Reports reaching Cameroon Concord from the Far North region, say about 30 Cameroonian soldiers of the air force who are part of the Multi-national Joint Task Force, MNJTF fighting Boko Haram in the troubled zone mounted barricades in Waza and Dabanga in protest over the weekend.
The angry boots were demanding equal payment of bonuses which till now appears to be lower than what their fellow colleagues on continental assignment receive. Most of them are alleged to have asked the Commander of the MNJTF to tell the Cameroon Defense Ministry to treat them like other Cameroonian contingents in peace keeping operations in the Central African Republic.
We are yet to confirm whether bonuses recently given to Cameroon MINUSCA soldiers by the President of the Republic pushed their colleagues of the MNJTF to cry out. But one thing we know is that Cameroonian soldiers have been fighting the Boko Haram terror group for close to three years now, and it is likely they expect more from government for the selfless services rendered to the country.
Administrative and Security authorities of the region rushed to calm the striking lawyers. But the head of the Communication division at the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Didier Badjeck has rubbished claims that such an incident took place insisting that the atmosphere is serene and bonuses paid on regular basis.