Who wrote Zida’s speech?

Who wrote Zida’s speech?  I’m going for Valère Somé… or someone very familiar with Sankara’s speeches… just some signs .. either Zida is extraordinarily well-read, or he called back some of the old guard to beef up his speech… or he knows how to Google Search like nobody’s business…

First clue: “En effet, s’inscrivant dans la dialectique d’une histoire qui s’est répétée ” People still use that word?

Second clue: “Comme le disait La Rochefoucauld”…. Le Roche…qui…ça?

Third clue: “Je voudrais avant tout rendre grâce à Dieu, qui n’a pas permis que notre pays se déchire et sombre dans le chaos, comme certains oiseaux de mauvais augure le prédisaient” Sankara likes the birds of misery imagery. But I do not think he would have thanked God!

Fourth clue: “que l’égoïsme, l’arrogance, la rapacité et la méchanceté de certains de ces filles et fils égarés, avaient dangereusement et misérablement marqués de leur flétrissure.”  Not even sure what the sentence means!

Fifth clue: “Comme le disait Frantz Fanon..”  Hmmm… heard that name before!

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