By Gulaid Dalha
Somali Commentator – Hargeisa – Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo expressed his heartfelt condolence to bereaved families, and Somaliland people at large of the death of Late Haji Shide Haji Derie who passed away in Hargeisa, early in the morning. The president stated that Late Shide Haji Derie was one of the few surviving persons who worked the stability, reconciliation and tranquility of Somaliland.
President Silanyo lauded Shide Haji Derie for the rebuilding processes of Somaliland and the dramatic role he played during that time. The president also pointed out that the deceased was a peace-loving person. “Late Haji Shide Haji Derie was one of the renowned traditional leaders and business people of Somaliland. He took part the peace building processes in Somaliland and clan reconciliations that happened in the country. He was one of the unique people who will be remembered as a unity-keeper,” said Ahmed Silanyo, the president of Somaliland.
Opposition and politicians conveyed similar condolatory messages over the loss of late Haji Shide Haji Derie. The chairman of Waddani Party Abdirahman Mohammed Abdillahi Irro has sent the similar condolence to the bereaved family, friends and the nation of Somaliland at large to the death of Late Haji Shide Haji Derie.
Haji Shide Haji Derie was a famous businessman who worked in Somaliland for the last two decades. He is noted for the roles he played during the rebuilding and reconciliation of Somaliland. Preparations of state funeral are now underway. The late Haji Shide will be buried at Naso-Hablood Hargeisa Cemetery.
May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace.