26, May 2021
One month after the death of former Cameroon First Lady Germaine Ahidjo, the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, visited her family in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. The Senegalese president arrived at the Ahidjo family residence on Monday 24 May 2021, accompanied by some of his collaborators.
President Macky was bearer of a special message from the people of Senegal to the Ahidjo family, still mourning the death of their mother and grandmother, who died on 20 April 2021 in Dakar.
Political commentators say the gesture is an indication of the importance the Senegalese nation has for the very first Cameroonian presidential family exiled in this West African country.
Germaine Ahidjo was buried in pure Muslim tradition at the Yoff cemetery, beside her husband, Ahmadou Ahidjo, who died in 1989.
President Macky Sall was not at her funeral, but by his gesture, he was able to redeem himself, even though the Cameroonian diplomatic authorities in Senegal remained indifferent to this important death.
Before Germaine’s death, the question of the repatriation of the remains of Cameroon’s first president was often raised but Germaine’s wish was not fulfilled during her lifetime, and it would be difficult to predict the timing of the repatriation of not only Ahmadou Ahidjo’s remains, but also that of his wife Germaine.
By Chi Prudence Asong