We understand the concerns of the many who argued against the formation of SCCOP in 2018. However, we also understood that the leadership of the revolution had fallen in the hands of people who neither understood the mechanics, the context nor the strategy that had been laid out for the attainment of our goals. Even worse was their propensity to dismantle all the structures which had been laid down as well as their complete refusal to consult on prior work. Someone without any insight of the Revolutionary Plan we had laid out in 2017 would equally not understand why we became alarmed and found it urgent and necessary to roll out the contingency plan to save the revolution. We had the choice of either letting the Revolution to crumble and then start afresh when the “Time was Right” as argued by many, or to ACT NOW and preserve as much of the revolutionary capital as we could, and in the process take a few slings and arrows for doing the right thing. One thing was certain to us then:
WE URGENTLY NEEDED TO BUILD A PLATFORM THAT WOULD CUSHION THE INEVITABLE FREEFALL OF THE REVOLUTION.
I have given a series of talks on the dual strategic approach – namely the SCIENCE and the ART of any Revolution. What does the art entail? The art is often the visible, the flashy and the branded side of any revolution. It is the ability of Spokesmanship, on Advocacy and of Posturing. These are all important, but there is more to the arts. It is also about timing, it is about place, it is about pitch, the tools we use to blend reality with perception. The early days of social media activism represented the epitome of the ARTS to conduct a revolution. But there is a time for everything: A time for social media activism and a time to engage with more serious media stakeholders. The problem is that we got frozen in social media noisemaking until La Republique finally caught up with us. We are now at the stage where paid mercenaries have invaded social media and are using it to beat us at our own game. This happened because we did not understand that in order succeed, the Arts must always be accompanied by Science. While science was intrinsic in the work we put in during the first months of the revolution, the formation of the IG marked the rejection of the SCIENCE and the projection of the ARTS.
Any revolution will die if its leaders do not understand that Mechanics is what sustains a revolution. We can draw lessons from the Vietnamese and the Cuban resistances: the Vietnamese depended more on the science than the arts, and the Cubans successfully blended the science and the arts. This model was later copied by some Resistance Movements on the African Continent like the ANC, SWAPO, MPLA, ZANU. After the 4th Conclave, our leadership abandoned the science and prioritized the arts. This was accompanied by the massive penetration and infiltration of the revolutionary leadership. Of course, the art is facile, is flashy and is visible, and the masses are easily attracted to all that is flashy. However, the science is often dull, unattractive, and hardly visible to the masses, yet it is the silent engine that drives any revolution. Unfortunately, most of our people have never been exposed to revolutionary education, and therefore they were easily carried away by the flashy arts. Social media comedians capitalized on their newfound niche of gullible followership which took us all on a journey to nowhere.
The complete disregard for the SCIENCE which underscored our revolution convinced us that we needed to develop a backup plan as soon as possible. The realization that the revolution had been infiltrated at the highest levels, was off the rails and on the path to perdition provoked us into action. Despite the arguments and hostility by many against the creation of SCCOP, we knew that creating SCCOP now was a Revolutionary emergency.
When we crafted the movement that is known today as SCCOP, we paid keen attention to the mechanical features which had been neglected with the formation of the IG. Drawing from the lessons of the past years, we have been able to insulate SCCOP and minimize the kind of infiltration we experienced in the past. We acknowledge that there are still many improvements to be done. We are aware that there may be a few buccaneers and gamblers within our present structures because we are not perfect. We desperately need to attract more engineers and mechanics for our revolution to succeed. We know that many with such attributes have quietly withdrawn to the background and are observing the current Social Media entertainment from a distance. As SCCOP, we must actively fetch them and bring them back to the fold. It is only when we finally succeed to bring back these skillful engineers again into the Revolution that we can say with confidence that the baseline requirements for a Revolutionary Ship that can sail Stormy Waters are well implanted within the DNA of SCCOP-the New Ship that we are building to take us to our destination.
SCCOP is meant to be the movement that should outlast all of us. SCCOP shall still be here for our children even when we are gone. We must therefore work with the vision of a ship that must not necessarily dock with all of us on board. But rather one that we can be proud arrived because we built it well, whether we make it to the final destination or not. It is for that reason that we are proud to say that SCCOP is HOPE!
Chairman – Southern Cameroons Congress of the People (SCCOP)
In January 2017, when we decided to organize the Closed-Door Round Table Meeting of Leaders of Frontline Movements, our primary goal was to ensure that the uprising which had been ignited by the Consortium on Ground Zero did not die, especially after the arrest of the Leaders of the Consortium. By the Second Conclave, we had gotten all the Frontline Movements to sign the Conclave Resolutions which led to the formation of SCACUF. This milestone was accompanied by the advent of the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC) which transformed the little-known uprising into a full-blown global revolution.
Thereafter we worked to galvanize our people and create social cohesion among 8 million citizens who did not necessarily buy into the struggle at the beginning. By October 1, we had accomplished that goal with the successful organization of the September 22 Global March. Having achieved this Internal Social Cohesion among our people, our next challenge was to take our cause to the international community. This coincided with the declaration of war by the Biya Regime in November 2017 and the unleashing of military violence against our people. The Governing Council had already foreseen this and put in place the Department of Defense with the mandate to unite all our militant forces and develop a common but robust strategy.
2018 was therefore set at the year of the Internationalization of our Revolution through diplomacy, communications, and grassroots mobilization. It was clear by then that the popular revolution had supplanted the frontline movements and was firmly in the hands of the people. The Nera 12 Abduction unfortunately derailed the plans for 2018. This saw the disbandment of the DoD, creation of strife, discord and sabotage as the modus operandi of the revolution. By the end of 2018, there was widespread disillusion and despair which saw the withdrawal of some of the best minds from the revolution. The goal of internationalization could not be achieved while militant groups had managed to render the territory ungovernable. It was only in 2019 that the internationalization agenda was realized but it was also at a time that we were severely weakened by infighting, confusion and social media takeover. Behind the formation of SCCOP was the foresight and anticipation of these problems, coupled with the need for a robust backup plan in order not to lose the revolutionary momentum completely.
We realized that most likely the true chances of our success in obtaining decolonization and statehood for Southern Cameroons depend mightily on SCCOP’s ability to demonstrate the leadership that is sorely lacking in our revolution. But we also realized that in order to curtail the mistakes of the past and the massive infiltration, SCCOP can only succeed by being a members-only movement. While we invite Southern Cameroonians and friends of Southern Cameroons to join our movement, we are also clear that membership is restricted.
To obtain a completely decolonized Southern Cameroons and the Restoration of its Statehood as a proud nation among nations.Mission
To champion the completion of the decolonization process and lead the Restoration of the Statehood of Southern CameroonsObjectives
As a grassroots movement, SCCOP’s mission is to mobilize the people of the former British Southern Cameroons, in support of the vision towards the restoration of our statehood and built around the following Seven Cardinal Pillars:
Guided by these seven cardinal pillars, the Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) shall be a political platform that seeks to embrace this vision of the creation of the Southern Cameroons we want.
1. Loyalty, Work and Sacrifice:
a. Loyalty to Revolution and Movement: The Sixth Pillar of SCCOP’s Manifesto hinges on Political Education, Loyalty and Discipline. Henceforth the only other loyalty that shall supersede loyalty to SCCOP as a movement will be loyalty to the Homeland. Membership of SCCOP cannot be ambiguous