May 19, 2012 ·6 Comments
HARGEISA — The Somaliland National Independence day celebrations that was widely
marked within and outside the country, had an added flavor when the
State House grounds witnessed for once its former immediate occupier as a guest, at the traditional midnight festivities at the Presidency.
President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo reiterated that his administration was bent on seeing to it that the country achieves its aspirations as concerns dejure stature of the nation.
“Despite the last two decades being quite a long while, our country and people are today mature enough”, and added “hence we would therefore continue our struggles to see to it that we achieve and gain international recognition”.
It is 21 odd years since Somaliland re-asserted her independence by severing her doomed and un-ratified union with the former Italian Somaliland.
The President echoed his congratulatory words to the members of the public in his national address earlier on during the day (Friday). He however cautioned that peace and stability had to be maintained in order to move forward.
“The image we have spitted to the world is a reflection of a country relating to others as equals”, said the President to the elitist guests, and underpinned the fact, “for that matter we have to uphold and maintain peace and stability”.
On the other hand, in a gesture of positive trend that ought to usher in cohesive national unity, former President Dahir Rayaale Kahin who happened to be the most notable guest of the evening took the podium to hammer home the need for national unity and importance solidarity.
“It is a national day that has got to be revered hence it is incumbent upon everyone across the board to take part in such festivities”.
He also sent greetings to all Somalilanders wherever they on the special occasion.
Veteran Guurti politician Abdi Hussein Warabe gave a small speech on behalf of parliamentarians whereas a traditional leader, Sultan Osman Ali Madar spoke on behalf of his colleagues.
The midnight celebration at the presidency is an annual event that is part of the country’s traditions. It was graced by almost practically all who mattered in the nation’s political, administrative, economic, academic and pastoral circles.
By M. A. Egge
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