Why Thomas Sankara was killed

Why Thomas Sankara was killed: Here are the 2 main reasons:- Thomas Sankara was an iconic revolutionary leader who was president of Burkina Faso from 1984 till his assassination in 1987.

Sankara is widely known or referred to as the Africa’s Che Guevara because of his political position and ideology.

On October 15, 1987, a group of radical soldiers led by Sankara’s own right-hand man, Blaise Compaore, overthrow the Sankara administration and killed him, riddled his body with dozens of bullet, and subsequently buried him in unmarked grave.

Blaise Compaore who became Sankara’s successor, ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years before he was outed by a popular revolt in 2014. He then went into exile in Ivory Coast and remains there till today.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, a military court sentence Compaore in absentia to life imprisonment for his role in the murder of Sankara.

Many people, most Africans are however, eager to know why Thomas Sankara was killed by his own people. In this article, we provide two main reasons why that unfortunate incident happened.

Why Thomas Sankara was killed: Here are the 2 main reasons

1). Sankara was accused by Compaore for severing ties with former colonial master, France, and neighboring Ivory Coast. Sankara had always wanted to set Burkina Faso free from the grip of France. This is thought will make Burkina Faso a truly independent nation and a nation that would not be detected to by any colonial powers.

This however, was not well with the French authorities at the time, and as a result, they orchestrated the removal of Sankara through his own brother, Compaore.

Till today, France continue to deny its involvement in the crime.

2). Sankara was overthrown and killed because of his stance on economic independence, something that the whole of Africa needs to develop and be truly independent.

During his leadership, Sankara refused to go for a bailout from the World Bank and IMF during some economic woes in the country.

Soon after he was overthrown and killed, Compaore reverted all those economic policies of Sankara, and went to the IMF and World Bank for money.

There may be other reasons why Thomas Sankara was killed. But the two reasons provided in this article are, and remain the standing once.

Peter Atsu Ahianyo


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