Al-Shabaab leader seeks forgiveness from Somalis

By Mahmoud Mohamed in Mogadishu

May 22, 2012

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Ali Mohamed Hussein, former leader of al-Shabaab forces in the Banadir region, said last week he is willing to condemn the group and separate from it, a move that analysts expect to exacerbate divisions within the group.

  • Former al-Shabaab commander Mohamed Sheikh Abdullahi (right) speaks to the media in 2009 about why he defected from the group. Recent military defeats have spurred a spate of dissention among al-Shabaab leaders. [Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP]

    Former al-Shabaab commander Mohamed Sheikh Abdullahi (right) speaks to the media in 2009 about why he defected from the group. Recent military defeats have spurred a spate of dissention among al-Shabaab leaders. [Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP]

Hussein asked for forgiveness from residents of Mogadishu and all Somali people who had been harmed by the actions of al-Shabaab during his tenure, government-run Radio Mogadishu reported on Thursday (May 17th).

Hussein, who remains in hiding and has not officially joined the Somali government, said he would like citizens to provide him with information on those he wronged in order to seek reconciliation and pardon.

"If I had the opportunity, I would directly address the public and officially condemn al-Shabaab," he said. "I would also ask for people's forgiveness. I am willing to do that if I have the chance to apologise."

Hussein's comments come during a deepening crisis of confidence among al-Shabaab leaders due to mounting military pressure from Somali government and AMISOM forces, analysts say.

Political analyst Muhyadin Ahmed said Hussein's statement was an "unprecedented development" in the history of al-Shabaab. "This is the first time that a prominent leader within the ranks of al-Shabaab has expressed his willingness to apologise to the public and ask the people for forgiveness," Ahmed told Sabahi.

He added that Hussein's willingness to defect from al-Shabaab reflects his resentment of the group's activities and the "barbaric" attacks they carry out against civilians.

"The announcement made by Hussein might be an indication that he wants to leave the group and to surrender to the government, taking advantage of the amnesty offered to members of al-Shabaab who voluntarily hand themselves in," Ahmed said. "If Hussein chooses to join the peace process and abandon violence, then it is a brave step that might motivate other leaders in al-Shabaab, especially the moderates, to choose this path before it is too late."

Since the Somali government announced their offer of amnesty, several al-Shabaab fighters have defected and surrendered to government officials.

Ahmed said al-Shabaab is nearing a state of internal fighting among its leaders, especially between radical jihadists and moderates.

"Al-Shabaab's leader [Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, also known as] Ahmed Godane will fight tooth and nail to suppress his opponents in any way possible to prevent a split among the most senior of his men," Ahmed said. "As for the moderate leaders among his opponents, they will fight to secede from the movement and either form a new group or join the government."

Ahmed said Godane's ban on political parties in areas under his control in March angered group leaders such as Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansur.

Osman Yusuf, a political analyst who monitors the affairs of al-Shabaab, also said that al-Shabaab suffers from deep fissures and disagreements among its leadership.

"There have been indications and dramatic developments that point to increasing differences among the leaders of al-Shabaab," he told Sabahi.

Yusuf said Hussein's willingness to defect strongly indicates a crisis of confidence among leaders of the group who have become desperate because recent military defeats have put pressure on the group. "Since al-Shabaab announced it had joined al-Qaeda in February, differences have risen dramatically and have developed into a conflict among the group's leadership," Yusuf said.

Political analyst and university professor Mohamed Hassan told Sabahi that the unrest among the group's leadership has become more evident after foreign jihadist Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, was arrested in March after releasing a recording saying he feared for his life because of strategic and ideological differences among al-Shabaab leaders.

"These differences were exacerbated after the public criticism hurled from a senior leader in the group, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, against other leaders. Then came criticism from Ali Mohamed Hussein, which reflects the extent of the crisis of confidence among the leaders of al-Shabaab," Hassan said. "We will see more al-Shabaab leaders turn against their commander."

Hassan called on the transitional government and citizens to work together to welcome dissident leaders and fighters who want to surrender to the government. He said defectors should be provided with security and protection, to encouraging others to leave al-Shabaab and join the peace process.

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  • tuuute calas dacasbeen
    September 11, 2012 @ 04:41:31AM

    This man has to be forgiven because its mentioned in Injiil (the bible):"All the people who have sinned and they remained short of reaching the non-believers God wanted them to reach. God is a God that forgives even if our blood is red like the blood, God is able to cleanse it and make it white like the ice. God has told us that way. Then as God forgives like that why will the human beings not extend forgiveness towards this man whose sin is clear?

  • wa kutisha
    June 26, 2012 @ 04:18:30AM

    The one who is ready to leave Al-Shabaab should be forgiven if he truly wants to leave but not just by being cunning after observing the winds of change especially after seeing clear signs of looming defeat in war.

  • Simon Maina
    June 21, 2012 @ 06:51:48AM

    Strange that AL shabaab can dare comment.TERRORIST will never rule the people.I am a Kenyan and I don't I would like the Shabaab to hear this,KENYA DEFENCE FORCES had no interest in Somalia in any case,We only came after Idiots who came across and committed crimes in our Country.simple.You have already started loosing the war and Next is the Fall of Kismayu to the true patriots of Somalia,Our neighbour.U said Kenyans will suffer in Somalia,Right now it is the Real Somalis who are winning the war with the assistance of Kenyans.Keep fighting until we flash our out.We just need the acceptance of real Somali people who want peace and order to crush the idiots out.IN GOD WE COME TO BRING PEACE IN SOMALIA!!By August,Somali's will rule themselves and drink water ove the graves of the corward terrorist.And you dare mention holiness while running terrorism?To hell you go

  • clement ngetich
    June 21, 2012 @ 02:41:27AM

    forgive.

  • Blasto maina
    June 20, 2012 @ 11:14:23PM

    Brothers and sisters of somalia you have remained a failed state for many years since Sayyied baris Presidency, praying for you that you can show the world that enough i s enough and you need a gorvernment to be able to move with the rest of the World.

  • Amat M. Omar
    June 20, 2012 @ 07:52:58PM

    Let him come forward and surrender to the authority beg for fogiveness to those whom you had wronged, if he is really sincere be ready to pardoned or condemmed.

  • samsoty
    June 20, 2012 @ 10:32:55AM

    kuddos you are a true worrior let the so called alshabaab fighters denouce the group.........cheers, welcome to our community of peace.

  • sayfull islaam
    June 20, 2012 @ 10:32:46AM

    hy every body in my think fst we want peace n leaders of al shabab want to forgve cze they r my pple n we ples allah insha allah somalia will got 1 day peace insha allah...

  • brian ogwenoh
    June 20, 2012 @ 07:44:01AM

    I good to here that voice of sarrender!at least it gives the weak a chance to live and exploit the limitted resources in their countries!

  • Dominic
    June 20, 2012 @ 06:17:59AM

    If a child throws a stone at you do you bury your head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened ? They started the game,have killed and injured many, so an eye for an eye without setback prevails.

  • DENNIS KIRIMI
    June 20, 2012 @ 05:11:54AM

    FORGIVENES GOES HAND IN HAND WITH JUSTICE.I GUESS ALL RIGHT MINDED SOMALIS WILL SMILE IF NOT LAUGH AND FORGIVE HIM SOON HE`S HANGED.HOWER SORRY HE IS HE CANT BRING BACK TO LIFE THE INNOCENT CITIZENS WHO SUFFERED AND DIED UNDER HIS REGIME.TOO LATE FOR SUCH A MOVE.

  • Christopher J. Ayo
    June 19, 2012 @ 09:06:49AM

    always God is God of those things which seems hard to the human being, whose knows God wanna make something new to the Somalia, let's us keep on praying for them, God is faithful and will touch everybody and one day Somalia will be free from daily war!!

  • elvis nyakreal
    June 19, 2012 @ 02:14:48AM

    wether you criticize it or not this is the reality, alshabaab is fighting a loosing war

  • isaq
    June 16, 2012 @ 02:42:04PM

    even if you you condem you cannot do anything alshabaab is the force of god you are christian and you will die soon inshaalaah the country is ours we wil notask kenyan christian what todo in our country

  • kemboi
    June 15, 2012 @ 01:32:45AM

    this is not very convicing he should be the beit then pay for his action

  • Raypatrick
    June 14, 2012 @ 03:10:01AM

    Hussein be given oportunity to apologise. The Government of Somalia should take this time and invite Hussein to join in order t facilitate the crashing of Al Shabaab in Kismaiyo.

  • MAHAMOUD
    June 12, 2012 @ 01:15:54PM

    In my opinion, I think this editorial is not right and was not written by a journalist. It is of poor grammar and wordings. I would like to urge those who wrote this article to consult journalists when writing an article, so that it attracts the readers. Thank you all. BY.....................................................................

  • ishwaaq.m.c
    June 12, 2012 @ 03:37:45AM

    I am a Somali girl and I would like to urge you to forgive him if he requested for amnesty.

  • Mwana wa millongo
    June 11, 2012 @ 07:44:04AM

    It is true that when someone gets to the stage of asking for forgiveness it means that he has admitted to wrongdoings, but for them I do not think that even one of them needs to be forgiven, personally there’s nothing that troubles me more than does the spoiling of the name of ISLAM and by that alone it does not make it necessary for one to be forgiven.

  • Al- Shabaab
    June 11, 2012 @ 01:35:04AM

    May the wrath of God be on these non-Muslims who met here to badmouth the holy war fighters.

  • Abdalla
    June 10, 2012 @ 04:16:26PM

    What a liar?

  • mohamed hassan
    June 9, 2012 @ 07:00:26PM

    itz abest breath relieve to the somali citizen, am somali boy who ruin from his country due to unstopping tribal and political war,during the error of maxakimt under the leader current president of somalia,we thought the dream of peace has come to the point where our levies was for free but was interpreted by ethiopia government,now alshabab so far there have come for apology better we forgive them and he who recesse from them must advice offer that this thing this not for jihad but individual interest,the splitting of them is avictory to every citizen of somalia,i pray to ALLAH that this war in somalia will come to an end so that we will rest like other citizen within our country then been refugee to other countries may ALLAH accept my pray

  • SAMWEL.H
    June 9, 2012 @ 08:13:42AM

    IT IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHER AL-SHABAAB LEADERS TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR ALL THAT THEY DID EVEN THOUGH THEY WILL STAY IN A SPECIAL PRISON FOR A LONG TIME FOR FEAR OF BEING HARMED. THERE IS NO ONE WHO DOES NOT FORGIVE EVEN IF YOU HAVE COMMITTED GREAT SINS, WHAT IS NEEDED IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF YOUR SINS. THE HOLY BOOKS INSTRUCT US. SOMALIS PRAY TO GOD FOR THE PEACE OF YOUR COUNTRY, AS YOUR NEIGHBOURS WE ARE SADDENED BY THE PROBLEMS AND MISERY THAT YOU ARE FACED WITH. GOD WILL HELP YOU. AMEN.

  • DENNIS
    June 8, 2012 @ 05:28:38AM

    this is the highest digree of hypocrisy!Why do he wants to surrender now?Because he has been sorrounded?Because there is no escape route?When he was odering his boys to kill, did he not know that was a crime to pay latter?All the leadership of this group should be hanged but not forgiven.They hid themselves behid the islam to kill.Why kind they use the same islam to save them.Why are thy feering death today yet they send suicide bombers to kill innoncent children?It is the same society thast they were killing that will kill them today.Its a doom day for all leadership of the group

  • Future President
    June 8, 2012 @ 01:08:16AM

    That guy has a lot of information the inteligence services need. Hook him in, get the information and after that let him pay for the attrocities caused against humanity.

  • benard
    June 7, 2012 @ 03:58:42AM

    goodmove keep it up!!

  • elmi
    June 6, 2012 @ 10:50:34AM

    justice can never be found in this world Any way alshabab will soldiers have no wrongings but the leaders should be punished,because i heard this soldiers are all drugged even punishing the leaders will only give justice to one person not everyone inshallah aqira we shall see de out come

  • Brenda Serem
    June 6, 2012 @ 02:43:44AM

    not convincing

  • Bernard Odali Alema
    June 5, 2012 @ 04:49:36AM

    somali has suffered and God has heard their prayers and answered. Let Hussein denounce the group and turn to God in forgiveness.

  • محيي الدين الشيخ عبد الرحمن محمد
    June 5, 2012 @ 03:50:50AM

    I think this idea shows that they have completely failed. This is why we have to be merciful with them and forgive them, because forgiveness may impede such actions.

  • Alfa alfa
    June 5, 2012 @ 02:42:11AM

    Al Shabab?? never to be forgiven...keep in pressing them, they have already caused a lot of suffering to the whole of East and Central Africa. Hussein is trying to play it smart-ask yourself, had it not been the pressure they are getting, would he have apologised? Not at all. Hang Them!!

  • hussein
    June 5, 2012 @ 02:01:19AM

    Those who are repenting and asking forgiveness should be forgiven if they are sincere in there action but the rest should be brought to justice.

  • Denis
    June 4, 2012 @ 12:56:20PM

    I'm a christian and forgiveness is very important however, Jesus said that "you will reap what you sow" meaning you shall harvest what you planted. If you planted death and terror, how can you then reap peace? Ask for forgiveness and you may receive it from people and God, but you will still pay for your bad deeds somehow before you die....that is how justice is delivered. God can deliver his own vesion of justice (If people forgive him, and leave everything to God), or the law has its own way of delivering justice (if a criminal confesses, they get a lenient sentence. If they run away and get caught, they get a harsh sentence) - Once a dog, always a dog!

  • jonah ngetich
    June 4, 2012 @ 08:15:58AM

    thats good move for Hussein, hope the other fellas will copy the good example

  • Washingtone Onyango
    June 3, 2012 @ 06:46:09PM

    He must not be forgiven how will you know if they are not hi-tec missions out to destroy the transition government and the entire tattered nation I think this guy is joking he may be trying to camouflage,and do other attacks in Somalia I don't believe him either he may pretend to beg 4 forgiveness while they are on an illegal mission. i It is unfortunate for Al-Shabaab because if they knew that killing was a sin why did they do it, they should pay the consequences, No forgiveness

  • maurice otieno apondi
    June 3, 2012 @ 09:14:32AM

    This is a deep conviction from heart. A human being has no power to create conviction, Godly heart conviction until you feel your evils and further to seek forgiveness from people who sometimes back were your real predators. This leader is serious may Almighty God who forgives big and small sins forgive him.

  • haji khalif
    June 3, 2012 @ 09:05:06AM

    oh my god...........may ALLAH forgive this guy, dnt ask for forgiveness frm the media ask it from those you have wronged. NKT i have been waiting for such a day.........i thnk they saw what mubarak was done.

  • asad ismaaciil aadan
    June 3, 2012 @ 03:41:47AM

    It seems that Al-Shabaab has been eliminated from the country and that is a problem eradicated from Somalia for good. Al-Shabaab can only fight by guerilla means but the government’s intelligence is ready to stop them.

  • WILLIAM
    June 3, 2012 @ 01:01:00AM

    Yes forgive them, but let the Somali gorverment not share anything with them in leadership. And law must take it's way. Miltarywise in future they will caurse problems if they gain gorverment positions. Reason they have trained personel who support them.

  • musya ngei
    June 2, 2012 @ 11:06:14AM

    no it is not true.forgive him at your own risk.let him suffer the concequencies.

  • ADAMS MAKORI
    June 1, 2012 @ 08:24:47AM

    THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR EVERY WRONG TIME AND WE ARE READY TO FORGIVES HIM BUT UNDER CONDITIONS.

  • zuhuur
    June 1, 2012 @ 06:52:09AM

    I am a Somali lady and I would like you to forgive the man as per to what you promised the people because he is a Somali citizen who pleaded guilty of the wrongs he committed.

  • WAFULA HENRY SIMIYU
    June 1, 2012 @ 05:52:43AM

    He must not be forgiven because of the tarmoil somalia underwent through during his regime in addition he might be sarcastically saying in order to do more harm to the innocent citizens.Somalia government watch out this man.

  • مبارك جامع عبدالله
    June 1, 2012 @ 04:31:06AM

    Servants of God, fear God and know that tomorrow you will be in the hands of God. "And those who have wronged are going to know to what kind of return they will receive." -al-Shu'ra': 227. Peace is coming to Somalia. All the citizens have to cooperate and unite in order to build their nation. Peace to Somalia….Peace to Somalia…

  • DOUGLAS MUKUNGA
    June 1, 2012 @ 02:55:10AM

    i think this guy is not joking or bieng ironic by saing those words. I hope his words means it and thus he get the forgiveness. I would like to encourage the people of somalia to seak peace, promote hermony and love one onother, and by doing so they will develope thair country as partriot. I think they should know that peoples have developed thair way of solving confrics from acient time of gorlira warfair to reconsiliation.

  • kemboi peter
    May 31, 2012 @ 09:52:31AM

    no retret no surrender to the so called alshabaab crugs

  • Ali Abdallah Ali
    May 31, 2012 @ 08:51:52AM

    they are our muslim brothers...eventhough the deeds are not what we have been taught in our book Quran but even (allah) forgives,who are we not to FORGIVE!

  • wahome jackson
    May 31, 2012 @ 06:53:29AM

    can it be a trap? just like some of our leaders say whereas in the real sence they support the unlawful groups..... Lets think twice about that.

  • HENRY ROP
    May 31, 2012 @ 06:11:26AM

    when the war will be over we will forgive our death.God calls for war so that there can be peace.Somalia will soon be on the world map.i love the god fearing muslims there and when they come out we will borrow their earnest creed for God and our children will study atomic science at the university of Mogadishu and Rashid Al Abdullah will fish in lake Victoria and sit in the evening with Mary AND GOD WILL SMILE OVER HIS MARVELLOUS CREATION

  • ishmael
    May 31, 2012 @ 05:07:56AM

    we thank God for the good move

  • marytheuri
    May 31, 2012 @ 02:46:35AM

    This can be an excuse to attack the innocent people.

  • catherine kinyanjui
    May 30, 2012 @ 10:23:37AM

    i strongly believe this is just a brain game, we are used to this peoples hypocracy, let GOD forgive them.

  • kaka
    May 30, 2012 @ 10:06:04AM

    This is a 50-50 request what happens when once defects a sect group?Most of these sects have life oaths taken so if you forgive one as a defector the others may revenge by recruiting more and attacking than they did before its a bit ambiguous.

  • Riziki
    May 30, 2012 @ 09:10:48AM

    Let the global system think on the impact to the society before they are to be forgiven,.simply our mind set should bewell built on how they are going to work since they are working on network as actors in international relations.

  • NDAMBUKI
    May 30, 2012 @ 07:37:21AM

    FORGIVENESS IS ALLOWED IF IT IS RIGHT FROM THE HEART,THIS GROUP DOES NOT KNOW PEACE WILL ENABLE THEM CREATE MORE WEALTH THAN THEY THINK,THE IS NOT HOLY WAR AS THEY CLAIM,IT IS WAR FOR RESOURCES WHICH THEY CAN ENJOY IN PEACE IF THEY PUT DOWN GUNS AND GRENADES,ALLAH,TALK TO THIS FUNNY LOST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.

  • GERALD
    May 30, 2012 @ 07:34:40AM

    forgiven or not, alshabab's time is very limited.............good job amisom soldiers!

  • peter m
    May 30, 2012 @ 06:32:21AM

    may peace come to our somalia brothers and sisters.

  • arafat
    May 30, 2012 @ 03:15:17AM

    That man who surrendered is a hypocrite, if he is not a spy. He should be sentenced to death. This is an endless war that is going on throughout the world and it is a war between the muslims and Non-Muslims with the support of hypocrites. Every Muslim knows what is happening to our fellow muslims in Palestine. Every Muslim has a duty to participate in a holy war to eliminate the non-Muslims and their leaders who rule the world. Al-Shabaab has the responsibility to carry out this obligatory duty in East Africa and it will succeed, God willing. The prominent personalities who will leave the group are 2 or 3 people who have no military. We are fighting for the sake of the religion and the religion belongs to God. We were not fighting for the sake of God because of Abuu-Mansuur or Somalia but because of our duty to God. Our prophet Mohammad Bin Abdullahi (Peace be upon him) was once the only Muslim in the world and the rest were Non-Muslims but you can see how widespread the muslims are in the world today. If only five people remain from Al-Shabaab without Military, I am sure they will still serve God as He ordered them in the Koran and they will win the war with God’s support. God looks at our intention and not what we are capable off. Al-Shabaab will not become weak because of the man who defected. If Al-Zubeir defects from the group, he will be sentenced to death like any other non-Muslim or hypocrite but to the best of my knowledge based on his strong believe in God, this will not happen, God willing. I wish Al-Shabaab and their leader; Abu- Zubeir success.

  • Edwin Nateminya
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:00:03PM

    Forgiveness is important and I support whoever seeks it. These guys seeking forgiveness should be forgiven and taken to rehabilitation centres either day or boarding for atleast a year. This way the government will be able to determine their level of reformation for their partricipation in public affairs.

  • JUMA RODGERS
    May 29, 2012 @ 11:31:58AM

    THIS GUY NEEDS 4GIVENESS N BE ACCEPTED IN THE SOCIETY

  • Okoth Valentine
    May 29, 2012 @ 08:17:31AM

    It may be a way of trying to convince us to reduce the pressure we have put on them but that won't work.

  • MERCY
    May 29, 2012 @ 08:14:11AM

    HUSSIEN YOU ARE A HERO. HUMANKIND ARE BORTHERS AND SISTERS. NO NEED TO FIGHT AFFECTING WOMAN AND CHILDREN.

  • musili
    May 29, 2012 @ 05:38:23AM

    this is my opinion: this man should be forgiven then absorbed into the transitional govt and coz he already has more knowledge about the "sect" they use him as their source code for details. he should also be kept in the fighting squad whenever a mission is conducted against the Al-shabaabians to test his quest for forgiveness since no body can really understand whether it's from deep in the heart. If he aggressively battles his former colleagues then everybody will admit it's a worthy step.

  • LINUS HAJI
    May 29, 2012 @ 05:02:58AM

    I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN BROTHERS FIGHT, LET US UNITE TO BUILD OUR ISLAMIC COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF FIGHTING, PERSONALLY I HAVE FORGIVEN THEM, INSHALLAH LATULAHI.

  • Sylvanus Kishao
    May 29, 2012 @ 05:01:11AM

    The Somalis are a very resilient and hardworking, not to forget, very enterprising,people. I sincerely hope and pray that PEACE comes to Somalia TODAY. I never imagined Somalia to be such a beautiful country! Just look at the footages of the K.D.F.personel in Ras Kamboni beaches. When peace does come to Somalia, i see millions of Tourists flocking to that country. HELLO SOMALI BUSINESSMEN IN THE DIASPORA,are you reading this?

  • Aisha Adam
    May 29, 2012 @ 03:58:15AM

    This is a courageous move taken by that leader. It would be better if the others followed him so as to rid us of this fight which has lasted for decades, during which we didn't live in stability.

  • KOSSY
    May 29, 2012 @ 03:48:44AM

    FORGIVENESS MEANS SUBMITING YOURSELF VOLUNTARILY TO THE AUTHORITIES AND FACE EVERY PUNISHMENT THAT COMES YOUR WAY .

  • qoran
    May 29, 2012 @ 03:19:44AM

    They are non-Muslims invading us in our territory and we need to fight them.

  • fuaad
    May 29, 2012 @ 02:33:36AM

    In my opinion, I think, they need to be punished for the wrongs they committed against the community. They are unbelievers feigning Muslims and they need to be treated the way they claim to treat their alleged non-Muslims. I am happy about the disintegration of Al-Shabaab which was the biggest enemy of the Somali community. The Somalis who fled from their problems have died in the ocean while on their way to Libya and Italy. They are the ones who made the Somalis to be treated as slaves in Diaspora. Where else in this world, will you see people being slaughtered like animals?

  • william
    May 29, 2012 @ 02:21:08AM

    I like that,let all alshabab join the goverment to build somalia,let them know that war is over & there is nothing to fight for.

  • tom ogweno
    May 28, 2012 @ 04:31:31PM

    keep it up my fellow muslims,allah wak baar.

  • Elizama kibe kore
    May 28, 2012 @ 07:06:15AM

    it is unfortunate for Al-Shabaab because if they knew that killing was a sin why do they do it, they should pay the consequences, therefore I reject peace talks with the group to prevent them from camouflaging themselves. I therefore stand on my words (time is now). If a child cries for a razor blade, give it to him.

  • Joseph Omemo
    May 28, 2012 @ 06:13:16AM

    The entire group should have disbanded the momment KDF entered Somalia! the move is wise, and very soon the entire rug taged group shall disentragate. I believe Somali's want Peace.

  • Gordon Odhiambo
    May 28, 2012 @ 05:09:43AM

    Forgiveness should go hand in hand with confession.

  • Weru
    May 28, 2012 @ 04:53:25AM

    Allah forgives for those who ask for forgiveness but action speaks louder than words , why should one commit offences and then fear justice, for justice will free one from captivity of the dark world. Ask Allah for forgiveness and come forward face the law , seek forgiveness and taste the same medicine for wrong doers, why fear now the justice yet you denied others justice, you could not forgive others and alas you have just discovered that freedom is costly and that is why you hiding , be man enough and come from hiding for one to know you believe in Allah , otherwise you are still fearing the truth and not rependant on your past . thank you Weru

  • Warfar Neyo
    May 27, 2012 @ 03:47:03PM

    Hussein should be forgiven, we all commit sin and we get forgiven why not Hussein? sin is a sin he has accepted to be on wrong, if we wont forgive him we will be condemned in the last day judgement, i dont concur with killing him as some insinuate,they are not clean also lets God do his work of judging him, after all he is ready to surrender himself and again KDF and AMISOM cannot do that,is against ethos of human right , yes, but this should happen after diligently searching and proofing that he is not propagandizing so that he can strategise the next move after a blow at Afgoye, Christians in Kenya have suffered alot because of terror attacks, children women and innocent persons have lost there lives, good to Christians that they never revenge there teachings teaches them to take everything into Gods prayer, the tears that they wept before there God is enough and all Al-shabaab will pay in the most agonistic way, Muslims lets forgive Hussein if he is genuine and sincere ...by doing so there is light at the end of the tunnel for extincting sweet Somalia.. lets trust and salvage its existence

  • SIMION
    May 27, 2012 @ 06:35:34AM

    forgivenees should be granted for sincere apologies,however im in agony coz my guy seems to be blind to the AMISOM guys around him! What about moving in near the government HQ in earnest?

  • a_rahmaan mohamed a_laahi
    May 27, 2012 @ 05:10:00AM

    I am a citizen of Somalia who lives in the country. I would like to pray to God to lead us to the straight path, God willing, (God loves His true believers who are saved.) May God make us among those who He will reward with His paradise Amen, God willing.

  • steven mokaya
    May 26, 2012 @ 03:01:37PM

    Anybody asking for forgiveness should be forgiven, if the truelly the request comes deep from the heart.

  • Oyatsi
    May 26, 2012 @ 12:46:25PM

    The UPDF will decimate them whether this imbecile is forgiven or not...

  • songo
    May 26, 2012 @ 10:17:30AM

    how will you know if they are not hi-tec missions out to destroy the transition government and the entire tattered nation once but decisively and render it destitute in perpetuity, sheep-disguised wolves laying in wait for the time when they will beckon their friends to strike at an appropriate time. i.e. at exit of Amisom forces ( the stumps), it will be easier for them to deal with their foes. I DON'T BELIEVE A THING

  • peter
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:35:08AM

    This is move to abandon the terror group and its activities by some of its leaders is a big step towards the peace process for the people of Somalia.

  • maxamed c/laahi xasan
    May 26, 2012 @ 06:18:38AM

    The handing over and request for forgiveness to the Somali community was brought about by having seen that part of the people aboard the ship they were on, had to toss themselves in water before they were captured.

  • faruoqdah
    May 26, 2012 @ 02:18:45AM

    |Let Allah guide him from darkness to light.our muslims brothers have had a rough tym in Somalia.Alhamdullilah

  • FRANKLIN
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:10:19PM

    lets hope that he is true to his worf

  • thekenyandude
    May 25, 2012 @ 12:22:28PM

    The onus is on the Somalia government to meet this guy half way. the way they treat him will influence weather future defection will take place. take a leaf from the "defection" of the Ethiopian sniper to al shabab. he was well received and i believe on his way to the front lines to get slaughtered. Chai ni Kismayo.

  • ALPHONCE MUSYIMI
    May 25, 2012 @ 12:00:11PM

    Forgiveness ,if sought for sincerely and with commitment will be the est way to solve somali crisis as it provides a room for reconcilliation and reintegration of the Somali people. Let the repentant and his associates be moved from Somalia to a safe country where they can make their confesseions and thereafter appeal to the factions to surrender and join the others for a unified nation of Somalia

  • a.moody
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:59:47AM

    propagada been spread by USA and her allies in E. Africa

  • Hussein Mohamed Mohamood
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:44:31AM

    Mistakes are part of human life. Doing mistake is not wrong but we should learn from our past mistakes. We must not forget the mistakes we committed in the past, so that we do not allow others to go through the same mistake. We must not be unthankful to God; the creator who has given us bounties like the food we eat, the oxygen we inhale and exhale, the power to see things and other senses. We should pray to God to forgive us for the sins we committed in the past.  In my opinion, I think we should welcome every person and every group that is ready to repent of the sins they committed against the people. The world is built on forgiving one another. Revenge for wrongs committed against a person and lack of forgiveness will only cause more harm than good. If we fail to forgive the members of Al-Shabaab, then they may remain defiant until they die which will become an obstacle to restoration of peace in Somalia. Thank you. Hussein Lucky.

  • AGESA AGANI DAVID
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:50:09AM

    This another sign of end time .The Bible says that the first will be the last ,make sure that u r not passed with such like people .My brother dont just denounce the satanic group come back 2 Jesus and prepare for THE LORD IS COMING

  • bethu makani
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:02:45AM

    may he is trying to camouflage,and do other attacks in Somalia,be vigilant with he is up to?

  • Said HashimRashid
    May 25, 2012 @ 07:50:02AM

    As an African who is next to Somalia am very disturbed with what is going on in that country,Kenya is the only country which has been a close friend to Somali people their suffering has also affected us and I pray to see peace in this region.May GOD guide them to better life.The people of that country are hard working when they get settled we also benefit from their hard work.

  • Peter Kingori
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:44:31AM

    As a kenyan I would like to ask our Somali brothers to unite and take good care of women and children in Somalia. I have worked in Somalia for 3 years and I really pray that peace will be found this time round and we will be coming here to visit friends and as tourists and not to help in war like situations. Please brothers unite stop fighting. Allah has given you alot of wealth even oil and foreigners will take it all from you if you dont unite. Just imagine how much fish you have lost to Foreign organisations that do illegal fishing in your coastal areas just because you have no government to watch over that. I pray for peace in Somalia

  • zeitun
    May 25, 2012 @ 05:57:54AM

    they should be forgiven no one is perfect

  • Peter Odhiambo
    May 25, 2012 @ 05:09:57AM

    The Al-Shabaab fighters should use their energy now to rebuild their country instead of fighting the bloody war which will only affect their children in the long run.They must know that war does not pay.If they really care about Somalia, then they MUST down their guns & granades NOW not tomorrow.

  • susan karwitha Tembo
    May 25, 2012 @ 02:37:25AM

    He should be forgiven because the holy bible says,''for all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.God is a forgiving God.even if our sins are as red as the blood,he will wash them as white as snow,says the lord.who are human beings then not to forgive this man who has confessed his sins?

  • Mambo
    May 25, 2012 @ 12:42:00AM

    All well said but rest assured this is mere hypocricy !

  • ABDULLAHI MOHAMED
    May 24, 2012 @ 05:37:26PM

    Frankly speaking, lets forgive those asking for forgiveness because there is where our future lies and ask ourselves how we can make it up NOT why it happened. may God grant our country peace.

  • MOES
    May 24, 2012 @ 12:12:20PM

    This is encouraging it means this war has been won. Thanks to KDF for there courage to take the bull by its horns. I wish to appeal to other rebels to embrace this word SURRENDER.

  • Abu Omar
    May 24, 2012 @ 10:57:11AM

    STOP THE LYING AND ROTTENNESS OF WRITING INFORMATION THAT IS NOT TRUE, DO YOU KNOW RADIO MUGDISHO? AND ITS PROPAGANDA? YOU SHOULD GET INFORMATION FROM RADIO ANDALUS SO THAT WE KNOW IT WHEN YOU QUOTE THE NEWS!

  • lakironnie
    May 24, 2012 @ 08:04:25AM

    i don't believe this. they pretend to beg 4 forgiveness while they are on an illegal mission

  • nalosh
    May 24, 2012 @ 07:10:51AM

    the somali people and the world should only forgive him after dissolving the group and compensating the victims. besides, he should explain why the movement was started.

  • Bismark Langat
    May 24, 2012 @ 04:40:23AM

    well if that is the situation with the leadership of al-shabaab then that is a proof to show how they have been defeated but i wonder because they might be a game plan so that people can have mercy on them. We must know that Al-shabaab is a criminal gang who at all cost must be dealt with decisively. We must know that the group have terrorized many citizens and they cannot pay back for what they have done.

  • isige kevin
    May 24, 2012 @ 03:33:24AM

    so long as they vow not to rise again, the constitution should be followed and take required action if it means forgiveness well and good

  • sayid axmed dini
    May 23, 2012 @ 12:05:56PM

    I don’t think it is the best thing to do because it will endanger Huseen’s life.

  • safwaan
    May 23, 2012 @ 12:02:55PM

    He should be killed because he has surrendered after killing so many Muslims and it was just a matter of time before he was to be captured. I would request for him to be shot on sight.

  • eva
    May 23, 2012 @ 09:13:46AM

    they should not be forgiven at all but they are supposed to sureder and pay for all damanges they have incured

  • fathe
    May 23, 2012 @ 07:42:28AM

    In the name of Allah,let somalis unite for peace and stability in the horn of africa.Foreigners will leave because their self interests will be thwarted by people's unity.

  • qarandoon
    May 23, 2012 @ 04:33:50AM

    He is a hypocrite and should not therefore be given amnesty. Everyone who is found to be a member of Al-Shabaab should be sentenced to death. They are asking for amnesty after they were weakened. How do they expect to be given amnesty by those who they slaughtered their person? How do they expect to be given amnesty by those who they shot their brothers to death? If I would have been asked to sentence these hypocrites in court, I would have said that they should be cut into pieces.

  • PASTOR PATRICK
    May 23, 2012 @ 02:50:48AM

    Al shabaab should be encouraged to denounce violence and join the somali government to build a peaceful country for future generations......bloodsheding is not GODLY...peace is coming to somali and all citizens should join hands to rebuild their country....PEACE TO SOMALI..PEACE TO SOMALI..

  • walter onduso
    May 23, 2012 @ 02:39:38AM

    yes there is a need to forgive because aii of us we are human beings hence we belong to sin

  • buru
    May 23, 2012 @ 12:02:29AM

    I like this, let it me an encouragement to other al-sahabaab leaders who are willing to defect. Somali Government please keep your promise of protecting the defectors. Peace in Somali means Peace in other East African countries.

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