The risk of getting carried away by things that are just related to the independence of Ambazonia instead of focusing on enforcing the independence itself is more than ever high right now. In the heat of mourning, anger and thirst for revenge we can easily forget what led us to where we are right now. While the enemy and oppressors continue with the carnage and atrocities, they are also watching closely to see whether it was a mere declaration and we have given up.
Personally I hold onto the opinion that we should strike the iron when it is still hot. The independence of Ambazonia is still very hot. The blood of our citizens slaughtered on independence declaration day is still very hot. All eyes are on the crisis right now. It would be a mistake to slow down, let everything get cold and quiet before we mobilize to rise again.
What trivialities should we not focus on?
Celebrating the fact that the crisis is making news headlines. This is a common distraction. It takes away attention on the main goal and then disappears in a few days making way for new headlines. If making headlines helps to publicize the crisis, focusing on aspects that enforce the independence is what will keep the issue in the news. Focus on making new news rather than celebrating what is already in the news.
Spending precious time talking about what high-profile persons have said about the crisis. Heads of states and organizations are more often than not very vague and careful about what they say about conflicts because they are usually connected in some way to the root cause of the same conflict or are double dealing. Chasing after why they are not saying anything or why they said what they said is just a distraction.
We shouldn’t vituperate actions without taking measures to enforce what we believe is right. We can call the enemy all the bad names but that won’t change his actions. Whining is a waste of time and a thing for losers.
Some independence enforcement tips to focus on:
1. Burying our dead citizens and beloved ones honorably: The oppressor has now resorted to stealing corpses because they have realized that the burials of the persons they killed will be proof enough of their horrible acts. Communities in possession of corpses of beloved ones should mobilize to give them proper state burials with at least a flag and the singing of our anthem. Communities that have lost corpses of their beloved ones to the oppressor should organize vigils demanding for the bodies.
2. Publish a draft constitution: Since this is the foundation of a country we need one, even if it is a draft right now. We need it available for all citizens of Ambazonia to be able to download and read. It is that draft that will instill in us the basic knowledge of the things that define a country. That document is what can boost our confidence right now in shifting away from the rubbish colonial constitution that has kept us subjugated for decades. Don’t wait to make it perfect before showing the people. We shall perfect it collectively. That’s what will make us different from La Republique du Cameroun’s shady style of nation building.
3. Conducting local censuses: A fully functional state would do this officially but doing it now at village level or even quarter level is an action that shows that our citizens have taken power from the oppressor. We have an Internet platform that facilitates this action but we know how limited it is when it comes to reaching all our people. Locally this can be done through a timeline set by The Governing Council. A deadline for all family heads to submit the desired information to their quarter head. Then a deadline for all quarter heads to submit all the information collected from family heads to village heads, then a deadline for all village heads to send the information collected to The Governing Council. If we can publish a head count of our people per county, gender, age, etc. without using data from the oppressor, it is big proof that we are enforcing the independence we declared and without confronting or needing them in anyway.
4. Shortlisting community opinion leaders: Community opinion leaders are persons of good moral standing as judged by the locals, god-fearing, young and ideally residing permanently in the locality in question. Preferably, these leaders shouldn’t be our chiefs but should work with them. Localities should be allowed to have more than one opinion leader but may be 3 at most. All community opinion leaders should be in direct contact with the department of homeland affairs at The Governing Council.
5. New nation building tips in the vernacular on TV: Our new nation’s pride, The Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Television should schedule special programs during which people from various counties can speak to our people in the vernacular about issues regarding nation building and how to completely cut off connections with the oppressor. This can be done in such an organized way that the TV program schedule can state clearly on which days of the week and time which language from which county will be on air. Our people need to listen to new nation building tips in their own local language, not in the colonial languages they have been terrorized with for so long. SCBC TV, I dare you to produce the first professional news broadcast. It will be a major step ahead and I trust you can do it.
6. Incentives for our children and parents to move towards our new education board: The Southern Cameroons Education Board needs to start with incentives considering that our children have been tuned off education for so long and many have even foolishly sought refuge with the oppressor. It is not enough to decree that they stay at home and wait for a better education system. Parents as well as children need incentives that give a clue to how nice that new system they are waiting for will be. Such incentives that go a long way to make it worth the trouble waiting include: Short instructive video tutorials on various topics in various subjects, quizzes, contests, scholarship offers at various levels, etc. The national anthem competition was an excellent example that got many people interested in the anthem even without competing. We need more of such contests about our culture, history, geography, science, language, fine arts, etc.
7. Fundraising: Until now, most people only focus on GoFundMe for fundraising for various reasons and we all know that the experience has not been so good so far. Other fundraising ideas might be better. For example: Well designed Amba paraphernalia like wall maps, stationery, utensils, clothing and electronics would sell like hot cake right now that we are all seeking to be noticed with our new identity. Although back home it is still a risk to have anything in those colors, those of us in the diasporas hold the big responsibility to keep those colors alive not only on social media but in real life. E-commerce experts, frontline groups time to set up those online shops and share the links instead of just creating GoFundMe links. Who doesn’t want to have something with the Amba insignia at home or in the office? It’s one subtle way to enforce our independence while raising funds.
8. Set up NGOs and charity groups for Ambazonia: Make sure the name of each organization includes Ambazonia or Southern Cameroons… These groups will help tackle the actual problems our people are facing on the ground financially, economically, psychologically, health wise, etc. If we don’t do this, sooner or later similar groups from La Republique du Cameroun, our oppressor will show up with their hypocritical actions and our people as vulnerable as they are right now will fall prey. Many NGOs and charity groups would willingly help if groups from Ambazonia approached them right now for specific issues. Their actions would contribute more to the recognition of our new state.
9. Re-branding Ambazonia: Type Ambazonia or Southern Cameroons in any search engine and take a look at the results especially the images. Those results all came from us because we wanted to expose what is going on. However, there is another side to it, which is disadvantageous to us. South Africa has a government department called Brand South Africa, which does everything that polishes and sells the name of the country. We need that as soon as we can to promote the new nation we want to build but it has to start from all of us on social media, bloggers, writers, newscasters, etc. Choose images carefully and mind what you say. It’s time to start portraying more positive images of the new republic of Ambazonia. That’s independence enforcement and soon we will be standing out and looking very much different from the neighbor we are breaking away from. For now we’re still very much associated with the horrible brand image of La Republique du Cameroun.
10. Publish nation-building surveys: The Governing Council, our supreme body for now should think about publishing a nation building survey or a series of surveys under various sectors. This will keep citizens focused on brainstorming and contributing ideas to new nation building rather than chasing after trivialities. It will give us a sense of purpose and direction. It will be the first step to show that Ambazonians will really build this new nation of ours, not a select group of individuals as the case was for the past half century with our oppressor. Let there be surveys in very sector to poll opinions from millions of educated Ambazonians both at home and abroad. A contact email address to The Governing Council for contributions is not enough
In my humble opinion, these tips above and many more could help keep us focused on enforcing the independence we declared on October 1st instead of licking our wounds, lamenting all day long, hurting ourselves and losing valuable energy. The true test of our resolve to build a nation begins now and the enemy is watching. Even the international community we expect to back us in the process is also watching to see if it is worth the trouble
Kofi Annan: His Death, SCNC, Biya, The West And Ambazonia
Kofi Annan: His Death, SCNC, Biya, The West And Ambazonia.
Kofi Annan, in memoriam
We have received news this morning of the passing away of Kofi Annan, a son of Ghana and Africa, a statesman of the world. We salute the memory of Kofi Annan who personally achieved many things, including recognition as a Nobel Peace laureate in 2001.
Kofi Annan brings up many memories for us. He worked for a negotiated settlement of the Bakassi conflict. Our forerunners in the struggle lobbied him intensely on case of the annexation of Southern Cameroons by La Republique du Cameroun. Mr Annan even visited Cameroun to discuss our situation. His advice to Biya to initiate negotiation failed.
Being a son of Africa, Annan hoped that Paul Biya will work with the SCNC and other groups to adjust the state peacefully and resolve the root cause of the problem. But he left and nothing changed. Biya duped him. Biya promised him that dialogue will ensue and Mr Annan played his own part of the bargain to not criticise LRC much, to give Cameroun the chance to fix its mess. Lai lai to lai lai, nothing happened. Biya pretended to listen. He ignored him. But sadly too, Kofi Annan had failed to learn from his past failure. As Under Secretary General of the UN in charge of peacekeeping operations, Annan had failed to stop the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in 100 days. Mr Annan was also in charge when 8,000 Moslems were massacred in a UN safe area by Serbian forces.
Mr Annan was to some extent let down by the West. But he did publicly recognised that he could have done more to prevent those dark moments from occurring in our world.
Fast forward two decades. Successive batches of UN and world leaders have failed to address the case of the Southern Cameroons. Here we are today – in conflict, our people being murdered by troops loyal to the man whom Kofi Annan trusted, our women being raped, a genocide developing in our land, hundreds of thousands of our people displaced.
Biya scammed Kofi. Unfortunately, the story of this bloody struggle would be insincere without stating the obvious failure of the one African who held the office that could have saved our people from this mess and also preserve the husbands of the several women who are now widows on LRC’s side.
But Mr Annan knows the value of independence. Speaking about Ghana’s independence to a group in 2012 in Canada, he declared, “I walked away as a young man believing change is possible, even radical revolutionary change.”
The people of #Ambazonia #SouthernCameroons should take the hint from Mr Annan’s quote above.
As we mourn a great statesman of the world, a son of Africa, the world should seize the opportunity to examine one of the burning issues where they failed to empower Koffi to resolve the annexation of Southern Cameroons Ambazonia by Cameroun which has now turned into conflict and Africa’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis.
Biya duped Kofi. We hope Antonio Guttieres will reflect on this.
The independence of Ambazonia is non negotiable.
Restoration Forces Arrest Extortionists In Bui
Restoration Forces Arrest Extortionists In Bui
BaretaNews sister platform Scandy Media is reporting that Restoration forces in Bui have arrested two notorious suspects for questioning.. Scandy Media mentioned that these two civilians were part of a gang operating in Bui moving from village to village, house to house terrorizing Ambazonians and at the same time collecting guns, huge sums of money, breaking into homes and stealing, threatening and blackmailing the population while addressing themselves as Amba Boys. The arrest of these individuals is part of the huge campaign by the ASC to root out those who have taken advantage of the God ordained revolution.
Scandy Media writes further:
“…The recent village has been Kitiwum precisely in Shukov kale where a family was attacked 2 days ago and a ransom asked if not their home would be set ablaze. Another women still in Kitiwum was attacked and kidnapped until 1 million was collected . Last two weeks we heard of similar incidents in kikaikom, and a week ago was Nseh…Our Restoration forces have been tracking down these groups and Scandy media has been reliably informed that there exist more than two of such groups as well as individuals calling themselves Amba boys.When ASC got the complains, they were obliged to share the self defense code of conduct to let our people know and understand that Ambazonian self defense forces do not kill their people, they protect them, they do not break into people’s homes, nor kidnap. They do not ask for ransom nor oblige people to give. People donate freely to them..”
BaretaNews adds that this phenomenon is seen also in Meme, Fako, Mbonge etc. Some civilians have taken upon themselves to pretend that they are Amba boys (Self Defense Forces), meanwhile they go about harassing the population. Just last week the ASC made known an email and phone numbers for people who are faced with this aspect to contact them so that legitimate self defense groups in that county can be contacted to track down those carrying out these illegal acts. We also understand that Yaounde through Atanga Nji have been using civilians to create fake groups.
It is the position of BaretaNews that this campaign must intensify in other areas, those caught MUST NOT BE SPARED. The revolution must again be sanitised of these agents of darkness from within and without us. In fact, the upcoming Washington, DC must come out with a white paper that creates a Restoration Police Force amongst the self defense forces whose job must be to ensure that this new found waves of harassment and extortion of our people comes to an end.
In a war like ours, these things are bound to happen as rule of law breaks down, however, it is our responsibility, especially the restoration forces to Ensure that these acts are brought to a bare minimum or not in existence at all.The state of our revolution is strong.
Yaoundé Terrorist Forces Declare Full Scale War on Hospitals & Medical Personnel in Ambazonia
Yaoundé Terrorist Forces Declare Full Scale War on Hospitals & Medical Personnel in Ambazonia
The war declared by the colonial President of Cameroun, Paul Biya, on the people of Southern Cameroons continue to escalate, with the terrorist forces of French Cameroon intensifying their genocidal atrocities on the innocent people. If the activities of the past week are anything to go by, then it wouldn’t be wrong to conclude that the terrorist colonial regime through it foot soldiers in Ambazonia has declared war on hospitals and medical personnel.
The week saw multiple targeted attacks on medical infrastructure and personnel in different localities across the war tone territory by the Yaoundé trained terrorists. This of course led to loss of lives and destruction of medical facilities and properties.
It all began some two months ago with when the Yaoundé terrorists attack and ransacked a local health unit in Ikiliwindi, Meme County, Southern Zone of Ambazonia, destroying the facility and manhandling the staff present. Their crime was that, they were allegedly offering their services to wounded Ambazonian Independence Restoration fighters. Today, the health facility is abandoned and the local population have resorted to traditional medical practices.
The next point of attack by the terrorists was the Government Integrated Heath Unit in Bafia, Muyuka local government of Fako County. The French Cameroun terrorist had attacked the facility shooting heavily with machine guns targeting hospitalized citizens and staff. Many patients and staff were wounded as they scamper for safety, while those who could not run gave themselves to fate. The medical facility now lies in ruins as the personnel have joined other residents in the bushes as they run for their lives.
Hospital personnel in Lebialem have also come under repeated attacks from the colonial terrorists, with the arrest and brutal murder of a popular nurse in a popular Catholic Mission hospital in the county. Other hospital workers in that county have all deserted their work stations and now seek refuge in the cities of Kumba and Buea.
Last week, still in the Southern Zone, a local government health unit in Mbonge, Meme County, the colonial terrorists attacked and burned down an integrated health unit. A sick victim who was unable to get up from his hospital bed and run for safety was burned to dead. The crime of the facility and its managers is that they have been allegedly treating wounded Ambazonian fighters.
The situation is not different in the Northern Zone of Ambazonia. In Belo, Boyo County. Colonial terrorists have in multiple occasions attacked and harassed staff of the Mbingo Baptist hospital on grounds that they have been secretly offering their services to Ambazonian fighters.
The Batibo District Hospital is also said to have been shut down with staff on the run after the colonialists invaded the hospital brutalizing patients and staff, and accusing them of treating restoration forces. Other local health centers within the Momo County have also been shut down, while some have been completely burned down to ashes.
In Mbengwi, In Mbengwi, still in Momo County, a medical doctor identified as Njong Patrick and his wife Azah Nancy, a nurse were executed by the Biya forces in ISIS style, as they returned from work on a Motobike. The murdered health personnel were heads two different medical facilities. The Acha Tugi Hospital, which is the biggest hospital in Momo County and managed by the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon has also been deserted by staff after the colonial terrorists invade the facility seeking to arrest staff and patients with gunshot wounds.
In one of the most recent cases an ambulance transporting patients between Mbingo Baptist Hospital and the Bamenda General Hospital was targeted by colonial terrorist and spayed with bullets leaving a nurse seriously injured. The Nurse according to sources is still receiving treatment in a local hospital in Bamenda.
” It very fortunate that the shootings started when the bus was on its way from Mbingo after patients had been deposited. The casualties would have been more,” a source told a local television Equinox tv.
Since the beginning of the senseless war, many young men with gunshot wounds uptrained during the peaceful protests of September 22, and October 1st 2017 have been pulled out of hospital beds and executed on grounds that they are Ambazonian fighters.
It is therefore not only a war against the sovereign people of Ambazonia, the terrorist regime is going further to attacked institutions protected under International Law during the periods of war.
In the face of all these, one can only ask; even if these health facilities are offering services to Ambazonian fighters, what is wrong in them offering these services? Don’t they have the right to offer treatment to any wounded individual during a war like this?
Why have the colonial terrorists been going to these same hospitals for treatment when they are also wounded? A good numbr of them are offered first aid treatment in some of these hospitals before being ferried to their territories of Douala and Yaoundé through helicopters.
Let the colonial terrorists continue with their war crimes, with the hope that it will weaken the Ambazonian people to give up the revolution. They fail, this is a do or die movement. It is unstoppable and the people have made up their minds to live free or die. Ambazonia shall not only be free, but the colonial regime shall pay a heavy price for all these destruction after the revolution.
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