A rally was organized by a coalition of more than 72 civil society organizations in Burkina Faso to demand the end of military cooperation with France. The coalition asked the new government in Burkina Faso to cut military ties with France in favor of getting help from Russia to fight terrorism.
“We oppose foreign armed forces’ installations in our country, which have lost our trust.” We urge that the colonial agreements, which have kept us in a stalemate for years, be terminated. Soumaila Nana, the Secretary-General of a coalition of more than 72 pan-Africanist civil society organizations, said as much. For years, our colonizer, France, has pretended to defend our interests in Burkina Faso, but the reality is quite different. “Lassané Sawadogo remarked that France is stealing our resources in Burkina Faso while simultaneously fueling terrorism by arming terrorists who are battling our soldiers on the front lines.
In recent months, Russia has been making inroads into numerous African countries through its private security agency, Wagner, with the goal of restoring stability in rebel and jihadist-infested countries such as the Central African Republic and Mali. But we take Russia into account since it is Russia that has worked positively to eradicate the terrorist hydra in Syria, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, and neighboring Mali, where we see excellent development, “said Ousmane Ouedraogo, Deputy Secretary-General of the CSO coalition.
People who run the coalition say that it was formed after the January 24 coup against President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, which brought together a lot of civil society groups.