ONLF Press Release: Response to A False Accusation
The claim by the website, Somalilandpress, which fabricated baseless allegation that ONLF fighters killed several civilian traders from Hargeisa, is not based on facts. The concocted story continues further to say that ONLF carried out this act because it was angry with people from Northern Somalia’s relationship with Ethiopia.
The Ogaden National Liberation Front regards all Somalis as brethren and does not hold any grudges against any groups from Somalia despite many transgressions by some Somali warlords against the Somali people from Ogaden and their legitimate struggle for total emancipation. The Somali people in the Ogaden and the Somalis in North Somalia share a common heritage, kinship and economic ties that benefit both peoples. It is our conviction that these mischievous acts will not affect the relationship between the two brotherly peoples as the agents of the TPLF regime from Ethiopia try to destroy their peaceful coexistence.
The raison d’être for ONLF’s struggle is to emancipate the Somalis in Ogaden regardless of clan, believe or affiliation and there is no reason why it should target parts of its own people. Any entity or group trying to sow conflict and division among the Somali sub-clans in the Ogaden will fail. People with this attitude should know that this outmoded logic will benefit no one and they will be held responsible for unnecessary consequences of their machinations.
It is not simple thing to forget that the practice of continuous rendition of people from Ogaden who seek safety and security in Hargeisa to please Meles and his henchmen. Hence it is no wander if such paid stooges and their sympathisers, such as, Somalilanderpress redouble their efforts to tarnish the name of ONLF and incite hatred among the people of both sides of the border.
Finally the Somali people of the Ogaden wish peace and stability for all Somalis in Somalia and hope this will be reciprocated.
- Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)