In 1964 a war broke out at boundary between Somalia and then Imperial Government of Ethiopia. At the time, Somalia was conducting a national election. There was a tremendous public pressure to cancel the election in order to defend the country. Late Somali President of the Republic, Aden Abdulle Osman (Aden Adde) spoke on the Ethiopian attack, saying then the infamous sentence, ” we will fight with our fingernails”. The Prime Minister, Abdirashid Ali Sharma’arke spoke after the President to say that “Somalis will fight with one hand and vote with the other”. The Prime Minister’s statement turned out to be a wild fire for national resolve in time of war and election. He had seized the opportunity and thus made history.
A few years ago, former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre were invited to seize the historic opportunity of laying the foundation stone for the construction of one of the biggest investment projects in Africa, Gara’ad Seaport, entirely funded privately by Somali business community. Unfortunately, they both missed out.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has the imagination and vision not to miss this historic ceremonial event, which is happening under his watch and leadership. He is lucky to cut the ribbon for Gara’ad Port opening for business. Congratulations to all, who made this gigantic community achievement possible, including Puntland Government under the leadership of President Said Abdullahi Deni.