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Emmanuel Macron 39 and Paul Biya 84 aspiring for post of president

If opinion polls are anything to go by, then Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France come next May 7 after the run off with Far Right candidate Marine Le Pen. That would make him the youngest president in French history ever at the age of 39. By African standard he is a toddler and comes no way near the “greats” like Paul Biya, Robert Mugabe, Eduardo Dos Santos, Theodore Obiang Nguema Denis Saso Nguesso or Yuweri Museveni who each have put up close to Macron’s age in power.

President Paul Biya has been in power for 35 years today, plus the 20 other years he had put into the public service since coming back home to Cameroon in 1962 at the behest of then President, Ahmadou Ahidjo to be his director of Cabinet. He became president when Macron was still trying to figure out French words in elementary school. Today the man stands at the doorstep of the French presidency with a profile that would drive some of Biya’s appointee mad if he was proposed for an SDO in Cameroon.

Born Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron on 21 December 1977 in Amiens, he studied Philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a Master's of Public Affairs at Sciences Po, and graduated from the École nationale d'administration (ENA) in 2004. He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances and then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque after paying the state 33 million frs CFA to buy himself out of his government job to work at the bank.

He became member of the French Socialist Party from 2006 to 2009, he was appointed deputy secretary-general under Francois Holland’s first government in 2012, then minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014. He resigned in August 2016 to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election. He founded his own party, En Marche in April 2016 and qualified for the runoff after the first round of the election on 23 April 2017.

If you look at the aspirations of Macron and Biya at their respective ages it only helps to intrigue you what both men want and what they can do and are capable to do if they become president. This is so because president Biya has not hidden his intention to run again for the 2018 presidential election in Cameroon at the reap age of 85. The drum beats are loud, the motion of supports and flooding and the songbirds won’t stop singing and announcing to whoever cares to hear that there is only one “natural candidate”

As an economist, Macron will tell you if you do the same thing over and over it become monotonous, you lack interest, incentive and a driving force. Mr. Macron’s vision for France is very clear with a visible road map. He wants to maintain Frances role in Europe, cut down public expenditure, stimulate the private sector and promote cooperate investment amongst others.  We run the risk of going through the same routine over and over again with another 7 years of president Biya at the Unity Palace. What can be done that has not been done in the past 35 years? Where is the road map? What is the motivation? What is the driving force? These are the questions that beg for an answer.

Just imagine, Macron wins and then invites Biya to France or the other way round. What would be on their agenda? Am sure your guess is as good as mine. As the saying goes “there is a time for everything” and one of the most humble of this is to know when to quit. It’s even said the best time to quit is when you have reached the pinnacle. Has president Biya reached his pinnacle, or is still to reach or has long passed?

By Abongwa Fozo

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