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16-year-old Somali boy rejects top Government job

The teenager said he was not consulted for the top position.

Omar rejected a government job as the deputy commissioner of Jowhar, a regional state in Somalia citing security fears.

He was appointed last week by Hirshabelle State Interior minister Mohamed Ali Adle to the role in Jowhar region.

However, Omar said he was not consulted for the position whose appointments are made in consultations with Somali clan leaders, and he wants to instead focus on his studies.

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“I am still a student at Sheikh Hassan Barsane School in Jowhar. I want to resign from that post because I can’t manage it. I am making it clear that I am unable to perform that responsibility because you have seen the insecurity in the country. Now I am studying in my high school and I am going to finish in few months, I want to go to university and build my future," Omar told the BBC.

He said he has avoided school for days after receiving the offer letter.

Omar's parents also disclosed they had reservations about the appointment despite calls by many urging them to accept the offer since the 16-year-old would serve as a "role model" to the other youngsters from the area.

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