We Have No Similarity With Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB – Separatist Group In Cameroon, Ambazonia
Ambazonia Interim Government, a separatist group in Cameroon, has emphasised that its agitations for a separate country have nothing in common with that of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The leader of the group, Samuel Sako revealed this during a virtual press conference on Sunday, saying unlike IPOB, the Ambazonian activists are not trying to break an existing country.
The group said they would not want to jeopardise their relationship with the Nigerian government, noting that thousands of Southern Cameroonian refugees have benefitted from the country’s benevolence, Premium Times reports.
“It is political suicide and a very wrong calculation for us to take any position that jeopardises the lives of 120,000 of our people who are enjoying the hospitality of Nigeria right now under the eyes of the government and security forces.”
Sako had earlier stated that the activists agitating for an independent Ambazonia have no alliance with IPOB, drawing harsh criticism from the Ambazonia Governing Council, another separatist group led by Ayaba Cho Lucas.
At Sunday’s press conference, Sako said the response from Lucas does not carry any weight because he only represents a handful of Ambazonians.
“The weight of any statement depends on who made the statement, not the content of the words,” he said.
“So if I say that Ambazonia doesn’t have an alliance with IPOB, the weight of that statement depends on who I represent when I said so. This is the interim government, representing more than 90 per cent of the people of the Southern Cameroons.
“The opposition in any nation can say anything but what matters is what the government says. And we say we don’t have an alliance and we don’t intend to have one because our fights are not the same. We don’t want to be misunderstood.”
“We don’t want to go into those arguments, we don’t even want to create any form of similarity because there is none.
“A nation that was granted independence with internationally demarcated boundaries by the United Nations system went into a union with another country that has failed and we are restoring our independence.
“We don’t want to be misunderstood or compared to a false equivalent. So it does not work for us by any means to create an alliance that continues to perpetrate that misunderstanding which Paul Biya is building on.
“Because all the nations of the world don’t like the idea of secession, they just hate it from face value. But ours is not and we want to make that difference, so this is what it is.
“Secondly, at the level that we are right now, we need nations that can recognise us because we are not trying to be independent, we have restored our independence. What we are looking for is recognition. If Biafra or IPOB recognises us, what is that going to change?
“We need nations of the world to recognise us. Nigeria voted yes for our independence in 1961, in that Resolution 1608 of our independence.
“So we would rather have Nigeria endorse our position to restore our independence than to have a group of activists or movement that is fighting to secede to recognise us. Politically, what’s the calculation?”