“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” 
John F. Kennedy


The article was a rumbling and confusing piece of work. On the one hand he was lecturing to the professor, while on the other hand he was pedaling a one-sided, distorted and disfigured history of Somaliland that is not backed or supported by any evidence or backing, which at the same time is far from the reality on the ground. This is a man whose criticism is replete with subjectivity, tribal hatred, jealousy, and what have you. He never mentioned a scintilla of good thing that has happened in the Republic of Somaliland. This is nothing more than a one man virulent crusade, whose harangue and  lop-sided message never changes, but the messenger-the author changes his colors quite often to the level whereby, one can sometimes barely recognize him. The changing habit of this flame-breathing diehard tribalist could be equated with a chameleon. He is a diehard Siyad Bare loyalist who just recently started snipping at Somaliland from his safe bunker in Europe. Siyad Barre is gone with the wind, but the mentality some of his loyalists and left-overs spouse for Somaliland and other progressive causes did not die and is well and alive.  At the present time and beginning from the rebirth of the second Somaliland Republic, the good Siyad Barre old guard has transformed into a lying, virulent hate-filled group that harbor tremendous disdain for anything Somaliland. To them everything else, but Somaliland is good. If Somaliland is heaven they choose hell. If Somaliland is earth, they choose Venus. Their unbending, and unwavering mentality is so intense, so virulent, and so pathogenic that the only one thing that could potentially make them happy is nothing less than the total obliteration of the Republic of Somaliland and its people from the face of the earth. At the same time, these groups have a tendency of high degree of mutation and they are mutation-prone that is even more intense and frequent than the real retro-viruses,  which are a  group of RNA viruses that are responsible for deadly diseases ranging from AIDS, Hepatitis, B, C, human Papilloma virus and others. Mr. Hassan was the author of countless venomous, poisonous, and baseless harangues against the Republic of Somaliland. These articles are mostly an amalgam of exaggerations, lies, innuendoes, distortions of history and outright baseless propaganda pieces. Despite of their narrow, and tribal-motivated hatred, they claim to be diehard good nationalists, a meaningless word often embraced and excessively tossed around or wielded If you will by warlords, tribal lords like Hassan, terrorists, extremely corrupt thieves, civilian killers, extortionists, swindlers,  and many other evil doers. They always use the word as a smoke screen to hide their underlying tribal tendencies and fascist ideology, when railing against their targets, and the things they abhor so much such as the Republic of Somaliland.  For the record, the true nationalist tendencies of the Somaliland natives they naively manifested during the great betrayal of 1960, are so vivid in the memories of a good number of them, and are well-documented for the record.  They did what they did, that rose to the level of blind nationalist tendencies and pipe dreams for the sake of unifying all Somali-speaking areas of the Horn of Africa. Back in the day, the gullible but rather naive people of Somalailand have dearly paid for those grave mistakes they committed in 1960.  It is crystal clear to everybody that naked and mirage nationalism, to unify all the Somali-speaking states of the Horn of Africa was a disaster and an utter failure. Somaliland first Republic was lost in the dust of that so-called nationalism and the mythical dream of unifying all the Somali-speaking areas of the Horn of Africa by any means necessary. Moreover, this breed that often hides behind that empty shell called nationalism, and use kitchen sink tactics against anything that carry the name-Republic of Somaliland and its people. This new breed of people are more often than not motivated by tribal  jealousy, animosity , and often conveniently call themselves unionist, nationalists and few other meaningless nouns, but deep down they are clannish/tribal radicals who are unhappy to what hasn’t happened to them and their former Somalia. Let me tell you sir; first of all allow me to shove a crash history course down your throat. For the record Somaliland and Somalia were always two separate countries. At the same time, it was Somaliland that was the major driver behind that miserably failed union, a union for all practical purposes that has never fully materialized, and immediately degenerated into a hell hole of favoritism, tribalism, regionalism, rampant corruption, segregation, tribal discrimination, ineptness, dictatorship, and political impotence. 


Thousands welcome Prof. Samater in Somaliland

 “He is in his often confusing and rumpling piece has admitted the intractable malaise that has plagued “Somalia” or Somalia-Italiano for almost thirty years. Before, immediately jumping to his punching bag-Republic of Somaliland which he often throw at indiscriminate cluster bombs, and countless derogatory, inflammatory and often outrights lies and harangues. This is a man who usually has the tendency of operating under so many different names and titles such as (spokesman the now defunct Northern Unionists, SSC, Khaatmo and many others. “Your disenchantments go much wider than these Mogadishu specific problems and extend to what you consider the unacceptable inequities of the union. Few will dissent with your penetrating analysis and observations.”

Dr. Samatar’s disenchantment is the disenchantment of the overwhelming majority of Somalilanders. There is nothing new here and the thirty years misery that has befallen on our people has started in 1960.  As soon as the Somaliland delegation arrived Muuqdisho, and unlike your unbending obsession that with your false pretense, the overwhelming majority of Somalilanders supported the reacquisition of their long lost independence and sovereignty. Somaliland is far from being one clan project. The latter is nothing but a rehash of a tired phrase often used by the anti-Somaliland Siyad Barre loyalists.   

“The ineluctable question people are bound to be asking, and indeed have asked, is what prompted Prof Ahmed Ismail Samatar, the veteran nationalist par excellence, who tenaciously championed Somalia’s revival and unity through thick and thin for all these years to now uncharacteristically throw in the towel at this particular juncture of his political track in Somalia?”

The above named rumbling article called Dr. Samatar a veteran nationalist par excellence and so sorrow that as an intellectual. This man is a master of exaggeration, and a jack of all propaganda. If the man was a microscope he would have been an electron microscope with total magnifications of 100,000. The man is a relentless propagandist, die hard tribalists, devote Siyad Barre loyalists and hallucinating hypocrite masquerading as a nationalist while at the same time promoting his clan lines. The man is a deeply tribal and sectarian-minded individual.  I know the man is no more nationalist that Professor Samatar or anybody else for that matter.

I am so surprised, flabbergasted and taken a back when it became a crime when somebody went back to his native land, talk, discuss and mingle with his own people. Professor Samatar came from a rather large and gigantic nation with ancient history, civilization, and culture. He came from a nation that cherishes discussion, and dialogue. People constantly make mistakes and the best among them is the one who confesses his/her wrongs. This man writes pieces which are often nothing, but unsubstantiated harangues against the republic of Somaliland. They are often full of baseless propaganda that is never supported or backed by a proof or back up that could dissect the paper in depth, longitudinally, diagonally, or cross section wise.

Prof. Samater Addressing University Students

Osman Hassan: “You have every reason to feel shocked not because you did not win the presidency but in awakening to the harsh depressing reality in Mogadishu and to feel irrelevant and powerless in an environment where the twin evils of corruption and clan, in turn or in combination, have trumped national interest . Be that as it may, I share with many others that you are wrong in the lesson you drew and the actions you took”.

Rebuttal: False because no matter what he does, due to your burning and incurable tribal bias and hatred you would have never say anything good about professor Samatar or anybody else from the Republic of Somaliland for that matter. Despite all the bad things happening in Muuqdisho, your real nemesis is still Somaliland and its people.  

Osman Hassan: “You have deployed your mighty intellectual force to justify why you had deserted Somalia and embraced the secession, hitherto untouchable. Your reasons are that you saw yourself politically excluded as a northerner and also because you consider Somalia beyond salvation. The first reason is not true as I argued above and the second one is a moot point. Somalia’s problem is one of leadership as you yourself have pronounced on different occasions. And sooner or later, the right one is bound to emerge. Otherwise, it has no other existential problems given its people, apart from the secessionists support a united, stable and prosperous Somalia. For these reasons, Somalia is bound to eventually emerge from its doldrums. It is only a matter of time and more time is what you have not given it.”

Rebuttal: False both are true and the record speaks for itself. Let me take the first one is true because there was never a secession, but rather a retrogression or the re-acquirement of a lost independence and sovereignty and the second is also true because without Somaliland, Somali-Italiano can’t be revived. The following is the way I see it: The former Italian Somalia is almost split into Jubaland, Puntland, Baidawaland, Banderland, Galmudug, and Merca-Jamma land. There is a real an already existing political, military and social stalemate which appears to be increasing and intensifying among these groups. Somaliland once again unified with the former Somalia is close to impossible:

 Impossible Scenario one: Somaliland will never voluntarily or involuntarily will unify with Somalia (Italian Somaliland).

Impossible Scenario two: In order to save Somalia-Italiano, the only other option left will be forcing Somaliland to unify with them, and the latter, means an all-out war with Somaliland, in which case the four million plus Somalilanders who  are already much stronger than during their earlier war of  liberation against Siyad Barre, will put up a formidable resistance which will make the operation a rather bloody struggle, but at the end, Somalilanders will decisively win it,  and will make them even in a more stronger position than ever before. This means the Republic of Somaliland and its people will only be peaceful with all their Horn of Africa neighbors only if their self-determination, independence and sovereignty are respected.

Osman Hassan: “By contrast, if any place is doomed, it is Somaliland: not the former British colony of that name, for that had been defunct since the union, but the one-clan secessionist enclave calling itself by the same name which you have now espoused.”


Rebuttal: This is entirely a false premise because there is no scenario under which the Republic of Somaliland will be doomed (wicked and sadistic wish). If somebody is doomed it is the former Somalia, an entity  that is already doomed/defunct, and there is very little or no chance of its revival. Again the second premises that Somaliland is a one clan project is false, because Dahir Rayaale a non-Isaak Somalilander was a president of Somaliland for eight years.  

Osman Hassan: “A secession opposed by almost four of the five clans in the north, the rest of Somalia and shunned by the international community is unsustainable. Given these realties, it is only a matter of time before the secession collapses and falls apart. Of all people, this should be clear to you and yet you chose belatedly to jump to a sinking ship.”

Rebuttal: False: The above statement is categorically false because there is no such thing called 4 out of  5 clans are opposed to Somaliland independence, the overwhelming majority of Somalilanders 97% has approved the Republic of Somaliland independence. No sense regarding clans was taken but a real referendum was taken in the early nineties, and overwhelming majority of Somalilanders has chosen independence. There are no Somalilanders in their right mind that will choose to be part of a now defunct Somalia that only exists on paper. Your premise is nothing but a baseless. There is no such thing as international community. The people of Somaliland are drivers of their destiny. They have taken back their independence and sovereignty by demand and force, and not answer to anyone, but themselves.  I think you saying the false myths you are pedaling here,  because you are out of touch with the realities on the friend.


Suleiman Egeh a freelance author and a science instructor





  1. Osman Hassan can run for eternity but he will never be able to hide himself. He was one of the generals of Siyaad Barre who commited crimes against humanity in Somaliland. When we inflicted the historical defeat on the Somali army and Daarood militia, Osman Hassan begged to be burdened. In all the reconciliation conferences in Somaliland, back in the ninties, he and Ali Galaydh were always present and endorsed the outcome of the final resolutions of Borama and Burco conferences pertaining to the restoration of the independence of Somaliland (British Somaliland). The noble and patriotic nation of Isaaq defeated faqash remnants like back then and defeated him just two weeks ago, when hundreds of his Ahmed Naalleeye community defected and declared their loyality to the republic of Somaliland, to which they belong. long live all patriotic Somalilanders.

      • Samatar received the welcome of a king among his own people and that is something the evil minded individuals fail to understand.

        Muuqdisho is a dangerous place much like South Africa and any Somalilander who goes their only does so for self interest nothing more.

        Those who are lucky enough to get out of their alive are welcomed home like Heroes returning FROM Hell!

  2. Kk we get it samatar wasn't welcomed in Muuqdisho because the Abgaal are not humans yet they are uncivilized people who act like animals.

    But my point is why couldn't samara at least visited Garowe or probably even run for the next presidential election in Puntland? I'm pretty sure samater would have won it.

    what is the difference between Hargeisa, Garowe or even Muugdisho?
    Samater choose Hargeisa for tribal reasons it's obvious isn't it? Gadaabuursi and Isaaq are from the same Dir tribe.

    This is the problem with somalis we are too triblist we will never move on.

    This is the reason why I married a Isaaq woman so my children will be mixed NO QABIL, NO BS.

  3. Thank you Mr. Eggie. Your response to this insane liar, is welcomed by all those who understand the fact called Somaliland. Only the enemies of Somali people and clan minded like Mr. Osman, will continue denied the truth and lie through their teeth.

    May Allah bless your soul and may Allah bless Somaliland and its people everywhere. AMIN!

  4. This articles reveals the true situation that Osman Hassan Haji Omar aka Osman-badawi has been involving lately. Osman-badawi was a newscaster of BBC Somali service for a long time and before he joined the BBC World Service in between1958-59, he was a school teacher in Somaliland. Osman-badawi is by now 80+ years old and he spent over 3/4 of his life in Western Europe, therefore he has been out of touch for so long.

    However, it's widely believed that he's used and fed with all kinds of false myths, hatred and unfounded information about Somaliland by the infamous murderers and collaborators of the dictatorial regime of Siad Barre, since these perpetrators have no credit to tell anything good to the Somali public, and their only strategy is to fool people like Osman-badawi and the young generations who grew up in foreign soils and don't know much about the country of their origin.

    In my opinion, the old Osman-badawi himself badly needs an urgent rescue from these cruel and hateful warmongers in whichever way possible, and I personally believe that Prof. Ahmed I. Samatar is the right person who can take such initiatives since they know each other very well and spent many years together in the Somali service of the BBC.

    • Ku rujiye kama kace

      What does Kama kace means? A person characterized by an inordinate or ungovernable enthusiasm for something, sex maniac to put to context in its proper pretext? This is the names of un-cultured people.

  5. I read the article @ An Open Letter to Prof. Ahmed Ismail Samatar
    Osman Badawi is scavenging for ideas to support in his article. He is now bankrupt of any further cover-ups for the Somalia’s doomed truth. He repeatedly uses secessionist clan enclave referring it to Somaliland, He calls his slogan unionist northerner of Somalia. He should have joined Somaliland in getting its demarcated legitimacy and statehood first recognized at the international arena before his fantasies of union. At this junction his argument of union has no legitimacy what so ever. He doesn't even know what union he is talking about. You need to correct mistakes draw back your self from the mess. Good luck.

  6. Osman Badawi wrote an excellently articulated article about the hypocrisy of Prof: Samater. The good professor is a politically ambitious man, advanced in age and as result wants the fastest route to presidentship. Since he failed in Mogadishu, Hargeisa is the next best choice, so I would caution those who believe is sudden love for all things secessionist enclave aka so-called Somaliland. Even his own brother Prof: Abdi Samater is refuting him and affirmed the sanctity of one Somalia .. Listen for yourselves.

    Sulieman Egah's poorly written rebuttal fails the minimum proficiency and simply feeds ignorance of the cabals of Somaliland afeciantos and extremists. Fact of the matter is, So-called Somaliland is built on clan not democracy thus will never be recognized as country. You can keep hitting your head on wall or shed crocodile tears at world gatherings but the equation remains the same … No Recognition period. You can raise that funeral looking flag all you want and wipe-up emotions and extremism, however the statue quo remains. Cry me a river.

  7. Great article Mr. Egeh. The article showed how the old man so ill-informed and out of touch from the realities on the ground in Somaliland. He did not know Somalilanders have built a nation from scratch and one could barely see the scars of the devastation and misery his uncle Siyad Barre has inflicted on Somalilanders when they dare to fight fr their independence, liberty, and sovereignty. The struggle will be on. VIVA the Republic of Somaliland

  8. Osman Badawi's article was dead on and to the point, and if you have any doubts check out the link in Abdi Yare's comment that the good professor's own brother doesn't agree with him. I also second Abdi Yare's point that the professor wants badly to be president and thinks he can be president of Hargeysa,Burco,Berbera; But what the professor failed to understand is and the only argument the "one clan secessionist" uses when people say it's only them from all the tribes that live in the north of Somalia that push this idea of secession. Dahir Riyaale didn't become president because the people wanted him and all was well, it was a strategy by the "one clan secessionist" to save themselves from another war between them since no one sub-clan would concede to the other to become president, and was an agreement by all of their elders and politicians. If you need prove of this then look no further then the last elections they had and up until now that every other sub-clan of is@@q doesn't want anything to with Siilanyo's clan. In his most recent interview the professor named all the regions he visited in the north Somalia and the regions of SSC wasn't among them, and when asked why he said he was told by the Siilanyo admin. that it wasn't save which show that people of those regions don't want anything to do with this one clan secessionist project called "Somaliland". Also the good citizens of Awdal State of Somalia are fed-up too check out their elders and politicians are being ignored daily to their demands for equality and justice for all and not just Is@@qs.


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