Biya back home after extended stay abroad

Cameroonian President Paul Biya and the First Lady Chantal arriving at Yaoundé's Nsimalen International Airport on October 21, 2017 after an extended stay abroad. NDI EUGENE NDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has returned home from a prolonged stay in an undisclosed location in Europe.

The Cameroonian leader left Yaoundé on September 14 for the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, only to disappear from the limelight after the global meeting.

He arrived home Saturday, quelling rumours that the 84-year-old was critically sick and admitted to a hospital in Europe.

The veteran ruler has returned to the persistent tensions in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. In what has become known as the ‘Anglophone crisis,’ people in the North West and South West regions of the central African country are pushing for independence, citing years of marginalization by the Francophone Yaoundé government.

The protests arising from the crisis, have resulted in deaths, injuries to scores of people and mass arrests of protesters.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA, President Biya appealed to the world to save two of Africa’s biggest natural habitats the Congo Basin and the Lake Chad

President Biya said: “For Africa, there are two major challenges. Firstly, ongoing forest degradation in Central Africa. Let us save the Congo Basin, the earth’s second lung.

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