Information Minister Accuses BBC Somali of Being Biased

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Osman Abdillahi Addani, Minister of Information and National Guidance
Osman Abdillahi Addani, Minister of Information and National Guidance
Osman Abdillahi Addani, Minister of Information and National Guidance

Gulaid Dalha

Hargeisa – (Somali Commentator) – The minister of Information and National Guidance of Somaliland Hon Osman Abdillahi Sahardid has accused BBC Somali of not being neutral on account of the Somalia/Somaliland strife and political confrontation.

Participating the Friday Debate of BBC Somali “Maxay Kula Tahay”, the Minister told that, for example, the BBC selected four participants to take part for the debate – three apologists were hailing from Mogadishu while him alone hailed from Somaliland. “BBC Somali is biased and cannot be a reliable source,” said the Minister of Information of Somaliland.

The minister stated that Somaliland is an independent State that declared its independence after the overthrow of Somali military dictator. Minister Addani pointed out that Somaliland has introduced its own currency, flag and borders.

Earlier this week, the President of Somaliland issued a press release:

“Republic of Somaliland has never been part of Somalia, and will not be ever. We have our own functioning government and realized democratic achievements which has been validated the world,” said the president added that “Somaliland will not part of Somalia electoral process.”
Mr. Siilaanyo has confirmed that Somaliland parliamentary and presidential elections will held as scheduled in the next year.” The president also said, ““so far, we confirming the rest of world that Somaliland is committed to continue the talks between Somaliland and Somalia. But Somalia must stop the violation against the decision that the two government leaders singed and offensive actions against Somaliland sovereignty.”

Somaliland is a peaceful country that locates in the northwest of Somalia. The country declared its independence as a de facto sovereign state but has been internationally recognized yet.

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