Opinion: 37 years of oppression under President [Tyrant] Paul Biya
Some days you wonder why people are celebrated. It is not like President Paul Biya of Cameroon have made himself awarded to be celebrated. His been in power for over 37 years now. Biya has ruled as the President in Cameroon since 6th November 1982. That is before most of the citizens was even born.
While Biya and his wife is living lavish most of the year in Switzerland. Using the army to oppress the Anglophone and the regions on the daily. Many is mourning the rule and reign of the President. Whose destroy anyone trying to take away his crown. If htat was Ahidjo, Fru Ndi or Kamto. All of them are within the ring of fire. They are getting into legal jeopardy or arrested for standing up to the tyrant. Because, the rule of Biya can only be associated with a tyrant. Everything else seems to be to friendly. His not an giving uncle or grand-pa, no he takes and eats, starve the public, but let his loyalists die in office.
“The central figure in the emergence of an independent Cameroon was Ahmadou Ahidjo, who negotiated independence in 1960 and, as president, presided over unification in 1972. He retired in November 1982, and was immediately replaced by Prime Minister Paul Biya. In August 1983 President Biya disclosed a plot ”against the security of the republic.” Less than a week later, Mr. Ahidjo quit as head of the Cameroonian National Union and accused Mr. Biya of creating a police state” (Paul Lewis – ‘CAMEROON RADIO SAYS AN ATTEMPTED COUP HAS FAILED’ 07.04.1984, The New York Times).
Assessment of Biya:
“First, the Biya regime has continued to control the (shrinking) state resources, which enables it to buy the loyalty of the state elites and to co-opt some of the Opposition leaders into the hegemonie alliance. It also continues to control the forces of law and order, which enables it to intimidate and oppress the Opposition. Moreover, it continues to monopolize some pivotal mass communication media like the television, which enables it to preclude the Opposition parties from presenting their leaders and programmes to the public. Second, the Biya regime has continued to enjoy the firm support of the Beti elite who feared that their privileged access to state resources would come to an end with the Opposition parties’ seizure of power. Third,the Opposition parties seem hardly to differ from the ruling party, using similar ethno-client networks for the expansion of their power base. And, above all,their leadership is divided by personal and ethnic animosities” (Piet Konings – ‘The Post-Colonial State and Economic and Political Reforms in Cameroon’ 1996).
What the public will see of the 37 years:
“As Biya celebrates his 37th year in power today, millions of Cameroonians are mourning and cursing the hour to which they were born to such a destiny. Unemployment, diseases and corruption have blighted many lives in CRepuameroon. The country’s hospitals have been reduced to consultation clinics and the total lack of infrastructure in the country has made life very challenging for Cameroonians. Death and destruction seem to be constants in Cameroon” (Kingsley Betek – ‘Biya’s 37 Years in Power: How is the scorecard?’ 06.11.2019).
Cameroon has had two dictators Ahidjo and Biya, first two decades of Ahjidjo, then his successor Biya for 37 years. The people of Cameroon deserves someone who serves them and represent them. The President and his elite is self-serving. Biya is using the army and the police force to silence the ones standing up to him. His using the army to stop the Ambazonia and the Anglophone ones for speaking up. That is why ghost villages and ghost towns continues. Just like it did in the crisis of the early 1990s.
Biya doesn’t care and shouldn’t be celebrated. He learned from his predecessor and was his Prime Minister. His been the boss the all his life and his close to 90 years old now and doesn’t care how many people lives he hurts. As long as his wife gets expensive luxuries. That what matters to him. The Cameroonians are his peasants and France is supporting him, because they need him. That is why his not really criticised or questioned, because his loyal to Paris. That’s why Macron isn’t acting out, because his doing the bidding of the French in Cameroon. Even if it means destroying regions as a token of that.
Biya should have resigned a long time ago. His robbed the public from Fru Ndi John and Maurice Kamto. He will continue to rob people and expect people to praise him. That is the joyful tyranny of Biya. Peace.