter and Facebook.
I will be revisiting some of Issa Tchiroma's rather outlandish statements in a subsequent post. In the meantime, however, you can listen to the entire one-hour program by clicking on the player below.