Biafra: Southern Cameroon Separatists Deny Teaming Up With IPOB

Biafra: Southern Cameroon Separatists Deny Teaming Up With IPOB

Ambazonia, a separatist group in southern Cameroon, has denied forming an alliance with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), claiming that the territory has had no ties to Nigeria’s south-east since 1953, when they fled to become part of Cameroon.

Mirror Nigeria recalls that rumours surfaced a few months ago that agitators from Ambazonia and Biafra had banded together to destabilize their present governments, which they claimed were marginalizing them.

Last April, a putative leader of the Ambazonia Governing Council, Dr Cho Ayuba, and IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

But the interim government of the English-speaking Cameroonians led by Samuel Sako in a virtual press conference on Friday refuted that claim, disclosing that the false information has led to most of his people being arrested unlawfully.

He said, “We want to make it clear to the Nigerian government that we have no alliance whatsoever with the IPOB of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We have none. The so-called alliance that supposedly occurred this April was an evil orchestration by the French Cameroon State. And maybe the French Secret Service to serve as a bogeyman to cower the Nigerian state into an unholy alliance against the legitimate aspirations of the people of Southern Cameroon.

“I will not endorse IPOB. That’s the position we have taken and the position we are taking,” he said.

The Ambazonians said “they are not security threats to the territorial integrity or security of the country of Nigeria. They are not and cannot be. They are arrested and extorted for seeking a place of refuge. They are running for their lives and would want to go back to their place.”

Sako disclosed that more than 200,000 Ambazonians fled the troubled region in Cameroon to seek refuge in Nigeria, mainly in Taraba, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. The agitations of the people of southern Cameroon to be an independent nation have met stiff opposition from the French-speaking Cameroon state.

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While disclosing that Cameroon has declared a brutal war on them since 2017, Sako pleaded with the Nigerian government to continue treating “our refugees according to international law. They are desperate. They’re hungry, living without shelter. Many with no education, maybe without hope. Please, in the name of God, continue to treat them with love and care. We are not in any way trying to destabilise the agenda of the unity of the country. We are not breaking anybody”.

Biafra: Southern Cameroon Separatists Deny Teaming Up With IPOB

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