By Eric Tataw – Saturday September 21, 2019.
A secret meeting has been held between a top Cameroonian politician and a well-known Cameroonian Activist based in the United States of America, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Ni John Fru Ndi, founder and chair of the Social Democratic Front – SDF, one of Cameroon’s main opposition parties has had a private dialogue with activist, Christopher Anu Fobeneh.
Christopher Anu Fobeneh is one among many activists advocating for a separate state in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon – Ambazonia from the Cameroon government.
The SDF Chair and Chris Anu met, Saturday September 7, 2019 at 1:42 PM in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Midwestern U.S. state. Fru Ndi has been in the US for medical reasons and to spend vacation with family, he told National Telegraph.
Many Ambazonians around Minnesota say they were shocked to see Chris fly from Texas to hold private talks with John Fru Ndi on the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon. John Fru Ndi has also confirmed meeting Chris Anu.
In a telephone conversation with National Telegraph’s Editor-in-chief , Fru Ndi who was speaking from his vacation home in Saint Paul Minnesota, early Thursday September 19, 2019, said he was supposed to meet all top Ambazonians in the US but only Chris Anu showed up.
Pundits say they’re shock owing to the fact that Chris Anu comes on social media emphasizing on the top of his voice he would never meet Federalists, describing them as enablers, yet, is first activist in the Diaspora to secretly meet with same Federalists, especially with the SDF Chair. Others say; it’s a step to the right direction, adding that there’s nothing wrong in dialogue.
Insecurity has greatly increased in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon with Anglophone armed groups fighting for the Restoration of the statehood of Ambazonia, a self-declared independent country the rebels are trying to establish in the Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions.
It started in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for the separate state as it was in 1961. Many are now asking the International Community to look at the root cause of the conflict from 1961, National Telegraph has learned.
Thousands of unarmed civilians have been killed, hundreds of houses torched, more than a million displaced either as refugees or Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) while thousands have been imprisoned. On August 20, 2019, a military court in the country’s capital, Yaounde slammed life sentence to the leader of the separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and nine members of his retinue.