General Abdikadir Ali Diini, thanks for giving us your time and the exclusive interview. What are the TFG military forces are planning?
Thanks for your interview. There are a number of things we are planning to do, our first priority is to identify those strategic positions where we can operate from efficiently. It is also important to take into consideration the mobilization of Somali citizens for TFG forces work effectively with African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
As Prime Minister Abdiweli Gaas has pledged, is it possible for TFG forces to wipe out al-Shabaab in two weeks, or will it take longer?
Yes, definitely capability goes along with determination. As a government, we are determined to fight with tooth and nail until we restore peace and stability in the entire country. We are not solely focused on Mogadishu; we have shown great concern for other parts of the country. However, for the last two months government forces have done tangible work as far as the security of Mogadishu is concerned.
How would you describe the readiness of TFG military forces?
We are both morally and materially prepared to face the extremist group of al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab’s power has been exaggerated to create fear and tension in our soldiers, who are ever ready to face the enemy and die for their country.
How many TFG military have completed training?
It is a government secret to state troop forces, but I can say that the TFG has ultimately decided to flush out the al-Shabaab militants.
Do you think TFG forces will destroy al-Shabaab?
Of course; they have now realized that the victory will elude them and through several clashes they have faced stiff challenges. They have reduced their presence as usual, and that is one of their weaknesses.
TFG forces have been accused of looting, shooting and public harassment. What do you have to say about these allegations?
Those are false accusations aimed at assassinating the characters of the government. In other words, those are just empty words from irresponsible persons, who want to create hostility between the citizens and the government. Therefore, I encourage the citizens of Somalia to disregard those statements and see them as a disuniting factor.
Who do you see as creating hostility between TFG and the Somali citizens?
It is the insurgents who are extraordinarily hyperbolic, and they seek to shame the government of Somalia, just to serve their self-interest. We aware that al-Shabaab harasses, intimidates, abducts, tortures and slaughters innocent civilians. So, there is a possibility that the rebels are inciting enmity of our people.
Lastly, what are you suggesting to the citizens of Somalia?
I wish to sincerely state my heartfelt gratitude to the people of Somalia for their co-operation with TFG forces, and we appreciate their support. I request them to continue in the same spirit to realize our objectives as one community.
Thanks for the time you have allocated to Terror Free Somalia .
You are welcome.