Young African democracy is constantly exposed to both internal and external threats. In the last decade alone, there have been coups d’état in Cote d’Ivoire and a bloody political crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), armed clashes in Nigeria, Mozambique and Cameroon. Only few countries succeeded in trying to stabilize the political situation.
The political climate in Equatorial Guinea has so far been relatively stable. However, even there, at least two coups d’état were attempted in the 2000s. In December 2017, there was another attempted military coup in the only Spanish-speaking country on the African continent. Let us recall that opponents of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo have enlisted the support of mercenaries from Chad and Cameroon. Recently another attempt to destabilize the political situation in Equatorial Guinea has come to light.
About 2 weeks ago, a post on Twitter reading that the Cameroonian armed forces uncovered an abandoned military camp of Boko Haram (a radical Islamist organization) on the Nigeria-Cameroon border has become viral. Nevertheless, the documents found in the camp indicate that the group based there was not linked to Islamists: among them were listed maps of strategic objects of Equatorial Guinea (Bata and Malabo airports and a power station on Bioko island) and other internal documents. Further documents revealed that the camp was most likely a training base for French-speaking mercenaries. For instance, the evidence lists in detail the weapons and equipment purchased, including motor boats.