March 24, 2012 ·22 Comments
HARGEISA(SomalilandPress)-Somaliland President H.E Mohamed Mohamud (Silanyo) has sent message of condolence to the people of Somalia and family of the former President of Somalia late Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed who passed away on 23rd March 2012 in UAE Hospital where he was undergoing medical treatment. President Silanyo on behalf of the people of Somaliland said that we are deeply saddened by the untimely death of late Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed, President Silanyo sent his deepest sympathy to the people of
Somalia, family and friends.
One of 18 children, Yusuf was born in Galkayo in 1934, now one of the largest cities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland that Yusuf himself helped to found. At the age of 19, Yusuf was selected by the Italian Trusteeship of Somalia as one of 14 cadets invited to attend Cesano military academy in Rome. Upon Somalia’s independence in 1960, he was one of 13 founding officers of the Somali National Army (SNA), and in 1964 he served as Somalia’s first military attache to the USSR.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, though Yusuf had been suffering from a liver ailment that required him to seek regular treatment abroad. In 1996, Yusuf had undergone a transplant procedure that subsequently made him the world’s oldest surviving liver transplant patient.
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