Mogadishu, April 8: Somalia’s newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo has declared war against govt,’s most difficult challenge Al-Shabaab, an extremist terrorist group of the country. He has also extended the amnesty to those who will renounce the terrorist group over the next 60 days, effective Thursday, April 6.
"I declare that Somalia is in a state of war with Al-Shabaab. I order the security forces to be alert and take part in pacifying the country. This will not be a war for only the security agencies, we want the public to stand by us," said President Farmajo. "Fighters who renounce their extremist ideologies will be welcomed, demobilised and reintegrated into society," he added. (Source: all Africa)
This East African nation faces triple threats of terrorism, corruption, and poverty constantly. From a recent statement of UN’s we know, Drought threatens about half of Somalia's population of 12 million. Hijackings of cargo ships off the country coast in recent weeks have signaled the return of this old threat.
Since Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has been elected as President, Al-Shabaab has started deadly bombings causing horrific security situation in the country. The group has been pushed out of the capital and other major urban areas in Somalia by national and African Union multinational forces. But they have become more aggressive after that and attacked hotels, military checkpoints, the presidential palace. They call new President an “apostate”.
On Wednesday a car bomb blast at a Mogadishu restaurant killed at least seven people. Later on Wednesday, mortar shelling was found near Qatar Embassy in Mogadishu.
The Somali leader has urged to its citizens to support the country for confronting extremists. "Let's face these threats together," said President Farmajo.
This attempt is seen as Mohamed’s step to integrate the country.