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Burkina Faso Issues International Arrest Warrant for Ex Leader Compaore Over Former Pres. Sankara’s Murder

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Burkina Faso has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted leader Blaise Compaore in connection with the murder of former president Thomas Sankara, Al Jazeera reports.

According to the report, “Sankara, a revolutionary figure who is still a hero to many in West Africa, was killed on October 15, 1987, during the coup that brought his friend and former comrade-in-arms Compaore to power.”

At least five others, mostly former soldiers, have been charged in connection with Sankara’s killing – including Gilbert Diendere, Compaore’s former chief-of-staff, who led a failed coup in September.

12 Comments

  1. Laila

    December 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Every young African should read Thomas Sankara’s story. Like Buhari in the early eighties, he was one of the African leaders who tried to make his country self reliant and eliminate Western manipulation. Those crop of leaders were all forcefully removed covertly and replaced with those who cooperated with the West and eventually turned out to be bad news for their Countries. The complaint then against these brave young leaders was all the same – they cut off their country’s dependence on the West. Who knows, maybe it was Nigeria’s luck that Buhari is still alive today. Time will tell, and may the Hand of God never depart from our Fatherland, amen.

    • Ehiwarior

      December 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I agree with Laila.
      In Thomas was Africa, the upright man.
      The french quenched another light from Africa in Thomas.
      He was an angel who walked among mortals.
      He lives forever in our memory.

  2. Jude SC Asogwa

    December 22, 2015 at 8:55 am

    My Teacher in the primary school taught me a lot about Thomas Sankara and how he was betrayed and killed by his closest Friend. The goal of most African leaders till date is not the good of their people but the achievement of their selfish ambitions. No country can move forward with such people at the helm of affairs.

  3. Joe

    December 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Thomas Sankara, born on Dec 21st 1949, killed on Oct 15th 1987, was a charismatic left-wing leader and president of Upper Volta, which he renamed Burkina Faso (“the land of upright people”) during his period of office between 1983 and 1987. As a professing Pan Africanist he fought for a united Africa. He is frequently referred to as the “Che of Black Africa” for his resemblance to Ernesto Guevara with regards to personality and political ideas. Inspired by the Cuban Revolution, Sankara is widely considered as an example for the possibility of revolution in one of the poorest countries of the world.

    During his military training Thomas Sankara befriended Capitaine Blaise Compaoré. In 1983 they organized a coup d’état, after Sankara had been held in custody for his political attitude which conflicted with the conservative rulers. During his presidency he carried out a number of partly very successful reforms for the socialist development of the country, which included nationalization, reforestation projects and numerous social programs and aimed at the struggle against corruption and poverty and at the improvement of education and health care. Among these measures one can mention vaccination programs, the radical abolition of the privileges of the public servants (cheap cars) and a land reform, whose resounding success made Burkina Faso independent of food imports within very few years. Furthermore, he committed himself to strengthening the role of women in the society of Burkina Faso by for example prohibiting female circumcision and speaking out against polygamy. His government has the highest percentage of women in the whole of Africa. Sankara’s popularity extended beyond the borders of his country and turned him into a globally known public figure.

    Although he reformed the political system for establishing possibilities of direct participation, he was also criticized, because the internal polarization of his country and the poor effectiveness of the state for the implementation of his ideals forced him to the apply strict measures such as the intolerance of political opposition, arbitrary decisions and indoctrination via the educational system, which he regarded as an “instrument of the revolution”.

    On Oct 15th in 1987 the president was killed in a coup, again led by his former friend Blaise Compaoré, who disagreed with Sankara’s ideas. Seizing the power. Compaoré canceled all nationalization and social programs and ordained a restructuring program by the IMF.

    One week before, Sankara said in memory of Guevara: “Revolutionaries and individuals can be murdered, but ideas never die”. Today, Thomas Sankara is regarded as person with an incorruptible integrity, who – in contrast to many African rulers – maintained modesty and credibility throughout his life. His death is symbolic of failed chances in Africa; his life is inspiration for many people who share his notion of justice and equality and aspire to turn it into reality.
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE…….

    • papermoon

      December 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      interesting read……I hope the goat in Burundi knows that his time will come.

  4. Anon

    December 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Finally!

  5. cdsp

    December 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Justice at last for Thomas Sankara the greatest leader Africa has ever seen! His story should be taught in every classroom in Africa. What a visionary, intelligent and courageous leader who transformed his country in less than 4 years and in the process showed the kind of leadership Africa truly needs! Blaise Campaore the murderer should be tried with his French accomplices that sponsored Sankara ‘s assassination for standing up to France and stopping them from sucking his country dry. If you don’t know the story of Sankara pls read it online , it will change your views on Africa and give you some hope for our continent. Thomas Sankara lives on…

  6. papermoon

    December 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    the evil that men do catches up with them …….. after how many years……………smh

  7. papermoon

    December 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    the evil that men do catches up with them………after how many years…………smd

  8. emma

    December 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    After how many years its now that they want to press charges. Sankara was the best head of state that Burkina Faso ever had. Its such a pity that he died the way he did. I pray that one day, the people of Burkina Faso and all the other African countries will have presidents who are as passionate about the welfare of their citizens the way that Thomas Sankara was.

  9. Hashemst

    December 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Greed De Do Am.

  10. ERO ISAAC OKUNGBOWA

    December 23, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Thomas Sankara was killed by Blaise and some Liberian war Lords who wanted to use Burkina Faso as a base. this u can confirm from some declaration by Johnson during their Truth and Reconciliation hearing.

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