Reactions As Military Takes Over Power In Gabon

Several reactions have trailed the takeover of power by the military in Gabon, days after the conduct of its 2023 presidential election.

Naija News earlier reported that the Gabonese President, Ali Bongo, had been deposed by the military, days after winning the presidential election.

According to the BBC, soldiers were said to have appeared on Gabonese national television in Gabon to announce that they had taken power.

The coupists also announced the annulment of Saturday’s election and the dissolution of the democratic government in the country.

Bongo, who came to power after the death of his father in 2009, won a third term in an election which opposition argued was heavily disputed.

Following the development, some netizens took to the microblogging platform, X, to express their reactions, months after the military took over power in Niger Republic.

See some of the reactions below.

Dear Nigerian politicians and the Judiciary,

Nigerians are really trying to obey the law.

Nigerians are really trying to be patient.

Make una no push us oh!

See Gabon oh!

If we don’t want to practice democracy in this country, let us kukuma tell ourselves the truth!

— Spotlight Abby (@Spotlight_Abby) August 30, 2023

Breaking: The military in Gabon 🇬🇦 has taken over power after a fraudulent election by the president who cannot stand on his own without support who is a puppet of France. #Gabon

— Nwa ❤️ (@Nwaadaz) August 30, 2023

While we were asleep, Another Coup took place in Gabon 🇬🇦

Africa 😭😭😭😭

— EJIKEME (@ejykmykel1) August 30, 2023

This is how France and the US like democracy in Africa.
Looks like the reign of Omar Bongo in Gabon is finally over.
BREAKING: Another coup in Africa, this time in Gabon where the military have seized power President Ali Bongo Ondimba was re-elected.

— Eng. Nyasikera (@Arap_Nyasikera) August 30, 2023

Democracy is actually interesting. So over 60% of the Gabonese that participated in the election voted for this Gabon President, Ali Bongo, to remain in office. I think he is very popular among his people . We should all condemn military

— Premier (@SodiqTade) August 30, 2023

The pain of seeing our prayers being answered in another country.😂

Gabon’s re-elected president Ali Bongo removed by military. I love what is happening in West Africa.
This coup de tats will eliminate corrupt, selfish, election thefts and Presidents who want to rule for life.

— The Government Critic 🇰🇪 (@magwaz3) August 30, 2023


These politicians have set the gains of the democratic struggles of the late 80s and 90s back. They never took part in those struggles, so safeguarding the gains was never of any interest to them. Today, it is Gabon; tomorrow, it’ll be Zimbabwe – as militarization…

— Great Oracle Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary (@AbdulMahmud01) August 30, 2023

Gabon Military has successfully carried out coup and taken over power !!! They have successfully save their county from the hands of its dictator Ali bongo !!! Keep close eyes on Cameroon

— Chief Ikukuoma (@IkukuomaC) August 30, 2023

I condemn the coup in Gabon

— oseni rufai (@ruffydfire) August 30, 2023

A coup already took place in Gabon 3 days ago with that fraudulent sham election.

That’s the coup I will condemn.

I hereby condemn the Gabonese coup.

— David Hundeyin (@DavidHundeyin) August 30, 2023

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