Some call him the grand master, others call him a perfect strategist while others prefer to address him as the ice breaker. All these qualities merely depicts the character of a state man who has toiled throughout his helm in power to make Cameroon and the central African sub-region a safe haven as a guarantor of peace and security.
6th November 2018, is a day many Cameroonians in and out of the country won’t forget in a hurry when the then President of the Republic of Cameroon, Ahmadou Ahidjo ceded the throne of the Republic with piece meal to his constitutional heir, Paul Biya. Unfortunately as some critics puts it “is was a rugged journey for the incumbent, President Paul Biya who in his early age have to project the vision of the people he is to govern”
These critics only come to galvanize the energetic President who has a mastery of the internal cuisine of the state’s machinery as he has once serve as the Prime minister. President Paul Biya took the baton of command as he braved the odds uncounted in the domain of security, politics, economic as well as the social affairs of the state. Through his sweeping policies, he gained the hearts of people, longing for change.
Looking at the global change in events as far as security is concern with the technological and scientific advances, President Paul Biya who doubles as the commander in chief of the armed forces stretches his hands to secure persons and their property; reasons why he confined in the Cameroon armed forces to play a vital role in nation building.
To play a vital role in nation building the commander in chief of the armed forces thought it wise to restructure the command chain so as to suit the present security context. It is in this context that President Paul Biya signed the 21 reforms of the army on the 25th of July 2001. This reform which saw a new leaf of the Cameroon armed forces cuts across professionalization, rejuvenation and equipment of the components that make up the Cameroon defence forces which includes; the national gendarmerie, the infantry, the air force and the navy.
For the sake of peace to reign in the turbulent African sub-region and Cameroon in particular, the guarantor of peace placed the Cameroon armed forces to a challenge to satisfactorily discharge their burden duty of defending the territorial integrity, ensuring the free movement of persons and their goods and at the same time preserving Republican institutions.
President Paul Biya signed these decrees as if he saw it coming. The threats of yesterday like the conventional war between the Nigeria and Cameroon over the Bakassi peninsular to a more complex threat which strategist termed as “asymmetric warfare”. So when the Boko Haram sect coming knocking through its intrusion tendency, the Cameroon defence forces were on hand to exterminate the sect with the last sweat of blood. It was really a hard nut to crack to counter attack the terrorist activities of the sect. The Cameroon defence forces due to its professional personnel and a well equip logistic, they were able to crush the sect with little or no stress, thanks to the multilateral military cooperation between Cameroon-Chad and Nigeria.