Practicing or leading such a life (dualism) is sinister and noxious all across the board—from individual to national level. Tribalism and nationalism are quite disparate; partisan and clannish are also quite distinct. Behaving like squanderer and avaricious also come against being indigent, destitute post-conflict country.

A nation short of erudite scholars, yet not able to tap the few at disposal is bewildering and confusing. A nation whose saving is minuscule, yet did not manage to properly direct the little available into productive domains is also frustrating and distressful. A country whose people are mainly Muslim-practicing, yet obdurate in such aforementioned blunder is also unfathomable question.

You may wonder how to solve such formidable, full of challenges dualism enigma-s we mentioned above. However, it is natural to have such dichotomy in human life, be it politics, economics and social.

That is the reason we have economic, social and political conundrums that always need solution from political scientists, economists, social experts, etc. if there were not any dualism– where everything is harmonious—we would not resort to political, economic, social and legal disciplines to help us solve the hard choices we face every-day, and hence the world would have been something quite different from the world we live in.

Dualism delineates the relevant delicate aspects of social, political and economic problems that need to be handled and managed in a manner that would give maximum benefit for the majority of the people by keeping all detrimental effects at bay as much as possible. This would entail the identification and delineating where exactly the public interest does lie amongst given alternatives or options available in particular episode of time. This is the job of policy-makers with the help of academicians in different fields of knowledge.

In this regard, organization of society or nation is the most paramount issue. Leadership is the eminent element in the organization that would not emancipate the feeble-minded people so that they would keep scholars and expertise at arm’s length.

Again, it is the leadership that would not give opportunity to selfish, wealth thirsty individuals.

It is the leadership that would allocate meager resources of a flat broke country as efficiently as possible. No place for wasting and squandering as well as misallocation.

In order to move forward despite dualism–tribalism against nationalism, partisan against clannish and the likes– rule of law is the second most important element for ensuring the harmonization and solidarity of the organized body—the state, so as not to fall apart amidst adversities that might arise from within or outside the state. For instance, election disputes can only be dealt with independent, credible judiciary courts.

In this context, state should be based on consensus based constitution that would ramify later on into legislations in every area of life. This would require committed policy makers as well as scholarly expertise in jurisprudence, Economics and political as well as social sciences.


  1. I don't get it, what is exactly your point? apart from having good looks and being photogenic I do not see any thing new in your piece. People shouldn't write for the sake of writing, but must write about an idea.

    • Thank you very much for your comment, Mr Jama. Sorry for the abstractness. I can really see the problem. It needs to be made a bit elaborated. however, believe me I have not written it for the sake of writing though I didn't make it.
      Despite this, I believe, an individual like you can make sense out of it. To summarize it for you, the main theme is that dualism of tribalism and nationalism as well as being poor and have the habit of extravagant are normal phenomena in human life and that is why there is Economics to tell you that you have limited resources so you can't spend as recklessly as you wish. The same way, we need rule of law and sagacious policies that would tell us that we can't practice clannish behaviour in the national arena. could you please read it again and honestly tell me if you feel the same as before towards the piece. I am grateful to either way.

  2. I did not understand fully this article either. But I can not say it is not good, because I am not ecominist. I sense that this gentleman is passionate about changing tribalism behaviour of Somaliland. I salute him for that.

    • Thank you very much for your sincere compliment. thank you again for picking up the main theme of the piece–just to change tribalism behaviour as you literally said.

  3. Thank you for your honesty. I can not take pride in my behavior, I always say it as I see it and I hurt the feelings of other quite a lot. I do not go against people personally, but I try to give my honest advice as much as possible.

    Having said that, I do not really see anything new that is unknown to regular guy on the street like me in this whole article.

    I salute you courage and honesty. You are not defensive at all and you sound like a gentleman. These character are hard to find now in this Faqash dominated websites. You will soon see them make weird comments unrelated to the topic of your article, so fasten your seat belt.

    • Jama,

      The article is very clear. It's interesting to note that while all Somali's-yes that's you included! suffer from extreme cases of tribalism we must be honest with ourselves and address the elephant in the room.

      If any part of Somalia is to be autonomous and thrive economically the decision makers must roll up their selves and implement economic policies that make fiscal sense. It is merely foolish to hide behind the veil of tribalism to establish nationhood while majority of our people are starving. It's the same case for Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Jijiga, Bosaso, Kismayo…you name it. It's simple economics.

      I commend the brother who took time and effort to write this article, it is very refreshing to read a view point that challenges the reader to step back and ponder for a second. Just remember Jama, our need for tribalism and derogatory slurs like "faqash" stem from a deep insecurity. Don't worry…you’re not the only guilty one.

  4. Gents,
    The message is clear for all to see. Invest more and more in your people and country, improve administration behavior, eradicate corruption, be august but not abject, be an instrument of viture; sow harmony where there is hate, where theire is injury, pardon, where there is doubt, faith, where there is depaire, hope, where there is darkness, light, where there is sadness, joy ….. these are all what what message means.

    The question is: Do Siilaanyo and his adminsitration understand this? The anwwer is a resounding no.

    • thank you very much for your insightful comment. it seems as though you have read my mind in distance through my humble piece.

  5. What I understood is the effect of tribalism bad governance lack of sincerity on the part of individuals in government and corruption if am right.

    Seems to me the author hit the facts on the head and I totally agree with him.

    On my part I think thco side of all this nation and citizen destroying ills are byproduct of the previous dictatorial regime of afweyne which destroyed the fiber and moral being of the general Somali people.

    One little example here of this an repairable destruction is for example, a Somali official is chosen or grabs a governmental position by tribal means or affiliation next he is sworn in to officially by putting his hand on the most holiest book the Quran, and the next week he starts embezzling whatever little monies he get his hand on from the coffers of the government.

    Subxanallah, see here this person doesn’t even remember the oath he took infront of god and yet he calls himself a Muslim.

    We all know the punishments after, but how comes Somalis take this for granted? Aren’t they real Muslims or what are they missing.

    Once upon a time I come across a guy who used to be a minister in afweynes government who tried to repent from his past sins of embezzling the citizens monies, and the injustices he caused his fellow citizen after serving that dictator for a very long time. However this happened only when he lost his influential and powerful position and becoming a refugee in a western country.

    What a journey, do this guys in position ever think of tomorrow? What’s wrong if one becomes a faithful servant for his country and citizens and earn respect and afterwords retires in his own country in dignity peace and respect ?

    Lastly by experience I learned that the Somali people have been morally, mentally, religiously, and human bankrupted hence repairing this present generally Is unseeable In the near future hence the future lies with the next generation.

    Some might try to reply to my comment negatively as usual, but stating the facts doesn’t mean that I attacked any individual personally. Just my thoughts.

    Good bless Somaliland.

  6. When tribalism, hate, enmity, envy, and jealousy are what determine your opionions and efforts, what would aquire and whom you would idenity as your adversry?

    Nicwham nwngom twnaon somalis!!!