“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglas
The United Arab Emirate is so close to recognize the Republic of Somaliland. The recent tripartite signing of the Berbera deal between the Republic of Somaliland, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirate is a historical breakthrough for a resilient, resurgent, and more assertive Somaliland. The last Somaliland presidential election that has led to a peaceful transfer of power as was always has attracted more attention for this self-reliant country and its people. Despite being ignored by a broken and rapidly declining international community, a toothless and corrupt United Nations that miserably failed in initial mission for its inception which was to maintain world peace, Somaliland keeps on progressing for the last 28 years.
On the 15th of March 2018 the people of Somaliland has conducted massive demonstrations throughout the country showing solidarity of the tripartite agreement between the Republic of Somaliland, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirate, and in response to the empty talks coming from the weak government on paper from Mogadishu. I believe the words of the non-elected charlatans and warlords in Mogadishu are meaningless and has no impact what so ever on Somaliland and its people. The people of Somaliland underscored their readiness to defend their country against any foreign aggression or interference. Somalilanders clearly put into perspective that they are peaceful people who are minding their own business, but they will aggressively and passionately defend their country against foreign aggression and encroachment. Time and again the people of Somaliland have clearly stated that. New emerging alliances: Clearly the prevailing trends puts into perspective emerging alliances. In one side seem to be United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Somaliland, and others on other side are Qatar, Turkey, and the weak; AU propped on paper government of Somalia.
“How can one compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, but not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and he not, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done” Mahatma Gandhi
Somalilanders have struggled for their freedom and sovereignty for many years and paid a huge price in blood and treasure. Freedom is the state of being free, self-determination, liberty, opposite of slavery; and the power of acting in the character of a moral personality. It is the free will of the people that could not be subject to any outside checks, limitations, or prohibition. Free people are those who determine and control their destiny. This is what Somalilanders have achieved following so many years of a bitter struggle, and the sacrifice of countless lives and treasure. The tree of freedom is watered with the blood of gigantic number of martyrs. Somalilanders are ready to defend, preserve and sustain their hard won independence and sovereignty. I would also want to remind you 90% of our struggle for full independence and sovereignty has been achieved, but 10% of that struggle is still left. From that backdrop it is the duty of all Somalilanders where ever they are to keep the struggle until we achieve and realize out full sovereignty and independence.
The Republic of Somaliland is a peaceful country located in a highly volatile region in the Horn of Africa, which is laden with both ancient, modern, man-made, political, ethnic disputes, and conflicts. It is an island of peace and democracy surrounded by a number of dictatorships and for life presidents. Somalilanders are peace-loving people, but make no mistake about it they are also tenacious, resilient, and ferocious people who are so dedicated to defend the sustainability and existence of their independence, sovereignty, and self-determination. They are masters of their destiny who have their faith in their hands. The people of Somaliland will stick to their self-determination and independence forever, and they are ready to defend it by any means necessary and at any cost. They truly believe that their freedom, independence, and sovereignty which are priceless commodities no money can buy on the face of this earth.
Suleiman Egeh is a freelance writer and a senior science instructor