Apart of being the chairman of SNM who led liberating Somaliland from the dictatorial regime of Sayid Barre & first president of Somaliland, the initiative that Somalia joined the Arab was originated from Abdirahman Ahmed Ali.
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Abdirahman Ahmed Ali started his first career as a civil servant in Las Anod, but was shortly thereafter transferred to Hargeisa in 1952 as a capacity of high ranking administration official. Subsequent to worked few years in Somaliland British protectorate, the British colonial administration granted him further scholarship to UK and joined Devon University to earn a diploma in public administration. Thereafter, late Abdirahman return back to homeland in 1956 and immediately appointed him as assistant district commissioner and immediately following the independence in 1960, late Abdirahman was appointed as Governor of Togdher region. Subsequent to he worked short period as Governor of Togdher region, he was transferred to Somali Republic’s Ministry of Interior in Mogadishu and appointed him as a capacity of director of department. In late sixties, Abdirhman wastransferredwastransferred to the foreignministry asambassador level and served manycountries like Sudan, East Germany,Ethiopia and UAE which is thestation that he served before defecting to the liberation struggle and in 1984 joined the liberation struggle.
Late Abdirahman being a veterandiplomat who have an extensivediplomatic skills, hecontribute the liberation struggle in role which producedsuccessivediplomatic gains as he the mosthighly experienced who joined theliberation struggle as most of the SNMofficials were either military or technocrats. I do remember, immediately after joining the liberation struggle, late Abdirahman toured in the gulf Arab states in an effort to get both diplomatic support and financial assistances for the liberation movement which resulted fruitful. In additional to the above, late Abdirahman travelled many times to Ethiopia in an effort to extend moral boost to our freedom fighters and to eyewitness their condition practically. Subsequent to contributing consecutive diplomatic gains to the liberation, late Abdirahman was elected as the chairman of SNM in May 1991. Immediately after his election, in an effort to accelerate the liberation struggle, Late Abdirahman established close cooperation with the other Somali liberation movements such as UNC under the leadership of late General Aideed and SPM under the leadership of colonel Ahmed Omar Jees.
The cooperation of these three movements leading by SNM has hastened the fall of Siyad Bare regime in January 1991. Even though thehe cooperation of these three movements leading by SNM has hastened the fall of Siyad Bare regime, however, SNM was the backbone of the liberatinmovements..Being highlyexperiencedveteran diplomat, Abdirahman managed to solving therivalry SNM militaryhighofficers who werecompeting each other how to gain power and his bright ideas sourced to subside down SNMmilitary officersdifferences which in reality cause an impact for the liberation struggle.When Somalilandreclaimedindependence, late Abdirahman Ahmed Ali was elected as the first President of Somaliland in 1991.Late Abdirahman was highly educated, highly experienced veteran diplomat who was accredited representing Somalia internationally over a long period. Late Abdirahman served the president of Somaliland from May 1991 and until 1993.As a result of civil war that occurred in Somaliland from 1994 and lasted in 1994, late Abdirahman was away from Somaliland and returned back home inFebruary 1991 and died inLondon in 2003. Late Abdirahman Ahmed Ali body was taken to somaliland capital and buried there.
In effort to write about Abdirahman fewqualities, he was very polite person, never get angry easily, carefullylistens, nottalkative likeSomalipoliticians. Abirahman was a person who never annoyed to his friends orpeoplesurrounded him. Accordingtoreliablesources, Abdirhman wastreated well in Borama grandconferences which the late president Egal was elected, however, he was not reactednegatively despite themistreatmentdemonstrated by theconferencesparticipates, as hepreferred the commoninterest of his people rather than hispersonal or claninterest.Many closefriends or people worked with himdescribedAbdirahman Ahmed Ali as very bright student during his school days. Some hand writtendocuments fromAbdirahman Ahmed Ali indicates and proves thatAbdirahmanhandwriting wasexceptional in terms ofquality. In the event the good work ofartist is called master piece, Abdirahman Ali handwritten both inArabicandEnglishwas master of allhandwriting.
In many countries, goodhandwritingis kept in archives asantiques. Abdirahman handwriting is worth to keep in national archives in the case. Just after reclaimed ourindependence in 1991, I met oneSudanese journalist worked forArabicnewspapers called Alwadan who knew Abdirahman when we wasSomaliambassador in Sudan, he said we use to call Abdirahman a Sudaneseambassador in Sudan which meant that Abdirahmanbecome anambassadorfor a country that heoriginalitygeteducated and knows every information about Sudan being lived long time as asecondary schoolstudent. In short, Abdirahman Ahmed Ali was a person of multiplequalities and he remains the sole and the keysymbol to bring down thedictatorial regime of Siyad Bare regime.
Late Abdirhman was a great person which history will remember for generations to come. Greatness does not lie in the fabrics of your words but in the strength of your impact.People are two categories namely those who make history and those read history, he was one the few Somali politicians who make history in view of his courage, bravery that soured the fall down of Siyad Bare in 1991.Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.During the days of Siyad regime, lateAbdirhmanwas patriotic loyal and love his country.To be patriotic means youhonourand respect your country and patriotism also drivespeople to extremes ofsacrifices on behalf of the homeland and dictates shared support for a country strengthens social bonds among its citizens and provides an incubator in which trust and compassion among grow.
A country cannot achieve desired development without the patriotic zeal and sincere participation of its people.Patriotism inspires a man to shed even the last drop of his blood to defend the freedom andhonourofhis country. A people can neither defend their freedom nor resist foreign aggression or free their country from foreign domination without being inspired by the patriotic feelings.He was apatriot who has in greathonourand respect in the society, he was true patriot who cherishes a sharp feeling in his heart for his country during hard times. Man lives in deeds, not in years.A true patriot never hesitates to go through of the sacrifices made by our heroic sons’ .A man without patriotism cannot be called a man in the truest sense of the term. Late Abdirhmanwas great leader who used to inspire and motivate his people at difficult times to overcome the oppression exercised by the regime to the Somali people.
That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next. Freedom is an expensive gift always worth fighting and patriot’s blood is the seeds of freedom tree. He was the freedom fighter who encouraged the Somali people in difficult days to revolt against the oppressive regime of Siyad Bare. He was the symbol of liberation movement when only few exceptional brave men like him decides such courageousness decision to form armed wing for the liberation movement. Late Abdirahmanused to motivate and inspire people to achieve his goals which was liberating from oppressiveauthoritarian regime. He has carved out on hearts with good legacy. A legacy is etched into the minds of others.The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind. LateAbdirahmanwas one of the world personalities who shaped history. It is no doubt that Abdirahman’s name carved the hearts ofthe others to be remembered forever. A prominent personality minster who originate from somaliand inform me in late 90tstheinitiativethat Somalia joined theArableague was to thegovernmentbyAbdirahman Ahmed Ali.
One of the greatest learning experiences of life is to learn from those who have gone before us ashistory is the essence of immeasurable biographies.History books tell colourful tales of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. In view of his liberation struggle that soured the fall of Siyad Bare regime in1991, his bravery deeds during hard times, will be posted like post stamp inthe hearts and the minds for those who knows him during the liberation struggle.One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, embodied itself in a thousand lives.
That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next. He has carved out on hearts with good legacy. A legacy is etched into the minds of others.The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind. Zooming up, late, Abdirahman was one of the world personalities who shaped in the current history. It is no doubt that Abdirahman’s name carved the hearts of the others to be remembered forever.One of the greatest learning experiences of life is to learn from those who have gone before us ashistory is the essence of immeasurable biographies.Some people born with great qualities and late on grow great. Late Abdirahman was typical sample of the situation.Late Abdirahman was the young brother of Mohamoud the father and the prime campaigner to influence the people of somaliland encouraging to education, as education is an obligatory requirement for children both male and females. In the name of Allah, we request forgiveness to late Abdirahman Ahmed Ali being your servant.