Sunday Reflections: Ground Zero Hopes that the Divisive Rhetoric Among Revolutionary Factions is a Victory Strategy
In the past weeks, there has been an increasing barrage of divisive rhetoric among the different factions of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia revolution. Proxies of the different frontline movements, either individually or in a coalition have been throwing obnoxious and vituperative tantrums at each other, thereby setting a stage for divisive and misfocused ground zero forces.
What is unfortunate about these divisive talks is that, they have largely been orchestrated by Ambazonian diaspora. These are gentlemen and women, who out of their high-level exposure to multiple revolutionary socio-political scenarios and educational attainment, should know better on how to collaboratively inspire focused actions, towards flushing out the colonial enemy in Ambazonia.
But their actions and counter actions appear to be focused on a very weird and egocentric direction – the quest for revolutionary political control, supremacy, political positioning and repositioning, and the consolidation of political authority.
While the supporters, agents and sympathizers of these different revolutionary factions wrestle for the above, the colonialists are busy on ground zero trying to consolidate their grip on the Ambazonian territory, through their genocidal activities. Regrettably, poor Ambazonians in the villages who, from a socio-political disposition, are the most ignorant and politically excluded people in this whole saga of colonial subjugation and sharing of the post-independence cake, are also the ones bearing most of the brunt emanating from this conflict.
These are beginning to raise genuine questions among concerned Ambazonians, onlookers and international observers. Concern Ambazonians are asking whether these revolutionary leaders and their supporters mostly in the diaspora are fighting to free the people first or for political gain and grandstanding? Onlookers and international observers are on their part asking if these people are actually ready for freedom, after 57 years of slavery and colonial occupation by La Republique du Cameroun (LRC)? From their divisive positions, shall we not be creating another geopolitical confusion in the Mid-West Central part of Africa if we support these people for independence, even though it is their due?
True, that it is historically scarce to find a revolution that started with the revolutionary protagonists fighting on the same lane until victory. Stories of division and infighting among revolutionary groups and leaders are therefore rife in revolutionary history.
In some cases, the revolutionary characters started as a united group running on one lane and later got split in the course of the revolutionary voyage, to run on different lanes (but still to the same direction – freedom). In other scenarios, the revolution began and ended with each group propagating completely different ideologies from one another, but all seeking freedom from the perceived oppressor. Time would not permit us site some examples here now. However, the consequences of bitter divisive revolutionary attainments are visible in Africa, with the fresh case of South Sudan looking at Ambazonians directly in the eyes.
Divisions among revolutionary leaders in some cases could be pre-arranged by the revolutionaries themselves as a strategy for victory against the enemy or the occupying state of LRC in this case. Considering the delicate and interests-crowded mature of the Ambazonian revolution, and mindful of the determination and visibly genocidal intentions of the colonialist state of LRC over Ambazonia; Ambazonians yearning for freedom would have expected this divisive atmosphere among revolutionary leaders to be a carefully planned strategy to keep the occupier hoping that the “secessionist” are divided, while the leaders pound this colonial state at the background.
But looking at the present divisive rhetoric among the surrogates of these movements, their actions and counter actions, one is tempted to conclude that Ambazonians may likely tear themselves apart on the alter of political power IF GOD MAINTAINS HIS WILL of us reaching BUEA.
Are Ambazonians fighting to build strong men or strong institutions in an independence Ambazonia? Are Ambazonians fighting to free the homeland as their first priority or to acquire power and position now and in a post restoration Ambazonia? Are Ambazonians fighting to see a free Ambazonia or for the executive control of state resources put at their disposal by the people? Are Ambazonians fighting to see the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons return early to their homes or continuously stay in the refugee camps and bushes for a longer time?
As the frontline leaders, their proxies, revolutionary bloggers, supporters and sympathizers of these groups reflect over the above questions this Sunday, ALL AMBAZONIANS, ESPECIALLY THE DIASPORA and their LEADERS from the different revolutionary movements must understand that; in a providence-based revolution (GOD ORDAINED REVOLUTION), NO BOY, GIRL, MAN, WOMAN, ACTIVIST AND LEADER IS INDISPENSABLE in the attainment of the revolutionary objectives, but the genuine contributions of EVERYBODY counts for success.
Leadership acquisition and political control in such revolutions are NOT entirely products of personal revolutionary qualities and know-how of the protagonists but by the voluntary WILL of the SUPREME SPITUAL AUTHORITY who wills according to HIS own personal whims and caprices.
Ambazonians on ground zero therefore hope that the divisive tantrums that are being thrown by the different proxies of revolutionary leaders and groups are just strategies for victory against the occupier. In other words. Ground zero hopes that, the revolutionary divisions and vituperations being displayed by leaders and their supporters in public space should not be the same reality behind the working scenes. If not, then the much-awaited victory is still very much far away.
AMBAZONIA SHALL BE FREE
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst.