I am writing in response to a writing in the title…Professor Samatar: Ready to build a nation by Jafar M, on harowo. com, August 23.
Ahmed’s dwindles from Mogadishu to Hargeisa is a true character of a man with no political or life principles. If at all, he believed in anything, he could have kept it steady and unchanged but he proved to be without principle, without political direction and most importantly without the least knowledge of the Somali history, neither in the North nor the in the South. This man’s recent ideological drags from whirls to woes is a waclear portrait of what a forecasted about two years ago in my writing as follows…..
I recently heard a jumble of meaningless words released on Boramanews.com on April 14, 2012 by Ahmed Ismail Samatar. In the first place, the decision to publish such a drivel by some media circles is as unnecessary as it is harmful to the ears and emotions of many. Such discussions only raise more controversies among many already confused Somalis and their political opportunist elite.
Ahmed, as many people have already realized, is a political opportunist who is looking for a position in anywhere in united Somalia, in Somalilalnd, in Puntland, or in Mudugland. His incoherent verbiage or utterances in the last few years, if lumped togother, indicate that his mind is up for sale. Not only for sale but for cheap sale.
For many years, the media-styled professor was a proponent for greater Somalia. That was how he first acquired a false image that put him in the media cirles. In recent developments, the man’s mind changes like a leaf in the wind and without direction and reasoning at all.
In this last interview, he presents himself as a man who did not follow what was going in the country which he said he adovocated for its unity for a long time. He said Somaliland is a democratic peaceful system. He is also sided with the separatist agenda of the Somaliland clan against Awdal state and Khatumo.
This means that he does not kow that Somaliland is a program designed by one tribe. Ninety five per cent of the whole system… the Guurti, the Cabinet, the judicial systems, the security forces and the financical systems are run by one tribe. Is that democracy or domination of one tribe? Whoever denies that is a liar.
Moreover, Somaliland is not peacful but as lawless as any part of Somalia and in some cases it may be worse. It is the only place where peaceful travellers where stopped in public roads, killed mercilessly and their bodies mutilated. It is the only place where innocent sleeping people were cut in peices with ax. It is the only place where the killer beasts enjoy safety in the oppressive tribal administration’s safe haven.
It is the only place where pregnat women like Ruqiya Mire were beaten and kicked until the assailants aborted the helpless woman’s fetus. It happened because Ruqiya had the Somali flag in her home. It is the only place where a young school boy was shot dead becasue he held up the blue Somali flag in protest of separatist.
Khatumo and Awdal people are even denied to claim their somali identity. Ahmed has to answer whether that is peace and stability and if that is democracy. He doesnt care and he doesnt know what is going but it is easy for him to sit and talk in search for his political agenda. Ahmed is looking for something where there is none at the expense of the suffering of his own people. On what moral grounds is the question in the minds of the Awdal elite.
Awdal and Khamtumo States declared themselves as parts of united of Somalia. They raised the blue flag high with pride, while Somaliland is run by a separatist clan who want to break Somalis in different tribal evil and hate systems. Awdal and khatumo want to keep Somalis as one nation.
in denouncing the legitimacy and the rights of Awdal and other people in that country, Ahmed sided with the so-called Somalilander separatists against nationalist Awdal and Khatumo.
A man of principle is an individual whose life adhears to and is conditioned to human values and morals and follows such convictions to their full. According to human laws and rules for right conduct, the moral principle is a guide.
Psychologists define Narcissism as self-involved attitudes and behavior where there is little or no empathy for others. Narcissism can be an inflated ego sub part or the trait can take over the personality. Narcissistic attitudes and behavior come from the ego defenses that function as smoke screens to hide the deep shame.
Narcissistic attitudes also belive that self image is distorted with the narcissistic point of view and the person believes that he is superior to others. An inflated self-esteem is a defense to cover up their sense of shame deep within. Grandiosity is an insidious error in thinking that prevents them from blaming themselves and becoming depressed or disintegrated. What is also known is that creeping narcissism in a person is when succumbs to the gradual demands of selfishness and entitlement by giving in to “I am special” beliefs.
I am originally from Hargiesa but pride with centuries of Awdal civilization as my roots. At the end of the civil of the war, I could not stay in Hargeisa, my birth place and moved to Borama. I pride with my people in Awdal and that background of Hargeisa but, in his interviews, I often hear Ahmed distancing himself from Awdal, saying ” I am from Gabiley”. Let me tell him that Awdalians are the most educated, sophisticated and civilised people of Somalia. They see the shame in his shirt but he doesn’t.
Awdalians have hundreds of university professors, political scientists and respected leaders. They can their business well in anywhere without Ahmed. can he do them a favour and stop that smears around the meaningless Somali media circles. Education doesnt mean to graduate from university but it is to understand the different dimensions of life and that is what Ahmed lacks.
The man only got the chance of talking to the various media cirlces. They enlist certain individuals and they never change their list when it comes to African and Asian affairs. He worked for the BBC for a long time and that was how he first went through. If these monopolised outlets of media circles call him, he should not think that he is MR. KNOW ALL. They are only lazy to reach out for other people.
In today’s Somali leadership, we dont need narcissistic leaders who run for their persoanl gains. We need leaders with vision, who can learn from the past mistakes and who can lead their people through the 21st century with courage and confidence.
Osman Elmi, elmi1949
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