Somaliland: Citizens Continue to Suffer From the Fake Unity with Italian Somalia

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The  Somaliland pre-independence Cabinet on 26 June 1960

Pictured include Mohamed Ibrahim Egal – Prime Minister, Garad Ali Garad Jama – Minister , Ahmed Hajji Duale (Keyse) – Minister and Hajji Ibrahim Nur – Minister

By: Aadan Ibrahim Qoorcade

Somalilandsun – The leader of NUF, Michael Maryano, with support of the other political parties in the protectorate, gave his all in an attempt to persuade the British Government to reverse the agreement appealing in vain to the UN to refer the dispute to the international court of justice. As consequence of his future on this score, the unforgiving electorate gave his party only modest support at the election in 1960. Protectorate became, since the transfer, ‘anathema to most Somalis’.

First Somaliland Political Party was formed in 1936 under slogan of SNS (Somali National Society) but unfortunately this party disappeared after modern parties emerged including SNL, NUF (Nafta) and USP in 1945-1958. NUF supported Somaliland to remain under British Protect The leader of NUF, Michael Maryano, with support of the other political parties in the protectorate, gave his all in an attempt to persuade the British Government to reverse the agreement appealing in vain to the UN.To refer the dispute to the international court of justice.

As consequence of his future on this score, the unforgiving electorate gave his party only modest support at the election in 1960. Protectorate became, since the transfer, ‘anathema to most Somalis’. Orate for another 10 years in order the British to build schools, roads, hospitals and other infrastructure. British Government accepted the condition but SNL/USP and even the public did not understand the splendid idea of NUF.

Mohammed Ibrahim Egal served as President and General Secretary of SNL. Egal was elected from Berbera and he served also as General Secretary of SNL Branch in Berbera. Michele Maryano and Ahmed Hassan served as President and General Secretary of NUF. Garad Ali Garad Jama also led USP.

The people of Somaliland are suffering until today, from that fake unity with Italian Somalia. The Arabic proverb says “the mistake of your grandfather kills your children”. This is exactly what is happening in Somaliland, because 1960 mistake cost the lives of thousands in 1988 genocide against the people of Somaliland. Minister Garad Ali Garad Jama and Michael Maryino asked the leaders and chief tribes of Somaliland to remain independent but the crowd roared with famous Somali Proverb “Laa Yaa GARAD” which means” NO MR. GARAD.

Aadan Ibrahim Qoorcade

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