President of Africa is falling
President of Africa is falling
You may be wondering who the president of Africa could be. The answer is here. when it comes to world-class diplomacy you will agree with me that the world has contesting most powerful and influential presidents the president of the USA and the president of Russia. This is in terms of who impacts the global economy, global politics, global security power (land, water, and Air).
With these denominators, it will be logical to assert that either the president of America now Donald J Trump (for the liberal school of thought) and the president of Russia now Ladimin Putin (for the conservative school of thought) will stand as the dean of World presidents. Personally, as a liberalist, I go for the American president. ok, that is that for the deduction. let’s dive into the crocks of the matter.
President of Africa is falling
Going by the blog title and in a bid to contextualize our analysis to Africa we will not determine the president or the dean of African presidents based on the aforementioned denominators.
since African politics, economy, security etc even within the continent is not influenced by any of the ruling presidents but by the western political leaders.
However, within Africa, we have long-standing presidents whose pragmatic diplomacy, political power leverage, economic stability have earned them admiration from national regional and international observers and analysts.
During the era of Muammar Gaddafi (the most feared and respected African president), the president of Africa was not disputable.
When Gaddafi was done away with, Robert Mugabe (the most educated African president now former) was left in the best position as the president of African presidents or the dean of African presidents.
The longest-serving African president Mugabe was forced to abdicate the post of Zimbabwean presidency last year November 21, 2017.
After Mugabe resigned you would have expected that the best representative of African presidents/ the dean of African presidents should either be the president of Nigeria or that of South Africa. But hey! you are living out an old broom still reigning and has no thought of living power soon.
Who is the President/Dean of African presidents?
This one of the longest-serving presidents in the world still ruling has a lot of accolades attributed to his name such as the richest African president, world living dictators, Lion man, prince of Nvomeka, natural president and the dean of African presidents.
This living dictator is no other but the president of Cameroon, Pual Biya.
The president/dean in the context of this write up refers to a senior member of some group of people, dean of diplomatic corps.
Africa is noted for emulating western democratic values, dictatorial governance, and poor foreign policy instruments.
A few of African presidents have successfully piloted the affairs of their states to the point of external admiration. One among them is the president of the Republic of Cameroon, Bi Mvondo Barthelemy Paul Biya. Calm down! I will elucidate!
Having ruled Cameroon for over 35 years, his leadership prowess has earned him the title Cameroon’s Lion man popularized when the indomitable lions rose to the world cup quarterfinals in 1990.
Paul Biya is noted as the highest African dictator to have effectively and tactfully utilized the Machiavellian leadership principles to cling to power.
He practically made the presidential palace of Cameroon also known as the Unity Palace to become an international presidential powerhouse where newly sworn in presidents in Africa must stop by to be schooled on leadership tactics and get baptized with the spirit of longevity in power.
Though he is not the oldest serving African president as of now, his monarchical balance sheet is outstanding.
He is a king and behaves as such, BBC venerable reporter Randi Jeo Saa’a posits
He maintains a somewhat royal air, distancing himself from the cabinet – some ministers are appointed and sacked years later without ever meeting the president.
The international community gave him a red feather when he successfully humbled his giant neighbor Nigeria to gain the long and highly disputed Bakassi peninsular through the Green Tree Accord.
With this optimal diplomatic transcript, the long-standing “holy dictator” pushed through and positioned many Cameroonians in top political positions on the continent and the world. Hence, making himself the political godfather or what the eloquent Crtv Chief of sovereign affairs George Ewane frequently called the Dean of African presidents.
The question now is can Paul Biya still be called the dean?
Thomas Rainer gives four signs a leader is about to fall such as growing overconfidence, trying to hide from the public, lying, and escalating denials.
All these are evident in the present regime. This is because at this stage the leader has run out of intellectual and material leadership resources.
Biya’s (the lion man) international cap as a political godfather has been seized by some African tigers and the fight on who should be crown is ongoing. This is visible as Cameroon since 2016 has recorded losses in high ranked diplomatic battles in the glaring eyes of its “Lion Man”.
The failures in Cameroon’s diplomatic report card keep increasing and many have blamed it to the weak and poorly guided diplomacy in Yaounde
Issa Hayatou lost the election to the presidency of the Confederation of African Football on 16 March 2017.
The Prince of Garoua, at the head of the CAF since 1988, was humiliated by Malagasy Hamad Hamad.
Two months later, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum failed to win the election to head the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)
During the last AU elections no Cameroonian gained a strategic position despite the fact that President Biya authorized the filing of eight Cameroonian candidates for various positions, such as: Victor Emmanuel Djomatchoua (Deputy Chairperson), Emmanuel Edou (Peace and Security), Churchill Ewumbue-Monono (Political Affairs), Philemon Zo’o Zame (Infrastructure and Energy), Justine Diffo Tchunkam (Social Affairs), Maurice Tchuente (Human Resources, Science and Technology), Francois Ekanga Ekoko (Rural Economy and Agriculture) and Paul Tasong Njukeng (Economic Affairs)
Biya’s international presence no longer calls for concern seen even during the just ended 2017 UN General Assembly where his colleagues and others cunningly deserted the hall when he mounted the podium to address the world, many even preferred listening to the comic Robert Mugabe.
Ruling in the 21st century where the world has been reduced to a city by the internet and social media, where citizens are becoming more apprised of their political rights, where the myth of fear and the political propaganda to make the people see leaders as demi-gods has been humorously immortalized by the internet and even by a senior technocrat Bidoum Kpatt in a presidential salute.
Worst of all, the rise of Anglophone nationalism and the clamor for the state of Ambazonia have all put our hero in an undesired position of “just let it go” But can he do this noble gest even as advised by the US ambassador to Cameroon recently.
The virus turned crisis of which the unnecessary prolongation is blamed on the incapacitated ability of the African class president has successfully converted almost all his sympathizers and admirers to foes and oppositions.
The Cameroonian press, international political analysts are all speculating Biya’s
The Cameroonian political atmosphere is pregnant with events that are all crucial to the destiny of a people.
From the epic Anglophone crisis to the upcoming presidential, municipal and senatorial elections one can only cross his fingers and watch how nature plays its game.
The falling tendency of the dean of African presidents seems to suggest a new era of attachment to nationhood as Cameroonians home and abroad, young and old are all preparing while others are presenting their political agenda for the new Cameroon as proposed by Barrister Akere Muna one of the most surprised candidates for the Cameroon 2018 presidential elections.