Cameroon - The first president of Cameroon, Amadou Ahidjo, died in 1989.This November marked 22nd anniversary of his death. The pressure to rebury the former statesman puts the present leader, Paul Biya a headache at the time he badly needs the support of the Northerners to ensure peace.
Ever since, attempts at negotiating the return of his remains from Senegal, where he died, have not worked out. The former president’s family has continuously blame the man he handpicked to succeed him – President Paul Biya - for the non return of his corpse from Senegal fort reburial in Cameroon.
A source has hinted the Vanguard that Biya is under heat as the circumstances that led to his self-exile and final death in Senegal had some miseries.
According to our source, the late president’s son, Mr. Mohamadou Badjika Ahidjo holds that “it is government which must take the initiative to repatriate the remains of the former president, and we are available as a family to collaborate in the effort. I think the initiative should come from the state.”
The widow, Mrs. Germaine Ahidjo, reportedly lamented that President Biya does not think so. It should be recalled that in a 2007 interview granted in France, Biya declared: “The problem of the repatriation of the remains of the former president is, according to me, a family one.”
He continued that: “If the family of my predecessor decides to transfer the remains of President Ahidjo, it is a decision that depends only on them. I don’t have any objection or observation to make.”
This hope of a pleasant end to the saga was rekindled on March 30, 2008 when President Ahidjo’s friend and former Benin leader Emile Zinzou paid Biya a visit.
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