President Ali Bongo of Gabon has been taken into medical care after suffering a bout of exhaustion during a trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, four days after he was hospitalised.
The President’s spokesman Ike Ngouoni said in a statement that the 59-year-old leader was in the Saudi capital for a flagship economic forum when he fell ill.
“The doctors who assessed him said he is suffering from severe fatigue due to extremely high levels of activity in recent months,” he said.
Bongo is feeling better and has been told to rest, Ngouoni added, while calling for “vigilance” against “fake news” following false reports of his death.
A Cameroon TV station had announced live on air on Saturday that the Gabon president had died, without providing any evidence, he said.
Bongo was scheduled to appear Wednesday on a panel at the Future Investment Initiative forum, but was not seen during the discussion.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited him in Riyadh’s King Faisal hospital that evening, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Thursday.
However, in a separate dispatch, SPA said Bongo attended a speech by Prince Mohammed at the conference later Wednesday.
Bongo took over as leader of the oil-rich equatorial African nation in 2009 on the death of his father Omar Bongo, who had ruled since 1967.
In 2016, Ali Bongo was re-elected by just a few thousand votes in a controversial presidential election.
The country went to the polls this month for the first time since that vote, with the second round of legislative elections Saturday seeing Bongo’s party coasting towards victory.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: email@example.com
- SPONSORED22 hours ago
How To Last For 25 Minutes Longer In Bed, Permanently End Pain And Embarrassment Of Weak Erection
- OPINION24 hours ago
Buhari And Fake News Of His Death
- FEATURES20 hours ago
‘Why Atiku Will Defeat PMB’
- BUSINESS24 hours ago
Shutdown Of Telecom Services Imminent In Abuja, 8 States
- NEWS15 hours ago
Atiku Is A Walkover In 2019 – Sen. Ndume
- NEWS24 hours ago
Obasanjo Endorses Okowa For Second Term
- NEWS24 hours ago
N3.3bn Fraud: How Obanikoro Took Delivery Of Funds At Lagos Airport – Witness
- NEWS9 hours ago
Jonathan, A True Democrat – Buhari