July 1, 2012 ·9 Comments
MOGADISHU — On the eve of Somalia’s 52nd Independence Day, President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed sent a message praising those who sacrificed their lives for the young but battered nation.
He offered his well wishes to all the Somali people around the world and inside the country saying he prays for peace, prosperity and unity.
At exactly 12-AM on Saturday local time, the President saluted the flag at the presidential villa in Mogadishu. He was accompanied by ministers, defense brass and other dignitaries.
The interim President, whose term ends in less than 50-days, urged the nation to uphold the spirit of hope and confidence high even during these tough times.
“The challenges are many, but Somali people have demonstrated their capacity to overcome great odds,” he said. He said stability, security and economy were by no means the greatest challenges for the Somali people and still remain to be tackled together.
In his speech he called upon citizens to reaffirm their commitment to security, reconciliation and national unity warning them against anything that could slide the fragile nation back into chaos.
The event was marked in other parts of Somalia including the semi-autonomous regions of Galmudug State, Puntland and Jubba Valley administration as well as area held by armed para-military group Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamma.
Somalia became independent from the UN trusteeship on 1 July, 1960, at the request of Somaliland Republic. The UN mandate was terminated after independent Somaliland requested that they be freed so the two could form a union that later became known as the Somali Republic. The Somali flag, first unveiled in Somaliland borrows its color from the UN flag.
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By Hassan Ali