How Buhari ensured democratic transition in Burkina Faso — Osinbajo

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari ​wa​s a key player in the civil transition in Burkina Faso which culminated Tuesday with the inauguration of a democratically elected president in the west African nation.

Mr. Osinbajo made the observation while speaking with reporters after the inauguration of Rock Marc Christian Kabore as the democratic President of Burkina Faso at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ouaga 2000 Stadium, Ouagadougou.

The event was witnessed by several presidents from West Africa and former leaders like Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo and Ghana’s Jerry Rawlings.

The ​v​ice ​p​resident said Mr. Buhari was very categorical in criticizing the coup d’etats which took place in the country before the election and said the position was important in ensuring enduring civil rule in the continent.

“President Muhammadu Buhari of cause was at the table and was probably one of the key persons who brought about this.

“As a matter of fact the Burkinabes agreed that he played such a significant role in enabling this to happen.

“Even from the time of their elections we aided the electoral committee logistically and in various other ways and the President was firm about the issue of the Coup.

“He was very firm and of cause you know that he was possibly one of the active negotiators in ensuring that the coup did not stand.

“So our relationships will be much stronger. I think the Burkinabe people 2understand the role that we have played and are very appreciative,” he said.

The ​v​ice ​p​resident​, ​who represented Mr. Buhari at the inauguration, described it as a great occasion noting that the ECOWAS sub region had come of age in democracy.

“I think it is a very great occasion. It is a wonderful day indeed for West Africa and indeed for Africa because after 30 years of military rule in one form or the other we now have a transition to an authentic civil democracy which is incredible indeed.

“And the fact that all these happened with the active collaboration of ECOWAS states without any outside interference is a great thing indeed.

“I think that in many senses ECOWAS has come of age. It shows that ECOWAS is able to resolve its disputes and to advance its own causes.

“This is excellent indeed. It is a very wonderful day and I congratulate the President on this great occasion and of cause the people of Burkina Faso who stood their ground and insisted on democracy.’’

Mr. Osinbajo said that the people of Burkina Faso had proved to be genuinely interested in good governance.

“They have been courageous. They have fought to see this day and they deserve all the congratulations and all the commendation.

“I think the people did an excellent outing, they stood their ground.

“But for that we probably wouldn’t be here today,’’ he added.

President Kabore pledged to restore the past glory of the country and entrench transparency and promote democracy.

He described the event as a new dawn adding that liberty, equity, justice and national reconciliation would be his watch words.



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  • We totally disagreed with any praise song or credit to Buhari or any dictator for the success of democracy in Africa. Buhari would forever be remembered as one who once destroyed our democracy in Nigeria and set back the wheel of progress on our democratic experiment. He challenged ever democratic elections he contested and lost up to the supreme court. He threatened bloodbath if he lost an election. And his ongoing campaign against selected personal and political enemies in the name of campaign against corruption with total disregard for civil and constitutional rights of Nigerians would make him a destroyer of our democracy again (his second time)

    • favourtalk

      Get a life, PMB is the best thing to vet happen to nigeria and we are happy about it

    • Peter_Edo

      hahahahahaha. you never see anything… una go soon turn to the republican party for yankee

    • PolyGon2013

      We know those who hate Buhari. This is democracy. You can try again to vote for the candidate of your choice in 2019. Sai Buhari.

      • We love Nigeria too much to allow a dictator destroyed our democracy…..AGAIN.

  • favourtalk

    PMB is.the best thing to happen to Nigeria over the year, our reputation as the giant of Africa. God bless the day we voted PMB into police because it was the greatest decision nigeria ever made

  • PolyGon2013

    Sai Buhari.

  • kevenreal

    Nobody believes a common commissioner. Even if Buhari dies like Audu, this one will never rule for one day…..he doesn’t just look like someone to be taken seriously.