Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Revealed At Last -- Why Cameroonians Urgently Need A New President In 2018

Only a decaying people will"re-elect" a president like Paul Biya, given the stinking state of affairs in the country. Paul Biya has certainly been in power for over three decades already but that is not our major concern now. What we decry for the moment is the attitude of the president towards his people. 

A man who calls himself president yet remains almost indifferent in the face of heart-breaking tragedies is not a leader at all.

Biya has such terrible attitude of remaining silent even when scores of Cameroonians perish in disastrous incidents. Sometimes,only useless messages of "sympathy" are passed by a governor , a divisional officer or by the so-called spokesman of the nation.

In a country where the president knows why they are in power, a tragic event like the mysterious death of Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla would have received great attention from the presidency. The president would have addressed his people, particularly the bereaved family, in a bit to make them feel home.
Revealed At Last -- Why Cameroonians Urgently Need A New President In 2018
Even when scores of people perished in the Eseka train derailment in 2016 , the president did not take a moment to visit the scene of the tragedy. Instead, he shamefully declared a national mourning day, something that just anyone can do without any fore reflection.

Can Biya not copy the examples from his counterparts? Theresa May of the United Kingdom reacted directly to the Manchester bomb last that killed some 22 people and injured dozens more. Even Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling the terrorists"losers". 

Such cases are uncountable, even in Egypt recently with the attack on Christians.

The president could use intermediaries at times but not all the time.

If age is his problem, let him rest. He is officially 84.

He could only unilaterally declare war against Boko Haram while in France but cannot directly sympathise with the victims of the insurgency today.

We may not have to talk again about his unwillingness to have a real dialogue with competent labour unions in order to solve the problems raised by Southern Cameroons.

It will therefore be irrational for Cameroonians to "choose him again" during the 2018 presidential election.

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