Burkina Faso’s Military Leader Damiba Sworn In As President, Vows To Deal With Jihadists

Burkina Faso Soldier applauds President
Burkina Faso Soldier applauds President Damiba
A soldier applauds the presidential inauguration of Junta leader Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world located in West Africa. A military takeover by Damiba has been in the interest of the citizens. Damiba has now officially been sworn in as the President.

He has vowed to gain upper hand over enemy Jihadists and ISIS who are threatening innocent lives, killing and displacing them from their regions.

On January 24, Damiba who was obsessed with the government of Burkina Faso led disgruntled officers to force out Kabore from the presidential seat. The citizens rejoiced because Kabore was seen as an incompetent leader.

On Wednesday, Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was officially sworn in as president of Burkina Faso. This happened some weeks after his successful coup.

As he aspires to lead the country he led the military team to kick out the incumbent President Kabore on 24, January.

Now, the Constitutional Council has officially determined that Damiba is the president, head of state, and supreme commander of the armed forces.

President Damiba has the full support of the country’s citizens. He has therefore vowed to protect them from enemy Jihadists. This is a security weakness president Kabore failed to handle.

The military leader has assured the people of Burkina Faso to secure the war-torn country from ongoing violence associated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group fighters.

According to Reuters, thousands of people have been killed by Islamic militants. Millions too have been displaced from their abodes.

Soldiers took control of a military base in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou last month over former President Roch Kabore’s handling of the jihadist threat.

During last week’s ceremony, when President Damiba was addressing the public he remembered the civilians and soldiers killed in the fight against the radicals.

Damiba said:

“To…gain the upper hand over the enemy, it will be necessary… to rise up and convince ourselves that as a nation we have more than what it takes to win this war.”

He has gained massive support from the citizens to root out the Islamic militants such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Reports from Al Jazeera has it that a 15 member committee has been established to help implement a timely successful government transition.

Jihadists and other Islamic extremists have been a constant threat to the people of Burkina Faso —especially Christians who are seen to be infidels.

According to Open Doors’ 2022 data about countries where christians were martyred most, Burkina Faso is at number 4.

Damiba has established a 15-person committee tasked with creating a timeline that will help the government’s transition, according to Al Jazeera.

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