We are shocked about the recent political development in Burkina Faso and wonders why this incident is happening at the time the West African country is trying to overcome the resultant effects of sociopolitical trauma of last year’s turmoil. Though we are concern but very confident that the situation will soon be a matter of history.
It is not only a threat to the democratic process in Burkina Faso but also a calculated attempt to generate crisis and conflict. It is shameful that those that were disenfranchised were supposed to have gone to court to challenge the decision, but unfortunately they chose to conspire with military hierarchy to truncate a democratic process. In lieu of this, it is evident that the decision of the transition parliament to deny the supporters of Comproere from participating in the election has been vindicated.
It is unacceptable and an indication of greed, no patriotic citizen will be so self-centered to mastermind Coup d’état that has consumed lives and reduced our women to widows. The military has no justification or what so ever reason to seize power from the transition committee and deliberately truncate an electoral process that will return Burkina Faso to democracy, the military has no template to curry the sympathy of the masses when it has destabilized the smooth running of the governmental activities of the nation.
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In totality GLOWAY and WAWA condemn the Coup d’état and will do everything humanly possible to return the country to democracy, we cannot be intimidated or oppressed by a greedy few who like to hold on to power at the detriment of the peaceful coexistence of the people, on the other hand we will continue to enlighten the people of west Africa to come up and reject the military government in Burkina Faso. Similarly, we appeal to the people of Burkina Faso to unite in the spirit of solidarity because that is their only source of strength.
If there is anything the West African sub-region need now, it is the strength of togetherness. We are giving the people of Burkina Faso our assurances that our level of solidarity will not descend and we will not relent until democratic victory is achieved. We urged everyone to refrain from any form of violence and destruction but be steadfast and resolute until we show military the exit door. It is also important to draw the attention of military to avoid heating the polity and unsettling the people, it will be to the best interest of the nation if they allow the transition process and principles of diplomacy, respect to democracy, rule of law and human right to prevail.
We commend AU and ECOWAS for their prompt intervention; and also appreciate the effort of all the countries that have reacted and condemned the coup. Finally, we recommend strong sanction for the military government until we rescue Burkina-Faso from the fangs of charlatans. They must relinquish power. Transition government must continue the democratic process in line with ECOWAS/AU protocol on democracy and good governance. Red Cross Society and other international humanitarian agencies should assist the medical personnel of Burkina Faso to save the lives of people involved in this ugly incident. We are also using this medium to suggest to the government of Cote D’ivoire and Guinea to avoid complacency and be wary of similar unpatriotic tactics that could truncate the elections scheduled for October.
Thank you all for being part of this historical joint press briefing of Global Association of West African Youths and West African Women Association. Long live GLOWAY Long live WAWA Long live REPUBLIC OF BURKINA FASO Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim Dr. Beatrice O. Ubeku Jp, Mfr Global President Country Focal Person Wawa
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