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Cameroon’s President Celebrates 40 Years in Power; Opposition Seeking Electoral Reforms



Cameroon’s government and its supporters are holding events this week ahead of celebrations Sunday marking President Paul Biya’s 40 years in power. Meanwhile, opposition parties are holding rallies calling for the 89-year-old Biya, the world’s oldest head of state, to change what they say are unfair election laws.

On Thursday in Nanga Eboko on the outskirts of the capital city of Yaoundé, supporters of Biya sang that Cameroon has remained one, undivided and prosperous despite the numerous challenges the central African state has faced since Biya became president in 1982.

The singing and dancing was part of week-long activities marking the 40th anniversary of Biya’s rule.

Biya’s Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, or CPDM, said it dispatched party officials to towns and villages to organize conferences and mobilize more support for the 89-year-old leader who, it said, has achieved a lot for the country.

Elvis Ngolle Ngolle is one of Biya’s close collaborators in the ruling party. He says freedom is top among the things Biya should be credited for and that « every citizen can express themselves in any way they want. »

He says that under Biya’s rule, Cameroon has enhanced women’s rights and vastly improved its education system. « In 1982, we had one state university, » Ngolle Ngolle said. « Today we have more than 11 state universities and hundreds of private university institutes. Incredible in 40 years. »

Ngolle Ngolle says Biya has stayed in power this long because a majority of Cameroonians love and always vote for him.

However, opposition political parties accuse Biya of rigging elections for decades, and wanting to stay in power until he dies.

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement, led by Maurice Kamto, says Kamto won the October 2018 presidential election and that the victory was stolen from him.

Another party, the Social Democratic Front, has joined the CRM in asking civilians not to attend anniversary celebrations to protest Biya’s long stay in power.

Christopher Ndong, the CRM’s secretary-general, said Biya shows no signs of giving up the presidency and that, « Cameroonians are aggrieved because of him. »

« The opposition political parties want him to revise the electoral code, making sure the next president of this country should be democratically elected, » Ndong said. « Cameroonians now want a democratically elected president. »

Ndong said many of Biya’s supporters have resigned from the ruling party and joined the opposition CRM during the anniversary event.

The ruling CPDM acknowledges that it has some internal leadership wrangling but has provided no details.

Loic Kankeu, a lecturer of public law at the University of Yaoundé, said Biya’s absence from conferences aimed at drumming up support indicates the aging ruler is tired. He added that many CPDM supporters want Biya to leave but fear reprisals if they express their views in public.

According to Kankeu, Jean Nkuete, the secretary general of the CPDM party, acknowledged during a meeting with decentralized CPDM party structures this week that leadership squabbles are tearing the party apart. He said malaise within the CPDM is pushing supporters and disgruntled CPDM leaders in many Cameroonian towns and villages to cross over to the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement party of Maurice Kamto.

Biya’s supporters are calling on the octogenarian to run for president again in 2025 while the opposition is asking him to hand over power to a younger leader. On July 30, during a visit to Cameroon by French President Emmanuel Macron, Biya said he still has time to decide if he will run again.

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Nigerian Community praises Consul General Clark-Omeru over resolving Resident Permit issues in Cameroon



Consul General Clark-Omeru hosts Nigeria Community

…urges them to be law abiding citizens in host country

The Consul-General of Nigeria to Douala, the Republic of Cameroon, Ambassador (HRM) Queen Efe A. Clark-Omeru has hosted the Nigerian community in the Littoral Region for the second time to show appreciation for relentless services rendering to Nigeria nationals residing in the region of the host country.

It could be recalled that the executive of the Nigerian community paid courtesy visit to the Consulate General in May 2022 to express their maximum appreciation to the Mission who has been helpful in resolving pressing issues with the host country.

According to her speech, the CG welcomed the Nigerian Community executives led by the President, Honourable B.I.C Okwujiaku and provided details of the Consulate progress with the host country over pending issues concerning Nigerian residents in the region.

« It is my pleasure to welcome you to this event of New Year visit/wishes to me and the Consulate, » the statement reads.

« Since my arrival in June 2021, and with the presentation of my Exequatur which I assured you that the Consulate would not rest its oars by ensuring  that the issue of molestation  will be a thing of past in the history country. The Consulate has met several times with the officials of the immigration of the host country with particular reference to resident permit, exit Visa and the matter was resolved amicably as the immigration rights accorded to members of Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)

region is also accorded to Nigeria due to the already subsisting bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. »
The Nigeria CG also highlighted the issues of non-issuance of Resident permits which is a great challenge to Nigerian residents in the Littoral region as it is contrary to it immigration law.

« The issue of non-issuance of Resident Permit has attracted my attention, on that basis, I directed my officers on 10th February 2023, accompanied by the president and some executive members of the Nigerian community to meet with new Commissioner  EMI-immigration Madame Gertrude Bikok and the matter was also resolved due to the subsisting bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Consul General was excited to proudly commend the Nigeria community over their successful business activities which were satisfied by the host authorities. But urges her compatriots to be more tolerance of each other and remain law abiding to the host country.

In responding to the CG’s speech, the President of the Nigeria Community, Honourable B.I.C Okwujiaku heaps praise on the first female Consul General in Douala for her breath of peace among Nigerians in the region.

« Last year, we came to say thank you for the ones you have done. We have come again to further demonstrate our joy for your constant support, caring and motherly advise and solidarity  to us as your fellow compatriots in Cameroon, » he said.

« History will record it that as the first female Consul General in Douala. Nigerians have benefited from your good leadership and skills of work, » he added.

Also appreciating the CG is Eminent philanthropist, HRH Eze Thomas .J. Onyengubo, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo in Cameroon, who also urged the Nigerian community members to remain united and be law abiding to the host country.

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Nigerian Consul – General, Ambassador Bappah visits Bakassi residents



The Buea-based Consul- General of Nigeria to the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, Ambassador Lawal Bappah, was on a Consular tour along with delegation as well as prominent Nigerians in Cameroon to visit communities in Bakassi.

It was the first time the new Nigerian Consul General was officially visiting the localities of Bakassi since taking over the office in Buea, capital of the South West Region, and the Communities visited are Kombo Itindi, Idabato and Bekumu where we have over 30,000 Nigerians.

Thousands of Nigerians came out to welcome the Nigeria diplomat with celebrations in the communities with opportunities to express their feelings and while the CG urges the Cameroonian authorities for more protections.

During the Consular visit in Kombo, Consul General Bappah was received by Walaq Ishaq, the divisional officer for Bamusso Subdivision in a rousing reception.

During sessions with the local leaders, the Consul General sought for major issues that the populace would like the authorities to address. One of the local leaders, Samuel Mememe, the Mayor of Bamusso principality who was also present briefed the diplomat. “For us to have harmonious breakthrough in our administration we need to accommodate the Nigeria population for us to succeed because they are the economic backbone.”

On his part, the Nigeria Consul General expresses satisfaction while calling on Nigeria population to live in peace and harmony and respect the laws of the host country, Cameroon.

“This is a tour that gives the opportunity to interact with our compatriots, to see their worries and concerns. I am personally impressed, particularly by the reception of the community officers, we are high grateful.”
The CG promised to work with Cameroon authorities towards resolving some highlighted challenges. He further advised the Nigerians to be law abiding to the host country.

Prior to the tour, Consul General Bappah inaugurated the newly-elected executive members of the Union of Nigerian residents in Bakassi as intermediary between the Nigerian Consulate General and Cameroon authorities for facilitation of requests.

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FG presents letter of Credence to Nigeria’s new envoy to Chad, Amb. Sauda Remawa-Ahmed



The Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama has presented Letter of Credence to Ambassador Sauda Remawa-Ahmed, Nigeria’s High Commissioner-Designate to Chad yesterday, 26th December, 2022.

Her appointment to head Nigeria Embassy in Chad is regarded as a pointer to confidence which the Federal Government of Nigeria reposed in her capacity to breathe a new life to the mission in that country and advance national interest of Nigeria.

While serving as Deputy Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Remawa-Ahmed was an outstanding diplomat whose career trajectory, spanning 24 years, remains a reference point to teachers and students of International Relations.

Her profile speaks volumes of her elevation, especially her stint as head of the Economic/Commercial Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Madrid Spain (2010 – 2013).

She was also head of the Multilateral Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Paris, France (2017- 2020), afterwhich she was appointed ambassador and subsequently posted to Yaounde-Cameroon as the Deputy High Commissioner, a post she assumed on 27th April, 2021.

Remawa-Ahmed is one the Nigeria Ambassadors expected to grace the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora magazine set for 2023. The ND magazine has a broad-based readership which includes Nigerian Diplomatic and Consular Missions all over the world.

However, Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Ambassador Olonisakin also commended Ambassador Remawa-Ahmed for the harmonious relationship between him and her, being his deputy.

“She is very hardworking, dedicated and reliable. I wish Her Excellency a very successful tenure of duty in Chad,” said Olonisakin.

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