The local population of the state has executed an uprising against the Mayor of Tokombere, Boukar Tikire. He is also the traditional ruler of Makilingai, a chiefdom near Tokombere. The people of Tokombere executed the protest against the Mayor at a time when the politician was out of the country.
The people of Tokombere registered their resentment toward the Mayor of the Tokombere state through slogans and banners. They accused the Mayor of favouritism and land grabbing. The flags and protestors registered their discontent through this exercise.
The protest against the Mayor of Tokombere became strong with time. The timely intervention of the sub-Divisional Officer Jean Jaurès MEDJO quelled the situation. Meanwhile, the protesters handed their memorandum to the authorities. The state’s people are accusing the governor of greed and land grabbing.
The state is in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The author believes the people are highly dissatisfied with the Mayor’s reign. This is apparent by the depth of the messages on the banners. Additionally, the “spontaneous” mobilisation of the marchers made it evident to the world that the protest had hidden hands of some political barons eyeing the mayorship of Tokombere.
Additionally, The protests in the area held banners bearing the message that they had demanded to remove the Mayor, Boukar Tikire, from the post of the Mayorship. The banner read, LA POPULATION MEURTRIE EXIGE LA DESTITUTION DE BOUKAR TIKIRE AU POSTE DU MAIRE DE LA COMMUNE DE TOKOMBERÉ
Another banner accused the Mayor of Favoritism with foreigners. The DISONS NON AUX FAVORITISMES DES ETRANGERS AU SEIN DE NOTRE COMMUNE DE TOKOMBERÉ. LES JEUNES DE TOKOMBERÉ PEUVENT AUSSI SERVIR À LA COMMUNE DE TOKOMBERÉ.
As per reports, The protests hinge on the argument that Tokombere welcomed and accommodated the early Catholic missionary Simon MPECKE. The catholic individual eventually became popular as BABA SIMON. As per the sources, footprints are indelible in the area. Accordingly, decades down, it is unthinkable that the protesters talk of “strangers” in a land that has been open to the world.