Burkina’s chaos is no surprise- Aning

A security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre says Ghana has a major responsibility to resolve the chaos that has left governance in Burkina Faso grounding to a halt.

Dr. Kwasi Aning is convinced there will be a "gradual escalation" of the chaos that has left the West African country's Parliament in rubbles with angry protestors ransacking the state television.

President Blaise Compaore imposed a state of emergency Thursday, to end violent protests against his 27-year rule.

He also dissolved his government but the mass protests appear to be going on unabated.

The rioters set fire to the country's Parliament building in protest over high cost of living and a proposed amendment to the country's constitution to allow the president run for another term.

They are demanding Mr Compaore's immediate resignation. It is emerging that some soldiers have joined the protest which has claimed at least one life, BBC's Yacouba Ouedraogo reported.

Speaking to Joy News, Dr. Aning said he is "far from surprised" about the incidents happening in Burkina Faso.

According to him, a report from the West African Network for Peace building early this year had predicted there would be chaos in Burkina Faso if the status quo had remained.

He described as ad-hoc, measures being taken by Compaore to resolve the chaos.  

He said the measures are a "reflection of the desperation of the regime" insisting, "the state of emergency would not resolve this."

It is a dicey situation for West Africa, he observed with Ghana's president and ECOWAS Chair John Mahama expected to play a lead role in resolving the crisis.

He said the president and his team are by now consulting each other in a desperate attempt to find a solution.

Already the UN chief Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is expected to fly to Burkina Faso on Friday in an attempt to ease the crisis.