Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Buhari in Cameroon Before Inaugural!

Yaounde, CameroonTrue to Nigerian political tradition, president-elect, Mohammadu Buhari is expected in Yaounde ahead of his May 29, 2015 inaugural in Abuja. Then president-elect, Olusengun Obasanjo, made a stop over at Etoudi on March 16, 1999 and held talks with Biya ahead of his inaugural. The late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan were also received at Etoudi ahead of their inaugurals in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

Although top on the agenda of such audiences has always been to invite Biya, one of Africa’s longest serving presidents to their inaugurals, public affairs analysts opine that such audiences would hardly ignore talks on the proceedings of the normalization of relations between Nigeria and Cameroon over the territorial disputes on Bakassi.
However, since it is not a written law and coupled with the complete handover of the oil rich peninsula to Cameroon, political analysts say the Buhari is not under any obligation to follow the lane of his predecessors.
Yet, whether Buhari is received at Etoudi before his inaugural or not, president Biya will undoubtedly be invited to his inaugural in Abuja come 29 May 2015. With controversy surrounding his (Biya) health situation, critics are pessimistic about Biya’s physical presence in Abuja. Though government denied allegations of Biya’s ill health as alleged by French daily newspaper, Le Monde, pundits still hold that Biya’s long stay on a ‘short’ private stay in Europe could have been orchestrated by ill health.
President Biya and wife, Chantal however returned home apparently healthy and strong after their ‘short’ vacation in Europe.
In a congratulatory message to the Nigerian President-elect, Paul Biya has wished Buhari success in the discharge of his duties at the helm of Africa’s economic giant, promising they will work together.
“You maybe rest assured of my constant readiness to work with you towards maintaining and consolidating the excellent multifarious relations existing between Cameroon and Nigeria, as well as between our brotherly peoples”, Paul Biya assured Buhari in an official telegram, also published on the website of the Unity Palace.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi

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