Despite Outrage, Somalia's Elders and MPs Back Handover of ONLF Rebel Official to Ethiopia

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    Despite Outrage, Somalia's Elders and MPs Back Handover of ONLF Rebel Official to Ethiopia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (Horn Observer) — Somali elders and lawmakers defended the Somalia government's decision to handover the ONLF rebel commander to Ethiopia.

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Lawmaker Dahir Amin Jesow (File photo)
MOGADISHU, Somalia (Horn Observer) — Somali elders and lawmakers defended the Somalia government's decision to handover the ONLF rebel commander to Ethiopia.

Members of the Somali elders and the lawmakers argue that the Somalia government has the right to extradite any rebel member fighting against neighboring countries under the country’s national interests.



"The government has done so many things good in a such short time, secured the capital, lessened the explosions.” Mohamed Hassan Haad, a renowned traditional leader said, "Its not right to undermine the government’s achievements by spreading lies to the social media.”


"I think that anti peace people are behind the propoganda against the government.” Mr. Haad added.

Lawmaker Dahir Amin Jesow believes that Ethiopia has the right to hunt members of the armed groups if they try to sneak into Somalia, but through the assistance of Somali government.

"I want to be clear. ONLF is not fighting for the interest of Somalia and we are not ONLF." Lawmaker Dahir Amin Jesow said, "If they are fighting against Ethiopia then let Ethiopia look for those people. We, as a recovering nation, can not back any individual trying to destabilize our neighbors." he added.



Somalia government handed over Abdihakim Sheikh Muse aka Qalbi Dhagah, a member of ONLF executive committee member to Ethiopia, which the Ethiopian government confirmed.

Other lawmakers argue that the handing over of the Qalbi Dhagax to Ethiopia was a breach of the Federal constitution.

"This was a tragic incident against our constitution. The government has violated the laws of this land." lawmaker Mohamed Abukaate told Somaliupdate referring the transfer of Sheikh Muse to Ethiopian hands.

"Handing over a fellow Somali to an enemy known to harm and torture to its opponents is unacceptable and we must act on that." the lawmaker added calling a parliamentary action on the matter.”

The transfer of Sheikh Muse drew public outrage as most of politicians and members of the public described the act a breach of the Provisional Constitution. Ethiopian government considers ONLF as terror group.


Ethiopian Diplomat, Gen. Gabre who is Senior Political Advisor to IGAD took to the social media this week praising the Somali National Intelligence Agency (NISA) while accusing the Somalia President and Prime Minister for aiding terrorists, an act that many analysts said the handover of the oNLF rebel commander to Ethiopia was a pre-planned act to disrupt Somalia government politically.

- Horn Observer -

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