Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jean-Baptiste Placca (Columnist at RFI): "Cameroon would certainly be better off, if it's 85-year-old president organized his succession"| Jeune Afrique

Jeune Afrique|Part of the weekly column of Jean-Baptiste Placca broadcast on May 26, 2018 on Radio France Internationale (RFI) was devoted to Cameroon. The Togolese journalist went back on the reactions generated by the statements of the US ambassador to Cameroon (Peter Barlerin) who proposed to Cameroonian President Paul Biya, to give up power. "In recent times, on Cameroonian television (CRTV), we see" spontaneous "demonstrations of crowds in dresses or shirts cut in Paul Biya's effigy, spreading their anger, unloading their clothes. bile on the person of the ambassador of the United States. Who dared to suggest to President Biya to think about his political legacy, by preparing his succession. What a toupee! The diplomat is vilified, insulted by militants, for advising an 85-year-old man to think about passing the baton.

On this point, the chronicler of RFI is surprised to see that a man who totals 56 years of high administration has not yet found a man capable of succeeding him. "Paul Biya has been in power for 36 years, after being Prime Minister for seven years. And previously, in turn, mission leader, then secretary-general to the presidency of the Republic. In short, since 1962, Paul Biya is at a very high level of responsibility in the state apparatus, in Cameroon. Fifty-six years! And if none of those he has trained and who surround him can succeed him, then, yes, Cameroon has a big problem! He laments.

For the former Jeune Afrique Economie, it is good that the Cameroonian head of state who has a great age organizes his succession now. All the more so as his country has a precarious balance. Failure to do so, he said, would expose Cameroon to a future even more fatal than that of Côte d'Ivoire victim of the attitude of its first president Felix Houphouet-Boigny who had not prepared his succession before extinction.

"This country is fragile of its regional divisions, not to say ethnic. And he would certainly do better if his 85-year-old president organized his estate, while he is still in possession of all his means. Because if - God forbid! - he had to leave leaving the Cameroonians to fend for themselves, so it would be worse than Ivory Coast. Yes, the Ivorians, by dint of magnifying "the houphouetism", forget to say to themselves, and to tell us that if their country knew a coup d'etat, then the war, it is because "the old" n did not solve the problem of his estate before bowing out. "

Jean-Baptiste Placca welcomes the act of the predecessor of Paul Biya, Ahmadou Ahidjo who left office with a designated successor. The Senegalese Léopold Sédar Sengor also receives flowers for having "organized his estate in time and did not die in power".

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