President Blaise Compaore
A group of Ghanaians with Burkinabe ancestry have joined hands with migrants of the neighbouring West African country to form an association with the goal of pushing for another term for President Blaise Compaore.
The leader of the grouping, Friends of Compaore, Suleman Issa Yamzoya, whose father migrated from Burkina Faso to settle in Ghana many years ago stormed DAILY GUIDE last week as the head of a five-man delegation with a plea for the retention of the man they described as peacemaker.
They said that their fledgling association has won the hearts of many in the Burkinabe community and their goal is simply to tell the good story of the man whose tenure has witnessed tremendous development in the landlocked country. President Compaore, the former paratrooper in the Burkinabe Army who received his military training in both Cameroon and France has carved a niche for himself in the sub-regional politics, the association observed.
‘In La Cote d’Ivoire where war broke out on ethnic lines, President Campaore played a leading role as he did in Mali. These are the kind of personalities we need in the sub-region to foster peace,’ Sulemana said.
As to why such an association has been formed in Ghana outside Burkina Faso, he explained that ‘Ghana hosts a large number of Burkinabes who have the franchise. These persons must be told the good story about the man we want to contest the polls once more when the time is due.’
Agriculture has received an unprecedented boost in Burkinabe, he said, pointing out that ‘it is not unusual these days to find fresh vegetables been exported into Ghana from this country. President Compaore has harnessed the Volta River for the betterment of the lives of his people.’
President Campaore is the sixth head of state of Burkina Faso having assumed the political leadership since October 15, 1987.
The exceptional cordial relationship between Ghana and her northern neighbour has been attributed to the goodness of the man the association is seeking to sell in Ghana.
One of the ethnic groupings in Burkina Faso, the Mossis, belong to the Mole-Dagbani genealogical tree to which many Northern Ghana tribes such as Dagombas, Mamprusis and others belong. Dagbani, Dagari, Mampurli, Wala and others are related making it easy for persons from these tribes to understand each others’ languages. The Mossi language is one of the widely spoken languages in Bawku.
By A.R. Gomda
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