When two quarrel, the third takes the advantage.B Farah Kolley

When two quarrel, the third takes the advantage

To the inhabitants of the Ogaden region in Ethiopia

When two quarrel, the third takes the advantage

Over the course of the last two and half months, countless spates against unfair allotment of power and new boroughs, orchestrated by the regional president and his majority clan have rightly or wrongly been advancing, in the semi-autonomous Ogaden region of Ethiopia, also known as the Somali region. But in response to those claims, a spokesmen from the regional authority including a vice-president and the governor of Jigjiga district who themselves belong to the same sub-municipality of the boroughs advocates, had vehemently nullified such alleges, and further categorized it as unsubstantiated myth and prattle nonsense.

However, wherever the truth lies in these tit for tat litanies, it’s certainly not a good thing for the Somali brethren in that region to take their eyes off the big issues on the horizon, which is the stagnant life hardship and developmental stalemate that drew back the people of this region ever-since the allied powers (the British protectorate) handed over the region to then Ethiopian ruler in 1954. 

Therefore, because of this primitive antipathy, we are deeply saddened by the division—at its worst insularity breeds a dangerous coltishness among the homogeneous society, whose unshakable binding bonds of race, religion, culture and ancestral origin never fadeout throughout history! For instance, according to the semi-primordial history of east Africa, the Somali region in Ethiopia best known as “Ogadenia” and all the Somalis for that matter, have been part of the Ifat Sultanate, that encompasses various Muslim groups in the 13th and beginning of the 14th centuries AD; whose religious influence expanded up to the environs of Addis Ababa through a successful wars. Then later the 14th to the last quarter of the 19th century, had established its own local Somali dominated kingdom known as Adal‒which is perhaps where the name of the present day “Awdal-state” came from, under the leadership of Ahmed Ibrahim (Gran), followed by the Dervish (Sayid Mohamed), and then down to the latest patriotic president of Somalia, Mohamed S. Bare.   

To that end, as once said by an Ethiopian emperor (Lebna Dengel) in 1543 “Ethiopia is a candle in an ocean” implying a Christian nation surrounded by Muslims; while he was seeking for military assistance from the Portuguese monarch to repel the advancing Muslim force. Likewise, this region is on the verge of a historical blackout if the current trend continues the way it is now. We therefore, solemnly advice both the regional administration, the boroughs advocates and the people of the region as whole: to shun away from the tribe-based Somali politics, where always S vs. S and then E prevails over, and to work together for a better tomorrow and how to improve the well-below naught life standards of the people in the region, that includes: (a) creation of new localities based on the geographical and population merits rather than tribal emotions, as lifestyle shrinks from traditional pastoralist (nomadic) to modern urbanism, (b) protection for the common borders of the regi on and, (c) preservation of the in-group unity. 

Thank you all

Farah H. Kolley

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