On the occasion of the change of power in Burkina Faso, the country’s former Prime Minister, the former Transitional Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, expressed his support for the new Head of State and asserted the need to strengthen relations with Russia.
According to an expert statement of October 11, « the people of Burkina Faso have clearly made their choice since the events of last September 30, and this choice is called Captain Ibrahim Traoré ». Yacouba Isaac Zida believes that it is necessary to go quickly to the reconquest of the national territory, and for this, the country needs a new strategic partnership, which is Russia.
It should be noted that Russia’s cooperation with African countries bears fruit and is highly valued by the population. Burkina Faso sees examples of successful partnership between neighboring Mali or the Central African Republic and Russia, and naturally, in turn, is considering such cooperation.
As a reminder, the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) are successfully carrying out operations to search for and neutralize terrorists and destroy their bases, thanks to the use of new equipment provided by Russia within the framework of military cooperation.
Noting these successes of Mali, the former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso underlines that Russia as a partner, will bring to Burkina Faso the military equipment necessary to face this jihadist insurrection. « As is the case in neighboring Mali, the army of Burkina Faso will be equipped with reconnaissance planes, real combat helicopters, latest generation weapons and many other essential means to defeat terrorists », says Yacouba Isaac Zida.
The expert denounces the fact that since the beginning of this war six years ago, the soldiers are still not each equipped with an individual weapon, despite the fact that hundreds of billions are annually injected into the budget of the Defense. “Everything suggests that there is a vast project for the gradual annihilation of this country that we inherited from our ancestors”, he is indignant.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been facing a growing rise in insecurity due to armed groups. The terrorist threat has spread, among other things, because of the inaction of foreign missions. In this regard, more and more countries in the Sahel are realizing that Western missions are not in a position to help solve the security problem. In order to eradicate the terrorist threat, liberate the country and restore peace, these countries are now choosing an independent strategy to fight the militants.