Blaise Compaoré apologizes for Thomas Sankara’s death.

Blaise Compaoré, the flamboyant former president of Burkina Faso, has expressed regret to the family of Thomas Sankara, who was killed in a coup in 1987.

Mr. Compaoré was given a life term in jail in April for his involvement in the murder. He has consistently referred to the passing as an accident.

After 27 years in power, Mr. Compaoré was overthrown in a popular rebellion in 2014, and he has since been living in exile in the neighboring Ivory Coast.

According to a statement from Mr. Compaoré, “I urge the people of Burkina Faso to pardon me for all the deeds I perpetrated during my period of office, especially to the family of my brother and friend Thomas Isidore Nol Sankara.”

“I accept responsibility for the tragedies and sufferings that all of the victims went through while I served as the nation’s leader, and I sincerely apologize to them and their families. I’m hoping that we can start rebuilding our shared future on the continent of our ancestors now.

An Ivorian delegation led by the former president’s daughter Djamila Compaoré presented the message to military leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who seized power in a coup in January.

Sankara, who is now revered as a hero throughout Africa, was close to Blaise Compaoré.

Blaise Compaoré was good friends with Sankara, who is still revered by many in Africa.

Lt-Col Damiba invited Mr. Compaoré to attend a forum on ex-presidential reconciliation in Burkina Faso earlier this month.

This statement, in which Mr. Compaoré again lamented the frequent terrorist attacks the nation experiences while urging Burkinabès to band together to put a stop to their disputes, is undoubtedly the result of such efforts at reconciliation.

Sankara, dubbed “Africa’s Che Guevara” by some, continues to be a hero for many people in Africa because of his anti-imperialist beliefs and austere way of living.

The Marxist revolutionary who seized power at the age of 33 waged a corruption-fighting crusade and supervised significant increases in spending on healthcare and education.

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