Mogadishu — Somalia’s 59th annual National Flag Day has been celebrated across the country amidst steady recovery as the country has had no effective central government for more than two decades on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.
The Somali Federal Government Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon held a press conference at his office in Mogadishu, on the occasion of commemorating National Flag Day on Oct. 12, 1954, a time when Somali-speaking territories in the Horn of Africa were under colonial rule. The first flag of an independent Somalia was raised on June 26, 1960, in Hargeisa, capital of today's breakaway Somaliland region in northwest Somalia.
Shirdon congratulated the Somali people for revealing patience during the nation’s deadly conflicts which he said devalued the status of the Somali flag.
“In my today’s speech, I am calling on Somalis Unity, brotherhood and to glance what we share not what can divide us into groups alone,” said Shirdon. “Also I would like to urge the Somali people to look up our flag and defend our national pride and dignity since this blue flag is our real entity”.
The Prime Minister noted that many people disregarded the importance of the Somali flag due to the absence of functioning institutions and governance in Somalia.
“The outstanding obstacle to Somalia is tribalism and how it deeply divided our nation. We need to reconstruct Somalia living peace with its neighbors,” added Prime Minister Shirdon.
Concluding, Somalia Prime Minister asked the Somalis to unite against the anti-peace elements who unlawfully shed the blood of innocent civilians, pointing accusing fingers at Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group.
This report has been updated since first published - AllAfrica editors.