DETAILED VIDEO: Cameroon President Paul Biya(89) LOST at the US Africa Leaders Summit
Cameroon’s President 89-year-old Paul Biya was completely unaware of where he was at the US Africa Leaders Summit. He mostly lives in Switzerland. He has been the President since 1982, and was the Prime Minister from 1975 to 1982.
The 89-year-old Cameroonian President Paul Biya appeared to be completely unaware of where he was at the US Africa Leadership Summit in Washington DC. President Biya further appeared to not know why he was there.
A video clip on YouTube which captured the incident also showed how amazed the octogenarian Head of State was by the number of people in the room. He even asked whether he had become a celebrity.
“Who are all these people present?” he is heard asking in the clip. “Why? I did not ask for this,” he says.
Efforts by his aide-de-camp to explain to him the purpose of his presence fails bear any fruits.
“Are there important personalities amongst them?” he inquires.
“Yes. President Kagame just spoke and it is your turn. You have the microphone,” the aide de camp explains.
“There are ministers in the room. Your mic is on. You have been introduced,” he adds.
“Okay you mean I should now speak? Where?” President Biya asks.
“You can do it sitting down here,” the aide de camp answers
“Why?” he asks.
President Biya then begins scrutinizing the pamphlet that he was supposed to read. All this while he remains seated.
Then his aide-de-camp returns to the stage to prompt him but he remains seated perusing the pamphlet in his hand.
“Everyone is waiting for you to speak,” says the aide.
“Is there no one here to coordinate this?” President Biya shoots back.