by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Thursday, President Obama met with Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, against the the United Nation’s better judgement. The problem is not that Ondimba is the president of one of Africa’s wealthiest countries due to vast amounts of oil. The problem is that Gabon’s meager population of approximately 1.4 million is one of the poorest in the entire continent. One third of their residents live on less than $2 a day. Yet, their president, Ondimba, lives like a king. This raises the violation-of-human-rights flag.
It is for these reasons amongst others that Jack Blum — United Nations consultant and expert on offshore banking — believes the meeting was a bad idea. He told ABC News, “I would say that the people who are running the country (Gabon) are guilty of grand theft nation.” He proceeded to say that Obama meeting with Ondimba sends the wrong message because the Gabon president uses his country’s oil wealth for the benefits of his family alone.
Ondimba has been in power since 2009, but the corrupt rule of his family dates all the way back to 1967.
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