It had seemed very obvious that not only the two English speaking parts of Cameroon but Cameroon, in general, has been taken hostage by pro restoration activists abroad operating under the banner southern Cameroon Ambazonia consortium united front (SCACUF).
This was affirmed by a controversial university Don Ben Aki who took to his Facebook page to decry that SCACUF had successfully and technically neutralized and weakened all opposition parties in Cameroon and has now imposed itself as the main opposition party to the ruling Regime.
It should be noted that since the Anglophone crisis started in October 2016, there has been power tussle between the government and the restoration junta abroad who always take to Facebook and their TV channel SCBC to rubbish any act by the government to appease southern Cameroonians in relation to the ongoing crisis.
It has been a battle between armless, financially and technically weak minority against a strong, well-armed and merciless government. The spokesperson of the government Issa Tchiroma has reiterated over and over that Cameroon remains one and indivisible and so shall it be, terming the so-called state of Ambazonia as a Facebook republic.
However, many political analysts on local TV debates say the leaders of the Anglophone revolution are gaining more and more legitimacy over the people as against the government justified by the landmark protests of September 22 and October 1st.
Analyzing social media propaganda on Facebook, WhatsApp, twitter, and most importantly on international media, one will conclude that the historic declaration of the independence of Southern Cameroons on the 1st of October by the chairman of the Governing Council was a turning point in the Anglophone liberation struggle. On the other hand, the man on the street in Cameroon holds that the aftermath of October 1st seems to have given birth to new oppositions to the restoration agenda.
It now suffices to say that SCACUF no longer has only the government to deal with as a barrier to independence but individuals whose personal acts are building walls of Jericho en route to the promised land.
Having been comfortable to have contained the ideology of Barrister Ben Aki and his organization English Cameroon for a United Cameroon who has stood his grounds counteracting “restorationists” on social media and on international traditional media, the unprecedented declaration of candidacy for the upcoming 2018 presidential elections by Barrister Akere Muna has been seen by many as a serious storm to the independence of Southern Cameroons.
Local press has termed it as a major joker by France to push through the divide and rule tactic to maneuver the somewhat growing unity amongst the Anglophones for a common course of restoring their statehood. English speaking Cameroonians have blamed the Muna’s family for working with the government against the people citing the 2004 presidential elections where Ben Muna resigned as secretary general of SDF to form the Alliance Progressive Force (APF), thus weakening the momentum of the main opposition in the elections.
Many political pundits are suggesting that the government is about to use Akere Muna against Anglophone independent leader Sessiku Ayuk Tabe just as ST Muna was used against Agustin Ngoum Jua.
But Akere Muna while speaking on France 24 said his motivation to the 2018 presidential elections in Cameroon is the fact that having worked with the government and international community for very long, he thinks the problem Cameroon is facing today is caused by bad governance which he wants to redress. He is coming for a new Cameroon and he has the leadership experience plus his perfect bilingualism to bring the change and the new republic in which the people are heartily clamoring for. It is therefore clear that his personality and agenda is a serious knut to crack for the restoration of the state of Ambazonia.
That is on the one hand, after the heroic welcome and general jubilation of the Anglophone community for the release of the president and secretary of the outlawed civil society consortium, the venerated legal luminary Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla’s press releases, and media interviews have been taken with mixed feelings by the Anglophones.
Knowing that he is the major brain behind the now Anglophone revolution, many eyes have been on him. His first major interview granted to Equinox TV on Sunday, October the 22 was heavily applauded even by pro Restorationists especially when he asserted that he has been concerting with other leaders of the Anglophone struggle mentioning chairman Ayuk Tabe and Tassang Wilfred.
He spoke very diplomatically and tactically and his points were moved by staunched Mark Bareta but the war of betrayal and character assassination on social media escalated when he took to BBC focused on Africa to say these:
Independence is a very emotional thing everybody likes it, but am a realist, I look at the feasibility of having it. I am for a federation that will bring the two Cameroons together to build a stronger country because let’s be honest; we can have unity in diversity, we can respect each other’s specificity, cultural and linguistic differences, but we are a people, we are one, we can build a stronger nation by being together so I don’t think separation is panacea for the time being
According to team survey and sampling of views and comments both physical and virtual by your trusted site africaninfolook.com, many hold that the noble president was not supposed to say this on international media, they suggest that the legal mind should speak the mind of the majority which is the restoration of the state of southern Cameroons or as a practical democrat he should rigorously advocate for a referendum which will permit the people to decide on their future.
On the contrary, the seasoned legal practitioner has stood his grounds that he won’t compromise his stand for a federation to please who so ever. Knowing his charming international presence, his political eloquence and his fervent moderate following, could one conclude that Barrister Agbor Balla is a major stumbling block to the agenda of the Ambazonia Governing Council which everyone knows to be the unconditional Restoration of the state of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia? Keep posted with africaninfolook for our eyes are watching the unfolding of events.