President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo has for the first time in months spoken out about the extradition of the senior Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) official, Abdikarin Sheikh Muse Qalbi-dhagah, who was extradited to Ethiopia.
In an interview with BBC Somali about his government’s achievements during its first anniversary, President Farmaajo said he believes the parliament’s decision about the extradition of Qalbi-dhagah is final. The federal parliament termed the extradition of Qalbi-dhagah as ‘illegal’ and accused the National Intelligence Agency of carrying out the extradition without informing the country’s parliament and as well giving incorrect information to the top government leaders.
The Qalbi-dhagah saga has once again attracted media attention this week following interviews given to the local media by former NISA boss Abdullahi Mohamed Sanbalolshe. Sanbaloloshe insisted that the extradition of the ONLF official was carried out for the interest of the national security. It is the president’s first remark about the extradition of the ONLF official despite facing public pressure to comment on the incident. Prime Minister Khayre’s cabinet had earlier supported the extradition saying that the renditioned official was a terrorist and his continued presence in Somalia was a threat to security.
Source: BBC Somali