The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has addressed the second ordinary congress of Burkina Fasos governing Movement for People’s Progress (MPP), stressing on party loyalty and commitment.

The statement has the same import as the one made by former president Kufuor when he said: "it is better to be a messenger in a ruling party than a General Secretary in an opposition party."

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Speaking at the congress in Ouagadougou, Mr Nketia asked party youth to be patient when their party is in power.

"The frustration of party foot soldiers not getting employed immediately or quickly rewarded when the party comes to power cannot be over emphasised, yet the consequences are even worse when you find yourself in opposition," he said.

Quoting the late professor Evans Atta Mills, the NDC scribe, popularly known as General Mosquito, said the reward for party loyalty comes in phases.

“The reward of party activism is like embarking on a journey; it starts with a step but covers miles with time. I readily recall a famous quote of the late leader of our party and former President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills who said ‘while party activists must be rewarded; we must understand that some get their reward in the morning, others get theirs in the afternoon and others in evening.'"

"The tendency for the party faithful to get demoralised, disenchanted and apathetic as a result of this challenge is real and a difficult one to confront,” he added.

Mr Nketia also pledged the NDC's loyalty and support to the MPP which won power in 2016 following the forceful overthrow of President Blaise Compaore.

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"Mr Chairman on this note, let me reiterate our commitment at both Socialist International and the level of NDC, to support and encourage your party, our sister, the MPP in the advancement of social democracy as well as the championing of the principles of building a just, fair and equitable society.”