President Abdelfattah el-Sisi’s landmark conference was the subject of a social media backlash, with many users pointing out rampant corruption in the country under his rule.
Egyptian President Abdelfattah el-Sisi inaugurated the first African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
During his opening speech on Wednesday, he spoke of the need to increase pan-African cooperation and share best practices in the struggle against corruption which has “become the foremost priority on the nation’s agenda, alongside the need to find means of building capacities in various domains of preventing and combating corruption”.
But the conference quickly became the target of widespread scorn on social media, with Twitter users taking exception to the Egyptian president’s disregard for the reality of corruption in Egypt. Many reminded him of open corruption taking place with his knowledge.
One Twitter user Ikram Ibrahim writes:
“Corruption is the main reason for the economic and social breakdown in Africa,” said Sisi, speaking at the AACF. His statement was met with backlash, pinning the blame on his policies.
With responses to the conference ranging from incredulity to staunch support, here are some more curated tweets in response to the conference.
President Sisi the only true president to his country and people he saved Egypt and myself for in corruption opened my eyes . We love him ♥️ pic.twitter.com/RFIS4xq0nS— Nancy Onyett, FNP-C (@pyramidmedicine) August 16, 2017