The orchestrators of Africa’s latest coup which was carried out in Burkina Faso on Thursday, September 17, have been ordered to surrender.
According to the BBC, the order was made by Burkina Faso’s military chiefs who demanded that the leaders of last week’s coup disarm, saying that the army is marching on Ouagadougou, the state capital.
The coup which has been highly condemned by several nations around the world, has caused Burkina Faso a suspension from the United nations.
It is worthy to note that on Friday, September 18, Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Africa’s most populous nation, condemned the coup d’etat.
According to a statement made by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari and the federal government aligned with ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in rejecting “the brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere”.
There have been series of protests in the wake of the coup, and reports show that this protests have led to violent clashes with over ten people dead and several scores injured.
Many protesters could be seen on the streets, burning tyres in demonstration of their displeasure.
The coup plotters have been offered a chance to surrender in exchange for guaranteed safety.
Over weekend, a delegation of regional mediators reportedly said there had been a breakthrough, hinting that the transitional government could return.
But the BBC informs that the proposed deal was later rejected by the speaker for Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament.
It is recalled that on Thursday, September 17, the presidential guard as led by General Diendere, who was the chief of staff to Blaise Compaore, led coupin which President Michel Kafando was arrested alongside Yacouba Zida, the interim prime minister.
The coup was carried out in the landlocked former French colony, barely one month before elections had been due.