Cameroonians, government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps and militants of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, yesterday, join President Paul Biya and his family in celebrating his 86th anniversary. Biya was born on February 13, 1933 in Mvomeka and grew up to become an astute politician.
Paul Biya Bi-Mvondo flourished in his political drive at a very tender age under the former President of Cameroon, Ahmadou Ahidjo. His leap into the political limelight in Cameroon was not surprising to many. Biya’s incisive political acumen and his facial appearance, did not only dazzle his predecessor, it also won the admiration of many Cameroonians, who thought that he was going to liberate them from the claws of dictatorship. That is why Biya quickly ascended the political ladder of Cameroon.
Biya began ruling Cameroon as President on November 6, 1982. For almost 36 years of his stewardship, Cameroon has experienced little or no meaningful changes in all facets of the life. While English Cameroon has been under a one year political crisis, with resentment running high over perceived neglect by the francophone-majority regime.
At 86 today, and still counting, and after 36 years in power, The Chairman of the CPDM is still addressing the youths, making promises on how they are the future and represent the positive vibe of Cameroon. Biya in his address to youth, urged young Cameroonians to be patriotic and believe in the Fatherland. He equally promised to create 500.000 new jobs.
A message which many youth have since described as empty. Most of them who spoke JournalduCameroun.com, said Biya ignored what they really wanted to hear; “resolving the current crisis in English speaking Cameroon and addressing the situation of IDPs”.
“With the crisis still ongoing and sporadic threat from Boko Haram, Many believe President Biya has greater challenge yet.