NJ Ayuk, who is a Cameroonian Anglophone who supports the English-speaking struggle for justice, human rights and equality, has donated several humanitarian aid trucks to refugees in Nigeria.
Bloggers and separatist activists saw the trucks going to Nigeria and raised an alarm that the donation came from the government on Facebook.
They also pointed out that the Governor of the South West Region, Okalia Bilai, was accompanying the trucks and that the food had been poisoned. Meanwhile the governor was in Yaoundé attending a meeting with governors from other regions in Cameroon.
These separatist activists went ahead to alert Nigerian immigration and customs that the food had been poisoned, and authorities prevented the humanitarian supplies from getting into Nigeria.
NJ Ayuk obtained authorization from the Cameroonian government to transport the humanitarian aid he gave, he also asked the security forces to accompany the trucks through the restive Manyu division, to ensure the safety of those delivering it.
Mr. Ayuk is from Manyu Division and a world-renowned oil and gas lawyer, listed on the Forbes list of the 10 most influential Africans.
“One of the core principles in an Anglo-Saxon culture is the respect for local community. The power of any so-called political movement is derived from the local community,” NJ Ayuk explained.
“The power is built from bottom up and there must be respect. Like many, I have heard the calls for help and assistance over the past months as the current crisis has grown.
Therefore, the current bickering over the supply of food and humanitarian work to Anglophone refugees and to our family’s needs to stop,” he went on.
“When lies and misrepresentation take over any legitimate struggle, you undermine the credible issues on the table and you also disenfranchise your own. Let me be clear, no one group of people has a monopoly over Manyu.
This is my home, this is where my ancestors died, and I have every right to continue a proud tradition of Manyu people. We must not pass over our responsibilities to others. We must do what is required to assist our people.”