Somaliland: Federalism Vs Secession
President Ahmed Silanyo of Somaliland leading a delegation attended the inauguration ceremony of the president of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh winning a third term in office after changing the constitution. Somaliland president received an invitation letter from his Djibouti counterpart. Djibouti treated Ahmed Silanyo as regional president rather than being received as president of the unrecognized state. He sat just between the provincial president of Somalia administrations including just the likes of Abdiweli Gas of Puntland.
Questions arising the treatment of Somaliland president threw reservations and skepticism to all Somaliland citizesns. Has the leadership in power changed the decision of seceding from Somalia in 1991 or its leaders do not practise what they preach. Is it that Somaliland leaders have to abide the interest of others while the vested interest of the unrecognised state are not fulfilled. The shame that Somaliland leaders are facing is that the reality is always hidden from the public. Delegations from Somaliland meet with foreign officials who publicly say that Somaliland is part and parcel of Somalia. While these words are uttered in the presence of Somaliland officials with other world leaders then the reality is that have we reversed the will and the wish of Somaliland which sees Somaliland stay away from the unity. Is it that our leaders have embraced the ideology of federalism and do not dare to publicly say that Somaliland cannot go forward when it comes to secession.
Somaliland initiated to have talks with Somalia which did not produce tangible progress ever since it was started in Turkey. The Turkish government stance remains the same which states firmy that the unity of Somalia is a must. Our leaders are awar of the fact of the Turkish stance and then say that they will go to Turkey to meet with their Somalia counterpart. Somaliland citizens are saying enough is enough. Its leaders should clarify whether Somaliland has given up its hope and aspirations of seeking statehood. Somaliland concerned citizens are doubtful the current administration led by Ahmed Silanyo in leading the nation to unification. We need our leaders to address these concerns and worry over their future.