Ambazonia’s ‘General’ Ivo Killed – Who Next?

He has been one of the most valiant faces since the crisis in the English-Speaking Regions of Cameroon turned into violent conflict. He made videos from an office in a school, which was subsequently captured by the Cameroon military.

In some of his earlier videos, he appeared to be the voice of reason, calling on others to unite and avoid attacking other English-Speaking Cameroonians. However, as would be expected in a situation where he received his orders from a Commander who was many thousand miles, his wishes did not always translate into real action. No unity ever arrived. Rather, rumours began emerging of how ‘General’ Ivo was going around kidnapping other soldiers.

 

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The tales were soon reversed and it emerged that Ivo had also been the victim of an attack from other Ambazonian fighters. In one of his most recent videos, he made the case that since his rifle was taken away from him, there has been an increase in the number of casualties on the Ambazonian forces. He was, therefore, implying that if he had his weapons, things would be much different.

With Ivo constantly appearing on live videos, it was only a matter of time, before his location was exposed. Hence, it came as little surprise when the Ambazonia Governing Council Secretary of State announced that Ivo had been killed. In a short message shared on social media, he wrote:

😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
BREAKING SAD NEWS

This is sad indeed. Unfortunately, our one and strongest ADF General Ivo is no more. He was Killed this morning in KUMBA. I’m short of words to say the least Now and how I feel. He was indeed the greatest soldier Ambazonia ever had.

There’ll be an official statement to this effect soon
May your soul RIP & Rest in Perfect Peace BRAVEHEART

Sec of State

There is as yet, no indication, as to who might have killed Ivo. It could either be the military, or one of the many ‘enemies’ he has made during his short career as a fighter.

Whatever the case, this is just one of many young people who has needlessly lost his life in what is turning to be mayhem for English-speaking Cameroonians. The real architect of the problem and the person with the power to resolve the conflict has been untouched by any of the things happening in the English-Speaking Regions.

85 Year-old Dictator Paul Biya has not engaged with the conflict in any of his official statements. The recent formation of a Commission for Disarmament appears to be as useless as all the other commissions before it. Without a call for dialogue and an effective cease-fire, it is not clear how the disarmament commission can operate.

It should be noted that a number of prisons were attacked and prisoners released in parts of the North West Region of Cameroon when the conflict was still in its infancy. It is, therefore, safe to assume that many of the ex-convicts, joined in the fighting, and became tagged generally as Ambazonian fighters.

As the conflict protracts, kidnappings for ransom have become rampant. Recently it has emerged that some of the ‘leaders’ in the diaspora are colluding with their groups in Cameroon to kidnap people for ransom. Many people who can afford it have either fled the country or gone over to the French-speaking areas of Cameroon.

There appears to be only one solution to the crisis – a political one. And this solution, from every indication, would not come from Paul Biya, who has shown time and again, to have no will to resolve the conflict. It is time all Cameroonians united to demand that the dictator leaves power, to pave the way for a new political dispensation that can resolve the conflict and stop the mindless killings.

 

Anglophone Crisis Spillover: Yaoundé Under Siege from Protesting Teachers

Yaoundé: 27th March 2017

Every social problem is like malignant cancer! If not solved in time, it only spreads, it never goes away. That is the same with the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon which has emboldened teachers in Yaoundé to stage a protest march, starting at the Ministry of Finance.

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Many of the teachers are demanding to be paid wages they are owed for over 60 months.

Their placards carry messages such as “NO PAY! NO SCHOOL!; “WE WANT TO GET PAID NOW“; “RESPECT US“; “PAY OUR SALARIES“, among others.

Some of the organisers have confirmed that their hope is for all schools to be shut down across Cameroon until the deplorable educational conditions are addressed.

When asked if they considered it an extension of the Anglophone crisis, one of the protesters explained

“we cannot pretend our problem is as bad as the Anglophone crisis, but we have been inspired by their resilience. It is our way of showing solidarity, while at the same time expressing our grievances”.

This view is apt given that for many decades Anglophones have been suppressed, dehumanised and treated like second-class citizens in their own country. Over the last five months, the situation escalated when Lawyers and Teachers started protesting against the injustices suffered by English-Speaking Cameroonians.

The government of Cameroon responded with brutal military crackdown and arbitrary arrests and detention. Many lives were lost and property destroyed. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, with which the government was hitherto negotiating, was suddenly banned, some of its leaders were arrested and are facing treason charges in a military court.

Many people have been expressing some optimism on social media following the action in Yaoundé. Some have boldly asserted that this has taken the Anglophone struggle into the lion’s den. Others have been calling on all factions of civil society across Cameroon to rise up and put an end to Biya’s 35 years of economic stagnation and widespread deprivation.

Some have been critical, asking why it is that there is no major crackdown by the security forces as was the case with the English-speaking teachers and lawyers. In response to this, it has been highlighted by others that this is just another indication that Anglophones are treated less favourably by the Biya regime.

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Whatever the situation, this is a rallying call to all Cameroonians to realise that this is the time to end the rot that has eaten into the fabrics of society. It is a call on all to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Cameroon’s president is reported to have gone to Geneva after his visit to Italy and the Vatican, should this unrest continue, it is projected that he will be unlikely to enjoy his much craved time in what has been known to be his actual country. Activists from across Europe are already mobilising to go to Geneva and chase Biya back to Cameroon.