a Video of the prodigal son singing included
By: Yusuf M Hasan
BERBERA (Somalilandsun) – After landing at the Berbera international Airport and with thousands of welcoming citizens Prof Ahmed Samatar’s first act was a kiss to the ground followed by a two rakats prayer.
Thus the epic journey after 22 years in self imposed exile ended for the most prodigal son of somaliland thus bringing an end to a career in anti-somaliland and pro somalia activities that were conducted in various forums worldwide.
“I thank both the government and citizens for the warm welcome accorded me after a lengthily absence from home” Prof Samatar said at the airport
On the issue of his much anticipated return home the Prof who recanted his pro-somalia and anti-somaliland notions late last year, said that he and his accompanying delegation are back to give their full hearted support to the sovereignty of somaliland.
He informed that after a short period of rest and visitations with family members he will embark on a nationwide fact finding mission all the way from country’s furthest corners of Sayla to Erigavo.
Said he, “during my fact finding mission I shall also utilize the opportunity to inform my fellow citizens about my unionism experiences and the need to be steadfast in defence of somaliland’s yet to be recognized sovereignty.
The hullabaloo created by the announcement that the prodigal son is finally coming home to roost saw a larfe number of citizens flock day in advance to the port city in anticipation of his arrival thus get first hand information on why their countryman and long time thorn in the flesh of their nationhood has made a big about-turn.
For twenty two years the good Prof, has been a thorn in the flesh of Somalilanders due to his then professed allegiance to a united and federated Somalia republic thus in direct opposition to the sovereignty of Somaliland, his motherland.
Apart from his numerous writings that had always been very anti-Somaliland Prof Samatar was a member of the current parliament in Somalia, a membership he gained prior to contesting that country’s presidential elections where he garnered 8 votes in in Mogadishu in September 2012.
A few months later the US based prof who resigned his parliamentary seat made an astonishing announcement that he did so after it come to light that he is considered an outsider due to his Somaliland origins.
The Prof then stunned both Somalians and Somalilanders alike when he subsequently renounced his allegiance to a united and federated Somalia thus transferring his allegiance back where it belong, his motherland Somaliland.
opinion is divided on the now professed liking for Somaliland by Pro Samatar with some opinionating that the prof has already done a lot of damage thus his return is useless and others saying that it is the perfect and timely move.
The pros and cons of the Prof Samatar return shall be discerned once he is back in the country and after he completes a nationwide tour which he has informed is geared towards sharing his pro-Somalia experiences with fellow citizens.