The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, visited his Burkinabe counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, on Wednesday, June 10, 2021 in support of the Solhan tragedy that claimed the lives of 160 Burkinabe citizens, according to local sources. A visit magnified by pan-Africanist activists and Internet users who often complained about the inactivity of African leaders when a tragedy strikes the continent.
The Head of State of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, President-in-Office of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expressed the solidarity of his country and ECOWAS to the people of Burkina Faso on the occasion of a visit of friendship and work in Ouagadougou on Wednesday, 10 June 2021. Following the massacre of many of the inhabitants of Solhan, on the night of 4 to 5 June 2021, by unidentified armed groups, the Ghanaian president came to offer his condolences to his Burkinabe counterpart Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and pledged to support the country in the fight against terrorism and mass crimes. “I am here in my capacity not only as a neighbour of Burkina Faso but also as President-in-Office of ECOWAS to show our solidarity and support to Burkina Faso in this difficult situation […] It is clear that if we do not come together, we will not be able to eradicate terrorism,’ said the Ghanaian president.
The Burkinabe President welcomed the visit of his Ghanaian counterpart who represented all the nations that make up ECOWAS. This unprecedented tragedy in the country’s history has affected every citizen of the country. “This is the greatest catastrophe we have had in our country, and it has severely affected the people of Burkina Faso in their flesh […] It is something that goes right to our heart, we need it.” said Marc Kaboré.
Recall that on the night of Friday 4 to Saturday 5 June 2021, armed men, suspected of being jihadists, attacked the village of Solhan, in the province of Yagha (Sahel region), killing 132 people according to the government, while local sources report a death toll of 160.