In an unprecedented move, the Government of Boris Johnson, one of the main architects of Britain’s campaign to exit the European Union has now issued a specific advisory for its citizens not to travel to the territory of Ambazonia. Ambazonia, a former United Nations Trust Territory called Southern Cameroons is currently entering the 4th year of a fierce battle to reclaim its sovereignty from Cameroun; a former French colony which has illegally occupied her for over five decades as a result of an incomplete UN decolonization effort.
In a statement, 10 Downing Street’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all travel to “the North West region, South West region (including the towns of Buea, Muyuka and Tiko in Fako division).
The foreign office acknowledged that since the announcement of Municipal and legislative elections by the Cameroon government to be held on 9 February 2020, Ambazonians in defiance of any colonial rule have also instituted a nationwide lockdown within the entire territory. There may be increased tensions and unrest around the country and travel may be restricted the Foreign office advised. It, therefore, cautioned all UK citizens to remain vigilant and monitor local media.
All UK citizens were further cautioned that If they decide to travel to, or within, areas of the Anglophone regions as Cameroun would like to call the former British Trust territory, they should consider carefully the risks of travel, monitor developments closely, keep a low profile and minimise their movements.
Despite UK’s acknowledgement of the now heightened security situation in the armpit of Africa as a result of the war between Ambazonia and Cameroun, many pundits have questioned the hesitation of Britain to take a more direct role and approach in championing a call to address the root cause of the conflict. These calls have only increased after the President of French Cameroun PAUL Biya admitted in a recent interview in France that his country was actually intending to assimilate the people of Southern Cameroons; a move which was in stark contrast to the federal structure which would have seen the two nations having a union with equal status. Just as the British required an ACT OF PARLIAMENT to exit the European Union, the plebiscite vote by the people of Southern Cameroons which was mandated by the United Nations and supervised by the British; a vote that resulted to Ambazonia’s consent to join French Cameroun in a federal structure required an act from the house of chiefs to make it binding. That act was unfortunately never realized specifically because French Cameroun in concert with France connived as they moved to dismantle every administrative, financial, economic and security institution within the Southern Cameroons. These actions implicitly meant that the government of Ahidjo at the time had taken the decision to unilaterally abandon the process which would have led to the signing of a TREATY OF UNION between both nations.
With these historical facts still looming, it will be in the interest of the British government to revisit the ROOT CAUSE of this conflict and also address the implications of UN Resolution 1608 and 1514 if they must see an end to the conflict which has now resulted to a full-blown humanitarian crisis.