Former Burkinabé President Blaise Compaoré, who was sentenced in absentia for life for the assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, in 1987, asked “sorry” in the family of the latter, Tuesday July 26, but also in general “Burkinabe people” with “the sufferings” endured during his twenty-seven years in power.
“I apologize to the people of Burkina Faso for all the acts that I may have done during my magisterium and especially to the family of my brother and friend Thomas Sankara”introduced the former head of state in a message read by the government spokesman, Lionel Bilgo. “I think and grieve from the bottom of my heart for all the suffering and drama experienced by all the victims during my mandate as head of the country and ask their families to grant me their forgiveness”Mr. continued. Compaore.
Blaise Compaoré, 71, came to power in 1987 after a coup that killed former president Thomas Sankara, a pan-African icon with “progressive” ideas, with whom he was a close friend of he is not dead yet. In April, after a six-month trial, a military court in Ouagadougou sentenced him in absentia to life imprisonment for his role in the killing.
The death of Thomas Sankara, who wanted “decolonizing mentalities” and disturbing the order of the world by defending the poor and the oppressed, is something that Mr. Compaoré of power. Fell on the road in 2014, he has since lived in Côte d’Ivoire but briefly returned to his country for a few days in early July without being arrested. In his message, he thanked the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, for facilitating this return.
He was invited by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, the current transitional president, who came to power in a coup in January, with the aim of “seal national reconciliation” with the former Burkinabe heads of state in the face of the jihadist attacks that have afflicted the country. After meeting the new strong man in the country, Mr. Compaoré appeared thin on his side. This visit provoked a rain of criticism within the political class and civil society, who believe that reconciliation should not be the same as impunity.
Expression of his “deep gratitude” to the transitional authorities, Mr. Compaoré called in his message on Tuesday in Burkinabés “in sacred unity, in tolerance, in restraint, but above all in forgiveness so that the higher interest of the country prevails”. “Our country, Burkina Faso, has been going through one of the worst crises in its history for many years, which threatens its very existence. This country deserves better than the disastrous fate it wishes which the terrorists will reserve for this.he continued.
Mr. Compaoré is accused of making a deal with armed groups to protect his country from jihadist attacks during his years in power. Since its fall in October 2014, Burkina Faso has been plunged into a severe security crisis marked by increasingly deadly jihadist attacks, particularly in the north and east of the country.
On January 24, Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba overthrew President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who had been made unpopular by his “incompetence” in the face of uncertainty. But the putschists were quickly faced with a series of bloody attacks, such as the massacre of 86 civilians in Seytenga (north) in June. The violence, attributed to armed jihadist movements affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, has left thousands dead and nearly 2 million displaced since 2015.
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