A video that surfaced this week of President Paul Biya of Cameroon while at the US-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington DC last month, surprisingly hasn’t gone viral as it should.
The video of Biya on the stage as it was his turn to speak soon after President Paul Kagame of Rwanda had spoken, showed a listless, absent-minded, confused and unaware of his environment Biya. He kept asking his aides where he was and who was in the room and when they told him and gave him his speech, he was flipping the papers, farted more than once, and with his body fitted with a microphone, everyone could hear the sound, and was asking more questions indicating that he had no idea where he was nor what he was doing there.
Biya is 89 years old. Has been Head of State for more than 40 years. Lived in Switzerland in all those times more than he has lived in Cameroon. Looking at his age, he might be suffering from dementia. He is in no doubt senile. And for someone in that state, he is obviously unfit to govern, and while at it, there’s an internal conflict going on in Cameroon, with citizens being abducted, killed and going missing, including journalists. Recently, the decomposing body of a popular radio journalist, Martinez Zogo who went missing after he was abducted was found.