Three west African leaders arrived in Burkina Faso on Wednesday to pressure the country’s army into keeping its promise of a speedy handover of power to a civilian government following the fall of president Blaise Compaore.
The presidents of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal flew into Ouagadougou to press the issue, after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished West African nation and other nations considered similar moves.
Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, the interim leader appointed by Burkina Faso’s military, told unions on Tuesday that he would return the country to civilian rule within two weeks, a day after the African Union threatened sanctions if the army failed to relinquish power within that timeframe.
The military has filled the power vacuum left by Compaore, who was forced to resign on Friday after 27 years in power after being chased out by a violent popular uprising that some had likened to the Arab Spring.
There was little ceremony as the leaders — Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama and Macky Sall of Senegal — arrived. Zida met them at the airport, but national anthems were not played, an AFP reporter said.
Source: The News