Ali Bongo, the deposed president of Gabon, appeared in a video today under home arrest, urging “friends all over the world” to “make noise” on his behalf, as the resource-rich West African nation he rules over looks set to become the latest to fall into the hands of a military junta.

If successful, the coup currently unfolding in Gabon would be the eighth in one of Africa’s former French colonies in just three years, coming just weeks after members of Niger’s presidential guard overthrew the President Mohamed Bazoum, a close French ally.