EMIA Triumph: President Paul Biya presides over Graduation of Major General Jacob Kodji Batch

The 37th batch of officers from the Combined Services Military Academy, EMIA have graduated during a solemn ceremony in Yaounde.

The President of the Republic, Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Paul Biya presided over the ceremony.

The event that began at midday at the esplanade of the Military Headquarters Brigade, kicked off with a review of the troops of honour by the Commander in Chief.

After the installation of President Paul Biya at the presidential lodge, the aspirants matched using the queens matching steps to the rhythm of the music band of the Presidential Guard to the tribune for the award of epaulets.

They cadet officers equip with their swords, took to their knees and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces placed epaulets on the shoulders of the first Laureate.

The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Asomo, gave to the second, while the two Secretaries of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff proceeded with the handing out of epaulets in order of merit.

Generals Present at the ceremony each gave medals before the Godparents of the aspirants gave the attributes to the cadets.

At the end of the award of epaulets ritual, the cadets rose to their feet as officers in the Cameroon military force.

The President of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Paul Biya then delivered the lone speech of the day.

The 37th batch of EMIA was reminded of the security threats in the country including separatists and armed groups in the North West and South West regions, Armed robbery in the East, Boko Haram terrorist threats in the Far North region and cyber crime.

He also encouraged the junior officers to learn from their seniors and strive to work to honour the name of Major General Jacob Kodji who died in an helicopter crash when returning from a reconnaissance mission in the Far North region where he was fighting Boko Haram as the first Commander of the Four Joint military region and operation Emergence 4 that was engaged in the fight against terrorism in the Far North region.

The solemn ceremony ended with a military parade and a group photograph.


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