The Formation of the Ambazonia Self-Defense Council; The First Step Towards a Full-blown Ambazonian Army?
On the March 20, 2018, the Interim Government (IG) of Ambazonia announced the formation of the Ambazonia Self-Defense Council (ASC), which is a constitution of four self-defense groups, that have been battling alongside other self-defense groups in the homeland to increase the cost on the occupier. The four self-defense groups that make up the ASC include ;Ambazonia Restoration Army (ARA), The Tigers of Ambazonia (TTA), Southern Cameroons Defense Forces (SCDF) and Manyu Ghost Warriors. Is this the first step towards a full-blown Ambazonian Army?
The Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) are reported to have pulled out of the unified defense deal in the last minutes to its materialization, allegedly due to issues of the collapse of trust between its leadership and some members of the IG. This was further compounded by the fact that preliminary investigations according to sources within the AGC, reveal that the recent arrest of some of its men and women in Calabar was orchestrated by anti ADF forces within the revolution and those that allegedly betrayed President Sissiku Ayuk-Tabe and Co are still sited within the IG and have not yet been exposed. However, the leaders of the ADF, for the sake of the people at home and need to free the homeland are going to collaborate with the ASC in some and not all areas, and that shall also be discussed out of public eye.
In a four-page joint-statement issued after the formation of the ASC, the leaders of the defense groups stated that;
“…the establishment of the Ambazonia Self-Defense Council is a response to the call from Ambazonians for all defense bodies to collaborate and provide Self-Defense for our people, property and territory in a manner that is professional and consistent with international law.
In a two-day meeting of the Council that concluded recently, defense leaders discussed the state of play concerning the common security policy, defense initiatives, and political vision. They adopted conclusions on the council structure, its goals and follow-up actions. The Council brings together leaders of defense bodies under an independent defense platform and the Council collaborates with the Interim Government in a tight-knit model to implement one vision – complete independence of the Southern Cameroons.”
According to the defense leaders, their coming together to defend the homeland is not necessarily because of the determination to be free or to gather the necessary financial resources, but because of who we are: one people, one territory, under God, with liberty and justice for all. As noted in their joint-statement, it has been the yearning of Ambazonians genuinely committed to the freedom of the homeland, to see a sophisticated self-defense group made of all self-defense factions on the ground, working together on a common platform to marshal the independence agenda. Responding to this call from the people therefore is the right thing to do and is worth appreciating.
“The cause of securing our country has just started. But tonight, we are once again reminded that Ambazonia can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it is walking out of the Eastern House of Assembly in Enugu in 1954, or the resolve to never again be a foot-stool of colonialism and imperialism, exploitation and degradation by La Republique du Cameroun on October 1, 2017; our commitment to stand up for our values, culture, independence, and to self-governance and to make our lives better.” The defense leaders further noted.
The ASC, has promised all the families and victims of colonial brutality since 1961, to be rest assured that they shall get justice at the end of this revolution and this will give them comfort that the everlasting scars they now have on their bodies did not come in vain; and their love ones who died for the revolution did not die in vain. Allegiance to the heroes who bore the land with their blood shall remain the song on the lips of surviving Ambazonians after the revolution.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst