President Biya’s address to Cameroonian youths bore significant reminders to a cross-section of his compatriots: Excerpts:
CHAN 2020 Success Despite Covid-19 Pandemic
“Compliance with preventive measures prescribed by Government with other measures requested by organisers of the tournament helped to ensure the smooth organization in Cameroon, a country of fraternity and peace…
“Given the success of this sporting event, I feel like saying that 2021 is beginning on a positive note for our youth.”
On account of the multiple achievements; Cameroon’s youths deserve the sacrifices made for these major investments.”
“I want to call on Cameroonian football governing bodies to pull themselves together and restore order to their organisation”.
Peace, Sovereignty, Unity
“Your mission today is the preservation of the peace, unity and prosperity of our country…” Peace is prerequisite for progress.
“Young people are most active in vigilante committees which are providing valuable support to the Defence and Security Forces”.
“They are model of abnegation, patriotic awareness, service for the common interest and preservation of sovereignty and unity.”
“Dedicated and committed youths are the pride of our country.”
“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 foundations of the nation.”
“Regional and local authorities constitute a source of opportunities that I urge you to seize.”
“Time for politicking is therefore over. It is time to resolutely get back to work.”
Effective Participation By All
“The effective participation of young people in the nation’s socio-economic life will continue to be at the centre of its action.”
“Nation building is the responsibility of all of us. It requires a spirit of harmony and tolerance among citizens. …Cultivate this spirit of all times and to champion peace…”
Be pragmatic and preserving. Do not yield to pessimism and discouragement.” Shun adventurous paths and those that seek easy gain.” “If you embark on conquest of the world, come back to build your country.”