By David Atangana
Incarcerated leader of the self-declared state of ‘Ambazonia’ Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, has reiterated his readiness for dialogue if certain conditions are met by the government of Cameroon.
The separatist leader who is serving a life sentence at the Kondengui Prison Yaounde expressed the wish in an interview published December 5, 2022, by the French language daily newspaper ‘Le Jour’.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, amongst other issues, called for the release of English-speaking prisoners and the demilitarization of the Anglophone regions.
“We first propose that Cameroon, which has declared war, declare a ceasefire and the demilitarization of the English-speaking regions, the release of all those imprisoned because of this crisis, an amnesty in favour of exiled compatriots and the international dialogue mediated by a neutral country and at a place agreed by both parties,” he said.
“As soon as these conditions are met, we will sit down if the government wants to negotiate we will negotiate,” the self-proclaimed leader added.
He had put forth the same conditions when he first met with some government representatives some years back.
Jailed since January 2018, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe sounded highly spirited and determined for the separatist cause.
“I am physically in prison, but morally and spiritually I am a free man. Those who put me here are more in prison than me,” he said declaring, “I don’t have a problem with anyone but I remain solid in fighting the fight that started several years ago. This fight aims for the liberation of Southern Cameroons, Ambazonia, from the oppression and bad governance that plagues this country.”
It should be recalled that Sisiku Ayuk Tabe after making a symbolic declaration of what he called independence of ‘Ambazonia’, was arrested at the Nera Hotel in Nigeria, alongside 9 others, and repatriated to Cameroon where a military court in Yaounde slammed them life prison sentences.
Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians arrested from the North West and South West regions are equally imprisoned in most prisons across Cameroon, where many are living in deplorable conditions and some have died.
Mimi Mefo Info