This weekend marks the 61st anniversary of independence of Southern Cameroons. Logic and international interests and schemes dictate that most Ambazonians of today should not have had any idea of the history or statehood of the then British Southern Cameroons. So why and how did Southern Cameroons survive the designs of the colonial powers? How did Ambazonia survive the annexation and attempted assimilation by French Cameroon? How has Ambazonia survived the clever ruse of “It is not so bad, everyone suffers! We better keep our precious peace! We live in a haven for peace!”? How has the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle survived the might and diplomatic capital of La Republique du Cameroun; and the sheer effort of LRC’s corruption machine to “persuade” Ambazonians that they are better off as “second-class-half-brothers” in La Republique du Cameroun? Of late there have been “more sincere” promises that the Ring Road and other infrastructure would be built after all this time. What about the tantalising prospect of the Limbe Deep Sea Port and even Tiko Airport? Even the “Special Status”?
Before all of these considerations, 95%, at least, of Ambazonians had no idea they were bona fide citizens of an internationally legal independent nation!
La Republique du Cameroun Miscalculates?
All common sense would have concluded that Ambazonia would be a vague memory. How did LRC miss the equivalent of a football tap-in from 2 yards out, in the middle of the goal posts, with the keeper having dived past in the wrong direction?
There is only one real plausible explanation to the whole litany of traps and pitfalls being safely, even if unknowingly, navigated by Southern Cameroons! It has to be the last line of the Ambazonian Anthem…
Every time La Republique du Cameroun has tried any of the coercive acts they have left it half baked and void of any credibility. When anything “legal” needed to be reinforced, they either failed to notice or just were not really bothered – even when those acts would have tightened their hegemony over Ambazonia!
It is almost as if La Republique du Cameroun deliberately abusing a secret adopted half-brother who would otherwise have been completely unaware and content! A bully cannot help it! If they have an adopted brother, even one who is unaware of their separate roots, their actions will constantly signal as La Republique du Cameroun has all through the 61 years.
Our National Anthem answered
Our national prayer would seem to have been answered at every turn when we were as helpless as the adopted half-brother! It is the belief of Ambazonia News that we should sing or recite our Anthem every morning in gratitude for the Watchfulness of The Most high God. In this chaotic throw of ideas is a non-exhaustive list of instances where relatively minor and insignificant deviations from LRC’s course would have managed to assimilate Ambazonia! Somehow, against all odds…
The Most High God be The Watchman of This Nation!
First Pitfall – LRC gains independence before British Southern Cameroons.
By gaining “independence” on 1/1/1960, LRC froze her international boundaries according to international law! That did not stop the “brother-nation” of Southern Cameroons choosing to “gain her independence by joining LRC”. The “wiser” people duly arranged it and set everything all nice and legal to use “self-determination” to decide it. It worked too and everything was a tap-in! All LRC needed to do was complete the deal by getting the “Founding Fathers” to sign on the dotted line! The problem was that Southern Cameroons turned out to be more democratic than LRC – and ok luckier! Like the over-confident striker in front of goal, LRC did not see the need to waste their time with such silly formalities! So they omitted to get the deal signed and therefore the Southern Cameroons Assembly did not ratify the union treaty, nor did the French Cameroon Assembly, and therefore the union was not a union. Because Southern Cameroons had a proper multi-party parliament there was no chance a single individual could have been “persuaded” to add their signature as an after-thought even if French Cameroon had bothered with the tediousness of legality! It was a de facto annexation, only “surviving” because … well what’s the harm to a tea leaf if the East India Company is “not nice”?
The International community would not upset the cart just to get justice for anyone who didn’t even know they were being wronged! But … The Most High God was the Watchman of that Nation!
Second Pitfall. Unsigned Federation Set Up and then Unilaterally Changed!
It is plausible that the only-de facto “Federal” Republic would have survived and nobody, well, hardly anybody would have been able to persuade the citizens that they were victims of a wrong! But … as the Most High God is the Watchman of that Nation, French Cameroon’s Assembly had passed a constitution which forbade any single party in the “Federation” to change the form of the state without separate approving votes in both states! What are the chances? So when French Cameroon’s leaders decided to hold a referendum and change the form of the state, they were breaking a law they had passed, especially when not bothering to separate the results! The results were celebrated and if they had left it at that … who knows with the victims not being aware they were victims, if the eggheads had left it as a United Republic … No. The Most High God Is the Watchman of the Nation!
Third Pitfall – French Cameroon Decides Integration is Nicer
French Cameroon has omitted to sign the union treaty and broken the rules that were meant to have maintained the union but … even though the victims had no idea they were victims and the international community did not want to “unnecessarily” upset the order it could been “okay” had French Cameroon simply let sleeping dogs lie. But as the most High God is the Watchman of the Nation French Cameroon decided to withdraw from the union by signing what Gorji-Dinka correctly interpreted as the Restoration Law. That Law in 1984 did deemed United Republic of Cameroon not “integrated” enough and renamed it La Republic du Cameroun which was the at-independence name of French Cameroon. That is the name of the would-have-been equal party in the union when Southern Cameroons had voted to gain independence by joining – and that is, if the union treaty had been signed and ratified by both states’ assemblies. That the treaty had not been signed had left only a de facto union which only lasted because the victims had not complained but would collapse if they did at anytime in the future.
When Gorji-Dinka raised a stink what happened? LRC arrested and charged him with, of all things secession, and staged a trial where the judge duly agreed with Gorji-Dinka that the “Restoration” Law was in fact a secession from the “union” by LRC and that the accused could not be guilty. Still 90+ % of Southern Cameroons knew little…
La Republic du Cameroun Self-Snookers!
Why didn’t LRC repeal the law? Well, you wouldn’t try to put the tooth paste back in the tube once it is squeezed, would you? Too difficult! The repeal would simply have focused attention on why it was needed – and resulted in the exact opposite of the integration that LRC desired!
Somehow this legal truth seemed to remain niche as the majority of the victims continued to be blissfully unware. But The Most High God Remained on Watch as LRC continued to set up pitfalls which Southern Cameroons continued to navigate.
The Final Pitfall?
Now that a mass of Southern Cameroonians has complained and been forced to actively defend that nation, the legalities are available for meaningful exploration. So what is the final pitfall for Southern Cameroons?
Gorji-Dinka has the answer! In his complaints at the UN he got the UN to effectively and explicitly state that Ambazonia, the name he proposed for Southern Cameroons, could take her seat when she stopped “being represented” in LRC’s government! It is as simple as that! So when a certain “Senator” was arrested in Ambazonia for treasonously claiming to represent Ambazonia in the La Republic du Cameroun assembly her release was far more significant than the handful of million allegedly paid to her hapless “kidnappers”! They had stumbled on the most important aspect of the Liberation Struggle but, as is the thread of this story, had been completely unaware. Even that could only be because The Most High God is The Watchman of the Nation! It is quite clear that the Most High God is waiting for better political maturity and leadership in Ambazonia before letting her children soar like the stars above!
Happy Independence day Ambazonia 2022!
The Most High God is the WatchMan of Our Nation
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