As planned, at 10 a.m. the ceremony begins. Massed in front of the gates of the National Assembly, Yaoundeans have been stamping their feet with impatience for some time now: hundreds of people came to see up close the stranger to whom Ahmadou Ahidjo has just entrusted Cameroon. A procession arrives, screaming sirens, but this time, no tall white boubou poles on sunburnt skin…
Cameroon: Paul Biya, the seven lives of the Sphinx
Who had ever imagined the presidential pomp in honor of another Cameroonian than Ahidjo? Those fly could well have stung him so that he resigned two days earlier? A bolt from the blue. Certainly, before Ahidjo, the Senegalese Léopold Sédar Senghor had already left power by his own will. But why had the Cameroonian president resigned? That morning, the worry of uncertain tomorrows dominates them conversations.