Somalilandsun:It does not need a guru to tell you that President Musa Bihi Bihi is a poor
reader, as he is a poor ‘chooser’. Since he ascended onto power in late 2017, he had made a number of political, diplomatical blunders that enforce the opinion that ‘Soldiers
make bad leaders and strong dictators’.
Not less than 80% of the people he, thus far, picked for higher offices are
either inexperienced youngsters who are still wet behind the ears,
ex-convicts, inept octogenarians or people of the uniform whose words and
actions ring parade commands.
He is a man who, it seems, is bent to obliterate everything good and
inspiring his predecessor and *ex-mentor* achieved during his tenure in
office, without the vision to come up with a better plan that can build on
achievements made and certified.
On Monday, August 13 – to cite but one example, the President nominated
five people. At least two of them should not have been in the list.
One of them was Bashir Omar Good. If the President listened to sound advice
or read history about his people and the nation he led, he would have known
that this man was not a believer in the Somaliland cause, and was a
vitriolic hater the central clan – the Issaqs.
In Monday’s Presidential Decree Bashir becomes the latest Somaliland envoy
to the United States – a world leader in politics, economy, showing that
the President is not even aware of the vast, dynamic changes happening to
the geopolitics of the region around him.
At this juncture of time, Somaliland needed diplomats who believed in
unity, in sovereignty, in peace and stability.
What is worse,
1989, a time when Siad Barre’s regime was committing atrocities against its
supposed citizens, a time where armed well-trained forces of a government
were perpetrating a genocide against the Issaq north of Somalia and
coincidentally a time when Bashir Goth Somaliland’s recently appointed head
of the mission to USA was spewing hatred and clan bigotry against the same
Isaaq that were been butchered.
In his 1989 book “Awdal phenomenon”, Bashir extensively wrote about the
Isaq in a chapter he named *”Isaq: the troubled child of Somalia*”. He
portrays this clan as the culprits of everything that is wrong with Somalia
and Somalis. An exagerration that can only be presented with a person
writing with his emotions rather than facts, a person with no sincerity.
Anyone who reads the said part in which we will copy below will feel the
hatred and animosity of the author when he was writing, a clearly biased
narration of history without a shred of authenticity.
From the earliest written records of the Somali history, Bashir has painted
the Isaq with a brush of treason and being slaves to their British masters.
Quoting poems of the Sayyid Mohammed Abdulla Hassan to prove his point and
implying that they were the ones that betrayed Sayyid Mohammed by siding
with the British.
The Sayyid started his “struggle” by trying to force a new *T**ariqa* to
the residents of Berbera which they rejected. After his expulsion from the
city with a deep grudge to the *Qadiriya* *Tariqa *and to the Isaq, he left
and amassed a following from his maternal uncles and a number from his own
clan. He started to kill and mock anyone who wasn’t from the S*alihiya
tariqa.* One of his victims was sheik Aweis of the *qadiriya* in the south
who also objected to becoming a subject of Sayyid Mohameed. A phenomenon
that can be branded as an equivalent to what Alshabaab does in Somalia at
the present: killing all their objectors on the basis of defying their sick
ideologies and “Satanic” version of Islam.
Bashir also fails to mention in that article the prominent heroes who
fought the British colony like Sheikh Bashir and Farah Omaar.
In another part he proceeds to write that the Isaq claimed to be from Arabs
after the independence in which they lost the support they used to have
from the British to assert superiority.
It is astonishing that he quoted IM Lewis in other instances but without
quoting correct notations that contradict or nallify his doctored, warped
*evidence* to his claims.
Such a person who wrote that piece at a time were genocide was
being commited has been today appointed to a position of authority,
representing all of Somaliland and among them those he failed to do justice
to in 1989.
The question now is d*id he ever apologize for writing that piece?*
One can admit and say “it was a long a time ago, he might have changed”.
That may be true but after writing such absurdity one is expected to
correct his black smear committed to the annals of history and admit he
wrote in a time he was younger and that he, since then, has matured to see
Even now Mr. Bashir’s allegiance is still shrouded in mystery. In a tweet
he pinned on his Twitter profile, Bashir addresses a letter to Mr. Farmajo,
the current president of Somalia, in which he uses the word “Somali Nation”
translated to “Soomaaliweyn”, a concept that is totally against what
Somaliland stands for since they have moved away from that ideology a long
Another question comes to mind: HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN
SOMALILAND’S DECISION TO RESTORE ITS SOVEREIGNTYHANDLE SUCH RESPONSIBILITY
AND REPRESENT THEM DIPLOMATICALLY IN THE WORLD’S NO. 1 SUPERPOWER?
Please find below, a copy of Mr. Bashir’s chapter on the Isaq’s and how he
so heartily supported the brutal dictator’s view of them as renegades and
ferocious opponents of the Darod who needed to be dealt with in kind.
The Jazeera massacre may have been a fruit reaped of books and articels such as Bashir’s, as below.
By Bashir Sh. Omer Goth*