Unceasing rumors said he was very sick in recent days. But President Paul Biya did indeed, yesterday Saturday evening, addressed the youths of Cameroon.
This year the speech was scrutinized and followed as rarely in the past years, as most Cameroonians were eager to have clues about the state of President Biya’s health, and of course to hear what he was going to say about the Anglophone crisis.
And he did mention this in the beginning as he stated the challenges that had plagued Cameroon in the recent years. “My dear young compatriots, the last two years have not been an easy one for our country; it was plagued by boko haram in the Northern regions and armed gangs on our eastern border, hosting tens of thousands of refugees and displaced parsons, managing the outbursts of unrests in the Northwest and Southwest regions marked by sporadic acts of violence and countering the impact of foreign oil and commodity crisis to return to growth”.
He went further to add that everything in the Northwest and Southwest regions in Cameroon was under control. “The situation in the Northwest and Southwest region is stabilizing and the commission for the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism should thus be able to delve into the crux of the problem.”
During his speech he asked the youth of Cameroon not to be pessimistic because many countries were doing their best to help the nation evolve. He also reminded them that they had their own role to play and not to rely on the government solely as he echoed the famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
He implored the youths to remain in Cameroon and work together with the government to make the country a better one instead of taking the perilous journey to travel abroad for greener pasture.
“Rather than yielding to the temping mirage of illegal immigration and understanding hazardous and often doomed trip I invite you to play an active part in our great vision to achieve emergence by 2035.”
Something unusual happened after his speech was aired on TV; the President of the Republic of Cameroon shook hands with CRTV Management and some Ministers.
In 2006 there were same rumours about his death and immediately as he landed at the international airport in Yaoundé, he said he had 20 more years to live.