The so called “struggle” which is a metaphor used by armed Anglophone nationalists, mostly based abroad to support or describe the weaponisation of a protest which was largely peaceful, has failed. To use their parlance, the struggle is now struggling. What is now known as the Anglophone crisis was sparked by teachers and lawyers of the two English-Speaking regions. They claimed they were marginalised by the central government in Yaounde. It was a peaceful, coherent and organised grouping albeit with constantly elongating demands with shifting positions. However, when the diaspora took over the “struggle”, they injected their venom of disorder, greed and character assassination. They also displayed their skills in manipulation, and worst, incitement to violence. Since then, the popular movement now looks like a rudderless ship heading directly into the eye of a storm with a certainty to capsize.
The so called “struggle” which is a metaphor used by armed Anglophone nationalists, mostly based abroad to support or describe the weaponisation of a protest which was largely peaceful, has failed. To use their parlance, the struggle is now struggling. What is now known as the Anglophone crisis was sparked by teachers and lawyers of the two English- Speaking regions. They claimed they were marginalised by the central government in Yaounde. It was a peaceful, coherent and organised grouping albeit with constantly elongating demands with shifting positions. However, when the diaspora took over the “struggle”, they injected their venom of disorder, greed and character assassination. They also displayed their skills in manipulation, and worst, incitement to violence. Since then, the pop-lar movement now looks like a rudderless ship head- ing directly into the eye of a storm with a certainty to capsize. The struggle has lost its bearing, because it’s led by people who were ‘conmen’ and ‘serial failures’ in their private and public lives. To show how shambolic they are, today the struggle has several leaders who each have a visceral hatred for one another. And it is a presage of the chaotic state they plan to create. Fortunately, the geostrategic nature of the region and the world is not favorable for another banana republic that will survive on the drips of the international community. Politely those parading as leaders should not be given that title. They are not normal leaders, for if they were normal political leaders as they like to be identified, sensing that they were on the brink of defeat, they would have retooled their strategy in order to attain their goals. Unfortunately, they are not politicians or leaders, and sadly, they have no goal other than line their own pockets and also seek ephemeral praise. They are a people consumed with hate, jealousy and perpetual desire to revenge. It partly explains why, the Diaspora leaders besides being narcissistic have excelled in internecine warfare, which has further eroded any sympathy and respect that the struggle had. What is evident today for all to see is that, those usurping the leadership of the struggle had and still have no vision and plans. They had to signature projects they propagated through social media to placate the population: Independence and Special curriculum for their imaginary country. Again, they have attained none of the above. Even in areas that they control, they have burned down schools or transformed them into prisons or courts where they carry out expeditious judgement like an Islamic State In Iraq and Syria. It’s normal, for they became leaders by default, hence they are short of strategic thinking. It explains partly why, in spite their inability to achieve a single of their litany of promises that they made to ordinary Anglophones, their weapon of predilection has remained the use of social media to churn out lies and imaginary promises. The interesting thing is that, Anglophones of the North West and South West regions resident in Cameroon and others living abroad are responsible because they expected too much from a people who had never done anything in their lives. Take a look at some members of their leadership besides the fact that, they are all holders of Doctorate degrees from strange universities, most of them can’t really claim to be genuine Anglophone nationalists.
Nonetheless, there are two who can boast that they’re ideologically rooted in the Anglophone nationalism. These two some are Dr Ebenezer Akwanga and Lucas Ayaba Cho. The first because of his militancy spend 7 years in jail in Cameroon and left the country in a mysterious way. Those who know Akwanga can attest that, he began his protest against the country since primary school. Even his wife is also a pure Anglophone nationalist. As for the second, he cut his political teeth as the leader of the Southern Cameroon’s Youth League. As for the others, they are opportunistic Anglophone nationalists.
Let’s begin with Dr Samuel Sako Ikome aka common sense. He claims to be a pastor, but he is a dubious one, the kind that makes many people doubt the morality of the so-called evangelical pastors. Before traveling to the US, he partnered with Pastor Christian Ndola to create a certain Ponzi scheme, known as community Humanitarian Board, which they claimed was sponsored by Oprah Winfrey. Through this scheme they allegedly extorted billions from their church members. One of his victims was a certain Frida, who has been cursing him. Sako, aptly known as Common sense, later escaped to the US where he was pastoring in an obscure church in Maryland. It is also alleged, Ikome took the lifesavings of several poor women from the north and escaped to the US without informing Pastor Christian Ndula, his partner in crime. Ikome was living in obscurity in DC until Elvis Kometa, chairman of the Restoration Council of Southern Cameroon’s selected him as acting president after Ayuk Tabe was arrested in Abuja. What Elvis Kometa and the rest of the diaspora did- n’t know was that Ikome has a history of controversies. When Ikome made his first declaration as an Ambazonian Acting President, all those he had allegedly swindled in Cameroon cried and cursed Ambazonia as fake project. The day Samuel Sako Ikome was appointed, began the demise of what respect the movement had. Now he likes to be identified as His Excellency. How do you expect a man who has discovered fame to destroy the tool that gave him fame?
The other case is Chris Anu. He is encouraging his brother, whose nom de guerre is Field Marshal to continue fighting and raping young girls, plundering farmers and worst, usurping the traditional title of the Bangwa Fondoms. Besides that, he has also reportedly sweetened the game by allegedly extorting tele- phone companies whose transmission stations are based in Lebialem. He is also believed to be oversee- ing a formidable network of kidnapping for ransom rack- et, which he has subcontract- ed to his younger sister now in jail. While people who have stupidly joined the ragtag called Red Dragons are killed daily, Chris Anu’s bank account is swelling. He too is another Pastor who had an obscure church in Houston, Texas. Today, he is the Secretary for Communications and IT of the social media Republic, known as Ambazonia with zero international recognition.
The other opportunistic Ambazonian is John Mbah Akoru, a former CRTV journalist and staunch member of the ruling CPDM. His former colleagues say, he won’t tolerate anyone to write positively about the Social Democratic Front, SDF or any Anglophone who was for secession or for Federalism. Akuro too is accused of being a serial bor- rower and a pathological payment defaulter. He is said to have borrowed from all the credit unions and first generation banks in Cameroon. And when he could not pay his loans contracted from banks and credit unions, he took refuge in the US and used a powerful shield to protect himself; Ambazonia. All credit unions and banks that he borrowed money from had to take off his names from their list of bad debtors.
As for laud mouth Eric Tataw, he had National Telegraph, a seasonal paper that he published while still in Cameroon. He was beaten several times because he reportedly took money several times from people and couldn’t publish anything. He too found himself in America and became an Ambazonian leader calling for the chop- ping off of the fingers of CDC workers, macabre deeds that won him the unenviable nom de guerre of Garri master, a metaphor for burning and killing of political opponents. The so-called Ambazonia struggle has given fame to ignoramuses whose survival depends on the elongation of the suffering of the people of the North West and South West regions. It explains also why, they are not interested in dialogue, they keep on in their illusive propaganda of “my trip to Buea” which has generated a whopping $ 3 hundred thousand that they have shared amongst themselves. They’re a bunch of contradictory lot. They claim to defend the Anglophone culture, but yet close schools and force thousands to flee into Francophone Cameroon, where they will in a short while become Francophones and stupidly achieving what Ahidjo and Biya had failed to do. They claim they hate La Republique, yet the families of Ivo Tapang, Chris Anu, Mark Bareta are respectively in Douala and Yaounde. They ask people not to go to school but their own children are schooling and they are working. While the recklessly call for lockdown; calls that have crippled the economy of the two regions and destroyed several families that they pretend to defend. They are also a bunch of cowards who can’t fight and sleep in the bush, but encourage others to stay in the bush. They were invited to the Major National Dialogue with all the guarantees plus money, but they claimed it was a rue to arrest them. How can people who want to lead not have the courage to withstand fire? Strange Revolution.
By Tanyi Alfred Aku