September 10, 2019

The air blockade of Jubaland by the N&N Regime of the Federal Government of Somalia could dangerously and unintentionally lead it towards separation, secession and closer to Kenya. The hostile action of N&N against a part of its own territory and people is perhaps unprecedented, and most probably unconstitutional, as it looks like massive collective punishment of the residents of Jubaland. The blockade, unresolved, could upgrade to the status of crime against human rights and crime against humanity. It is a troubling development in the Region.

N&N air-blockade of Jubaland resembles Saudi Arabia’s air-blockade of Qatar, while the silence of the UN, IGAD and the rest of the International Community on the issue could be interpreted as tatamount to Saudi Arabian Coalition of UAE, Egypt etc in supporting the Kingdom’s blockade of Qatar. Kenya sounds like supporting Jubaland in the same way N&N was behaving diplomatically to help Qatar out of the Saudi blockade. It is a strange and dangerous development

N&N subversive campaign against Jubaland may constitute treason as it could lead to national catastrophe of dismembering Somalia and loss of Jubaland to Kenya.

Somalis must speak out to hold N&N Regime to account and stop the treasonous action and betrayal of the nation.

The International Community and Somali foreign partners must come out of their sheepish positions and step in to mitigate the dangerous political stalemate on Jubaland.

Within Jubaland, there must a stop to the destruction of environment – the commercialization of Jubaland forest as coal to generate revenue for Al-shabab and its collaborators in Kismayo. All stakeholders must agree to come together to sort out their political differences in the best interests of the people of Jubaland. This is the 3rd term Ahmed Madoobe is claiming the leadership of Jubaland under illegal means and suspicious circumstances. He has to understand that enough is enough. He cannot play an outlaw for ever.

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Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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