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Cameroon and Nigeria Separatists Are Joining Forces

Sailfish

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Okay, a little history background on this. From July 6 1967 to January 15,1970 Nigeria had been in a civil war with the breakaway state of Biafra known as the Nigeria - Biafra War. While the federal government won the war, it has never extinguished long held resentments going back decades by the Igbo ethnic community. Images of starving children in the breakaway state were seared into the conscience of the world. The mass starvation was the result of a deliberate blockade of the region by the Nigerian federal government. The separatist group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was created in 2012 and is the largest such group presently operating and subject to frequent crackdowns by the Federal Government in Abuja.

Now a little bit about Cameroon. Around 1960, Cameroon was divided among two countries (France and Great Britain). French Cameroon became independent on January 1, 1960. Right across the border was British Cameroon. British Cameroon was basically two regions. The northern region was predominately Muslim while the southern region was predominately Christian. On February 11, 1961 a plebiscite organized by the UN was held in the British Cameroons, and on February 12th, the results were released. The Southern Part of British Cameroon decided on reunification with the Independent Republic of Cameroon while the Northern Part of British Cameroon decided to unify with the newly independent state of Nigeria. The Foumban Conference was held from July 16 to July 21 1961 to negotiate the terms of this endeavor. The British Southern Cameroons would be referred to was West Cameroon while the French part would be referred to as East Cameroon. Buea became the capital of the western section while Yaounde became the capital of East Cameroon as well as the federal capital. The Federation was abandoned in 1972 when the country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon and then simply the Republic of Cameroon in 1984. Now Cameroon is officially a bilingual country with both French and English official languages. However 80% of the country is in the Francophone (i.e. French Speaking) zone. Only the Southwest and Northwest Regions are predominately Anglophone (i.e English Speaking). And this is where the problems lie. The divisions between the two regions aren't just a matter of speaking different languages, it is a matter of different interpreations of the law (i.e. French law vs. British law). The English speaking region has long felt discriminated against by the dominant French speaking region. In 2016, it exploded into a civil war in the two Anglophone regiions with this area. Separatist factions have been simmering for years and are advocating for secession from Yaounde and the creation of an independent country known as Ambazonia. Remember folks this is right across the border from Nigeria and the Biafra secessionists.

There had been Biafra sentiment in Western Cameroon from Nigeria separatists residing in this area so the Biafra movement was not just restricted to Nigeria. Well the inevitable has happened the two separtist groups have decided to join forces and share weapons and military strategy.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/2...fra-ipob-ambazonia-anglophone-joining-forces/
 

potatofarms

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Fun fact, Ambazonia has an official cryptocurrency called AmbaCoin.


"AmbaCoin is the official cryptocurrency of the Cameroons separatists entity of Ambazonia.[1][2][3][4] One AmbaCoin is worth 25 cents (USD), or about 140 CFA francs. It is said to be backed by the “rich natural resources” of the breakaway region.[1]"
 

Sailfish

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The Bakassi region is in the disputed area with significant petroleum reserves. Nigeria and Cameroon almost went to war over it.
 
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