Akufo-Addo condemns Burkina Faso terror attacks

Leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says recent attacks on Ghana’s neighbor, Burkina Faso, should serve as a wakeup call about terror threats the world faces.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in a statement Sunday that the attacks that killed scores in Ouagadougou imposes a duty on African countries especially to stem the scourge.

Twenty-eight people were killed and a further 56 injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, popular with foreigners.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack, which began on Friday night.

Six of those killed were from Canada, the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“The citizens of Burkina Faso deserve to go about their daily lawful activities without being terrorised by a group of cowardly people. I appeal to all Burkinabes to remain steadfast,” the statement said.

Read the full statement below:
The news about the terrorist attacks that took place over the weekend at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso, which left 28 persons dead and several scores of people injured and traumatized, have left me in utter shock and horror.

I join the rest of the world in condemning these attacks, and sympathize with the families of the dead and wounded.

These attacks are a stark reminder about the threat terrorism poses to the world, with some countries in Africa being recent targets, and the duty it imposes on us all to help combat this scourge.

The citizens of Burkina Faso deserve to go about their daily lawful activities without being terrorised by a group of cowardly people. I appeal to all Burkinabes to remain steadfast. They have the solidarity of the Ghanaian people and of all peace-loving people in Africa. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and the people of Burkina Faso need to be assured with deeds, not just words, that the world stands with them and stands ready to support them in the necessary fight against such evil.

God bless the Burkinabe people and God bless the Ghanaian people.


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