Ouagadougou, 24 January, 2022 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest in Burkina Faso has appealed for prayers for the West African nation amid reports of a confirmed coup d’etat.
In a televised address Monday, January 24, Capt. Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo who was flanked by some 13 military officers announced that President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré had been ousted “after steering a 36-hour uprising”, The Washington Post reported.
Capt. Ouedraogo also announced the suspension of the Burkina Faso’s Constitution, dissolution of the government, the closure of the country’s borders, and that President Kaboré and other politicians were being held in a safe place that “respects their dignity.”
“Gunfire was heard overnight near the presidential palace and at barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou,” BBC has reported in reference to the night of January 23-24, adding, the mutinying troops in Burkina Faso “have demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Islamist militants.”
In another BBC report, the military are quoted as citing the deteriorating security situation in the West African nation as the main reason for the military takeover.