• After the Back to the Future Retreat of the CDN, What Next?
    By Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert (Yindo Toh)

    Representatives of some of the organizations that have, in the words of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations (CDN), hampered “joint engagement toward mediated negotiations”, rose from a retreat in Toronto (Canada) Sunday night by embracing the only internationally-supported negotiation process now available to Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun: the Swiss-led Process.

    This outcome - delayed more than two years since the Swiss-led Process was first announced – came as no surprise to members of the Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT aka Team Ambazonia). In meetings between ACT and some of the representatives of countries and stakeholders to the Swiss-led Process as they prepared to attend, speak and/or observe the Toronto retreat, there was agreement that one message needed to be delivered. Neither the Canadians, nor the Americans, nor the Germans, nor the Norwegians, nor the Finish, nor the United Nations, nor the African Union are itching to start a parallel mediation process.

    That message was not only delivered at the Toronto retreat. It was well received by several movements and, strangely, given more credibility notwithstanding that it came partly from the same Swiss these movements have not stopped accusing of working for the colonizers in Yaounde. Notwithstanding public claims to the contrary, the leadership of the two most important movements at the retreat privately support the Swiss-led Process. One of the movements in Canada was fresh out of two rounds of meetings with the Swiss during which it offered assurances it will be at the table whenever Cameroun comes to the table.

    Such nice words are not new in this struggle. Without concrete action, even the nicest of words amount to naught. So, here are five areas action is urgently needed by Ambazonians.

    First, the time has come to invest in organizing all genuine Ambazonian liberation movements into one, solid, truly collaborative Team Ambazonia. This, in my opinion, calls on ACT to invite, anew, fully vetted restoration movements in existence prior to the birth of the Swiss-led Process to join Team Ambazonia. Coming together, and working together, under this and any other process that may become available in the future, would deny Cameroun the possibility to write additional falsehoods in “notes verbales”. To date, Yaounde has evoked the lack of unity among Ambazonians around the Swiss-led Process to “justify” their foot-dragging to come to the table. A united Team Ambazonia would mount pressure on the world to convene the negotiations, thereby denying Cameroun the advantage it has so far taken because of the delay to ramp up its genocidal violence in the vain hope of scoring a decisive military victory.

    Second, when – not if - Ambazonians achieve the above, they will finally be able to focus on the prize: independence. They will, hopefully, find a way of ending partisan funding of certain armed groups on Ground Zero in favor of a more holistic approach that empowers all self-defense volunteers. They will sharpen transparency and accountability in the management of funds and eliminate the antagonism that has led to Amba-on-Amba killings. Working together as a team should hasten the day when our joint self-defense actions will oblige Cameroun – every day, twice on Sunday - to fight this war on a thousand fronts and on our terms, not theirs.

    Third, constituting Team Ambazonia will cancel out the issuance of contradictory messages for ghost towns and lockdowns. It should facilitate the mass mobilization of our civilian population for Ambazonia-wide civil disobedience campaigns and rallies in support of independence. It will demonstrate, anew, that an overwhelming majority of our people – not just armed self-defense volunteers - demand an immediate end to colonial occupation by Cameroun. Further delay in implementing such a strategy will improve the chances that the colonizers could successfully isolate the majority of Ambazonians from those Yaounde misrepresents to the world as armed rebels, terrorists, secessionists and bandits. Working together, we can send the clearest message to the world: even if Cameroun were to kill every armed self-defense volunteer, the Ambazonian Problem will never go quietly into the night.

    Fourth, the time has come, too, for Ambazonians to shun partisan conclaves. As the fog from the Toronto retreat clears, every analyst can see distinctly that retreat attendees were, mostly, diehard supporters of the Sisiku AyukTabe faction of the IG group (IG Care). Boycotters were supporters of the Sako faction of the IG group and movements in alliance with the Sako faction under the Swiss-led Process. The “do me, I do you” laws under which these partisan political fights have found fertile soil, thrive on the blind surrogacy and sycophancy which has divided Ambazonians into political tribes, each supporting their favorite movements or their most preferred self-proclaimed interim government or governing council.

    Fifth, every Ambazonian should do more to resist the “clever” games being played by so-called Anglophones. From Dion Ngute, who is on endless peace missions to Southern Cameroons; to Atanga Nji Paul and Felix Mbayu organizing renditions from Nigeria and singing for their breakfasts; to Ayah Paul Abine “catching grass” as he seeks to maintain his status of civil servant “hors categorie” within the colonial system; to Agbor Nkongho evoking his thesis of the year 2000 to defend slavery under federalism in a one and indivisible Kamerun – the result is the same. These so-called Anglophones or Anglophones of Southern Cameroons, as I heard one of them call themselves, are enabling the colonizers to pick whom to negotiate with, to delay or seek ways of avoiding to face the music under an internationally-mediated negotiations.

    Before a few concluding words, let me take a moment to applaud the CDN for its ambitious goal of resolving conflicts in the Gulf of Guinea. I am sure the CDN can achieve its goal without misrepresenting Cameroun’s illegal occupation and de facto recolonization of Southern Cameroons as being what CDN officials call the Anglophone Crisis. It would be a good point to start with conflict resolution for the CDN to resolve the internal conflict it has engineered by attempting to explain the genocide unfolding in Ambazonia by evoking some colonial language.

    Short of applauding, Ambazonians should, in my opinion, appreciate the wisdom of our ancestors that dictates that we treat the Swiss-led Process as “the bird in hand…” Until another and, hopefully, better process, including the multi-mediation the CDN wishes for, comes along, I salute Team Ambazonia for refusing to be cajoled into retreats with so-called Anglophones. The last thing we want for Ambazonia is to repeat the mistake of the Foumban Conference in 1961 when the Southern Cameroons’ strategy was infiltrated by One Kamerun UPC supporters. Team Ambazonia cannot allow our negotiation strategy to suffer from undue consideration of the views of federalists, unionists, so-called Anglophones and pro-One Kamerun campaigners. People who prioritize a return to normalcy and so-called peace in The Cameroons definitely do not seek justice the people of Ambazonia demand and deserve, and without which there can be no peace. #teamambazonia
    After the Back to the Future Retreat of the CDN, What Next? By Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert (Yindo Toh) Representatives of some of the organizations that have, in the words of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations (CDN), hampered “joint engagement toward mediated negotiations”, rose from a retreat in Toronto (Canada) Sunday night by embracing the only internationally-supported negotiation process now available to Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun: the Swiss-led Process. This outcome - delayed more than two years since the Swiss-led Process was first announced – came as no surprise to members of the Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT aka Team Ambazonia). In meetings between ACT and some of the representatives of countries and stakeholders to the Swiss-led Process as they prepared to attend, speak and/or observe the Toronto retreat, there was agreement that one message needed to be delivered. Neither the Canadians, nor the Americans, nor the Germans, nor the Norwegians, nor the Finish, nor the United Nations, nor the African Union are itching to start a parallel mediation process. That message was not only delivered at the Toronto retreat. It was well received by several movements and, strangely, given more credibility notwithstanding that it came partly from the same Swiss these movements have not stopped accusing of working for the colonizers in Yaounde. Notwithstanding public claims to the contrary, the leadership of the two most important movements at the retreat privately support the Swiss-led Process. One of the movements in Canada was fresh out of two rounds of meetings with the Swiss during which it offered assurances it will be at the table whenever Cameroun comes to the table. Such nice words are not new in this struggle. Without concrete action, even the nicest of words amount to naught. So, here are five areas action is urgently needed by Ambazonians. First, the time has come to invest in organizing all genuine Ambazonian liberation movements into one, solid, truly collaborative Team Ambazonia. This, in my opinion, calls on ACT to invite, anew, fully vetted restoration movements in existence prior to the birth of the Swiss-led Process to join Team Ambazonia. Coming together, and working together, under this and any other process that may become available in the future, would deny Cameroun the possibility to write additional falsehoods in “notes verbales”. To date, Yaounde has evoked the lack of unity among Ambazonians around the Swiss-led Process to “justify” their foot-dragging to come to the table. A united Team Ambazonia would mount pressure on the world to convene the negotiations, thereby denying Cameroun the advantage it has so far taken because of the delay to ramp up its genocidal violence in the vain hope of scoring a decisive military victory. Second, when – not if - Ambazonians achieve the above, they will finally be able to focus on the prize: independence. They will, hopefully, find a way of ending partisan funding of certain armed groups on Ground Zero in favor of a more holistic approach that empowers all self-defense volunteers. They will sharpen transparency and accountability in the management of funds and eliminate the antagonism that has led to Amba-on-Amba killings. Working together as a team should hasten the day when our joint self-defense actions will oblige Cameroun – every day, twice on Sunday - to fight this war on a thousand fronts and on our terms, not theirs. Third, constituting Team Ambazonia will cancel out the issuance of contradictory messages for ghost towns and lockdowns. It should facilitate the mass mobilization of our civilian population for Ambazonia-wide civil disobedience campaigns and rallies in support of independence. It will demonstrate, anew, that an overwhelming majority of our people – not just armed self-defense volunteers - demand an immediate end to colonial occupation by Cameroun. Further delay in implementing such a strategy will improve the chances that the colonizers could successfully isolate the majority of Ambazonians from those Yaounde misrepresents to the world as armed rebels, terrorists, secessionists and bandits. Working together, we can send the clearest message to the world: even if Cameroun were to kill every armed self-defense volunteer, the Ambazonian Problem will never go quietly into the night. Fourth, the time has come, too, for Ambazonians to shun partisan conclaves. As the fog from the Toronto retreat clears, every analyst can see distinctly that retreat attendees were, mostly, diehard supporters of the Sisiku AyukTabe faction of the IG group (IG Care). Boycotters were supporters of the Sako faction of the IG group and movements in alliance with the Sako faction under the Swiss-led Process. The “do me, I do you” laws under which these partisan political fights have found fertile soil, thrive on the blind surrogacy and sycophancy which has divided Ambazonians into political tribes, each supporting their favorite movements or their most preferred self-proclaimed interim government or governing council. Fifth, every Ambazonian should do more to resist the “clever” games being played by so-called Anglophones. From Dion Ngute, who is on endless peace missions to Southern Cameroons; to Atanga Nji Paul and Felix Mbayu organizing renditions from Nigeria and singing for their breakfasts; to Ayah Paul Abine “catching grass” as he seeks to maintain his status of civil servant “hors categorie” within the colonial system; to Agbor Nkongho evoking his thesis of the year 2000 to defend slavery under federalism in a one and indivisible Kamerun – the result is the same. These so-called Anglophones or Anglophones of Southern Cameroons, as I heard one of them call themselves, are enabling the colonizers to pick whom to negotiate with, to delay or seek ways of avoiding to face the music under an internationally-mediated negotiations. Before a few concluding words, let me take a moment to applaud the CDN for its ambitious goal of resolving conflicts in the Gulf of Guinea. I am sure the CDN can achieve its goal without misrepresenting Cameroun’s illegal occupation and de facto recolonization of Southern Cameroons as being what CDN officials call the Anglophone Crisis. It would be a good point to start with conflict resolution for the CDN to resolve the internal conflict it has engineered by attempting to explain the genocide unfolding in Ambazonia by evoking some colonial language. Short of applauding, Ambazonians should, in my opinion, appreciate the wisdom of our ancestors that dictates that we treat the Swiss-led Process as “the bird in hand…” Until another and, hopefully, better process, including the multi-mediation the CDN wishes for, comes along, I salute Team Ambazonia for refusing to be cajoled into retreats with so-called Anglophones. The last thing we want for Ambazonia is to repeat the mistake of the Foumban Conference in 1961 when the Southern Cameroons’ strategy was infiltrated by One Kamerun UPC supporters. Team Ambazonia cannot allow our negotiation strategy to suffer from undue consideration of the views of federalists, unionists, so-called Anglophones and pro-One Kamerun campaigners. People who prioritize a return to normalcy and so-called peace in The Cameroons definitely do not seek justice the people of Ambazonia demand and deserve, and without which there can be no peace. #teamambazonia
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  • After the Back to the Future Retreat of the CDN, What Next?
    By Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert (Yindo Toh)

    Representatives of some of the organizations that have, in the words of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations (CDN), hampered “joint engagement toward mediated negotiations”, rose from a retreat in Toronto (Canada) Sunday night by embracing the only internationally-supported negotiation process now available to Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun: the Swiss-led Process.

    This outcome - delayed more than two years since the Swiss-led Process was first announced – came as no surprise to members of the Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT aka Team Ambazonia). In meetings between ACT and some of the representatives of countries and stakeholders to the Swiss-led Process as they prepared to attend, speak and/or observe the Toronto retreat, there was agreement that one message needed to be delivered. Neither the Canadians, nor the Americans, nor the Germans, nor the Norwegians, nor the Finish, nor the United Nations, nor the African Union are itching to start a parallel mediation process.

    That message was not only delivered at the Toronto retreat. It was well received by several movements and, strangely, given more credibility notwithstanding that it came partly from the same Swiss these movements have not stopped accusing of working for the colonizers in Yaounde. Notwithstanding public claims to the contrary, the leadership of the two most important movements at the retreat privately support the Swiss-led Process. One of the movements in Canada was fresh out of two rounds of meetings with the Swiss during which it offered assurances it will be at the table whenever Cameroun comes to the table.

    Such nice words are not new in this struggle. Without concrete action, even the nicest of words amount to naught. So, here are five areas action is urgently needed by Ambazonians.

    First, the time has come to invest in organizing all genuine Ambazonian liberation movements into one, solid, truly collaborative Team Ambazonia. This, in my opinion, calls on ACT to invite, anew, fully vetted restoration movements in existence prior to the birth of the Swiss-led Process to join Team Ambazonia. Coming together, and working together, under this and any other process that may become available in the future, would deny Cameroun the possibility to write additional falsehoods in “notes verbales”. To date, Yaounde has evoked the lack of unity among Ambazonians around the Swiss-led Process to “justify” their foot-dragging to come to the table. A united Team Ambazonia would mount pressure on the world to convene the negotiations, thereby denying Cameroun the advantage it has so far taken because of the delay to ramp up its genocidal violence in the vain hope of scoring a decisive military victory.

    Second, when – not if - Ambazonians achieve the above, they will finally be able to focus on the prize: independence. They will, hopefully, find a way of ending partisan funding of certain armed groups on Ground Zero in favor of a more holistic approach that empowers all self-defense volunteers. They will sharpen transparency and accountability in the management of funds and eliminate the antagonism that has led to Amba-on-Amba killings. Working together as a team should hasten the day when our joint self-defense actions will oblige Cameroun – every day, twice on Sunday - to fight this war on a thousand fronts and on our terms, not theirs.

    Third, constituting Team Ambazonia will cancel out the issuance of contradictory messages for ghost towns and lockdowns. It should facilitate the mass mobilization of our civilian population for Ambazonia-wide civil disobedience campaigns and rallies in support of independence. It will demonstrate, anew, that an overwhelming majority of our people – not just armed self-defense volunteers - demand an immediate end to colonial occupation by Cameroun. Further delay in implementing such a strategy will improve the chances that the colonizers could successfully isolate the majority of Ambazonians from those Yaounde misrepresents to the world as armed rebels, terrorists, secessionists and bandits. Working together, we can send the clearest message to the world: even if Cameroun were to kill every armed self-defense volunteer, the Ambazonian Problem will never go quietly into the night.

    Fourth, the time has come, too, for Ambazonians to shun partisan conclaves. As the fog from the Toronto retreat clears, every analyst can see distinctly that retreat attendees were, mostly, diehard supporters of the Sisiku AyukTabe faction of the IG group (IG Care). Boycotters were supporters of the Sako faction of the IG group and movements in alliance with the Sako faction under the Swiss-led Process. The “do me, I do you” laws under which these partisan political fights have found fertile soil, thrive on the blind surrogacy and sycophancy which has divided Ambazonians into political tribes, each supporting their favorite movements or their most preferred self-proclaimed interim government or governing council.

    Fifth, every Ambazonian should do more to resist the “clever” games being played by so-called Anglophones. From Dion Ngute, who is on endless peace missions to Southern Cameroons; to Atanga Nji Paul and Felix Mbayu organizing renditions from Nigeria and singing for their breakfasts; to Ayah Paul Abine “catching grass” as he seeks to maintain his status of civil servant “hors categorie” within the colonial system; to Agbor Nkongho evoking his thesis of the year 2000 to defend slavery under federalism in a one and indivisible Kamerun – the result is the same. These so-called Anglophones or Anglophones of Southern Cameroons, as I heard one of them call themselves, are enabling the colonizers to pick whom to negotiate with, to delay or seek ways of avoiding to face the music under an internationally-mediated negotiations.

    Before a few concluding words, let me take a moment to applaud the CDN for its ambitious goal of resolving conflicts in the Gulf of Guinea. I am sure the CDN can achieve its goal without misrepresenting Cameroun’s illegal occupation and de facto recolonization of Southern Cameroons as being what CDN officials call the Anglophone Crisis. It would be a good point to start with conflict resolution for the CDN to resolve the internal conflict it has engineered by attempting to explain the genocide unfolding in Ambazonia by evoking some colonial language.

    Short of applauding, Ambazonians should, in my opinion, appreciate the wisdom of our ancestors that dictates that we treat the Swiss-led Process as “the bird in hand…” Until another and, hopefully, better process, including the multi-mediation the CDN wishes for, comes along, I salute Team Ambazonia for refusing to be cajoled into retreats with so-called Anglophones. The last thing we want for Ambazonia is to repeat the mistake of the Foumban Conference in 1961 when the Southern Cameroons’ strategy was infiltrated by One Kamerun UPC supporters. Team Ambazonia cannot allow our negotiation strategy to suffer from undue consideration of the views of federalists, unionists, so-called Anglophones and pro-One Kamerun campaigners. People who prioritize a return to normalcy and so-called peace in The Cameroons definitely do not seek justice the people of Ambazonia demand and deserve, and without which there can be no peace. #teamambazonia
    After the Back to the Future Retreat of the CDN, What Next? By Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert (Yindo Toh) Representatives of some of the organizations that have, in the words of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations (CDN), hampered “joint engagement toward mediated negotiations”, rose from a retreat in Toronto (Canada) Sunday night by embracing the only internationally-supported negotiation process now available to Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun: the Swiss-led Process. This outcome - delayed more than two years since the Swiss-led Process was first announced – came as no surprise to members of the Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT aka Team Ambazonia). In meetings between ACT and some of the representatives of countries and stakeholders to the Swiss-led Process as they prepared to attend, speak and/or observe the Toronto retreat, there was agreement that one message needed to be delivered. Neither the Canadians, nor the Americans, nor the Germans, nor the Norwegians, nor the Finish, nor the United Nations, nor the African Union are itching to start a parallel mediation process. That message was not only delivered at the Toronto retreat. It was well received by several movements and, strangely, given more credibility notwithstanding that it came partly from the same Swiss these movements have not stopped accusing of working for the colonizers in Yaounde. Notwithstanding public claims to the contrary, the leadership of the two most important movements at the retreat privately support the Swiss-led Process. One of the movements in Canada was fresh out of two rounds of meetings with the Swiss during which it offered assurances it will be at the table whenever Cameroun comes to the table. Such nice words are not new in this struggle. Without concrete action, even the nicest of words amount to naught. So, here are five areas action is urgently needed by Ambazonians. First, the time has come to invest in organizing all genuine Ambazonian liberation movements into one, solid, truly collaborative Team Ambazonia. This, in my opinion, calls on ACT to invite, anew, fully vetted restoration movements in existence prior to the birth of the Swiss-led Process to join Team Ambazonia. Coming together, and working together, under this and any other process that may become available in the future, would deny Cameroun the possibility to write additional falsehoods in “notes verbales”. To date, Yaounde has evoked the lack of unity among Ambazonians around the Swiss-led Process to “justify” their foot-dragging to come to the table. A united Team Ambazonia would mount pressure on the world to convene the negotiations, thereby denying Cameroun the advantage it has so far taken because of the delay to ramp up its genocidal violence in the vain hope of scoring a decisive military victory. Second, when – not if - Ambazonians achieve the above, they will finally be able to focus on the prize: independence. They will, hopefully, find a way of ending partisan funding of certain armed groups on Ground Zero in favor of a more holistic approach that empowers all self-defense volunteers. They will sharpen transparency and accountability in the management of funds and eliminate the antagonism that has led to Amba-on-Amba killings. Working together as a team should hasten the day when our joint self-defense actions will oblige Cameroun – every day, twice on Sunday - to fight this war on a thousand fronts and on our terms, not theirs. Third, constituting Team Ambazonia will cancel out the issuance of contradictory messages for ghost towns and lockdowns. It should facilitate the mass mobilization of our civilian population for Ambazonia-wide civil disobedience campaigns and rallies in support of independence. It will demonstrate, anew, that an overwhelming majority of our people – not just armed self-defense volunteers - demand an immediate end to colonial occupation by Cameroun. Further delay in implementing such a strategy will improve the chances that the colonizers could successfully isolate the majority of Ambazonians from those Yaounde misrepresents to the world as armed rebels, terrorists, secessionists and bandits. Working together, we can send the clearest message to the world: even if Cameroun were to kill every armed self-defense volunteer, the Ambazonian Problem will never go quietly into the night. Fourth, the time has come, too, for Ambazonians to shun partisan conclaves. As the fog from the Toronto retreat clears, every analyst can see distinctly that retreat attendees were, mostly, diehard supporters of the Sisiku AyukTabe faction of the IG group (IG Care). Boycotters were supporters of the Sako faction of the IG group and movements in alliance with the Sako faction under the Swiss-led Process. The “do me, I do you” laws under which these partisan political fights have found fertile soil, thrive on the blind surrogacy and sycophancy which has divided Ambazonians into political tribes, each supporting their favorite movements or their most preferred self-proclaimed interim government or governing council. Fifth, every Ambazonian should do more to resist the “clever” games being played by so-called Anglophones. From Dion Ngute, who is on endless peace missions to Southern Cameroons; to Atanga Nji Paul and Felix Mbayu organizing renditions from Nigeria and singing for their breakfasts; to Ayah Paul Abine “catching grass” as he seeks to maintain his status of civil servant “hors categorie” within the colonial system; to Agbor Nkongho evoking his thesis of the year 2000 to defend slavery under federalism in a one and indivisible Kamerun – the result is the same. These so-called Anglophones or Anglophones of Southern Cameroons, as I heard one of them call themselves, are enabling the colonizers to pick whom to negotiate with, to delay or seek ways of avoiding to face the music under an internationally-mediated negotiations. Before a few concluding words, let me take a moment to applaud the CDN for its ambitious goal of resolving conflicts in the Gulf of Guinea. I am sure the CDN can achieve its goal without misrepresenting Cameroun’s illegal occupation and de facto recolonization of Southern Cameroons as being what CDN officials call the Anglophone Crisis. It would be a good point to start with conflict resolution for the CDN to resolve the internal conflict it has engineered by attempting to explain the genocide unfolding in Ambazonia by evoking some colonial language. Short of applauding, Ambazonians should, in my opinion, appreciate the wisdom of our ancestors that dictates that we treat the Swiss-led Process as “the bird in hand…” Until another and, hopefully, better process, including the multi-mediation the CDN wishes for, comes along, I salute Team Ambazonia for refusing to be cajoled into retreats with so-called Anglophones. The last thing we want for Ambazonia is to repeat the mistake of the Foumban Conference in 1961 when the Southern Cameroons’ strategy was infiltrated by One Kamerun UPC supporters. Team Ambazonia cannot allow our negotiation strategy to suffer from undue consideration of the views of federalists, unionists, so-called Anglophones and pro-One Kamerun campaigners. People who prioritize a return to normalcy and so-called peace in The Cameroons definitely do not seek justice the people of Ambazonia demand and deserve, and without which there can be no peace. #teamambazonia
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