In the areas of combat training and weapon trade, the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has apparently forged a collaboration with a separatist organisation in Cameroon.
While IPOB is fighting Nigerian security forces to establish the Biafra Republic in the South-East through the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the Ambazonian War of Liberation (AWL) and Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) are attempting to break away from Cameroon.
According to the Daily Trust, the leadership of AWL declared on April 10, 2021 that they have created a relationship with IPOB in order to pursue a common aim of political and economic liberation.
Also, Nnamdi Kanu and the leader of AWL, Dr Lucas Cho Ayaba, have indicated plans to work together in the struggles for their two regions, according to a recording of a Zoom meeting posted on social media, which was shown by the IPOB leader.
“We are in the know of what is happening…We are closely monitoring,” a security source who did not want to be named, said.
“There is a link between them because the Ambazonian militants are offering training to IPOB members,” another source said.
According to Foreign Policy, the two sides pledged to “operate together to safeguard their shared border and ensure an open exchange of weapons and personnel.”
IPOB-Ambazonia, whose leaders Kanu and Ayaba are spearheading insurgencies from overseas, pledged their intention to form a close alliance and expedite worldwide attention to grant them the right to self-determination from their home countries of Nigeria and Cameroon.
They claimed that people in the two areas are oppressed and underdeveloped, which has been exacerbated by colonialism and neocolonialism. Noting that the current trend was to enslave the entire African continent.
“Over the years, our grandfathers and grandmothers have stomached this terrorist proclivity, with the hope that somehow, it would go away. But it is clear to us that after so much turning of the other cheek as well as payment in blood, these bullies never ever became reasonable. Instead, it has emboldened them. This is part of the reason Biafrans and Ambazonians are coming together. We are coming together to rediscover our shared biological and cultural heritage.
“So far, even though our struggles for freedom have shared different trajectories, Biafrans and Ambazonians have a shared destiny. Our collective destiny is once again to lead the continent of black Africa to achieve the type of civilisation that humanity would marvel at, just like our Bantu ancestors did when they civilised the whole of the known world around them.
“In the coming days, we the Biafrans and Ambazonians would be communicating to the world in sequence as the need arises, our blueprint for cooperation, preparatory to the re-emergence of our nations,” he said.