In Cameroon, humanitarian aid to victims of fire disasters, bad weather and citizens displaced by the Southern Cameroons crisis or the war against Boko Haram are currently in a multiple. By some strange happenstance, this aid is systematically attributed to the 86 year old President Biya who has been more than 36 years in power.
Cameroonians have constantly been fed stories like “The Head of State sent me to support the victims of the Congo market fire. He sent an envelope of 32 million FCFA for the 162 victims” said Paul Atanga Nji the Minister of Territorial Administration recently in Douala, 4 days after the fire that devastated the Marche Congo, one of the oldest in the economic metropolis.
A few months before, some funny material was offered to displaced Southern Cameroonians and that aid was also given in the name of the Head of State. The CPDM crime syndicate has shown the so-called generosity of President Biya several times to the victims of Boko Haram’s abuses.
Recently, there has been under-the-table talk from many Cameroonians who are questioning the source of Biya’s money which he uses to systematically help everyone in the country? Some French Cameroun political commentators have however opined that the Cameroonian dictator gets his money from the state coffers. Many in the divided country now say it is state aid that the corrupt authorities have all along been attributing to the President of the Republic in a country where the Head of State is the central figure around whom everything turns!
By Sama Ernest