Alim Hayatou, Secretary of State for Public Health in charge of epidemics and pandemics, died on Monday, April 5, 2021, following an illness. According to sources close to the family of the deceased, His Majesty Alim Hayatou was carried off by an illness he had been suffering from for several months.
Born on August 9, 1946 in Garoua, the lamido of Garoua is the younger brother of the powerful Hayatou family, with elders as illustrious as former Prime Minister Sadou Hayatou and Issa Hayatou, former boss of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). A graduate of the National Treasury School of France in 1971 and the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in Yaounde in 1972, this economics enthusiast has served his country as a Treasury Inspector, Director of Treasury at the Ministry of Finance, Director of General Affairs in several ministerial departments.
He has been Secretary of State for more than 20 years. He was also the Lamido of Garoua in the North and President of the Council of Traditional Rulers of Cameroon. Designated lamido of Garoua in 2000 following the death of his father, Lamido Hayatou, he lived between Yaoundé and the northern regional capital. In order to reconcile his two functions, republican and traditional. The monarch of Garoua leaves a widow and six children.
The lamido Hayatou, who, according to pure Muslim tradition, will be buried this afternoon, is the second member of the government in office to die in the space of a month.