He dismissed coup plotters' claims that he was planning "a counteroffensive" from a French military base. This is just an attempt to "manipulate public opinion," Damiba explained. Previously, France had also rejected any involvement in the events surrounding the coup.
However, the general staff of the Burkinabe military does not appear to recognize the coup. In a statement on Saturday, he described the events as an "internal crisis" within the armed forces. As a result of this crisis, "some units took control of some arterial roads" in Ouagadougou and demanded Damiba's withdrawal, the statement said. "The dialogue is ongoing."