Tibor Nagy Comments on “One Cameroun” Policy: Three Important Things Ambazonians Should Know and Do
Atemnkeng S. Franklin
Ambanews24, Texas, USA
Amidst the ongoing
genocide in Ambazonia, the U.S Assistant
Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy in response to a question at
the Wilson Center early this week told the audience: “One of my deeply heart
felt pains – that is Cameroun. I keep thinking about what more could we be
doing in Cameroun because I know that everyday the situation grows worst and
worst. And in my own discussion with Camerounians, I point out to the fact that
look at the United States of America. We won every single battle in Vietnam and
we lost the war. And everyday that the pain and the suffering goes on,
unfortunately, more and more of the people who live in western Cameroun are
starting to think seriously about favoring independence.”
“That – again – the United States view is a unified
Cameroun. We support a unified Cameroun because the last thing Africa needs is
another ministate that will be full of poverty and suffering, and needing
billions of dollars of foreign assistance to make it; and then what happens if
you split off part of Cameroun? What happens in parts of Nigeria? So that is
not what Africa needs at all,” Nagy added
Amb. Nagy then turned his attention to the Cameroun government and said, “But the Camerounian government needs to get serious about a genuine peace process, genuine decentralization, genuine power to the local level.”
We Should Know and Do
Nagy did Not Say Ambazonia Shall Never Become Independent and Sovereign
To the “One Cameroun” agenda pundits, Nagy
has driven a nail into the coffin of the Ambazonian quest for total liberation
from tyranny under Cameroun’s rule, for independence and sovereignty. However,
the pundits cannot point one phrase in the words of Nagy quoted verbatim above
in which he says or even claims or insinuates that Ambazonia shall never become
independent and sovereign.
Rather, he warns the Biya government that it
is committing the same blunder that the U.S government committed in Vietnam.
Simply put: you can win the battles today; you can slaughter 15 in Babanki and massacre
women and children in Ngarbuh,
but you will not win the war – you will not defeat the Ambazonian people in the
At the end, Cameroun will have to pull out
its troops from the streets of Ambazonia as America had to pull its own
soldiers out of Vietnam. The Cameroun government, irrespective of every battle
it fights today, will have to sit on the table and negotiate its presence or
exit from Ambazonia – whatever will be the choice the Ambazonian people will
make! And it is better for the Yaoundé regime to cut the battles now and get to
the negotiation table because as every day passes, “the situation grows worst
and worst”, and the consequence of this does not favor Cameroun. Rather, more
and more Ambazonians are joining the ranks of the liberators, the freedom
fighters, the Ambazonian independentists. In all independence movements’
guerilla warfare, the counter-actions and barbarism of the adversary are rather
counterproductive because they rather help swell the ranks of the guerilla
fighters and the push many to join the liberation movement.
The Ambazonian people should internalize this
confession from Tibor Nagy and focus on increasing their mass involvement in
the liberation struggle, on arming their fighters more and more, and on
strategically and tactically targeting and taking out Cameroun’s military and
interest in Ambazonia in view of the ultimate day when Cameroun will realise it
has won a few battles, but has lost the war. That is when Cameroun will
surrender to negotiations and exit Ambazonia as America had to exit from
Supports a Unified Cameroun – just for NOW
For the spin doctors, Nagy’s assertion of a “unified
Cameroun” logically implies acceptance that there are two Camerouns because –
by their philosophical reasoning – one can only unite two or more separate
things. In their attempt to spin Nagy’s words to imply implicit acceptance that
Ambazonia and Cameroun are separate territories, the spin doctors fail to see
that “unity” is a metaphysical attribute of being – in order words, everything
that is, is united in itself as Aristotle and Aquinas postulate in The Metaphysics and De Ente et Essentia respectively. To put it differently, Cameroun is one in
itself as Cameroun; and Ambazonia is one in itself as Ambazonia.
Yes, months ago, Nagy told the U.S Congress
that “there are two Camerouns that came together.” The spin doctors would have
us end at “two Camerouns” and not proceed to the implication of “that came
together” when in fact there has been no coming together of the Southern
Cameroons (Ambazonia) and the Republic of Cameroun in accordance with
international law and principles. There is no union treaty or agreed upon terms
and policies as was required by UN Resolution 1608 (XV) Operative Paragraph 5
to make any “coming together” possible and justified.
Revolutionaries should have the habit of
facing issues head on that try stand on the way of their cause, and not sweep
them under the table with a gymnastic of words and mind games. It is naïve for
revolutionaries to try to exonerate Nagy by importing philosophical
justifications for Nagy’s words that are expressed in a specific political
context. Nagy sees Ambazonia’s territory as an intrinsic part of Cameroun. Unless we accept this truth that he erroneously
thinks – and has so influenced the U.S government to believe – that Ambazonia
and Cameroun are one, we shall not take appropriate action to combat and correct
this falsehood in a way that should ultimately lead to a change in America’s
current policy on the Ambazonia independence struggle. The Ambazonian
leadership must get to work to making this change become a reality.
And yes, this is only a matter of America’s
current policy. America is like moving water – always changing position when
the time comes. As U.S. National
Security Archives reveal, when the East Timorese
began fighting for their independence from Indonesia, the USA supported
Indonesia, beginning with “a policy of silence” to allow Indonesia invade East
Timor. When it became inevitable that the Indonesian Suharto regime’s efforts
had failed, the same USA changed and today recognizes the independence and
sovereignty of East Timor.
When Eritreans took up arms against Ethiopia,
Michael Cohen who held the same position Tibor Nagy holds today forged an
American policy of “One Ethiopia with possible return to federation.” Decades
later, on the same day the Eritreans took over the capital city of Asmara, the
same USA was the first country in the world to send a recognition letter to
Isaias Afewrki’s Eritrean People Liberation Front (EPLF) recognizing the
independence of Eritrea.
The same can be said of said of South Sudan.
The USA opposed the independence and sovereignty of South Sudan, letting the
war prolong for over two decades. When Al Qaeda attacked the USA on Sept. 11,
2001, the Bush administration was quick to label Sudan as harboring Islamic
terrorist, and moved to support South Sudan in an effort to weaken the Sudan’s
state sponsor of terrorism government. Today, South Sudan is sovereign and
recognized as such by the USA.
is all about timing, the state of affairs on the ground, and the stakes on
America’s interest! These three things have
changed America’s foreign policy in all liberation struggles.
has Leaked America’s Concerns, Now the Challenge is on Ambazonians
One of the biggest task of a diplomat in
every mission is to discern what the man sitting across the table thinks, and
why he thinks so. It often takes lobbying firms multiple back and forth
meetings to know the exact position of a government on an issue, and why the
government holds that position. Such knowledge is diplomatic intelligence. It
takes such knowledge to bring about change in the policy of governments. One
cannot address what one does not know!
At the Wilson Center, Tibor Nagy volunteered
this intelligence to the Ambazonian people at no cost. He gave them what
America’s current position is, and why it holds that position. The USA has two
fears: (1) Ambazonia may become another failed state in Africa, plagued by
poverty and suffering, and relying on billions on western aid to survive; (2)
an independent Ambazonia may inspire the Biafrans in Nigeria to rise up and
fight for their own independence, thereby destabilizing the entire Gulf of
Guinea more and more for decades.
We should say in truth these two fears are
not unfounded, irrespective of the rights of the Ambazonian people to
self-determination and the difference in the status of Ambazonia and Biafra
under international law.
The fears are based on history. Too many
African states are beggar nations. They live on aids and loans from the west.
In their corruption and poor governance, they have failed to raise a strong
middle class that lifts their nations out of poverty. South Sudan has
degenerated into an aid-dependent nation incapable of holding itself together
because it focused all its efforts on fighting Sudan – and infighting – and
never thought about
The burden is not on the USA but on
Ambazonian leadership to demonstrate that Ambazonia shall not be a failed,
poverty stricken nation and that it shall be a force for peace, security and
stability in the Gulf of Guinea.
Assuaging the two fears of the USA has to
begin with the Ambazonian leadership adopting an Ambazonia Independence
Manifesto (AIM) that outlines clearly what
kind of state Ambazonia is going to be in matters of the form of the state, the
rule of law, human rights, the administration of justice, economic policies,
health and the environment, education, foreign relations, regional and global
peace and security, etc. Good enough – the Ambazonia
Governing Council has done significant work in this regard.
Now is the time to make it public, put it before the Ambazonian people for
public input, then bring the Ambazonian leadership together adopt it.
Then based on that Manifesto, serious
Ambazonian professionals and intellectuals should get into serious working
sessions and produce a ten years transition, stabilization and stimulus National
Social and Economic Strategy Program (e.g that of Rwanda), which the USA or any
government in the world can pick up and see that Ambazonians are thinkers, are
ready for self-rule and Ambazonia shall not be a liability to the rest of the
Lastly, Ambazonians must intensify their
lobbying efforts. Fighting on the ground is not enough. The triad approach of
Self-Defense, Targeted Diplomacy and Mobilization adopted by the Ambazonia
Governing Council as the pillars to freedom must all be valued and intensified.
Governments do not easily change their positions in the face of too many
variables and unknowns. They prefer to deal with the devil they know than they
angel they do not know. To brake this tendency, liberation movements must do a
lot of lobbying.
In today’s world, most sovereign countries
are unable to lobby big governments themselves, despite having embassies and
diplomatic accreditations in those countries. What more of liberation or
independence movements? Everyone is
using dedicated lobby firms that have access to centers of power, to key
individuals, to friends in high places, and whose words can turn the axis of
the governments in their favor. It will take such lobby firms to cause the USA
and other key players to change their current positions and begin supporting an
independent and sovereign Ambazonia.
Most reputable and serious law and diplomacy
lobby firms are not cheap! Ambazonians have to pay the price with their pockets
now to achieve sovereignty and international recognition in the shortest
Positioning oneself in the shoes of power or
one’s organization in whatever name is not enough. Wasting time on infighting
and posturing is useless. There is work to be done, and the Ambazonian
leadership should focus on doing it and not be trapped in distractions from
throes created by Cameroun and positioned on social media.