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Sit-tight Syndrome: Gabon President Ali Bongo campaigns for re-election despite suffering stroke

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By Sylvanus Okpe

President Ali Bongo of Gabon appears to be already strategising for another term despite his ailing health and four more years to go.

Mr Bongo who is scarcely seen in public due to the stroke suffered in October 2018, made a surprise appearance public, on Monday, where he addressed supporters.

Mr Bingo in a video that has since generated negative comments on the social media, could be seen limping; sick and physically unstable.

But his Head of Cabinet Brice Laccruche Alihanga, irrespective of his health incapacity, urged supporters to vote for him in 2023.

The President notwithstanding suffering from a stroke was seen campaigning and asking the crowd to vote for him in 2023.

Ali Bongo became the President of Gabon in 2009 after the demise of his father, Omar Bongo who was Gabon President for 42 years (1967 – 2009).

This has caused some mixed reactions while people are asking who bewitched Africa.

Others have also connected this to the inability of African political leaders to exit the stage even at the detriment of African development and growth.

Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at the constitutional term limit summit in Niamey, the Niger Republic on Friday, disclosed that sit-tight syndrome became predominant with African leaders following god-like praises they enjoy while in power.

Others have also reacted to the development, wondering if the highest political office in Gabon is an exclusive reserve of the Bongo political dynasty.

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