OPINION / FIKRAD | The Somali people are not fortunate of obtaining noble leaders. It is either because of their past sins or because Allah has prescribed for them to be in this way. Somalis have been complaining about bad leaders since the beginning of the civil war. Every time new president comes, the hopes of the Somali people is very high but unfortunately, after few months later that hope is dashed because of the actions taken by the new presidents. We have been complaining about Sheikh Sharif but now we are witnessing a new president worse than Sheikh Sharif. The problem with Somali people is when asking Allah for good leaders we don’t ask Allah leaders who have TAQWAA (fear of Allah), but we simply ask good leaders.
The new president has not shown to the Somali people up to now the good leadership skills which they expected from him. People who met with have described as incompetent, indecisive, not articulate and not a good communicator. While in meeting he looks sleepy and not attentive. He relies on others. He waits decisions at last minutes and also come up with bad decisions. Nobody knows whom he consults or listens. The only difference between him and Sheikh Sharif is that he does not travel too much. The reason he remains in the country is simply to show people that he stays most of the time in the country and enjoying welcoming foreign dignitary in the country.
The Somali people needed a new leader but unfortunately it looks that the new president is even worse than his predecessors simply because of his actions. Since his election most of the steps he has taken have been controversial particular the nomination of the Prime Minister as well as the government Ministers. First of all, it took him long time to nominate a Prime Minister. The selection of the prime Minister was a poor choose because there were available more qualified candidates than his selection. Secondly, the selection of the new cabinet hasn’t been considered the views and advices of the key local players of Somali affairs. Thirdly, he put one the most important portfolio a women who advocated passionately and fought to separate Somaliland from Somalia. Fourthly, he combined key important Ministers such as Health and Education in one super Ministry. And last, he mixed both tribal issues with Religions issues.
The most unfortunate things of all his selection of ministers were based on what? It is based on Education, Experience, Tribal or what?. Most of the current Ministers of the Somali government came from Diaspora and most of them in their host countries were either Unemployed, collect social Assistance or had minimal jobs. The question is how come a person who couldn’t succeed in his host country can become a Minister? How a failed person can lead a failed society.
What happened of selecting the current Ministers that is the same procedure that engulfed the Somali political system of nominates a Minister to post without going through any background checks? It shows that both the Prime Minister and the new Ministers have not gone through background checks because now body checked what have done on his or her life and what contribution he or she made with communities he or she lives with. Does he or she have a job where he came from or he or she was dropout talking about tribal politics and sits coffee shop in his host country?
The appointment of a woman on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is new low in Somalia political system because of religious requirement. Is she qualified and possesses the qualification required for this position? Has she worked at the Somali Ministry of Foreign affairs before? I am not against women to be appointment a high position but Foreign affairs is out of character of Somali people. It never happened in the Somali political system since it’s incept. It would have been acceptable to nominate a women Minister of Education or Health but not Foreign affair. This is not the president’s idea to nominate women to Minister of Foreign affairs but it is Western Countries ideas. Because of his background of working with foreign donor agencies, he adopted their views of gender equity without deeply understanding their strategies. Because of his poor knowledge of our religions and looking sympathy from foreigners he could not comprehend the sequences of his decisions.
Most of the World Foreign Ministers are men. She has to greet and hug them. She has to meet them in a closed room and negotiate with men for all Somali foreign policy affairs. Particularly this woman, if she advocated Somaliland to separate from Somalia, there is no way she could become the Foreign Minister of Somalia. I don’t blame her but I do blame the so called President. I do warn the Somali people about this President because his way of thinking and don’t be surprised if he does bad thinks because his narrow views about the world. His way of thinking is similar to the Western leaders who have been advocating that Muslim world must lead by women and particularly that the compulsory Salad prayers must be led by women.
Furthermore, a lot of people claim that the new president is associated with one of the religion factions in Somalia. If he was associated with religion he would not have appointed women to the Ministers of Foreign affairs. This idea of promoting women to key positions of Muslim countries government is Western idea and his previous association with non-government agencies who finances his previous programs plays a role.
I conclude my article by saying “May Almighty save Somali People from this calamity and show the right path for prosperity, peace and tranquility. May Allah provide the Somali people good leaders who will ruleSomaliaaccording the Islamic Law? Also, respect dignity and rights of the individual as well as collectively, free speech and press, respect the rule of law.
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