By Chris Brown
In Somali Regional State it looks alike that the saying that reads: “when the going got tough, the tough get going,” relevant at this juncture of time. Abdi Mohamed Omar- AKA Abdi Ilay-is facing the insurmountable obstacle he had encountered in his entire political life. We know he has been the most powerful man in the regional state and he killed, arrested and tortured thousands of people without impunity. But that is to change for good now. The breaking news is that the expected heavy weights of EPRDF delegates have arrived in Jijiga today and they are expected to start a long meeting to remove him from power. However, this is the time for EPRDF to begin new chapter in Somali Regional State. As elsewhere done what we need is a soft power now not installing a worst man than Abdi Ilay.
At the moment, Abdi Ilay’s power has gone out of the window. He even cannot arrest the eight strong executive members of his Regional Government. As we have hinted in. Abdi Ilay has used to rely on support he was getting from the TPLF generals in Harar. His supporter in Harar, even did not want to be taken with the flood. It looked alike that they have evaporated within overnight. Now his past will haunt him for a long time to come. He does not have anywhere to hide. Rather the long arms of the law are waiting him.
One of his political plunder is instalment of Mohamed Abdillahi Hassan- Mad Mullah, statue in jijiga. The mad mullah is the 19th century equivalent of the 21st Islamic State leader, Al- Bagdadi, or the now deceased leader of Al- Shabab, Ahmed Godane, the three people share a come feature: all of them killed, murdered and tortured thousands of innocent civilian simply because they did not adopted the Islamic version they preached.
Abdi Ilay is not different from these extremists who caused massive havoc in the world. It is time for all Somali who don’t condone this madness to take side. The mad mullah’s statue is due to be removed and erected in Gode not Jijiga. We don’t need to glorify extremism, rather we should condemn them. It is not the first time a statue was installed for the mad mullah. It has been before done in Mogadishu during the former Somalian dictator Mohamed Said Barre. However, the revolutionary movement has brought it down. The Jijiga’s mad mullah’s Statue will have the same fate.
NOW WE HEARD BREAKING NEWS THAT A LOADS OF TWO ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FOLKER PLANES DELEGATION HAS LANDED IN JIJIGA TODAY TO BEGIN THE EXPECTED MEETING OF SOMALI REGIONAL STATE. THE GAME IS OVER. ABDI ILAY’S DAYS IN POWER CAN NOW BE COUNTED IN HAND. WHAT WILL HIS SUPPORTERS WILL DO? RUN AWAY FROM JIJIGA.
I DONT KNOW WHY OGADENIS NEVER LEARN FROM THE HISTORY. THEY ALWAYS ABUSE POWR AND START FROM THE STRATCH. IT HAPPENED IN SOMALIA WHEN THEY ALLIED WITH DICTATOR AND KILLED MANY NORTHERN PEOPLE. IT ALSO REPEATED ITSELF IN SOMALI REGIONAL STATE. THEY LEFT POWER IN DROVE IN 1994. THEY ARE DESTABLISING THE WHOLE REGION. IS NOT TIME TO CALL THE SHOT AND GIVE THE OGADENI THE AREA THEY INHABIT, LET THEM KILL THEMSELVES AS ABDI ILAY HAS SOWN OGADENI PROBLEM THROUGH OUT THE REGIONAL STATE. IN THE OLD DAY, ONLF USED TO BE CORNERED IN QABRI DHAHAR FIQ AREA. NOW THEY ARE SPREAD TO THE WHOLE SOMALI REGION AND THEY ABUSH INNOCENT PEOPLE EVEN IN THE NEIGHBORING REGIONAL STATES, SUCH AS OROMIA AND AFAR.
THANK TO THE ABDI ILAY’S TACIT ACCEPTANCE AND RECOGNITION OF THE ONLF STRUGGLE. DO YOU KNOW THAT ABDI ILAY HAS MADE LIYU POLICE (SPECIAL POLICE) FIRST AS A SMOKE SCREEN TO ADVANCE THE LONG HELD OGADENI AMBITION OF ESTABLISHING AN OGADENI COUNTRY. SOMALI REGIONAL STATE IS NOT AN OGADENI REGION. IT IS INHABITED BY MANY SOMALI CLANS AND TRIBES EVEN THAT DON’T EXIST IN THE SOMALIA REPUBLIC. THIS REALITY IS WHAT THE EPRDF HAVE TO UNDERSTAND.
WE ARE PROPOSING, SOMALI REGIONAL STATE SHOULD BE DIVIDED INTO TWO BLOCKS; OGADEN AND THE REST OF SOMALI, THE FORMER ITS CAPITAL GODE AND THE LATTER JIJIGA. THEN ALL OGADENI SHOULD BE SENT TO GODE. WE CAN TAKE THE OCEAN FROM THE FISH TO ULTIMATELY KILL IT. PLEASE ETHIOPIAN SOMALI PROPOSE THIS STRATEGY TO EPRDF. I DONT THINK ANY OGADENI WILL DARE TO FIGHT THEN. THE WHOLE SOMALI PEOPLE MUST COLLABORATE TO EFFECTIVELY STRANGLE THE MADNESS GOING IN THE SOMALI REGIONAL STATE. LAST AND FINAL WORD FOR THE SOMALI PEOPLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER AND SPOKE-PERSON OF THE REGIONAL PARLIAMENT, MOHAMED RASHID, PLEASE SWITCH SIDE NOW, YOU HAVE TIME, DONT LET YOUSELF DRAGGED BY A DEAD MAN. ABDI ILAY IS GOING.
“CUUDURKA KAA GALA FARDAHA
HADDI LAGA GUUBO DAMEER
DAWADA LAMA GAADHAYO
ANNO WALI KUU GAD BIXIIN
GAD DHERE BAY SARANTAHAY”
TRANSLATED AS LIKE THIS
“YOU WILL NEVER ERADICATE EPEDIMIC THAT PLAGUED HORSES IF YOU VACCINATE THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF DONKEYS” THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON IN SOMALI REGIONAL STATE. DOES EPRDF SINCERELLY WANT TO BRIGNG PEACE AND TRANQUILITY IN THE SOMALI REGIONAL STATE? IF IT DOES, WE HAVE TO MAKE A NEW STRATEGIC DISCUSSION WITH ALL SOMALI STAKEHOLDERS. THE OLD WAY OF FAVORING ONE SOMALI CLAN WILL LEAD US TO DESTRUCTION. LET US SUPPORT THE EIGHT INDIVIDUALS WHO STOOD UP AGAINST THE DICTATOR IN SOMALI REGIONAL STATE. IT IS SOMALI REGIONAL STATE AWAKENING TIME, JUST LIKE IT HAPPENED ELSEWHERE.
ACCORDING TO SOMALI PROVERB,
“QOF GO’AY IYO ROOB GALBEED
MIDKOODANA HADUU GALBADOO
GADAAL UMA SOO NOQDE’E”
“A DEAD PERSON AND A RAIN BYGONE
NEVER COME BACK”
THIS IS THE EXACT REALITY IN SOMALI REGIONAL STATE.