Ghana-Burkina: Akufo-Addo’s ‘Russia Mercenaries’ Comment Sparks Diplomatic Rift

By our Correspondent

Reliable reports reaching us says Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, was interviewed by newsmen in Paris on 13 October 2022, and Burkina Faso has summoned Ghana’s ambassador in Ouagadougou for questioning over president Akufo-Addo’s allegation that it has hired ‘Russian mercenaries’ to fight insurgency in the country. The move is the latest in what may be a brewing diplomatic row between the two neighbouring countries.

Responding during a session of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo alleged that Burkina Faso has given out a mine as payment for the Russians’ service.

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He maintained to that, “Today, Russian mercenaries are on our northern border. Burkina Faso has now entered into an arrangement to go along with Mali in employing the Wagner forces there,” he said.

He emphasided that, “I believe a mine in southern Burkina has been allocated to them as a form of payment for their services. The Prime minister of Burkina Faso has, in the last 10 days, been in Moscow.

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