Cameroon: Leaders Of Non-State Armed Groups Announce “All Ambazonia Conference”

By Synthia Lateu

Its been a vicious cycle of pain, misery and untold hardship for people in the affected regions

BUEA, March 7, 2023 – Leaders of the Southern Cameroon movement have called for an All Ambazonia Conference from Thursday, July 6 to Monday, July 10 2023. This is contained in a release made public on March 5, 2023.

The five leaders stated that the conference will bring together sons and daughters of Ambazonia including women, the displaced, and civil society at home and in the diaspora, to jointly engage in an inclusive conference that seeks to achieve a defining path for liberation of the homeland.

They have scheduled a tour to meet Ambazonians that starts with Toronto, Canada on Saturday, April 12, 2023.”The tours are designed to engage and discuss with our compatriots about recent happenings and to make sure the conference takes into account the contributions of all,” the leaders said, adding that an organizing committee will be put in place to begin preparations and work with partners to facilitate the planning and execution of the conference.

Dr Ebenezer D.M. Akwanga of African People’s Liberation Movement (APLM/SOCADEF), Dr Lucas Cho Ayaba of Ambazonia Governing Council (AGovC/ADF), Mr Dabney Yerima of Interim Government (IG), Mr John Mbah Akuroh of Southern Cameroons Civil Society Consortium and Dr Emmanuel J. Taylor of  Ambazonia Coalition Team (ACT)  who jointly convened the conference, envisage contacting other leaders to take part in discussions about the conference, and to share their vision for Ambazonia.

The leaders further expressed gratitude to “all individuals and groups expressed support to our oneness during Canada facilitated pre-talks” the release read.

Recently, efforts to reinstate peace in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been manifested both nationally and internationally.

On January 20, 2023, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly, said in a statement that Canada welcomed the agreement by parties to enter a process to reach a comprehensive, peaceful and political resolution of the conflict plaguing Cameroon. But Cameroon’s Minister of Communication Rene Emmanuel Sadi refuted this declaration of Cameroon’s agreement to a proposed Canada Peace Talks with non-state armed groups, barely days after while stating that, “the Major Dialogue, which was held in Yaounde in 2019, was an opportunity for the sons and daughters of Cameroon to exchange freely and discuss prospects for a future of peace, security and progress for our country.”

Meanwhile, Religious Leaders of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon considered Canada’s initiative laudable and to them, it was a major step towards peace. In a 7-point joint statement they issued on 22nd January 2023, they told the stakeholders of the peace process to let the spirit of God assist them and hoped that they would keep aside their personal and/or political or other exclusive interests during the talks.

The leaders have scheduled a tour to meet Ambazonians that starts with Toronto, Canada on Saturday, April 12, 2023

Cameroon continues to bear the brunt of the six-year armed conflict.  According to the united nations, there has been continuous fighting between state security forces and armed groups has led to the killing and displacement of civilians, including attacks on schools and children. Over 6,000 persons have reportedly lost their lives since 2017, nearly 800,000 have been displaced and 600,000 children are left without full access to education.

Noticeably absent on the list of signatories announcing the conference are other key actors like Christopher Anu of the Interim Governement, Sako Ikome , Iya Maranta and others who lay claim to leadership of the struggle.



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