By Eric Tataw – Wednesday May 1, 2019.
The Presidency of the Central African country of Cameroon has been busy the month of April of 2019, sending out bulletins to some countries ranging from congratulations to condolences. None but one seem to care about Paul Biya’s messages.
On Friday April 3, 2019, President Paul Biya sent a congratulatory message to Moroni, capital of Comoros, congratulating Azali Assoumani, for his reelection as President of the Union of the Comosros.
On same April 3, Paul Biya sent out another congratulatory message, this time around to the Slovak Republic, congratulating Zazana Čaputová , a Slovak politician, lawyer, and activist who is the president-elect of Slovakia, due to take office on June 15, 2019. Čaputová will be the first woman to hold the presidency, as well as the youngest president in the history of Slovakia, at the of age 45.
As a matter of fact, President Paul Biya wrote four letters on April 3 alone with the third and forth addressed to Macky Sall, President of Senegal while he was planning on celebrating the National Day of Senegal on April 4, 2019.
The fourth was exclusively addressed to Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo, President of Peru in which Paul Biya expressed his condolences following a fire incident on a coach in a road station in Lima.
On Sunday April 5, after an attack at Arbinda, a town in and the capital of the Arbinda Department of Soum Province in Northern Burkina Faso, President Paul Biya addressed condolences to President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and families affected from the incident.
Ten days after the message to Burkina Faso, precisely on Wednesday April 15, 2019 another bulletin left Yaounde, Cameroon to Jerusalem, Israel congratulating Benjamin Netanyahu for his reelection as Prime Minister and his Likud Party; National Liberal Movement, the centre-right to right-wing political party in Israel in the parliamentary elections.
Same April 15, Paul Biya found himself writing another letter, this time around to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron and the Conference of Bishops of France, expressing sympathies over what he described as the gigantic fire that ignited the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
Paul Biya’s presidency was indeed busy that April 15, three more telegrams left Yaounde. Bashar Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria received one congratulating him for the country’s National Day.
Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark was next to receive for her country’s own National Day before another was drafted to Emmerson Mnangagwa for Zimbabwe’s National Day celebrated on April 18, 2019.
On April 22, 2019, Paul Biya dispatched another letter to Jakarta, congratulating President Joko Widdo of Indonesia for his reelection. Another letter written on April 23, was soon en-route to Ukraine, congratulation President-elect, Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky.
On Friday April 24, following attacks in churches in Sri Lanka, President Paul Biya addressed condolences to President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka as well as to the families of the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.
A similar letter was sent on same April 24, 2019 to Bamako, Mali in which Paul Biya extended sincerest condolences to the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta following attacks in Guiré, a small town and rural commune in the Cercle of Nara in the Koulikoro Region of South-Western Mali.
On Saturday April 25, as the people of Tanzania were preparing to celebrate their National Day on April 26, Paul Biya dispatched another telegram to Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital, congratulating President John Magufuli.
On same April 25, another letter was dispatched to Lome, Togo congratulating President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe on his country’s National Day.
Before Lome could receive the telegram from Yaounde, another was en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone that same April 25, congratulating President Julius Maada Bio on his country’s National Day.
On the same April 25, Paul Biya sent another letter to Pretoria, South Africa, congratulating President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s National Day celebrations.
Amsterdam also enjoyed Paul Biya’s benevolence in dishing out congratulatory messages on National Day celebrations as Willem- Alexander of Netherlands also received one on same April 25.
On Sunday April 26, Paul Biya wrote to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume following the death of Grand Duke Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d’Aviano.
Paul Biya concluded the month of April with two telegrams all on Monday April 30, 2019. First, he sent one to Tokyo, Japan, congratulating Japan’s Emperor, Naruhito on the occasion of the celebration of the accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
A final telegram put South Africa twice on Yaounde’s April’s bulletin list. On April 25, Paul Biya sent a letter to Pretoria, South Africa, congratulating President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s National Day celebrations but this last one on April 30 has been triggered by the heavy rains that caused human and material damages.
In all, President Paul Biya wrote twenty-one letters to twenty different countries, directly to their presidents and rulers but a top Biya aide told National Telegraph that only one of the countries replied. He however didn’t give any details of the country.
It would appear the world is quickly isolating Cameroon’s President. He’s considered as a dictator by many in his country. Almost 99% of the population of the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West consider Paul Biya as a Genocide actor.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
In order to contain the uprising, the Biya Regime has applied highhanded military solution, killing thousands, torching hundreds of villages, displacing millions and jailing thousands, credible reports have shown.