The New Sankara? Ibrahim Traore, Burkinafaso President Inspiring Young Africans

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In February 2023, the government of Traore expelled France forces that were assisting in the fight against Jihadist insurgency.

Ibrahim Traore has been making headlines for some days now.

Probably many are wondering who this lad is. Well, here it is.

Ibrahim Traore is the current President of Burkina Faso.

Born Jan 1988, he is currently the youngest head of state in the world. He went to the University of Ouagadougou where he graduated with Honours.

He joined the Burkina Faso army in 2009 where he quickly rose in ranks. He was sent to Morocco for anti-aircraft training. He subsequently came back and was put in charge of an infantry in Kaya.

He was involved in the Mali war and also helped to suppress the jihadist uprising in Burkina Faso.

Traoré was part of the group of army officers that supported the January 2022 Burkina Faso coup d’état and brought the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration military junta to power. This came after a large section of young Army soldiers became dissatisfied with the government and the performance of Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Following the coup, Ibrahim Traore assumed the office of the supreme head of state, supreme head of armed forces.

In February 2023, the government of Traore expelled the France forces that were assisting in the fight against Jihadist insurgency. Traore is for the idea to unite Mali and Guinea and if the three happen to hit an agreement it will be the largest territory ruled by military Junta.

During the recent visit to Russia where they met President Putin, Traore expressed dissatisfaction with the way in which the African continent is still poor despite having all the resources enough to make us a superpower continent. Indeed many of us share in Traore’s sentiments.

Western countries should let us chart our own path, make our own decisions and be able to enjoy the proceeds of our resources. Traore brings fond memories of Thomas Sankara who had the best of interest for his country and Africa at large. We will not be puppets and ‘raw material continent” forever.

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