From 1974 to 1982 he served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Service. From August 24, 1985 to 1997 he served three terms as Secretary of State for Defense.
Ali's home in Kolofata was attacked by members of Boko Haram, a violent Islamist group based in northern Nigeria, in late July 2014, and his wife Francoise Agnes Moukouri was abducted. However, she was believed to be released on October 11, 2014.
- "Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon vice PM", Al Jazeera, 27 July 2014.
- "Cameroon says 27 hostages believed kidnapped by Boko Haram freed", Associated Press, 11 October 2014.
- « Les 50 personnalités qui font le Cameroun : Amadou Ali », Jeune Afrique, n° 2520-2521, p. 33
- Republic of Cameroon biography
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