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In Defense Of Honorable Basha Farah, ‎Somaliland's Deputy Speaker Of Parliament

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In Defense Of Honorable Basha Farah, ‎Somaliland's Deputy Speaker Of Parliament‎

Hirad On Somaliland: Manifestations Of Hysteria‎‎‎

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A Rejoinder To Abdalla A Hirad’s ‎Outburst Against Professor Jhazbhay

By Mohamud Tani

Basha Mohamed Farad used to be a resident of Ottawa for many years. He was always an ardent supporter of Somaliland all the way from the start. He never apologized for his choice to anybody. He never did it to satisfy anybody either. To him it was a matter of rational choice; for peace and good neighborhood, for respect of human rights and democracy, for freedom and for the future of everybody concerned. He always saw Somaliland as the best thing that happened to Somali people anywhere around the globe. He never made any bones about that. Aside from that Basha is a man of great intellect and personal integrity. He is a very calm and poised person who does show neither abrasiveness nor excitability, two traits that are common among the Somalis of a nomadic origin. You may not know, but Basha is from the family of the Garad of the Dhulbahante, and always at the first sight one recognizes him as a person with a princely character. Basha could stand out of any crowd, and that is why he was elected to be one of the leaders of the parliament of Somaliland.

In the many years we were in Ottawa together, Basha never failed to participate in any event or activity that was relevant to the people of Somaliland. Furthermore, he always used to show others from the south whatever was wrong with their case for a big Somalia. I saw him, more than once, telling people like Adde Musa “You belong to the South, but we the dhulbahnte belong to Somaliland”.

I was surprised to see in the news that the Great SNM veteran Mr. Yusuf Talaabo, who is also a Minister in the Government, has attacked the deputy speaker of the parliament, His Honorable Basha Mohamed Farah on the national TV, accusing him of connections to Adde Muse and Abdillahi Yusuf. As far as I am concerned that is the mother of all nonsense. I am afraid this has got an air of dejavu about it. I remember that the late Garad Abdiqani was a great Somalilander up until members of the Egal Government began to bash both him and his clan in the presidential election of 1997. The Garad went back to his enclave angry. The verbal utterances of some of Egal's Ministers against the Garad had dire consequences for Somaliland, and created a negative situation for us in the Dhulbahante area. It was a foolish way to loose an important ally. The question I have got here is: Do we have the luxury to repeat the same mistakes in Somaliland again and again?

I, therefore, would suggest to His Excellency the Minister Mr. Yusuf Talaabo to take back his words, and make amends to the unfair comments that he made against the Deputy Speaker Mr. Bashe Mohamed Faarah. I would also beseech President Rayale to formally apologize to this great citizen. I would also ask the Chairman of the Guurti, Honorable Suleiman Adam to publicly stand for Mr. Basha Mohamed Farah.



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