Every morning in Yaoundé, the police cut off traffic when Martin Mbarga Nguélé’s procession travels, all screaming sirens, the two kilometers that separate his residence in the Bastos district from his office located in Nlonkak, in the city center. Apart from Paul Biya, the general delegate of the Cameroonian Security is the only one to still grant itself this privilege from another era. He knows the criticisms that this earned him, but he is, at 90, a man of habits. He is also aware of the sarcasm that flourished on social networks when he celebrated his birthday on July 1, becoming undoubtedly the oldest police officer still active in the world. But it takes more to shake it.
Paul Biya appreciates the presence of this elder who “rejuvenates” him and mitigates criticism related to his own longevity
This man who has the rank of minister and officiates as an adviser to the Head of State has long since passed the age of being their grandfather, but his men gladly call him “dad”. Discreet and loyal, two essential ingredients for longevity, he is considered to be one of the pillars of the diet he has served diligently for several decades. And then, President Biya – who himself will be 90 on February 13, 2023 – appreciates the presence of this elder who “rejuvenates” him and mitigates criticism linked to his own longevity. au power.
Cameroon: welcome to gerontocracy