The primary speech of Burkina Faso’s new navy chief was adopted by thousands and thousands. Many noticed parallels with the nation’s charismatic Eighties navy chief, Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated during a coup in 1987. Lt-Col Damiba, carrying a crimson beret like Sankara, used a lot of the identical rhetoric and phrases akin to “dignity”, “integrity”, “anthem of victory”, “homeland or loss of life” and “we will overcome”.Nevertheless, some regretted the dearth of concrete proposals, and the “ethical lesson” tone of the supply, conveying expectations of goodwill on the a part of the worldwide neighborhood and intentions that have been already identified. “If the intention was to take part within the struggle in opposition to terrorism, it ought to have been mentioned first. Fortunately, it’s nonetheless potential to specific oneself in Burkina,” wrote one social media person. In accordance with political analyst Luc Damiba (no relation to the president), this primary speech provides hope, however persons are ready for concrete motion.The brand new Burkinabè chief made clear that the precedence of the nation was safety and never a rushed return to the conventional constitutional order and elections. That is little doubt what West African leaders will insist on at their assembly in a while Friday, that means tensions are more likely to enhance, as has been the case with neighbouring Mali.