‘He Whose House is Burning Doesn’t Chase Rat,’ Nigerians Criticise Buhari’s Vow to End Cameroon Crisis

Nigerians have hit out on President Muhammadu Buhari after he expressed commitment to ending the crisis in neighbouring Cameroon, especially as different parts of Nigeria are threatening secession.

President Buhari said this through a statement released by his Media Aide, Mr. Femi Adesina on Tuesday, after he received Mr. Felix Mbayu, a Special Envoy from President Paul Biya of Cameroon.

Buhari who always makes reference to his reign as a Military Head of State, noted that helping Cameroon during its trying time is the right thing to do because Nigeria shares land boundaries with the country.

“You will have problems if your neighbours are not cultivated. And our relationship with Cameroon had been very clear since when I was serving in the military.”

“The country offered us the needed support during our Civil War. To ensure that Cameroon is stable, and we will be steadfast in our support for you.”

However, Nigerians feel the President should concern himself more with the lingering security challenges in his home country, especially the agitations for secession from the Igbo and Yoruba people of the East to West, respectively.

One Godwin Egwu said, “Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram no dey bother this man because e sure for am say na the same goal them dey fight for. He is not stopping bandits but going to Cameron (sic)? What is this man’s problem?”

Chinecherem said, “Has he finished stoping his brothers from the house unrest they are causing in the North.”

Okechukwu Nwadike noted, “Him who’s house is burning doesn’t chase rat.”

Another said, “Go and help them to kidnap or kill their agitators like you are doing in Nigeria. That will not kill what is in their mind.”

Paul Biya has been President of Cameroon since 1982.

The Anglophone Crisis is an ongoing armed conflict in the Republic of Cameroon in Central Africa, where historically English-speaking Ambazonian separatists are seeking the independence of the former British colony of Southern Cameroons, which was unified with Cameroon since 1961.

Cameroon’s President, 88-year-old Paul Biya has been at the helm of affairs in the Central African Nation since 1982, and is the second longest serving President in Africa.

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