Gabon head of state joins Twitter

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon, has finally joined Twitter on Monday 9 February 2015 long after African politicians such as Rwanda’s Paul Kagame began chatting and expressing themselves freely on social media.

His Twitter account is @PresidentABO, and had about 666 followers by Wednesday.

Bongo, who succeeded his late father Omar Bongo at the helm of the oil-rich Central African nation, is said to have joined the Twitter planet to discuss and debate in an 'open and direct manner'.

“It’s a special day…It was time to join you,” he tweeted for the first time.

Many observers in the capital Libreville believe that Bongo, whose rule is under pressure by the opposition, is expected to face hostile reception on Twitter and a barrage of questions from various quarters of Gabon Twitter followers.

“Topics such as whether he is really a Nigerian adopted by his late father as a recent book claims and why his family continue to rule Gabon for almost a half-century, among others, are expected to hit him in the face like a ton of bricks,” college student Georges Ntoutoume said this week.

 “He must know that by joining Twitter, he has put himself under the global microscope. He could quickly become the darling of Twitter fans if his views are frank, objective and direct,” ICT teacher Euloge Samba said.

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