By The ANA-lyst
Justice Ayah Paul Abine, one of Southern Cameroon’s brightest legal minds, has warned that Southern Cameroon – Ambazonia’s current liberation struggle may be heading towards a worse outcome than Foumbam. His warning follows recent revelations that some leaders of self-designated Frontline Ambazonian groups, especially in the diaspora are engaged in secret negotiation with Cameroun government contacted parties in Switzerland.
In a write-up titled ” BUT THE SECOND FOOL” and posted on Facebook on July 23, 2019, the former Supreme Court Judge starts by noting that ” ‘The first fool is not a fool’ – another way of saying ‘to err is human’. But one becomes a fool when the error becomes repetitive: a habit.” He points out that Cameroun has always treated Southern Cameroun in bad faith, bought over Southern Cameroon’s representative in negotiations and so the secret meeting with self-appointed “Frontline Leaders” should be viewed with apprehension as it may lead to a ‘Second Foumban” and “…the birth of the Second FOOL’S paradise!!!”
“Let it be repeated that Ambazonians comprise two groups: those in the territory and those abroad. Nothing done by or with the one group without the other shall work!!!” Justice Ayah Paul writes.
Below is a full text of Justice Ayah Paul Abine’s write-up
BUT THE SECOND FOOL
Our primary school teachers were wont to tell us that ‘The first fool is not a fool’ – another way of saying ‘to err is human’. But one becomes a fool when the error becomes repetitive: a habit. That early inculcation of wisdom is probably what has led PA Ayah to decline to be part of any local group, claiming to speak in the name of Anglophones – Ambazonians.
Let it be repeated that Ambazonians comprise two groups: those in the territory and those abroad. Nothing done by or with the one group without the other shall work!!! Above all, for any lasting solution to the current ‘crisis’ to come about, ONLY the AMAZONIANS shall choose their leaders – those to negotiate whatever with whoever. Else shall the ‘Second Foumban’ be WORSE than the first!!!
History has proven that Cameroun has treated with Southern Cameroonians, West Cameroonians and now Ambazonians with the utmost bad faith all along. Apprehension runs down one’s spinal cord when one hears about such coinage as FRONTLINE LEADERS who are said to be in secret preliminary talks already with Cameroun abroad in a ‘Second Foumban’. That is the birth of the Second FOOL’S paradise!!!
We overheard decades ago that the attention of the Southern Cameroonian delegates at the ‘First Foumban’ was captured and turned away from the substance – the real issues – when those delegates found comfort with long-naked Foumban girls and drink. Money and hedonism in foreign hotels should not be the second bait. Or we are FINISHED!!!
Let this be our guidelines to salvation! Even when we shall have chosen our leaders/representatives in all sovereignty, SECRET meetings shall not be tolerated. It was, perhaps, high time too we began to insist on AMBAZONIANITY for the good of the people! All should be in all TRANSPARENCY!!!
Posterity shall read that someone did ring the bell, even if no-one hears it today!
In recent weeks, revelations have been surfaced that members of the recently formed Southern Cameroon Leadership Council – SCLC have been in secret direct negotiations with Cameroun appointed “mediators” in Switzerland. AmbaNews24 has learned that Ebenezar Akwanga championed a mission from June 18 to 19, 2019, that included Boh Herbert, Kizito Elad representing the Ikome Sako IG faction, Dr. Bernadette Ategha representing the Sisiku Ayuk Tabe IG faction, and Elvis Kometa. Keen observers have noted that it is most likely for this purpose that the Southern Cameroons Liberation Council (SCLC) was hastily formed on March 28, 2019, and Press Statement No. 010/SCLC/06 put out stating the SCLC is the only platform through which all “interactions with international partners shall be channeled.”
Conspicuously absent from the secret Switzerland meeting is the Ambazonia Government Council – AGovC. The organisation has acknowledged that they received an invitation to the negotiations from Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (a Swiss NGO) but turned it down after their investigation revealed the NGO was bidding for Cameroun. The AGovC president Dr. Lucas Cho Ayaba in recent Facebook outing re-echoed his previous position that he will not sit on a direct negotiation table with the Biya Government of its representatives. He added that no frontline leader including himself will sit on any negotiation table. Only a team of highly qualified Ambazonian experts who fully understand, masters and have experience in such very complex negotiation shall represent the Ambazonian people in future negotiations.
As of result of the hit generated by the revelation of secret negotiations, some of the so called Frontline leader involved in the secret meeting have come out and rejected the claims that they are negotiating. They claim they have only been engaged in PRE-NEGOTIATION and Capacity meetings with the Swiss. However, Ambazonians are asking why these individuals are taking part in capacity building meetings organised by organisations appointed by the cameroun government. AGovC Vice President Dr. Julius Nyih has also debunked those claims in a recent statement,
“YES, AGovC was reached by both the Swiss Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as a MEDIATOR” and not for CAPACITY BUILDING. They talked of DECENTRALISATION and we REJECTED it”.