We stand in solidarity with Somaliland’s foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Abdilahi Omar’s unequivocal denunciation of Britain’s Foreign Office which was later echoed by Somaliland’s ambassador at large kaysar abdillahi.
Somalilanders wasted no time in taking to streets to express their unified displeasure with Britain’s political expediency.
The UK’s current maneuver is mere a political cover rather than an identified substantial threat that merits the distressing of their nationals in Somaliland.
In a one size fits all approach to cover all basis the UK’s foreign office has unfortunately attached Somaliland to the fluid situation in Mali where the Islamist have been advancing, the siege in Algeria where dozens lost their lives, and the aftermath of American tragedy in Benghazi. Once the UK’s actions are viewed within this context it becomes quite clear to comprehend that there is no imminent threat to foreigners in Somaliland, but that this is a political cover vaguely couched to deflect blame in case something were to materialize.
With all the superlatives bestowed on Somaliland none describes it better than “Oasis of Peace”.
Discernibly Somaliland’s status is not fortuitous but the reality that beat the odds and sustained prolonged peace by adapting to changing condition. 2008 we witnessed the coordinated terrorist attacks that tore through Somaliland and due to that all Somalilanders are united and remain steadfast in maintaining their hard-won peace and security in a close proximity to the World’s Failed State where the chaos is the norm and pirates and terrorist roam.
We are not naïve or impervious to the threats that face us, erected in the heart of our capital city is fighter jet which stands as testament to value and virtue of peace that we unreservedly seek. The ideals that we hold dear and idioms of peace and prosperity(nabad iyo caano) that our language profess are all shaped by historical context in which our perspective is framed and there is no differing perspectives on this among Somalilanders. The security that prevails in Somaliland is a tangible asset that was born out of rubble built by consensus and safeguarded by all with unwavering resolve and unmatched adamancy. It is only in Somaliland where large sums of money of every denomination are left in streets unguarded, and people of all sorts walk the streets after dark unfazed.
I commend Somaliland’s foreign minister for his timely and explicit repudiation of Britain’s rhetoric.
Geleh Ali Gulaid