The Demonization Must Stop: Reason Should Prevail
By Mark Bareta
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
The demonization of the revolution especially its leaders and actions must stop. Ambazonians must please learn to put Ambazonia first and most especially take all words from leaders at face value, assess it before reacting. We must kill emotional outbursts.
Ambazonians must be aware that it is not only us following ourselves on media platforms. We have no idea those who follow us. The international community is following us hugely. They know your leaders, activists and those at the forefront media wise. They know very much what is happening. This is why our outings on Facebook Live shows, posts etc must be scripted and cautious with the overall aim in protecting the image of the revolution even when we disagree with each other and want to call others out. There is a way we must do that does not harm the revolution but protects it. This is exactly how I see it and this guides my actions entirely. Yes, there are moments I am frustrated like I am now looking at how things are but we must put Ambazonia First.
Let me take myself for example. I, Mark Bareta have come to the conclusion that there are many organizations, bodies, governments that follow what I and my platform say on the media. The perception of what the international community and our partners think is very important for the success of our revolution and that is why whenever I come out even if I must disagree or condemn others, I try as much as possible to protect the revolution and it’s image while doing so.
Within the last three months or so, let me give just a few organizations or governments that have contacted me for information or clarification
1. The Government of Canada specifically the department of refugees for information about this conflict. I responded to them powerfully
2. A powerful security firm in Brussels
3. Chairman of the international protection against the use of mines and bombs
4. International Crisis Group
5. Amnesty International
6. Major Media houses
These are just a few examples. Do we know why they contacted me? Because they have been following me on Facebook, Twitter, and BaretaNews website. This is the more reason I am restricted in what I say or publish, I do not just want to go out and run my mouth because we have actors unknown to us watching us see how far we can go and if we are serious. This is the reason why I am so very frustrated and down in spirit after listening to audios from IG, Consortium and MoRisc leaders concerning the DC money. The vilification lies telling, manipulations, anger, and power have weakened my soul. I am so frustrated and down until I wept. Wondering what has gone wrong.
It’s so vexing because it hurts us directly. It shows us to the international community as a bunch of useless idiots not ready to manage a revolution talk less of a country we want to restore. It’s so vexing and disgusting. It’s a shame and makes us a laughing stock to our friends, partners, and even enemies.
The Interim Government will also tell you that in most of their diplomatic outreach and in seeking for support from different organizations, BaretaNews and Mark Bareta have been mentioned as one of the ONLY platforms they rely on the most for news information, focused on subject issues and in getting the temperature of the revolution. I am forced to reveal this so that our people understand why most often I have to protect the revolution even when I disagree rather than bashing and showing a South Sudan scenario. I have a duty to keep the revolution on message.
Now, we do not know who follows our leaders, other activists etc. These are unknown to us but there are many who follow them especially our international partners and sympathizers.
Thus it is important that when we come out in our shows, posts etc we must be diplomatic making sure only Ambazonia-First prevails even when we condemn.
Now, this takes me to a recent communique from someone claiming to be Red Dragons PRO giving an ultimatum to Dr. Cho Ayaba comments on his Sunday 9th September 2018 Facebook live show wherein he mentioned in passing that the ADF helps Red Dragons sometimes in the spirit of collaboration. I am scared because we seemed to incite a tribal war here.
It is important we know what Ayaba said in his Facebook live show. He rightly said Amba boys are collaborating and his ADF has been collaborating and helping others on ground zero. Now let us assume that he lied about this on Facebook. Ayaba Cho is a figure known within international circles. Assumed the ADF has never helped the Red Dragons, is it not a good thing that Ayaba tried to show the international community that ground forces are collaborating and that there is nothing to be scared off? Is it not a good thing to show the world that despite the perceived lack of cooperation within diaspora leadership, ground zero is focused? Do we know which figure unknown to us could have been watching Ayaba at that moment? Is it wrong to diplomatically protect the revolution even if the situation was different? This is how I look at it. The problem is that the group identify has destroyed us to the point where it is now about “me” and not “them”. It is you and not me. Sad!!!
That said, the truth is that from my own findings indicate that the ADF did help the Red Dragons with about 600 groundnuts and some guns. This is coming from ADF leadership. Is this not good? Even if it is five groundnuts or the intent to help. Is it not good? Why must we make a fuss even about issues that show how our people are collaborating?
Some have written to say Ayaba boasted of it. No, he never did so. We did not watch him then. He barely explained how the guys are collaborating on GZ and how ADF has been reaching out to other defense groups and this is true. I, Mark Bareta know lots of defense teams in Fako and Meme that takes materials from ADF to use especially hardware and then return them. I know also that General Ivo gives groundnuts to some groups free of charge sometimes. Amba boys on GZ will confirm this to those that have been there. Though I am in the media world, I am privileged to be privy to certain defense information from all quarters while respecting the privacy, trust, and dignity of those who share that with me.
The underlying message is that Amba boys are collaborating on ground zero and that is exactly what matters and we MUST encourage this. Each day we go out and cry for collaboration but when groups collaborate on GZ it becomes an issue. We start raising identify politics here and there.
Mark Bareta too can go live and start accusing, condemning and issuing threats to leaders, groups, shouting for hours etc but how does that help us? Does that create more animosity or cohesion? Because I have all these at the back of my mind especially those unknown partners watching and reading us, my only goal is to protect the revolution and if we must condemn or call out leaders, let’s do it in a way which is respectful, not demonic using foul languages etc.
The demonization of persons, our leaders, activists and groups especially coming from the diaspora is sickening. I am ashamed and disgusted. It must stop.