GABON, The West African Country is the second to see mutiny in less than two months after the Niger military disposed of their president last month. Gabonese soldiers took to national television to declare the cancellation of election results, the dissolution of institutions, and the immediate closure of the country’s borders. The announcement has sent shockwaves throughout the nation and raised concerns internationally.
The soldiers, who identified themselves as members of the Gabonese military, appeared on television screens across the nation, clad in military attire and flanked by armed personnel. They asserted that the decision to suspend the election results was made in the interest of national security and stability.
In just three years, Seven West African nations have seen the military seize control of the government. While there are unifying factors running through these coups, each country’s internal politics plays a major role.
Five of them are former colonies of France. They gained independence in the late 1950s and early 60s, but anti-French sentiment still runs high there today.
Russia, meanwhile, has capitalized on that attitude, spreading anti-Western propaganda throughout the region. The mercenary Wagner Group, run by former Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin until his presumed death this week, has fighters on the ground in Mali and Sudan.
A few hours ago, President Ali Bongo used his social media platforms to beg for help from other African countries urging them to intervene and help him. ” Make noise, fur the people here have arrested me and my family”, President Ali Bongo begged.