The government of Cameroon has sent a delegation to New York to douse growing activities of separatist groups seeking to carve out an independent state of Ambazonia from the Cameroon republic.
A mission statement from the prime minister’s office dated July 31, 2017 says the delegation was created following direct instructions from the Head of State (President Paul Biya) and would carry out its mission at the office of Cameroon’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York from August 3, to 9.
Its members include Prof Paul Ghoghomu Mingo, Director of Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prof Elvis Ngole Ngole, former minister and head of the CPDM Academy, Prof Fabien Nkot, techincal adviser at the Prime Minster’s Office.
Their mission, according to the mission statement, is to provide explanations about the on-going crisis in the North West and South West regions. The statement says the trio will provide the clarifications to Cameroonians living in the United States and to the US government as well.
Cameroon’s representative to the UN is also asked in the statement to put things in order and ensure the delegation succeeds in its mission, to which the head of government (Philemon Yunji Yang) attaches utmost importance.
It should be recalled that a couple of days before the official signing of the mission order, separatists had, on social media, circulated messages that the government is sending a “lies telling” mission to the US and to Europe.
The movements, now grouped the Southern Cameroon Ambazonia Governing Council headed by Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe, is currently on an offensive, asking the UN for what it calls, “complete decolonisation” of Southern Cameroons( North West and South West regions of Cameroon), formerly British Southern Cameroons.
Ayuk Tabe, on a recent ‘diplomatic’ trip to South Africa; said the movement is willing to dialogue with the government of Cameroon on condition that the UN, AU, or ECOWAS is mediating the talks.
It is however yet to be disclosed, to which group of Cameroonians the Ghoghmo-led delegation will be explaining the crisis that have been rocking Anglophone regions of Cameroon since October 2016.