The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and a pro-independence movement in western Cameroon, ‘Ambazonia Governing Council’ (AGovC), have agreed to exchange weapons and personnel to help them achieve their common goals.
Naija News reports that IPOB had over the years condemned the Nigerian government for its poor investment, inequitable resource distribution, marginalization, and heavy military presence in the region.
The group, therefore, demanded the restoration of an independent state of Biafra in the South East through an independence referendum.
On its part, AGovC fights to carve out Cameroon’s English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions into a breakaway state called Ambazonia.
It is reported that the grievances of Anglophone Cameroonians date back to 1961 when the region was granted independence from Britain.
However, forming an alliance with each other, an American news publication, Foreign Policy, said: “The scope of the alliance will include joint operations and training bases, Capo Daniel, the deputy defense chief of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, the military wing of the Ambazonia Governing Council said.
“The groups will work to secure their shared border and ensure an open exchange of weapons and personnel,” representatives of both the Ambazonia and IPOB movements said.
Reacting to the development, IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, confirmed the report.
He said: “It’s true. We are growing day by day. We need to strengthen ourselves”.