PRESIDENT AHMADOU AHIDJO
At 58, the first ever President of the Republic of Cameroon,Ahmadou Ahidjo who was elected in May 1960, in the early hours of November 4th 1982 shocked Cameroonians with the news of his resignation,handing over power to Paul Biya, because of health reasons. According to him, he could not rule Cameroon with his ill health.
Since President Paul Biya took office, Cameroon has been under total “regrets” of 34 wasted years ;34 years of misery, 34 years of bad roads, 34 years of high insecurity, 34 years of continuous oppression, 34 years of tribalism, 34 years of nepotism, 34 years of high unemployment rate.
Companies have closed their doors, State Corporations have been sold to foreigners who decide what happens in our own Fatherland, and Cameroon is ruled by people of one language.
Late President Amadou Ahidjo’s realised his resignation blunders too late and that decision has been hunting Cameroonians till date.
There are calls across all works of life for his successor to handover power peacefully as well.But,simingly,Mr Paul Biya wants to be forced out of power.
Below is what late President Ahidjo told the people of Cameroon that fateful morning.
President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s resignation speech of 04/11/1982 ;
Cameroonians, Cameroonians,my fellow country men,I have decided to resign from my functions as Presdident of the Republic of Cameroon.This decision will be effective from Nov. 6, 1982 at 10 a.m. From the depth of my heart, I want to use the special circumstance to thank all those who for close to 25years gave me their trust and support in the accomplishment of my heavy duties as the head of the State.
I want to particularly thank the militants of our great national party CNU(Cameroon National Union) for their relentless and constant support.If there are still many things to be done in the great long construction of our beloved beautiful country, we shall all accomplish it after the independence, the Reunification, the Unification and the progress inall domains.
Our country has special important strengths. Consolidated National Unity, numerous different complimentary resources, a continuous expanding economy, sound and healthy finances, an ameliorating social justice, a hardworking population with dynamic youths, solid, fruitful and healthy relationships, and cooperation in Africa and the world.
I call on all Cameroonians to give their entire support and confidence to my constitutional successor Mr. Paul Biya.
He deserves everyone’s trust both internally and externally.
I implore you to remain united, patriotic, hardworking, respectful and trust worthy.
I pray that the Almighty God will continue to grant protection to the Cameroon in a people, and give them the necessary assistance for their peaceful development, unity and justice.
Long live Cameroon.
4th November 1982 His Excellency Amadou Babatoura Ahidjo President of the Republic of Cameroon
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