Prime Minister hosts National Band ‘Waabari’ to discuss the importance of culture in countering terrorism.
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, hosted a meeting with the Somali National Band, ‘Fanaaniinta Qaranka Waabari’, to discuss the important role they and other leading figures in Somali culture have to play in the fight against terrorists and rebuilding of the nation.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Information, Mustaf Ali Duhulow, in which the Prime Minister committed to rebuilding and reopening the National Theatre.
During the discussions the Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, said:
“Somalia has always had a strong proud history of music, poetry and storytelling. Waabari is the nation’s band and you have contributed hugely to Somali society and the unity of our nation since the 1970’s. You continued to promote the importance of education and development when the country had no government; you are an icon of our people.
“We are at war with terrorists, they recruit our youth by brainwashing our future generation. Al-Shabaab want to prevent freedom of speech and expression and Somali culture is fundamental in undermining and standing up to these terrorists.
“Together we are responsible for ensuring our youth contribute to peace and development rather than destruction. Through your positive words and music you have a key role to play in helping to educate our youth and eradicating the threat of terrorism, extremism corruption and the abuse of human rights in Somalia.
“We are all united in the fight against terrorism and we will not rest until they have no hiding place in Somalia.”