“I do so swear”. This was the oath taken by Paul Biya on November 6, 1982
What has been his achievements for these 37 years is a question critic and another attempt to access.
The first president of Cameroon, Ahmadou Ahidjo handed over his office to Paul Biya at a time when the economy of Cameroon was booming in all aspects.
It was known that Amadou Ahidjo resigned from president due to health reasons on November 4, 1982. Two days after Paul Biya was introduced to the Cameroonian population and their new president.
Critics and opposition parties have been questioning his achievements for these 37 years. Some saying that he has done nothing to improve on the economy and others saying he has destroyed what his predecessor labored for.
As an official in post-independence 1960s Cameroon, Biya rose to prominence under President Ahmadou Ahidjo. After becoming Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of National Education in January 1964 and Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Education in July 1965, he was named Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President in December 1967 and Secretary-General of the Presidency (while remaining Director of the Civil Cabinet) in January 1968. He gained the rank of Minister in August 1968 and the rank of Minister of State in June 1970, while remaining Secretary-General of the Presidency. Following the creation of a unitary state in 1972, he became Prime Minister of Cameroon on 30 June 1975. In June 1979, a law designated the Prime Minister as the President’s constitutional successor. Ahidjo unexpectedly announced his resignation on 4 November 1982, and Biya accordingly succeeded him as President of Cameroon on 6 November.
While his party supporters say the New Deal regime has achieved a lot worth celebrating, others say he has plunged Cameroon into absolute chaos. Critics points at low economic development, poor health care services, poor educational system, and his inability to handle Boko Haram in the North and the Anglophone Crisis currently plaguing the country for years now.