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And what if Fru Ndi is right- A Bernard Ngalim Analysis

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… and what if Fru Ndi is right?

By Bernard Ngalim,

On July 25, 2020, some Southern Cameroonian leaders invited John Fru Ndi, Cameroon’s long time opposition leader to give his opinion about the Ambazonian struggle for independence. Fru Ndi’s opinion has remained firm and his desire to see a federated Cameroon seems unbending. This caused the SDF to lose almost all the council and parliamentary sits in the Southern Cameroons at the February 2020 elections. 98% of Ambazonian supporters are arguably former SDF diehards who believed the SDF will redeem the Southern Cameroonians’ right to self-determination. The SDF’s dismal failure in the two most recent elections and Fru Ndi’s abdication from contesting the 2018 presidential elections might have inspired Southern Cameroonians to invite him to an open conversation.

Presumably, Sothern Cameroonian organizers thought the SDF’s woes might have forced Fru Ndi to change his heart. Hell no! The unapologetic Fru Ndi maintained his federalist stance but the substance of this speech revolves around some points, call them political lessons, Fru Ndi offered Southern Cameroonians. Hate him or love him. Southern Cameroonians must reflect and give meaning to these points.

Ambazonians are all about money

It’s an open secret that Ambazonians have accused fellow freedom fighters of embezzlement and corruption. For the sake of clarity and transparency, I’ll cite a few examples and testimonies made by people close to certain situations.

Nambere, a Sako recruit, testified on video that in several instances, Sako promised to send community raised money to prosecute the liberation struggle. In some video testimonies, Nambere regretted that Sako did not as much as arm the fighters under his jurisdiction despite raising huge amounts of money in the diaspora.

Eric Tataw, a one-time close Sako ally has multiplied information about Sako’s misappropriation of liberation funds. Note that Eric Tataw jointly raised part of the money for Sako’s group. Boh Herbert is on record saying that they raised $50.000 and the money disappeared. No one has justified or explained where the money disappeared to.

Last Sunday, July 26, 2020, Mark Bareta published a list of about 11 Ambazonians who have received money from Cameroon’s government. Without authenticating the claims but linking up with Fru Ndi’s statement the previous, I will challenge Ambazonians to think twice, revisit the fundamentals of the liberation quest, and chart a better future.

In the heat of these revelations, someone leaked Professor Ayim’s request that money currently being raised be used to pay Sako’s rent and buy Sako a “presidential car”. While they project the raised funds will be used to support the liberation struggle, they are quietly using the money for personal purposes.

I interviewed John Mbah Akuroh last Sunday and he revealed some Ambazonians attending meetings with the Swiss HD return home with huge per diems. In Mark’s revelations, he claimed one of Cameroon’s ministers paying some money to Ambazonians said Ambazonians have no integrity and are all about money.

Can Ambazonians claim Fru Ndi’s statement about money was born of hate and malice? These examples only represent the tip of an iceberg about money scandals in the Ambazonian liberation struggle. Are these freedom fighters?

Ambazonians must think about “unity of purpose”

As much as Ambazonians represent a social construct and there’s bound to be differences in opinion, they all profess unity in purpose: the liberation of the Southern Cameroons. The unity in purpose is, however, corrupted by intra-Ambazonian attacks, infighting, mudslinging, sabotage, public attacks, etc.

Consider these examples.

Chris Anu used an Ambazonian TV to ban the AGovC and the ADF. The AGovC in an official statement (based on their intelligence) designated Chris Anu an infiltrator.

Bui and Batibo have been bedrocks of intra-Ambazonian fighting. The Bui Warriors under Sako’s leadership acknowledged they attacked ADF’s General Effang and killed about 30 other Ambazonian fighters and later told Ambazonians to ask Cameroon to produce the bodies of these fighters.

When Sisiku tweeted that he held meetings with Cameroon’s officials, social media broke into a frenzy and those participating in meetings with Switzerland challenged Sisiku’s authority to meet with any authority to talk about a ceasefire. Expanding on their claims, they even said Sisiku was negotiating a peace deal and ceasefire. If all Ambazonians are working to liberate Ambazonia, why won’t they canalize their efforts, talk with Sisiku, and advise when need be?

Ambazonians in the diaspora must factor home-based

Diasporan Ambazonians consistently make statements ignoring the plight of Southern Cameroonians based at home. The incessant and irrelevant lockdowns, orders to pay taxes, and instructions to kidnap Southern Cameroonians at home is alarming.

When Cardinal Tumi proposed to host an All Anglophone Conference, his detractors weren’t only Biya. Ambazonians in the diaspora ferociously opposed the idea but won’t organize a conference abroad and invite home-based Southern Cameroonians. Even if they didn’t/don’t agree with Cardinal Tumi, it is important to talk, listen, and share ideas.

Ambazonians must think about children and their education

The substance of education remains one of the fundamental pillars of discord between Ambazonians and Cameroon. Ambazonians have declared “no schools” in Ambazonia since 2016. Four years down the line, there’s no hope that schools will resume in Ambazonia. Despite this, Ambazonian children abroad continue going to school unabated. Worse still, they publish pictures when their children graduate or achieve an academic milestone.

In as much as one agrees that Cameroon’s curriculum in Ambazonia is faulty and needs redress and the environment is not safe for education, Ambazonians in the diaspora must empathize and avoid provoking Ambazonians children on the home front.

The sacrifice is already enormous enough and adding salt to injury by always flashing their children in the most fashionable position is unnecessary and vexing. While some Ambazonian groups have started community schools, it’s difficult to evaluate their effectiveness and compliance with international norms.

Claims of a righteous generation

Fru Ndi reminded Ambazonians that their claims of being a righteous generation is a catalyst for the dismal performance and possibly justifies the quagmire Ambazonians find themselves in. How can one generation claim to know everything about winning a liberation war? Acknowledging the liberation struggle has a long history and stakeholders at other points in time took some steps to remedy the pain, today’s Ambazonians must acknowledge these steps, learn from the mistakes, capitalize on their gains to inform the ambitions of this generation. Make no mistake, history plays an important role in political projects. Ambazonians cannot ignore history, those who made the history and think they will succeed. Always starting from the starting block is a sign of failure.

Conclusion

The man in the mirror looks at the mirror and sees himself. Ambazonians must look at the mirror and carefully examine their consciences. Chastising Fru Ndi in the face of these four points won’t liberate Ambazonia. It will only deepen the Ambazonian grave. I acknowledge, however, that things might have been different had Fru Ndi put more pressure on Cameroon and the international community. Ambazonians trusted him and hoped he would put his weight behind the movement to take Cameroon’s knee off their neck. While calling Ambazonians to order, Fru Ndi must also look into the mirror, acknowledge his shortcomings, and take proactive steps to take Cameroon’s knee off Ambazonian necks.

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7 Comments

  1. Aaron Agien Nyangkwe

    July 29, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Great piece

  2. Mukong

    July 29, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Fru Ndi is just a spoiler. Many lost their lives and careers to make him who he became in SDF and he is still to show humility other than being a demagogue. The fact that some still think he will come to reality is just being naive. I guest his frustration now is the realization that history will not be kind to him.
    Yes, the fact that sarko and some miscreants have use this struggle as their piggy bank should not be used to tarnish the incredible sacifices that some are making to free homeland. We all know what it takes to survive here in the United States, yet when I see the efforts of a young man like Eric Tataw and others towards the success of the dreams of the Ambazonian people I cannot but say we must keep our eyes on the prize. So, whatever someone said at the Townhall meeting should just be considered as this pattern of distraction.
    Munzu tried it and it did not work, Cardinal Tumi tried it and it did not work, Achidi Achu tried it and it did not work, Chief Mukete tried it and it did not work, so to Tabe Tando, Enoch Tanjong, Abeti, Muna (Akere), Elie Smith, Ghoghomu, Peter Mafany, Musonge and the list goes on and on. This generation shall not be fooled by anyone; yes, not even by fraudstars like sarko and his accomplices.
    Ambazonians, let us keep our eyes on the price and avoid noise makers.

  3. Felix Bongjoh

    July 29, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Mr. John Fru Ndi will take us back to square one of servitude and will offer no solution as to how we get out of it. This man lives in the past and has not yet understood the game of power in international politics. Since Mr. Paul Biya and his militiamen started slaughtering thousands of Ambazonians as from 2016, as a way of perpetuating his autocratic rule, where was he? Can Mr. Fru Ndi define, in operational terms, what a federation is and tell the world, in no vague terms, that a federation has ever existed in Cameroun? Definitely no.
    Since Mr. Ahmadou Ahidjo’s fraudulent and repressive tactics, there has never been any democratically established constitutional federation in Cameroon respectively sanctioned by the parliaments of East and West Cameroon in accordance with the constitutional provisions of each of the federated states. What Mr. Ahidjo called a “federation” was a convenient arrangement for him to perpetuate his autocratic rule over Southern Cameroonians.
    And he did so right from the 1960’s, when he went to Buea and staged a constitutional coup by appointing a PM, who was supposed to be elected by the West Cameroon House of Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. What else can one expect from a politician of convenience like Mr. John Fru Ndi, whom Mr. Biya has used and abused in order to stay eternally in power? There is no doubt that Mr. Paul Biya has placed Mr Fru Ndi on a handsome payroll for this purpose.

    Having grabbed absolute power and was able to strengthen continued French rule on Southern Cameroonians for over half a century in total disregard of the identity of Southern Cameroonians as a people with a totally different legal framework and an educational system that has proven its worth, Mr. Biya has hit the hardest part of his delusional ambition – that of using deceptive tactics (Grand National Dialogue, Special Status) to take a people to a dead-end.
    No, Mr. Fru Ndi, we know you have shamelessly served as Mr. Biya’s vehicle for imposing a totalitarian bloody war against Ambazonians struggling for their right to self-determination in accordance with its UN-sanctioned independence on October 1, 1961. Please, Mr. Fru Ndi, tell us when a federation ever worked in Cameroun. And I will debate with you publicly with hard facts to demonstrate that A FEDERATION HAS NEVER EXISTED NOR WORKED EVEN IN A SHAM FORM IN CAMEROUN BECAUSE IT ALWAYS ENDS UP A LOOSE ARRANGEMENT WHICH LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN (WHATEVER THAT MEANS) WATERS DOWN AT WILL TO SUIT ITS PURPOSE.
    In view of the foregoing, I would like to urge this NEVER-AGAIN generation of Southern Cameroonians (Ambazonians) TO IGNORE PLAYERS LIKE MR JOHN FRU NDI, WHOSE GRIM AND DISAPPOINTING RECORD CANNOT STAND IN THEIR WAY, AS THEY STEADILY EMERGE VICTORIOUS OVER A PREDATOR, “LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN” WHICH IS TOO EMBARASSED TO BOW OUT OF AN UNNECESSARY WAR.
    GUNS ARE TAKING US TO BUEA AND WILL DEFINITELY TAKE US THERE. MR FRU NDI IS TOTALLY IRRELEVANT TO AMBAZONIA’S LIBERATION. AND AMBAZONIANS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT.

  4. Felix Bongjoh

    July 30, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    MR. JOHN FRU NDI CAN NEVER BE PART OF THE AMBAZONIAN REVOLUTION. A CORRUPT, SELF-CENTERED AND DISHONEST PERSON SHOULD BE OFFICIALLY REQUESTED NEVER AGAIN TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN RESPECT OF AMBAZONIA, WHICH HAS ALREADY REJECTED HIM ENTIRELY.

    MR JOHN FRU NDI OWES A HEAVY DEBT IN TERMS OF THE TONS OF MONEY HE HAS RECEIVED FROM PAUL BIYA TO PRESERVE AN IMAGINARY FEDERATION THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED. AMBAZONIA (SOUTHERN CAMEROONS) WILL ALWAYS REMAIN AMBAZONIA. AND “LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN”[LRC] (FRENCH EAST CAMEROUN) WILL ALWAYS BE LRC.

    TO HELL WITH CORRUPT SELFISH JOHN FRU NDI, WHO WANTS TO SEE HIS PEOPLE LIVE IN SERVITUDE IN PERPETUITY. FORWARD WITH AMBAZONIA’S MARCH TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE AND TOTAL SOVEREIGNTY. NEVER SHALL AMBAZONIA BOW AGAIN TO THE INTRIGUES OF FRANCE AND DICTATOR AHIDJO CONTINUED BY DICTATOR PAUL BIYA.

  5. Mbeuh

    July 31, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    I blame those Ambazonians who give relevance to the likes of Fru Ndi and Kamto by inviting the former to air his views on our struggle for freedom and sheeps in Canada seeking the latter’s approval for a 10 State Federation. For God’s sake, what right does Kamto have to be deciding for Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) what is good for us? As for Fru Ndi, his amnesia is causing him to forget that the freedom train left the station years ago and left him behind as he wined and dined with vampire Biya. Freedom for Ambazonia is a MUST, no matter how long it takes.

  6. Felix Bongjoh

    July 31, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    I HAVE SAID IT TIME AND AGAIN THAT FRU NDI LIVES IN THE PAST. BUT HE IS HARD OF HEARING AND COMES OUT EACH TIME TO DEMONSTRATE HIS IRRELEVANCE. I WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST AMBAZONIANS TO LET KAMTO UNDERSTAND HE WAS ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT TO THE AMBAZONIAN REVOLUTION. BOTH FIGURES CAN GET ALONG OUTSIDE OUR REALM OF STRUGGLE. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BELONG TO ONE COUNTRY TO DO SO. AFTER ALL, I GET ALONG WITH MANY COLLEAGUES OUTSIDE AMBAZONIA IN OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES. BESIDES, MR FRU NDI IS FREE TO CHOOSE CAMEROUN AS HIS NATIONALITY AFTER ALL THE HUGE SUMS OF MONEY HE HAS ENJOYED FROM THAT COUNTRY. FRU NDI IS RELEVANT TO CAMEROUN, BUT TOTALLY IRRELEVANT TO AMBAZONIA. FRU NDI, A SHAMELESSLY CORRUPT MAN, WHOSE ONLY POLITICS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL!!!

  7. Mukong

    July 31, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    “A CORRUPT, SELF-CENTERED AND DISHONEST PERSON”, yes that says it all about the man.

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