4, November 2016
The late President Ahmadou Ahidjo elected in May 1960 as the first President of the Republic of Cameroon decided on the 4th of November 1982 at the age of 58, to resign as head of state. He handed over to his constitutional successor, Prime Minister Paul Biya. To remember this day, a sister publication, Cameroun-Info.Net made available the historic speech that was read on state radio by the late president.
“Fellow Cameroonians, My dear compatriots,
I have decided to resign from my functions as President of the Republic of Cameroon.
This decision will take effect as from Saturday, November 6th at 10 am. In this major circumstance, I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all those who for nearly 25 years, gave me their confidence and provided assistance in performing my duties as president of the republic.
I particularly want to thank the militants of our great National Party, the CNU for their total, constant and unwavering support.
If there was much to do in building our beloved and beautiful country, we have indeed accomplished together after independence, reunification and Unification and considerable progress in all areas.
Our country has significant assets. We have consolidated national unity; we have many resources, varied and complementary, a continuous expanding economy, sound monetary and social justice system, an ever improving working population and a dynamic youth including strong and fruitful relations of friendship and cooperation in Africa and the world.
I invite all Cameroonians to give unreserved trust and lend their support to my constitutional successor, Paul Biya. He deserves the confidence of all, inside and outside. I urge you to remain a united people, patriotic, hardworking, dignified and respected. I pray Almighty God that he continues to provide the Cameroonian people the protection and assistance to its development in peace, unity and justice.
Long Live Cameroon.”
November 4, 1982
Amadou Babatoura Ahidjo
President of the Republic of Cameroon
Culled from Cameroun-info.net