President hosts clergy for Iftar dinner buffet

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As he urges them be wary of attacks on nationhood and to stand up in defense of the country

By M.A. Egge

The President of the Republic of Somaliland, His Excellency Musa Bihi Abdi, held an Iftar buffet dinner for the religious clerics at the Presidency on Thursday evening.

Iftar is the breaking of the fast at dusk during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He challenged them to be wary of attacks on nationhood and coaxed them to be there for the defense of the nation.

The dinner was graced by the top clergies in the country, the VP, several members of the cabinet, parliamentarians, politicians, and various scholars amongst other esteemed guests.

While speaking at the function, Sheikh Abdilahi Sheikh Ali Jawhar urged the members of the society to consult each other and to be strict in the practice of religion, while standing up by their government and adhering to social contracts put in place.

Other top clerics that included Abdirashid Mohamed Baheer, Sheikh Almis Haji Yahye, Sheikh Abdirahman Sheikh Yassin and Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi Ali (Makawi), expounded extensively the onerous duties incumbent upon the clerics in molding the social fabrics of the society, building the nation and standing p for righteousness apart from imparting the religious knowledge, norms and tenets expected of them, thereof.

The Minister of Religion and Endowment of the Republic of Somaliland, Hon. Mohamed Haji Aden Elmi, on his part thanked the President for the importance he gives to meet the clergy of the country, and listen to their suggestions and views.

The Head of State H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi, welcomed the various members of the clergy who participated in the meeting, and thanked them for their resilience in the cumbersome and difficult circumstances entailed in the nature of their duties all throughout history and the country and the people have gone through and how they persevered in the difficult times to spread the science.

He noted that the government would always consider the advisories given duly by the clerics.

The President however challenged them to be wary of attacks on nationhood and coaxed them to be there for the defense of the nation by intervening timely as per cue.

Such meetings between the president and the country’s clergy is held once a year, and various advices and recommendations are exchanged that are important and in the interests of the country and the people.