Southern Cameroons was the southern part of the British Mandate territory of Cameroons in West Africa. Since 1961 it has been part of the Republic of Cameroon, where it makes up the Northwest Region and Southwest Region. Since 1994, pressure groups in the territory have sought independence from the Republic of Cameroon, and the Republic of Ambazonia was declared by the Southern Cameroons Peoples Organization (SCAPO) on 31 August 2006. Since then till now, many Southern Cameroons activists have been arrested and molested, others are still in detention while some are in for self-exile.
Recently information filtering in from senior citizen and veteran Southern Cameroons activist, Mola Njoh Litumbe indicates that the United Nations (UN) needs two million signatures from Southern Cameroonians to begin the Southern Cameroons independence process.
Mola Njoh made the declaration on August 28th, 2016 after making a high-level delegation to the UN . The meeting with UN officials yielded fruits- Mola
Mola Njoh went on to recount that when he visited the UN and narrated the independence cry of Southern Cameroons, he was asked whether it is because he has not been made a minister that he is complaining.
“Do you want us to start killing ourselves before you come?” Litumbe said he responded, and “that’s how the idea of a signature referendum came about.” Litumbe said he was asked to provide two million signatures of Southern Cameroonians and the rest will be done.
“Locally, we have started,” Litumbe said, adding, “You don’t need to march or hold a meeting and be arrested. The pen is mightier than the sword. I wouldn’t tolerate you going to the bush to fight.”
Litumbe attended all through the court process in the recent 15 Southern Cameroons activists who were arrested and released on August 30th, 2016. He declared; “I am part of those accused because I believe in the same principles as they do,” Litumbe said as he listened to his 15 comrades being arraigned for what was termed as holding an unauthorized meeting in a restaurant in Buea recently.
Litumbe reiterated that the relationship between the two Cameroons is illegal because there has never been a legal union between the duo. “I have been saying all along that we never really joined La Republique. They just came to colonize us the night the British Army left at midnight on 30th of September 1961 and disregarded the fact that the UN had on 21st of April passed a resolution granting Southern Cameroons independence as from 1st of October 1961,” Litumbe said.
BaretaNews notes that the Southern Cameroons question is a legitimate question. The right to have self-determination is a human right question. The process on how to sign the 2M signature referendum will be known subsequently
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