“I call on our compatriots, the daughters and sons of the interior and the exterior, to a union sacred to tolerance and restraint, but above all to forgiveness, so that the higher interest of the nation prevails”, writes former President Blaise Compaoré in a letter addressed to Burkinabè and delivered on July 26 by a delegation from Côte d’Ivoire, where the former head of state has lived since his exile in 2014.
Thirty-five years later
The most striking words are those intended for the family of Thomas Sankara: “I apologize to the people of Burkina Faso for all the acts that I may have committed pendant my magisterium, more particularly to the family of my brother and friend Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara. I assume and deplore, from the bottom of my heart, all the suffering and drama experienced by all the families during my mandates at the head of the country and [leur] ask for their forgiveness. »
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Words written when Blaise Compaoré was sentenced last April to life imprisonment for his role in the assassination of the former president, thirty-five years ago. Will he be heard? Thomas Sankara’s family had not yet reacted late Tuesday afternoon.
The delegation from Côte d’Ivoire met the president of the transition, the putschist Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, in Kosyam, this Tuesday, July 26, to give him the message. It was made up of Djamila Compaoré, the former president’s daughter, and Ally Coulibaly, one of Alassane Ouattara’s most loyal collaborators. Yéro Boly, the Burkinabè minister in charge of social cohesion and national reconciliation, was also present.
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Ally Coulibaly explained the meaning of this approach. He underlined Alassane Ouattara’s “support” for the process launched by Damiba. ” For him [le président ivoirien]the condition for the Burkina Faso can get out of it, it is the cohesion and the union of the sons and daughters of this country. […] Alassane Ouattara would like the brotherly people of Burkina Faso to hear this extremely strong message from former President Blaise Compaoré, to whom he has been granting hospitality in Côte d’Ivoire for eight years out of humanism and because of the values in which he believes, among of which human dignity and respect for the integrity of persons. »
high risk dating
Blaise Compaoré’s letter is dated July 8, the date on which Damiba had invited all the former heads of the Burkinabe state to a “reconciliation” meeting. A high-risk meeting because of the reluctance of part of public opinion with regard to the return of Blaise Compaoré to his native country.
This reunion did not go as planned. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, overthrown last January by Damiba, had decided at the last minute, under pressure from his supporters, not to make the trip. Michel Kafando and Yacouba Isaac Zida had also declined the invitation.
Blaise Compaoré was nevertheless delighted to have been able to return to the country. In his letter, he expresses “his deep gratitude to the authorities of the transition ».