The presidents of Togo and Niger made a visit to Ouagadougou, three days after the double attack on the Joint Military Staff and the French Embassy in Burkina Faso on 2 March 2018, announced our counterparts from Burkina 24 who were fortunate enough to accompany President Rock KABORE’s two hosts during their trip.
Presidents Faure Gnassingbé and Mahamadou Issoufou seize the opportunity to convey their condolences to the families of the victims.
The two Heads of State, respectively serving as the Chairperson of ECOWAS and the G5 Sahel, were welcomed by their counterpart from Burkina Faso on the morning of Monday, 5 March 2018 and visited the two attacked sites before returning to Ouagadougou International Airport for their departure.
“If you are in misfortune, we are too” said the Togolese President as he boarded the plane.
Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo and current Chairman of ECOWAS, said that under the sacred principle of solidarity throughout the ECOWAS region, Ouagadougou being hit, “we all feel attacked”, reports Burkina Faso 24 which also reported that he commended the Defense and Security Forces for their rapid intervention, which undoubtedly limited the damage because, indicated the Togolese President, the visit we had just made to both the headquarters and the French Embassy clearly illustrated to us that the intentions of these two groups were to make as many victims as possible “.
As he had already stated on Friday in a tweet, the current Chairperson of ECOWAS remains convinced that a swift operationalization of the G5 Sahel will ensure the vanquishment of terrorism. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger and also Chairperson of the G5 Sahel, stressed for his part that terrorism has no future in the West African sub-region “. Its downfall is also enshrined in the despicable and inhumane character of its warfare methods, “he expressed with vigour and conviction, adding that it is” a sacred duty for us to defend our homeland and the Republic “.
Expressing his gratitude to his counterparts for their constant support, the President of Burkina Faso reassured them that “the Burkinabe people will stay on their feet” to overcome terrorism in the long term