SPEECH BY VP DABNEY YERIMA
Date:28 November 2020
Ambazonia: The Infighting MUST Stop
I come today to have a candid conversation with the Ambazonian people, and specifically with our self-defence forces. A few days ago, we witnessed the senseless killing of three self-defence forces and the wounding of five civilians in Guzang, Batibo by a group that claimed to also be fighting for our flag. This is unacceptable. My heart goes out to all the fallen heroes of this struggle.
This war was declared on the people of Southern Cameroons by the president of French Cameroun on 30 November 2017. As a nation, we entered this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is clear– The people of the Ambazonia will not live at the mercy of a rogue regime that threatens its independence and freedom with unruly militias and marauding forces.
Over the last four years, we have seen images of young women raped, grandmothers burned in their homes, old men and women shot, and children executed. We have witnessed young men murdered and their bodies dumped on street corners, children killed in schools, houses and whole villages burned in all the corners of our nation.
These gruesome and sustain crimes show our enemy’s intention to prevent our independence, even if that means wiping out our whole population. Our people are being killed by a regime seeking the return of oppression and the death of our independence.
My dear restoration forces: You must STOP attacking each other!! As Southern Cameroonians, we are not at war with each other. This war is not between frontline movements and different self-defence forces. Your enemy is La Republique du Cameroun. Your task in this struggle is to free our people and to defend Ambazonia from grave danger. You MUST start fighting for the Ambazonian flag. Your utmost loyalty is to the nation above any frontline movement.
In this war for freedom, you have all chosen to bear the duty and share the honour of serving for our freedom. Your actions must be guided by a vision of unity and collaboration on the battlefield of many dangers. Ambazonia cannot afford to lose any more lives in avoidable circumstances. Millions of Southern Cameroonians have confidence in you and are praying for you as you undertake this gigantic task to free our nation. The dangers to our country will only be defeated if we all start fighting against our common enemy.
We must guard against the corrupt and evil tactics of the enemy. We face an enemy that has no regard for conventions and morality. Our enemy has tried to sow chaos and pit us against each other, and we must be wise to spot its sinister plots. We cannot aid and abet the enemy by fighting amongst ourselves. This war requires our sustained loyalty and self-restraint.
My dear self-defence forces, cooperation, and unity amongst you on the ground will deny the terrorists and rapists a ground of operation. Unity amongst you will narrow their path to success. Unity amongst you will give momentum to our struggle for independence. Unity amongst you will be a decisive blow to the rogue regime in Yaoundé.
Ambazonia is watching you and in you, her hope for victory lies. That trust is well placed, and you cannot afford to let your nation down. As we move closer to our goal, the regime in Yaoundé is becoming more active and brutal. There are difficult days ahead, yet we must remain strong. But above all, you at the forefront of this struggle must remain united.
Helping defeat an organised military after decades of dictatorship is a massive undertaking. Their only influence is violence, and their only agenda is death. Our agenda, in contrast, is freedom and independence, security and prosperity for our people. So, we must confront this dangerous enemy with unity and purpose.
We must now unite to defeat this evil. The rogue regime in Yaoundé must not determine the future of Ambazonia.
La Republique du Cameroun and Ambazonia have two contrasting visions–one of oppression and cruelty, the other of liberty and independence. These two visions are contending for the future of our country. The failure of freedom would only mark the continuation of subjugation, violence, and executions. But my fellow Ambazonians, we will not fail. We will unite, persevere, and defeat this common enemy.
May God bless you all, God Bless our fallen heroes,
Long Live the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
By Dabney Yerima