The latest attempt by the newly elected president of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, to end the endemic violence in his country and build a peaceful, stable and prosperous Somalia has suffered yet another serious setback after the youngest minister in his cabinet, Abdullahi Sheikh Abas has been killed in an attack on his convoy.
The 31-year old Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, who was the country’s Public Works Minister was killed in his car near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, by most likely al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group, which controls much of Somalia.
Mr. Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, an outsider with little political experience, surprised many political pundits when he ran for the Parliament and defeated a former minister. A product of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, Sheikh Abas was part of the new generation of Somalians, who wants to end decades of war and violence in the country and build a new functional government in Somalia. Last month, the new president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo offered the al-Shabaab terrorist group an olive leaf in the form of an amnesty and called on them to give up their arms and join the political process. Unfortunately, with the latest attack, it is most obvious that peace, stability and economic progress in Somalia are the least things al-Shabaab wants.
Clearly, the death of young, amiable Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, shows that the violence in Somalia is far from over. It is important that the government of Somalia and other peace loving Somalians make sure that the death of Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, who gave his life while serving his fatherland is not a senseless sacrifice.
It is only through peace that Somalia can take up its rightful place amongst progressive nations.