Is the Divisive Revolutionary Rhetoric & Sabotage Among Ambazonian Diaspora a Victory Strategy?
In the past week, there has been a barrage of divisive revolutionary rhetoric and sabotage among a good number of Ambazonian diaspora pledging loyalty to different revolutionary factions in the Southern Cameroons revolution. Proxies of the different frontline movements, either individually or in a coalition have thrown obnoxious and vituperative tantrums at each other, thereby setting a stage for a divisive and misfocused home front. Thank God, Ground Zero knows what they are looking for.
The fact that these divisive talks and sabotage are largely being orchestrated by Ambazonian diaspora is even more unfortunate. 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 in the home front, towards flushing out the genocidal colonial enemy in Ambazonia.
But their actions and counteractions 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 at home mercilessly decimating young boys and girls in a Rwanda-like genocide and trying to consolidate their slippery grip on the Ambazonian territory. 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, are also the ones bearing most of the brunt emanating from this conflict.
These are beginning to raise genuine questions among concerned revolutionary stakeholders, onlookers, and international observers. Concern Ambazonians are asking whether these revolutionary leaders and their supporters 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 French Cameroon? Does this divisive rhetoric and sabotage not increasingly raise the fears of another geopolitical confusion in the Mid-West Central part of Africa if the Ambazonia quest is actualized?
True, that it is historically scarce to find a revolution that started with the revolutionary protagonists fighting on the same lane until victory without internal divisions and saboteurs. Stories of division, sabotage, and infighting among revolutionary groups and leaders are therefore rife in revolutionary history.
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 French Cameroon 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 diasporans 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 counteractions, one is tempted to conclude that the Ambazonian diaspora has lost touch of the sufferings of the masses at home.
What political lessons have the Ambazonian diaspora learn through their long stays in advanced countries abroad? Are they fighting to build strong men or strong institutions in an independence Ambazonia? Are they fighting to free the homeland as their first priority or to acquire power and position now and in a post-restoration Ambazonia? Are they fighting to see a free Ambazonia or for the executive control of state resources put at their disposal by the people? Are they fighting to see the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons return to their homes or continuously stay in the refugee camps and bushes for a longer time? Are they fighting to see the genocide and scotch earth policy of the colonialist terminated?
As the frontline leaders, their proxies, revolutionary bloggers, supporters and sympathizers of these groups both at home and abroad reflect over the above questions, the diaspora and the different leaders must understand that; in a Providence-based 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 spiritual AUTHORITY who wills according to HIS own personal whims and caprices.
The masses at home are bleeding under the scotch of the genocidal and terrorist forces of French Cameroun. But they are standing tall and hoping that the divisive tantrums and revolutionary sabotage being thrown by the different proxies in the diaspora are just strategies for victory. If not, then the much-awaited victory is still very elusive.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst.