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Young African Leaders Condemn Gunmen Attacks at the Capital of Burkina Faso

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Group of Young Leaders of Africa


Millions of people are working all over the world to ensure and sustain peace yet some people continue to destabilize the society and make it inhabitable.

Gunmen have just launched an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, with the French embassy and a military HQ as the major targets. Seven members of the security forces have been killed, officials say, with another six people wounded. Other reports from state media put the death toll far higher.

Group of Young Leaders of Africa

Speaking to Wokeafrica, the president of Cohort 4, The Hybrid Class of YALI Regional Leadership Center and  Young African Leaders, West Africa, Mr. Ekene Odigwe condemned the attack.

Ekene Odigwe

“We are in shock and sorrow of series of attacks at the French Embassy, the General Staff of the Armed Forces Headquarters and the downtown Ouagadougou, in the Koulouba area. As concerned African youths, we seek answers to questions of insecurity, political instability and economic disenfranchisement that confront us each day and strongly believe that behind the shades of these complicated challenges, critical solutions will emerge and Africa as a continent can become a safe place for all and sundry. We are truly horrified by this action and we condemn it. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured. As Young Leaders of Africa, we wish to reiterate our commitment to peace, safety, and security of our nations, as well as our solidarity with fellow Africans” Mr. Ekene said.

It is unknown who is behind the attack but Burkina Faso Information Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou told state TV it had “strong overtones of terrorism”.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the assault was most probably carried out by “terrorist groups”.



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Henry I. Ugwu

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Henry I. Ugwu is a writer, opinion journalist, media scholar, social media strategist and crisis management expert.

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