Ambazonians numbering over two hundred thousand (200,000) from the troubled Southern Cameroon, presently settle in Adagon community in Ogoja local government area of Cross River State, Biafraland, as refugees. They have been in this location for safety and security for the past twenty (20) months. They have been there through the instrumentality of the Nigerian government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). An estimated landscape of over four hundred (400) hectares belonging to the indigenous land owners of Adagon and Ndok, both in Ogoja local government area, was given out for their settlement.
On investigation by Family Writers Press International, lots of useful information were gathered, regarding this refugee camping project. The portion of land given out followed an agreement reached with the traditional rulers of both Ndok and Adagon autonomous communities. Our correspondent reliably confirmed the signatory documents legalising the said agreement of the indigenous landowners.
It took the resilience and courage of FWP correspondent to take a practical tour of the Ambazonian refugee camp to ascertain both the affairs/ management of the settled large Ambazonian population from Southern Cameroon.
Interviews conducted with few of the refugees, clearly revealed their plight. They expressed concern over the dehumanizing living conditions and misery which they were subjected to as a people in the hands of the Cameroonian soldiers. They regretted engaging in an ill-prepared armed struggle in their agitation for independence which unfortunately has claimed the lives of over tens of thousands of Ambazonians. Families have been displaced, resulting in the colossal destructions of Southern Cameroon. The refugees maintained that President Paul Biya blatantly disrespects the rule of law which has precipitated the gross abuse of international laws guiding human rights. The worst of it all that has happened to us, is our ill-preparedness for armed agitation through the use of guns and bullets against a well-equipped Cameroonian military. “We lack support from the international community. Only recently did United Nations offered us opportunity as they identified just few of us as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). They gave us refuge within this part of Ogoja, Cross River State”.
Further investigations by Family Writers Press International, on the Ambazonian experience, form veritable ingredients in the education of IPOB family members in particular and Biafrans generally, that the adopted approach of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in the Biafra restoration struggle remains the best option suitable in black Africa. IPOB in its finest but ferocious diplomatic approach, has recorded enormous successes ever to be known in self-deception efforts in African history.
It is therefore advisable that Biafrans in entirety, should continually exhibit total resoluteness, support and loyalty to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Meanwhile, there lies quite a lot of lessons to learn from the mistakes of other nations that are clamouring for freedom through violent means. Recall that IPOB has become phenomenal and the most peaceful/enlightened grassroot indigenous agitators the world over. It has garnered for itself, this enviable status due to its unwavering knowledge and compliance with the United Nations laws guiding self-determination. It must also be stated here that Nigeria, Britain and wider global community should understand that if Biafrans decide to explore the option of violence, the events of 1967/1970 in Nigeria, will be a child’s play. The Fulani oligarchy and all their accomplices can never fathom what will eventually befall them.
The resolve of IPOB must never ever be undermined by anyone!
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media