Asserting she will protect Somalia’s interest Ilhan Omar first Somali -born member of the United States Congress has been asked to relinquish her position for infringement of the US Law
By Brian M’Bowe-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Denver Colorado USA- Ilhan Omar, member of the US Congress, has been beckoned to resign from her position…Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District for purportedly brandishing the African Continent’s interests ahead of those of the United States.
On January 29th, 2024, in a certain video posted on her x…breakaway Somaliland Deputy Foreign Minister – Rhoda Elmi discloses the Minnesota Democrat guaranteeing Somalis that she would work to protect a disputed sea-access deal with Ethiopia.
“The woman you sent to Congress is working day and night to protect your interest. She knows your plight and that of Somalia. I am as concerned about Somalia as you guys are. Together, we will protect the interests of Somalia,” Omar told her audience, according to the footage’s translation.
Critics, including United States House Republicans, accuse Omar of being loyal to her country of origin rather than the US, with House Majority Whip Tom Emmer yelling her remarks “appalling.”
“Ilhan Omar’s… Somalia-first comments are a slap in the face to the Minnesotans she was elected to serve and a direct violation of her oath of office. She should resign in disgrace,” the Republican Minnesota legislator wrote on X on Monday.
Somaliland’s Deputy Foreign Minister similarly condemned the Democrat lawmaker’s comments as unacceptable and unworthy of both her office and the people she represents.
“Specifically troubling were her endeavors to revive the once violent and dangerous ideology of Greater Somalia, or Somali Weyn, which caused so much death, destruction, and conflict in the Horn of Africa,” Ambassador Elmi said in the text accompanying the video she posted on Sunday.
Omar asserts that, the subtitles on the video of her Saturday address to Somali American constituents were incorrect. Omar remarked.
“It’s not only slanted but completely off, but I wouldn’t expect more from these propagandists…No nation-state can survive if its states start to get involved in land lease negotiations with other countries without the consent of the federal government,” she posted on X on Monday.
“Somalis in Somalia and in the diaspora are united in that effort and I stand in solidarity with them. No amount of harassment and lies will ever change that,” she furthered.
The atmosphere is high in the Horn of Africa since the starting of the 2024, when Somaliland bent on to lease coastland to Ethiopia for 50 years to grant the landlocked East African neighbor access to the Red Sea for business purposes and same construct a marine force base.
Somalia, which is yet thinking of Somaliland its territory irrespective the divided state declaring independence in 1991, has enlisted the pact “illegal” and a threat to its sovereignty.
For New Africa Business News Brian M’Bowe Reports, International Investigation Correspondent