Barrister Agbor Nkongho Feedback Of Today’s Meeting
A moment ago, Barrister Agbor Nkongho met with the British Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin. The meeting held in Buea, Southern zone to discuss the problems the Cameroons is facing, most importantly,the Southern Cameroons crisis. Public opinions about the meeting has been negative from Ambazonians who saw the move as a wasted efforts and some sending strong words against Barrister Nkongho. In BaretaNews, we want to be clear. In as much overwhelming majority of Ambazonians want separation, we cannot hush down on others who differ and are doing their own job. Diplomacy is a very complex thing and not what is on the surface sometimes is said on the open especially considering the area one find him or herself. Ambazonians may disagree with Balla, but come on the man is doing his own, talking and acting at the same time, taking out the messages that matters out there and those messages are the current happenings on the ground. We need these talks and I am confident Balla et al only gave the situation on the ground and the need for dialogue. While we continue making homeland ungovernable, we cannot stop those on the ground from talking and doing so carefully. War or not, we will all end on the table. While our self defense actions are meant to defend homeland, it also helps to push diplomacy which will need talks. What matters is that the final decision rest with us: You and I. We must as a matter of fact halt all insults against leaders and disagree with them respectfully. Below is a short statement from Balla in line with today’s meeting.
Meeting at Mountain Hotel Buea, with The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin and H.E Rowan Laxton, British High Commissioner to Cameroon.
We discussed a broad range of issues, including the growing refugee crisis, internally displaced due to the current crisis, conditions of detainees with some facing trial in military courts and some detained without charges or trial, continuous arrests ongoing in North West and South West Regions, burning of houses and villages reportedly done by the military, killings going on in both regions and the conditions of the terrorised civilian population caught in the middle of war.
Raising concerns on the extradition of Ayuk Tabe Julius and 46 others arrested in Nigeria. Currently detained incommunicado, with no access to family and lawyers.
Pictures of the meeting in Buea
In the presence of civil society representatives and clergy, we mutually agreed that, finding solutions to the human rights and security situation remains a priority.
However, to find a long lasting solution to the crisis, The United Kingdom and other international partners must push for dialogue with representatives of the people.
CENTRE for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa.