Somali president skips prayers at presidential mosque over attack fears – official

Somali president

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud skipped attending prayers at a mosque inside the heavily fortified presidential palace in Mogadishu, the city’s deputy mayor Ali Yare Ali said on Tuesday, days after 35-hour hotel siege ended that followed his declaration of an anti-Al-Shabaab war.

Ali Yare said Mohamud’s first 100 days ended without delivering his promise that he will defeat Al-Shabaab within the first three months of his term in office and that the president stopped attending prayers at the mosque in his residence due to security fears.

He said the President did not send condolences to those who had lost their loved ones in last week’s hotel siege in Mogadishu and contrary to his pledges, addressed the nation in a pre-recorded video.

The criticism from the official, who is one of Mogadishu’s most powerful politicians, comes days after elders and MPs blamed the president’s provocative remarks declaring war against insurgents for the deadly attack in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab itself said the assault was a response to Mohamud’s announcement.

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