By Aishat Salihu
The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema has announced plans to celebrate forty years in power on Saturday, highlighting his status as Africa’s longest-serving head of state spanning four decades.
His 40th anniversary in power will be marked by a series of events in three main cities, including Bata, the economic capital, Mongomo, the President’s hometown, and Djibloho, a new city built with oil-money in the middle of the jungle.
Although, human rights groups have described Obiang Nguema, 77, as one of the continents most brutal and corrupt dictators following his emergence into power through a 1979 military coup in the country.
He is however believed to be preparing his son, Teodorin, to succeed him as president after promoting him to the position of vice president in 2016 also taking charge of the country’s defence and security.
Meanwhile, Obiang has in a brutal attempt defeated the opposition of his government with many tagging him a tyrant, corrupt leader of one of Africa’s hub for the prosperous oil industry.