Hargeisa, SOMALIA — In the face of escalating conflict rhetoric in Somaliland, particularly at the borders between SSC-Khatumo and Somaliland, the King of the Garhajis clan has stepped forward with a strong appeal for peace. Representing the Garhajis community, King Raabi Yusuf Abdullahi has called for harmony and cooperation, countering the growing momentum towards hostility, and said that his clan would not enter the war.
Promoting Unity and Reconciliation
In a powerful statement, King Raabi emphasized the Garhajis clan’s commitment to peace, thereby dispelling any misconceptions about their intentions. “We are Garhajis, and we seek peace and coexistence with everyone. War and aggression have no place in our values,” he affirmed. This declaration directly challenges the narrative of conflict, highlighting the Garhajis clan’s dedication to peaceful relations.
Rejecting Divisive Agendas
King Raabi further denounced the divisive “Irir” project, thus clarifying that the Garhajis clan does not endorse such initiatives. He underscored their established peaceful relationship with SSC-Khatumo, a bond that remains unwavering despite external pressures.
Fostering Brotherhood and Peace
In an act of unity, King Raabi reached out to the Dhulbahante and Habar Jeclo clans, advocating for peace over conflict. He emphasized the importance of nurturing positive relationships across all regions, contrasting the recent calls for violence by the Sultan of the Habar Jeclo community.
Contrasting Stances During Las’anod Conflict
The Garhajis community’s stance on peace, which remained consistent even during the 8-month war in Las’anod, starkly contrasts with calls for aggression. King Raabi’s reiteration of their commitment to peace showcases their resolve to avoid further escalations.
With presidential elections looming, King Raabi identified the political roots of the current tensions and subsequently appealed for a peaceful approach. He stressed the supremacy of peaceful coexistence over political aspirations, urging his people to prioritize harmony in these critical times.
A Commitment to Harmony
The King’s proactive call for peace amidst a politically charged environment in Somaliland highlights the crucial role of community leaders in steering their people towards reconciliation and cooperation. As Somaliland navigates its political and social challenges, the advocacy for peace by influential figures like King Raabi becomes increasingly significant in shaping a stable and harmonious future.