By M.A. Egge
For the first time in the history of Hudun and its environs like Bohol
H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud
Silanyo became the first ever President to not only tour the place,
but also to make a speech, to the happiness of the area residents.
This unprecedented feet comes in the wake of the over weeklong tour
that the head of State to conducting in the eastern areas of the
nation following the latest drought sweeping the country.
By the time of going to press last night the President had reached
Burao while on his way back. The country has honoured him by naming
the newly built Burao-Erigavo road Silanyo Road which he has just
inspected. Hundreds of people lined along the roads welcoming him with
ululations at Yufle, El-afweyn, Fadigaab, Garadag, Waridaad, Hayira
and along Burao streets.
The tour which culminated in the “Nation Prayer for Rains” ordered by
the President in the height of the drought saw the Head of State
joining congregations at Ergavo in Sanaag on Thursday.
The trip which is a tour dubbed “Tabantaabo” , loosely translated
being “motivation”, is one which the President specially undertook to
personally witness the impact and extent of the drought, mobilize the
nation to indulge more into alms giving and motivate togetherness and
solidarity in helping one another.
The President is accompanied by First Lady Amina Haji Mohammed Jirde,
Kulmiye Chairman and Presidential Candidate Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi and the
Ministers for Presidency, Finance, Education, Livestock, Information,
Agriculture, Interior and Public Works -the Honourables -Mohamud Hashi
Abdi, Lady Zamzam Abdi Aden, Abdillahi Ibrahim Habane, Abdillahi
Mohammed Dahir “Ukuse”, Osman Abdillahi Sahardid, Dr. Mohammed Dahir,
Yasin Mohamud Hiir (Faraton), Ali Hassan Mohamed (Ali Marehan), The
Presidential Private Secretary, Former Finance Minister Abdiaziz
Samaale, area MPs and senior government officials.
After a week of the President personally praying to God at each and
every stop at the dozens of towns and rural centres he has visited,
and only a day after the special Thursday prayers for rain, towns like
Hargeisa and Tog-wajaale were blessed with the devise water falling.
Heavy rainfalls have now been reported at Sabowanaag district of
Marodijeh, Gebiley and Dila and also parts of Awdal region.
While visiting each and every affected area the President participated
in relief distribution and called on the people to be patriotic,
united, peaceful and merciful to each other.
At the same time the President inaugurated several water wells that
have been bored and inspected others whose works are in advanced
Though the draught is more or less countrywide, the much affected
areas are parts of Sahil region, Togdeer, Saraar, Daad-madeed, Sool,
Hargeisa and Sanaag regions.
Initially the President visited Sahil areas and Togdeer. He then went
on to Sarar and Daad-madeed before going on to Lasanod.
He then headed to El-afwein and Erigavo in Sanaag.
H.E. Ahmed Silanyo spent nights at Burao, Ainabo, Lasanod El-afwein and Erigavo.
Before each and every dusk, he visited extensively every district in
every region he toured and mixed with his people while consoling them,
advising them, boosting their morale, inaugurating new boreholes and/
or helped in distributing relief supplies.
Truly, all along the places he visited, the President witnessed
gruesome scenarios whereby the livestock has perished and the owner
pastoralists having their-selves and their families in dire situations
whereby their plight was in poor shapes.
Despite having done monumental task of marshalling a lot of relief
supplies without any tangible foreign aid, the President continued
praying to God to relieve the people off the duress the subjected upon
them by the drought hence advised the nation to be mindful of each
H.E. Ahmed Silanyo made several round table meetings every evening
wherever he went whereby widespread consultations were made both at
regional and national level.
This tour has been quite different from all the others the Head of
State made for he has been busy all along from dawn to well after dusk
and into the nights.
He has shown tremendous stamina in braving and heat, dangerous
terrains, voluble dust and travelled up and down crisscrossing the
regions of the nation.
He visited tens of rural centres per day and made stops at each
village consulting with the masses who lined up the roads welcoming
Such huge welcoming that was witnessed at each rural or urban centre
was more marked in Hudun where the mood was more joyous contrary to
the overall drought-driven trip.
This may have been precisely because in the history of the town no
past seating President has ever visited, be it that of the foregone
In Erigavo the President was told of the fact that families hit by the
drought have had 5 or more displacements hitting them hence they
changed habitations every once in a while.
All through the trip, communities had their elders, their
intellectuals and their youth cutting across gender welcoming the
President and hilariously lending him ears.
They braved the heat to welcome him at every point
By M.A. Egge