The much publicised ASSC Berlin Conference took place some two weeks ago. Millions of Southern Cameroonians waited in joyful hope for this event. It was attended by some of the best brains in Africa’s newest nation-The Federal Republic of Ambazonia. The one million dollar question is: Were they served a delicious menu of hope and liberation or was it another symposium that promised more than it delivered? Cameroon Concord News Group was represented by a cream of very experienced news reporters including its London Bureau Chief.
On day 1 of the conference, Cameroon Concord News and its sister publication, Cameroon Intelligence Report published a report on the Southern Cameroons demonstration outside the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. However, coverage of the Ambazonia Berlin Conference ended there. The protest at the Nigerian embassy was a commendable initiative by the organizers and every Ambazonian who attended the conference. Any action that takes the Southern Cameroons plight to the international stage is worthy to be praised. It was also the first time that the Acting President of the Interim Government of Ambazonia, Dr Sako Ikome visited Southern Cameroonians outside the United States of America.
Thousands of our Southern Cameroons readers have wondered aloud why we of the Cameroon Concord News Group did not produce more write-ups about the event after the first report. The truth is we watched the spectacle that was put together by the Ambazonia Interim Government in Berlin like many of our readers with anticipation. Hardworking and mission driven Southern Cameroonians in Germany did their best to welcome all Ambazonian comrades who made the trip. In this soul-searching conversation our Chairman who also moonlights as editor-in-chief, Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai says the IG is now a thing of the past.
Cameroon Concord News: You were in Germany but blatantly refused to make the trip to Berlin
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: We had a very intensive and productive debate with my reporters and contributing editors in the UK, Germany and Belgium on whether we had to cover the conference. I gave the green light for them to travel to Berlin but stayed me in Mulheim because I felt we should have received an official invitation from Sako and his cabinet to cover the said conference.
Cameroon Concord News: We understand, you were constantly being briefed about the happenings in Berlin. Is this true?
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: Yes it is true! The first document that was sent to me via Whatsapp was the event flyer designed with the headline ‘the syncretizing conference’. Either the IG didn’t understand the meaning of the word or it was deliberately employed to deceive Ambazonians. The conference was anything but syncretizing. It was so poorly executed that there was no written program to follow. Every member of the Southern Cameroons Interim Government that was present in the hall was also a Master of Ceremony. The fight for the microphone to speak gibberish was preposterous. Considering that many delegates sponsored themselves, this was a colossal waste of money for little or no benefit. The money would have been well spent in Ground Zero which was the aim of the conference
Cameroon Concord News: You reportedly ordered Chi Prudence to leave the venue. What prompted you to make such a decision?
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: Prudence and other members of the Concord team complained that they had never seen so many security clowns around one individual. Sako flew in from the US with security guards and Prudence told me they were too many. What a joke! What a waste of money. He has been caught up by the trappings of power long before he has had any. She reported to me that Sako spoke with unbelievable sluggishness, his audience was always asleep. No energy, direction or drive. One County head was unequivocal that he won’t trust Sako with a dime as he had no clue and charisma. Sako looked and acted robotic with no engagement with the audience. The disrespect he endured from his cabinet was there for all present to see. Chris Anu and other so-called cabinet ministers walked in after Sako was already in the hall. None of them showed any respect or interest whilst he was talking. It was a shame and embarrassing for all present. I had to ask Prudence to jet back to London.
Cameroon Concord News: Mister Chairman, what is your take on the Berlin Conference situation?
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: I personally believe that Berlin was a missed opportunity for Dr Sako and his team. Consequently, the IG is now a thing of the past. Ever since one cabinet Secretary publicly alleged corruption by another, Ambazonian donors have elected to stop all financial donations to the Interim Government. Berlin was a failed attempt by Sako and his acolytes to raise funds. The target was to raise $ 100,000 and claim it was for ‘Ground Zero’. But Southern Cameroonian elites who have the power of the purse knew that it was donating to fund Sako’s lavish and corrupt lifestyle. Most of the County Coordinators had other plans! He only managed to raise$62,500 with $17,500 paid and $45,000 in pledges.
Permit me add here that hardworking Ambazonians in Germany had to pay out from their pockets for the venues, catering and hotels as the Interim Government had no money. They had to wait for the money that came in on the first day of the conference to get reimbursed. This is not what our leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe wished for our people.
Cameroon Concord News: Some have opined that you are against Sako and the IG
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: Those who maintain that view are just being deliberately stupid. I am however familiar with such things. Let me open up to you a little!! There was a lady in Berlin now being referred to as the Grace Mugabe of Ambazonia. Her real name is Irene Ngwa. I have evidence that she runs the IG with an iron fist. She personally made a telephone call to the organizers in Berlin and instructed them on what size hotel room to book for Sako and the distance between her room and that of Sako. This is shameful. Hundreds of fighters are dying daily and our people are sleeping in the forest and the IG and its official are obsessed about hotel rooms. You should also remember that part of my interview with President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe in the presence of Prof Carlson Anyangwe in London was done inside the Sisiku’s hotel room where he shared a bed with Prof Anyangwe. It was indeed a Bread and Breakfast accommodation!! That to me was sacrifice that President Ayuk Tabe and Prof Anyangwe were showing to the people of Southern Cameroons.
Cameroon Concord News: For the first time in this conversation, you have made some disturbing revelations. Our readers would love to know more about the Grace Mugabe of Southern Cameroons.
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: I discuss issues with facts blackmailing not being part of my heritage. Irene Ngwa is the Director of Resource Mobilization at the Ambazonia Presidency, Director of My Trip to Buea Fund, Board Member of Ambazonia Treasury Board, Director and Coordinator of Amba Peace Plan, LGA by LGA. Even President Robert Mugabe didn’t have the audacity to appoint Grace to so many top ranking positions.
My Trip to Buea raised over $807,000. Just last week, the ASC published irrefutable evidence that they only received $120,000 of that fund. Sako and his gang spent all in hotels, restaurant and renting cars. They are running out of cash and like gamblers and drug addicts they wrongfully thought Berlin was going to give them a platform to raise more money to fund their Made-in-Calabar corrupt habits.
Cameroon Concord News: Southern Cameroonians are of the opinion that Sako is in constant consultation with President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: Are you kidding me? Are you for real? Are you part of this news group? You are an important person in the Concord News structure and you should be aware that Sako hasn’t had the decency to call President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and the other leaders in jail since February 2019. For your information, Sako travelled to Berlin with the intention of getting that assembly to endorse him as President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia. He sees himself as Head of State forgetting that he is acting for someone who is accessible by phone. Over the last few weeks his surrogates have disseminated the falsehood that the meeting in Berlin had given him a mandate to reshuffle his cabinet and create new departments. I have been informed that he has already announced his new cabinet pushing out all of Sisisku Ayuk’s men. I have not seen the so-called decree but my team in the USA is working on it.
The decision to bring in Sako was a grave error of judgment and a costly mistake by members of the Ambazonian Interim Government. I think Sako should step aside for Southern Cameroonians of goodwill to reboot this revolution. If not, serious decisions will have to be made against him.
Cameroon Concord News: Thank you very much for your time and a very Happy Birthday to you Mister Chairman
Soter Agbaw-Ebai: You are welcome
This interview was conducted by Diamond Esoh for the Cameroon Concord News Group