Somalia’s armed forces day is being marked today in Mogadishu. The day, April 12 is always celebrated in commemoration of the establishment of the National Armed Forces in 1960 and today’s event marks the 57th anniversary of the Somali Armed Forces.The day will also be marked in regional state capitals respectively. The event at the ministry of defense headquarters will see troops stage military parades in honor of the day which is considered a significant day in the history of Somalia.
Somalia’s newly appointed Army Chief Ahmed Jimaale sent congratulations to the army and urged them to be patient during this time of difficulties and serve the nation as the country gears towards regaining its nationhood. Top government leaders including President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, clad in military uniform, are attending the event at the Military Headquarters.Most of Mogadishu’s main roads have been closed to beef up security during the commemoration. The Somali government has apologized to the public for the closure of roads and asked them to remain patient as marking the National Army Day was significant.