In a recent video circulating on social media, Ali Bongo, the ousted President of Gabon, is seen appealing to his international allies to take action following the Wednesday coup.
The 50-second video features Bongo confirming his arrest and separation from his wife and son, who he states are being held in a different location.
The coup instigators have cited profound institutional, political, economic, and social challenges as reasons behind the intervention they deem as ‘necessary’ for the advancement of the West African nation.
Bongo expresses, “I am Ali Bongo Ondimba, formerly President of Gabon. I am reaching out to all our global friends, urging them to raise their voices, to raise their voices.”
Born on February 9, 1959, as Alain Bernard Bongo in Congo-Brazzaville, the 64-year-old assumed the presidency of Gabon in 2009.
After the passing of his father, Omar Bongo, who had ruled the country for an impressive 42 years since 1967.