Somalia’s President warned against overestimating the strength of the terrorists

Published: February 21, 2014
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Press release

“Somalia’s recovery will continue to thwart the terrorists”

Somalia’s ongoing recovery will continue to defy the enemies of peace, His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said today after a terrorist attack in Mogadishu.

The President said: “My first duty is to send my condolences to the families of those killed or wounded in today’s disgusting attack. They include people who have dedicated their lives to making Somalia a better place and those who gave up successful careers in other countries and returned to Mogadishu to help a nation on its knees.”

The President warned against overestimating the strength of the terrorists.

“I would remind everyone that all our misguided enemies will achieve are short-lived media headlines, here one day and gone the next. What they will not achieve, however, is any noticeable impact on the work of our government as we seek to rebuild Somalia after decades of war.”

“Our mission is very simple but challenging: to continue improving security across the country, rebuilding a federal Somalia and providing the economic foundations for a more prosperous nation. All this important work is progressing well and will in no way be deterred by today’s attack.”

“An act of terrorism, however unspeakable, does not hide the truth that this is a marginal group on the brink of extinction. The military campaign we are fighting with brave Somali and AMISOM soldiers will eliminate our enemies.”


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