President Paul Biya

President Paul Biya has described peace as a prerequisite for progress in his message to the Cameroonian Youth on the eve of the National Youth Day on February 11.

But this peace he added  “has been threantened for a few years now in our country by armed gangs that are spreading terror one the western border of the Far North, and in some areas in the North west and South West.”

The President praised the effort of the Cameroonian youths in meeting the challenges of peace in the country saying ” Fortunately, courageous and patriotic Cameroonian youths are effectively playing their role as driving force in the defence of the fatherland on these different fronts. Our young soldiers are actively engaged with determination, professionalism and a high sense of sacrifice in restoring peace in our country…..”

President Paul Biya, encouraged the youths never to lose hope in their country, despite the numerous challenges facing them. “Each generation has a historic mission to accomplish for the future of the nation” he said. 

He also castigated those who have rallied against national unity. “Concerning national unity, some of you have unfortunately chosen to rally behind the demons of hatred and division. Driven by barbaric fanaticism, often whipped up and nurtured from foreign countries, or by a perverse use of social media, they try to undermine the foundation of the Nation.”

The President also expressed satisfaction with Cameroon”s hosting of the CHAN 2021 and pointed out that it was a sign of our readiness to host Africa again in 2022 for the African Cup of Nations.

Reacting to the speech, some Cameroonians Bamenda Online spoke think the president missed the point and avoided taking about some of the pressing concerns of the youths.

For Njodzeka Daniela, a Bamenda based teacher, the president’s message for her should focus more on youth’s unemployment. “The youths are facing challenges such as rising rate of unemployment and neglect in the political affairs of the state,” The Head of State also failed to provide solutions or how he intends to solve the Anglophone crisis giving that the youth day is coming at a time when the pope’s representative just left Cameroon with a message of “peace and Reconcillation”

Disderous Emmanuel, a social and religious counsellor in Bamenda, thinks that the Head of State’s message was empty. Disderous explains that Biya has always being a silent ruler because he ‘seldom come on air and when he does, Cameroonians already know the outcome of his message but this year he took football to cover up the youths” He went further to say “if the youths are actually the leaders of tomorrow, what is the government doing to ensure that the youths eventually become tomorrow’s leaders?”

The 55th edition of the Youth day is observed under the theme “Youth, Resilience, Challenges and Opportunities in times of Covid-19”, Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, youth day activities in the country drastically scaled down with no public event to hold.

By Gilla Everdine

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