The then President of Burkina Faso Captain Thomas Sankara saluting upon his arrival for the eighth summit of non-aligned countries in Harare on August 31, 1986. He was killed in October 1987, in a coup d'etat. FILE PHOTO | ALEXANDER JOE | AFP
The father of the Burkinabe revolution killed during the October 1987 coup d'état.
Sankara's priority policies were to clean up public finances and trim a bloated civil service, to bring improvements in health, to increase access to education and to take rural measures to meet the aspirations of peasant farmers.