Ouagadougou, 28 January, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in a collective statement, expressed their awareness of the country’s recent political changes and called upon those who spearheaded the reported coup d’etat to be at the service of the people.
On Monday, January 24, Capt. Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo who was flanked by some 13 military officers announced that Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, had been ousted “after steering a 36-hour uprising”, The Washington Post reported.
Following the January 24 incident, “Gunfire was heard overnight near the presidential palace and at barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou,” BBC reported, adding that the mutinying troops in Burkina Faso “have demanded the sacking of military chiefs and more resources to fight Islamist militants.”
In his televised address, Capt. Ouedraogo also announced the suspension of 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.”
In their Thursday, January 27 statement shared with ACI Africa, members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) make reference to a meeting between religious leaders and the military leaders in Burkina Faso that had taken place the previous day.