In the aftermath of a heart-wrenching loss, Cameroonians came together to mourn the passing of John Fru Ndi, a historic opponent of President Paul Biya. Fru Ndi, the revered leader and founder of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the primary opposition party in parliament, passed away on a somber Monday,12 June 2023 at the age of 81 after battling a long illness. Throughout his lifetime, Fru Ndi challenged President Biya in the presidential elections of 1992, 2004, and 2011, consistently securing the second position each time.
Across the world, sympathizers united in grief to honor the beloved opposition leader who had established the SDF in 1990, a pivotal moment when Cameroon officially transitioned away from one-party rule. In death, he remained a fatherly figure to many and a source of hope for countless Cameroonians, both within the nation and abroad, who had benefited from his leadership.
During a virtual memorial and celebration of his life, hosted by his relatives, including his children, and attended by individuals from Europe, Africa, the USA, and beyond, heartfelt speeches were delivered. Among the poignant addresses was a significant message from his relative, Prince Asobo Paul Ken, hailing from the Royal Kingdom Of Pinyin. Prince Asobo, now retired and spending time with his children and grandchildren in the USA, expressed his deep regret at not being able to be in Cameroon physically. However, he conveyed a powerful message to all attendees, underscoring the enduring legacy of a fallen hero who had touched the lives of many.
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