Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has been pictured wearing a mask for only the second time since the coronavirus pandemic started.
President Biya returned to the country on Monday after weeks of a private stay in Geneva, Switzerland. He was accompanied off the plane by the first lady, Chantal, who also wore a mask.
Local media report that the president has only worn a mask publicly once before, during his sister’s burial.
His not wearing a face mask had become a subject of contention in the country, with many questing why he was flouting his own government’s guidelines.
Demonstrators had previously camped outside the hotel where President Biya was staying during his Geneva visit calling for to return home and solve the country’s ongoing strife.
The English-speaking North-West and South-West regions demanding independence have been plagued for four years by a bloody conflict between armed groups and government security forces.