A monument in honor of Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso murdered in 1987 and “father of the revolution”, was unveiled Saturday in Ouagadougou, on the sidelines of the festival of African cinema, the Fespaco.
The “African Che”, assassinated in a coup d’état after four years in power, has become an icon of pan-Africanism, still celebrated by the youth of the continent.
He had made a great commitment to the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco), giving it truly an international dimension.
Erected at the initiative of the International Memorial Committee at the site of the headquarters of the National Council of the Revolution, where President Sankara was killed, the bronze statue is five meters high.
On the monument are also the busts of three of the twelve companions killed at the same time as Captain Sankara during the 1987 coup.
Hundreds of people, including Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and former Ghanaian Chief of State John Rawlings, as well as members of the government, attended the ceremony, followed by a procession to the “Burkina” building. before whom President Sankara was shot.
Messrs. Kaboré and Rawlings laid wreaths in front of this building where large portraits of Thomas Sankara and his twelve companions were hung.
“We have emotions on this site but we must capitalize these emotions to move forward. Those who have fallen here remind us of the struggle for freedom and justice, “said Rawlings, who was billed as a” great friend “of Sankara.
It is a “deserved homage for the one who was the father of the democratic and popular revolution”, said the president of Burkina Faso, saying that “we manage to make sure that this file can be finally judged and that those responsible are known “.
Having come to power in a coup in 1983 after becoming Prime Minister, Thomas Sankara was facing a rising challenge in the country because of his uncompromising choices, while his denunciation of imperialism and its links with the sulfurous The leaders of Libya and Ghana earned him strong enmities abroad.
Thomas Sankara and his twelve comrades were killed by a commando on October 15, 1987 during the coup that brought his comrade Blaise Compaore to power.
The latter, suspected of having participated in the plot by many Burkinabe, was returned on his return during a popular uprising on October 31, 2014.
The death of Thomas Sankara was a taboo subject during his 27 years of power.