By Ashu Stanislaus
AmbaNews24 – Yaoundé, Cameroon
The respectable learned man of law, Justice Paul Abine Ayah, one time Supreme Court Judge in Cameroon and the former National President of the Popular Action Party has penned a sharp warning on some Ambazonian liberation leaders who are purported to be holding pre-talks with Cameroun officials in Switzerland to end the Ambazonia liberation struggle. The intermediary appointed by Cameroon to bring these Ambazonian leaders to the table is the Humanitarian Center for Dialogue (HD) in Switzerland.
Below is a text of the red light that Justice Ayah has flashed on the Switzerland meeting.
Several publications have appeared on the social media in both English and French that the Camerounese President is meeting some ‘Amba’ frontline leaders in Geneva, Switzerland, this day, June 25, 2019, for talks. The talks have been variously called PRE-TALKS, PRELIMINARY TALKS, PRE-NEGOTIATION TALKS. But all that is beside the point. What is of essence is the implication that the REAL (SUBSTANTIVE) TALKS are to follow!
May we not forget that [John Ngu] Foncha and [S.T] Muna did seek to justify their First Sell-out at Foumban on the ground of low education: grade three teachers or so. But we do see today the epithets of university education against most of the names of the Frontline leaders. Some more and others say they are pastors. Low education cannot be the excuse this time around.
The question from us of little education is this. If the Amba frontline leaders are meeting the highest Camerounese authority in preparatory talks, is it the Amba floor members who shall meet Jesus in the substantive talks? Is it the Amba commoners who shall meet God Himself for the summit talks?
ARH BEG TO OPINE
JUST ONE MORE TIME!
NO-ONE has the right to trifle with the lives of so many in favour of their BELLE and/or the intangible thing called POSITION! NO-ONE has the right to reap unduly from the BLOOD spilt of the innocent!! NO-ONE should sit on the pedestal without the voice of the people!!!
Few have preached the virtues of DIALOGUE more than, or as long as, PA Ayah. BUT it MUST be a GENUINE AND INCLUSIVE dialogue! It must be OPEN and TRANSPARENT dialogue!! It must be before an INDEPENDENT, IMPARTIAL and a MANDATED MEDIATOR with the power to enforce the observance of the terminal resolutions!!!
IF WE CAN STILL TALK OF ‘DIALOGUE’ AT THIS STAGE!
ANYTHING short of all these is a waste of time, energy and resources! ANYTHING short of all these is a NONSTARTER! ANYTHING short of all these is UNACCEPTABLE!
WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!
THIS IS NOT A THREAT
THIS IS THE POPULAR RESOLVE
THIS IS THE WAY TO LASTING RESOLUTION
THIS IS THE PATH TO PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
WHAT PEACE LOVER SHOULD CHERISH
WHAT PEACE BUILDERS SHOULD WORK FOR
WHAT THE CHILDREN OF GOD SHOULD EMBRACE
AmbaNews24 has gathered from information circulating on social media that those present in Switzerland for the talks include Boh Herbert, Elvis Kometa. Mark Njoh Chebs, Ebenezer Akwanga, Matthew Ngalla, Agboh Emmanuel, Dr. Kizito Elad representing the Ikome Sako faction, Dr. Bernadette Ategha representing the Ambazonia International Policy Commission (AIPC), Dabney Yerima, Vincent Mudame and Anon Dinka.
Many Ambazonians have criticized this Switzerland meeting for various reasons. Dr. David Makongo questioned from where those at the talks got the mandate to represent over 8million Ambazonians at such a meeting. Popular Ambazonian activist, Mark Bareta interrogated the extent to which the attendees were hiding the meeting from the Ambazonian people. Some have asked the criteria under which any groups were present at the meeting. Asah Victor and two others, for example, created the AIPC two years ago in Geneva as a small watchdog group to alert Ambazonians on activities in the corridors of the UN. Bernadette is the head of AICP. The AIPC has 17 members. What qualifies it to enter into negotiations on the fate of 8million Ambazonians remains a mystery!
To make matters worse, John Mbah Akuroh of the Consortium in a YouTube video said the meeting is not on negotiation pre-talks but a capacity building session. This contradicts the assertion of Ikome Sako, who had previously stated that his faction of the IG was rather engaged in pre-talks with Cameroon through the Swiss. Many Ambazonians have wondered how pre-talks suddenly morphed into capacity building sessions. Social media is full of questions on the wisdom of Ambazonian liberation leaders receiving negotiation capacity building from an entity appointed by Cameroon that Ambazonia is in a war of independence against. Some have likened this to Atanga Nji Paul, Cameroon’s faithful Minister of Decentralization training Ambazonian fighters on warfare tactics to be used to free Ambazonia from occupation by Cameroon.
AmbaNews24 has also received information from one of the attendees that the protagonists behind the scene that pushed for the meeting include the Secretary General at the Presidency of Cameroon, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh; and the Switzerland Ambassador to Cameroon, Pietro Lazzeri. On June 19, 2019, AmbaNews24 published an article that outlined Switzerland’s interest in the talks, precisely the interest of Barry Callebaut, a French-Swiss chocolate producing company that wants the Ambazonia War of Independence to end so it can have access to the 60% of the total Cameroon’s export volume of cocoa that comes from Ambazonia territory.