Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has vowed to get rid Al-Shabab and Al-Qaida of Somalia, saying his forces are “one hundred percent” ready for such task.
In a speech coinciding a year after his election as President of Somalia, President Ahmed said the time has come to take action against terrorist groups in Somalia.
“The armed forces and the different branches of the government promise the people of Somalia that we are going to Somalia from Al-Shabab and Al-Qaeda,” he told a large crowd of members of his government, AMISOM officials and media during the ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
He said that his government made preparations, one hundred percent, to face the terrorist. He said he believes the right time has come to do that.
The President’s remarks come during a day of violence in the capital in which at least 15 people were killed and nearly 50 others were injured following clashes between government and insurgents militias.
The celebration for the first anniversary of President Ahmed’s election is on this Sunday but the occasion was brought forward by two days for reasons that were not explained by the government.
President Ahmed admitted that his government failed to achieve many of its goals last year but attributed this down to obstruction by terrorist groups. He promised to do more this coming yea