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« Frances Dirty War in Cameroon (IV): The UPC Communist Boogeyman | Main | How an Idyllic Transfer of Power Turned Sour (II): The Ahidjo Biya Honeymoon Ends in Acrimony and Blood »

November 05, 2006

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Ambe Johnson

"Grand Camarade" was a bloody tyrant whose desperate attempts to regain power after he freely relinquished it remain one of the unclassiest acts in Cameroonian history.

Nonetheless, his resignation and handover of power to Biya in 1982 remains one of the classiest and most dignified acts ever in the political history not just of Africa but the world.

Historian

Biya is as much an invention of francafrique as Ahidjo, perhaps even more so. Maybe someone would provide details about his being picked up and groomed as a student in Paris by Foccart, the chief architect of Francafrique. Is he really an initiate of the Rose Croix and the Free Masons, which are used also to control these so called leaders? Ahidjo and Biya? Tweedledee and Tweedledum. One coin different faces of francafrique. Why did the french decide it was time to replace ahidjo? Perhaps they wanted a change of style.

Ahidjo's style was total control, crushing the slightest sign of dissent with total brutality. It was a state not unlike North Korea in that respect. Biya's rule is different. Not such a tyrant and control freak, but there is a method there. He practices benign and malignant neglect. He believes in ignoring and outwaiting his opponent, the opponent will eventually tire and give up. He helps the process along by minor assaults on the enemy, annoyances and cutting off the flow of resources. In this respect, he is a smarter tyrant than Ahidjo, because he comes off looking not so bad while achieving the same end. That has been his plan to combat the SDF, and also the SCNC, which has been a real thorn in his flesh and a source of great embarrassment. My hunch is that the SCNC will outlast him and become even bigger, because it has a large overseas constituency that is keeping things fresh.

SJ

Several theories have been bandied about as to why Ahidjo, the postal officer groomed by Governor Ramadier to maintain French colonial plunder of the Cameroons, relinquished power.

One such theory speaks of a meeting towards the end of the 1970s in Paris with francafrique's French handlers who were interested in a smooth transition of the old horses of three key French colonial states: Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and la Republique du Cameroun; Senghor, Boigny & Ahidjo respectively. It was thought that for appearances and to avoid any unmanageable surprises as these guys got up in age, these puppet-tyrants should be recycled. While it is said that Boigny politely told the French colonialists to basically go to hell, Senghor and Ahidjo went along with the plan (Senghor left power in 1979 & Ahidjo in 1982, Boigny died in power). It was after that meeting, the story goes, that Ahidjo, or more appropriately, the French changed the constitution of la Republique du Cameroun to make the Prime Minister, and not the President of the National Assembly the constitutional successor.

The other theory is that Ahidjo had come to discover that the French had all along bugged his offices and residence, and become enraged. At that point he began looking for partners other than France as he became increasingly distrustful of the French. It was then that the French instituted the ruse that prompted Ahidjo's resignation and brought in the new puppet, Paul Biya.

What these and other stories indicate is that there may be some truth to the covential wisdom that Ahidjo was pushed and he never really intended to jump, so to speak. But more than that, it shows that la Republique du Cameroun like other "former" French colonies, remains in the colonial dominion of France, where we as Southern Cameroonians unfortunately still find ourselves and must disembark from.

PAOLO  LAURENT

thats just one reason why its our
divine calling to wage a jihad to liberate southern cameroons from the wicked jaws of la republique du cameroun or cameroun as it internationally calls itself.

Sanjna Raval

One such theory speaks of a meeting towards the end of the 1970s in Paris with francafrique's French handlers who were interested in a smooth transition of the old horses of three key French colonial states: Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and la Republique du Cameroun; Senghor, Boigny & Ahidjo respectively. It was thought that for appearances and to avoid any unmanageable surprises as these guys got up in age, these puppet-tyrants should be recycled. While it is said that Boigny politely told the French colonialists to basically go to hell, Senghor and Ahidjo went along with the plan (Senghor left power in 1979 & Ahidjo in 1982, Boigny died in power). It was after that meeting, the story goes, that Ahidjo, or more appropriately, the French changed the constitution of la Republique du Cameroun to make the Prime Minister, and not the President of the National Assembly the constitutional successor.

Thanks!!

Samee Peterson

Biya is as much an invention of francafrique as Ahidjo, perhaps even more so. Maybe someone would provide details about his being picked up and groomed as a student in Paris by Foccart, the chief architect of Francafrique. Is he really an initiate of the Rose Croix and the Free Masons, which are used also to control these so called leaders? Ahidjo and Biya? Tweedledee and Tweedledum. One coin different faces of francafrique. Why did the french decide it was time to replace ahidjo? Perhaps they wanted a change of style.

Martins Nnoko

We as southern cameroonians need a revolutionary leader. As southerners, we are being marginalized and isolated from the afairs of cameroon. Technically, we are not part of cameroon. Look at cameroon national team (lions)how many southerners are on the team? Football is the most common thing cameroon is known about apart from a dictator, yet not one single player is from the southern part of the country. We need to wake up. Take Ghana for example, the Rawling revolution transformed the country to where she is now. The old guards must be replaced.There must be a revolution in cameroon. It is only in cameroon that the constitution can be ammended to favor one wicked, stupid dictator.
We need to wake up

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