Former Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has penned a powerful message on Biya’s anniversary day!
“Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power, than to gain power at the cost of losing honour.
At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power. This is my philosophy.
I have lived it. It has brought great peace to both my beloved nation and I. And I recommend it to all leaders facing challenging situations, either in government, or at the polls, or even in their dealings with fellow political actors.”
While Jonathan in his post did not make mention of any African leader, Africans have been connecting the dots to say his words are a direct call to African dictators and tyrants – especially with uprisings in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda.
The message was posted on November 6, 2020.
On this same day, 38 years ago, Paul Biya became president of Cameroon following the resignation of Ahmadou Ahidjo.
One of his greatest success came when he signed the Greentree Agreement on June 12, 2006 with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo which ‘formally’ put an end to the Bakassi peninsula border dispute, yet Biya by his reign, has hugely been considered a tyrant and dictator in a world class of his own
Paul Barthelemy Biya Bi Mvondo is currently the longest-ruling non-royal leader in the world and the oldest ruler in Africa.
He will be 92 when his current mandate ends in 2025.
Hope For Cameroon?
More than 65 percent of Cameroonian youths were not born before he assumed office as Head of State in 1982.
Biya became Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon when he was below 35years (in 1968), and was appointed Prime Minister, Head of Government seven years later.
Today, youths below the age of forty, will hardly be appointed Minister under his regime.
About opposition, Biya initially took steps to open up his regime and the decision to legalize opposition parties in 1990 which led to the rise of parties like the Social Democratic Fund(SDF) and legendary Ni John Fru Ndi, a Cameroonian politician accredited for pioneering opposition activities.
Though the opposition was introduced, no party has been able to unseat Biya. Till date Paul Biya has won all elections.
From the first multiparty presidential election held on October 11, 1992, the 1997 elections, 2004, 2011 and the most recent 2018 elections which is still under much criticism for the imprisonment of Maurice Kamto.
President Paul Biya’s regime has been hugely accused for corruption, embezzlement, and dictatorship with the continuous silencing of political opponents, activists and journalists opposed to his regime.