Statement by Ambassador Francisco Madeira on the death of the Mayor of Mogadishu

I have received with great sadness the news of the passing of Mayor of Mogadishu, H. E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow). On behalf of all the AMISOM colleagues and on my own behalf, I extend our deep-felt condolences to the bereaved family of the mayor, the population of Mogadishu and to the entire people of Somalia for the loss of such a great son.

Mayor Yarisow, together with the resilient people of Somalia, shared the ideals of justice, peace, security and improved standards of living for the people of this great country. He was a true friend and companion of AMISOM and supported, without reservations, our mandate to help usher in a stable, peaceful and prosperous Somalia. In my interactions with him, it was clear that public service was his patriotic obligation in the reconstruction and rebuilding of his beloved city of Mogadishu. His commitment and belief in a better, stable, and secure Somalia was the spirit that drove him to serve his people with such admirable courage and dedication. For that, we are all indebted to Engineer Yarisow and to all those who, like him, lost their lives in the service of the people of Somalia. May they always be remembered as our heroes.

As we come to terms with the passing of the Mayor, Terrorists should be aware that their cowardly attack will not break the people’s resolve to forge ahead. AMISOM, in close collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States and International Partners, will remain by the side of the great people of Somalia as they steadfastly continue to fight for stability in Somalia, strive to bring peace and build a better future for all its people.

May Allah keep Engineer Yarisow and all his colleagues in eternal peace.