Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on May 20 for talks at No. 10 Downing Street.
Bongo wrote about their interaction: “Great meeting and great discussion today in London with PM Boris Johnson.
#Gabon and #UK are strong allies and are united in protecting nature and fighting climate change!”
He accompanied it with a photo of him and the PM in front of the infamous black door.
But on social media, a short video clip of Bongo’s arrival at the PM’s residence has triggered reactions as to why the Gabon president continues to hold on to power.
Bongo holding a walking stick with an aide close behind is seen trudging along to meet with Johnson. His aide takes the stick as Bongo reaches Boris and they exchange greetings.
Later the aide will support him as he climbs two steps to enter the PM’s residence for further engagements.
“So the over 2 million people of Gabon are being led by a person who is no longer physically fit. Africa and its people,” one Twitter user wrote.
“When you are this sick, from a stroke…isn’t it wise to leave power..? Where does the greed end? Sometimes you just gotta walk away, you’d still be catered for by the state, you got nothing to lose…#Gabon,” another wondered.
Bongo suffered a stroke in 2018 through to 2019 during which time he received treatment abroad notably in Morocco and the United Kingdom.
Despite his state of health, he continues to execute his mandate as president with analysts saying he could contest for a new term when next elections are held.
Sorry sight. Why don’t these african dictators just resign? UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting with President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, at Downing Street. His helper is even being chased away. pic.twitter.com/DWC7ZbAYYj
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) May 23, 2021
Is it illegal/unconstitutional to retire, resign or take sick leave in Gabon? I don’t know much about Gabon, help me out. https://t.co/mN0ptcKTtB
— Abbey (@Abbey263) May 24, 2021
Lmao look at how Boris waved off Bongo's aide.
Why can he not just relinquish power and work on recovering from the stroke?
African leaders taste power and the addiction becomes eternal. https://t.co/rp3cAQMqQC
— ZëitGêî§T ™ ♔ (@simeonominde) May 23, 2021