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In explosive open letter, Ambazonian group in U.S. splits with Southern Cameroons self-appointed government over “xenophobia”, “genocidal approach” Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


Another Ambazonian group in the United States has distanced itself from what it described as a “xenophobic” and “genocidal-like” approach by the self-appointed interim government of Southern Cameroons.

The move came only 24 hours after the first Ambazonian group in the United States condemned what it perceived to be series of messages of hate by the self-proclaimed interim government in exile.

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In an explosive open letter sent to Mr Simon Ateba, the publisher of Today News Africa in Washington DC, the leaders of the Ambazonia Recognition and Collaborative Council (ARCC) said they were for the independence of southern Cameroons but “unequivocally reject and distance ourselves from xenophobic messages attributed to the self-proclaimed interim government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia”.

“ARCC hereby appeals to all peace-loving people resident in or visiting Ambazonia to ignore Mr. Anu. ARCC applauds Ambazonians for ignoring previous similar calls by Mr. Anu,” the open letter signed by at least seven leaders read.

The Southern Cameroons interim government on Saturday called for ghost towns in Anglophone regions in Cameroon from September 20 to October 12, and urged Francophones to vacate their territory immediately or have themselves to blame.

In an audio message sent to Today News Africa in Washington DC, Chris Anu, US-based Communication Secretary for the self acclaimed Federal Republic of Ambazonia, issued what he described as a “no movement policy”.

Anu said the “policy directive” banning all movements affects people, cars, motorcycles and any other ground, water or aerial movements between September 20 and October 12.

“The interim government has ordered no movement of persons, of cars, motorbikes, throughout the territory of Ambazonia between the September the 20th through the September the 12th, 2018” he said.

He called on French speaking Cameroonians to vacate Anglophone regions immediately, saying that their security and safety cannot be guaranteed.

“Ambazonia is at war”, Anu said, warning that those who fail to heed the call may have only themselves to blame, as their safety would not he guaranteed.

But ARCC said while it was committed to securing the independence of Southern Cameroons, it would continue to seek it without engaging or encouraging violence. 

“For nearly one full year, French-speaking occupation forces of Colonial Cameroon have carried out targeted killings, several massacres, looted and razed over 110 villages in a scorched earth campaign in which French-speaking occupation forces from Cameroon have, so far, slaughtered over 6,000 English-speaking Ambazonians, simply for who they are,” the group said.

The organization reiterated “its call on the International Criminal Court to document the unfolding genocide and to bring members of the Biya regime perpetrating it to book. ARCC reiterates its commitment to use all peaceful, legal, non-violent, self-defense and diplomatic means to restore the independence of Ambazonia”.

Read full letter sent to Mr Simon Ateba, the publisher of Today News Africa 


Open Letter to the Publisher/Editor, “Today News Africa”, Simon Ateba

We, leaders of member organizations of the Ambazonia Recognition and Collaborative Council (ARCC), unequivocally reject and distance ourselves from xenophobic messages attributed to the self-proclaimed interim government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia and cited in an article on your website by Mr. Simon Ateba, datelined Washington, DC, 15 September 2018.

The message, attributed to Chris Anu, Communications Secretary of the self-proclaimed interim government, urges French-speaking citizens of the Republic of Cameroon (independent on 1st January 1960) to immediately vacate the Republic of Ambazonia, formerly the United Nations British Trusteeship Territory of Southern Cameroons (independent on 1st October 1961).

ARCC hereby appeals to all peace-loving people resident in or visiting Ambazonia to ignore Mr. Anu. ARCC applauds Ambazonians for ignoring previous similar calls by Mr. Anu. 

It urges them to continue to extend their legendary hospitality to all. It is regrettable, but sadly not surprising, that Mr. Ateba, who has the phone and email contacts of ARCC leaders, did not bother to fact-check the story, as required professionally.

This was especially needed given that Mr. Anu does not speak for ARCC; because ARCC does not recognize the self-proclaimed interim government; and because Mr. Anu has issued similar calls before. 

Mr. Anu issued a similar ultimatum, in early May 2018 setting a deadline of 30th May 2018 for vacation. 

ARCC promptly decried that call, warning then as we do now, that such calls could trigger the kind of intercommunal violence which fuelled the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

In January 2018, ARCC decried Mr. Anu for making light of the Rwanda Genocide, when he threatened a worse one.

The outrageous call by Mr. Anu has offered an excuse for Mr. Ateba and his pro-Biya reporting to try to victimize the victims anew by masking the genocidal violence unfolding in Ambazonia. 

For nearly one full year, French-speaking occupation forces of Colonial Cameroon have carried out targeted killings, several massacres, looted and razed over 110 villages in a scorched earth campaign in which French-speaking occupation forces from Cameroon have, so far, slaughtered over 6,000 English-speaking Ambazonians, simply for who they are. 

ARCC reiterates its call on the International Criminal Court to document the unfolding genocide and to bring members of the Biya regime perpetrating it to book. ARCC reiterates its commitment to use all peaceful, legal, non-violent, self-defense and diplomatic means to restore the independence of Ambazonia.

Ms. Catherine Nformangum,
ARCC Chair  
Dr. Cho Ayaba, Chair, AGC
Dr. Ebenezar Akwanga,
Chair, APLM  
Ms. Vyvian Mbanwie,
Chair, SCWM  
Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert, MoRISC
Mr. Edwin Ngang, Representative, APERM  Mr. Marc Chebesi, Representative, RoAN OFFICE OF THE CHAIRPERSON
1250 Connecticut Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20036 USA

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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