Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has predicted that there will be more coups occurring in the French-speaking West and Central African countries in the near future. Fani-Kayode made this statement in response to a recent coup in Gabon aimed at overthrowing President Ali Bongo’s democratic government, which had been in power since 2009.
Bongo had been declared the winner of the presidential election in Gabon on Saturday, securing a two-thirds victory at the polls.
However, discontented Gabonese military officers, unhappy with the Bongo family’s 53-year rule, successfully ousted him from power on Wednesday. Twelve soldiers appeared on national television to declare the end of Bongo’s rule in Gabon.
Fani-Kayode’s reaction to this incident, which is part of a trend of military takeovers in the Sahel region, was that such events will continue to occur in Africa until key stakeholders pay attention to the warnings he highlighted in his previous essay titled “Does Killing Nigerien Babies Bring Glory To Our Name?” In this article, the former minister criticized the Nigerian government’s decision to cut off power supplies to Niger, which was having severe repercussions on hospitals and leading to the deaths of infants as pregnant women gave birth. He also voiced concerns about France’s influence on Francophone African nations, suggesting that it was a contributing factor to the prevalence of coups.
Fani-Kayode shared these thoughts on his X page on Wednesday morning, emphasizing that he was not surprised by the occurrence of another coup in Africa.
“This time it is in the nation of Gabon where President Ali Bongo (pictured below), who together with his late father Alhaj Bongo, had been in power for the last 53 years has been toppled and removed from office.
“It appears that the warning I gave in my last essay, titled ‘Does Killing Nigerien Babies Bring Glory To Our Name?’, was prophetic.
“I am not surprised that this has happened and frankly we should expect more coups in the Francophone countries of West and Central Africa for the reasons I stated in that essay.
“I wonder whether ECOWAS or the African Union will threaten to invade Gabon as well?”
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