What is the difference of Farmajo and his uncle Siad Barre?

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The dictatorship of Mohammed Siad Barre especially when it is kept alive with terror, can never be legitimized. However, the not-so-distant experiences of Somalia itself demonstrate in which infernal situations these nations can fall when the dictatorships oppressing them are removed by force. The same supporters of the democratic system, appear hesitant when it comes to establishing it in countries who have violent internal conflicts and make future hypothetic scenarios.

Mohammed Siad Barre who instituted a fierce secret police, relied on delinquency, torture and physical elimination, to forcibly suppress any attempt at rebellion against his leadership.

In January 1991 a revolt forced Mohammed Siad Barre to flee. The dictator took refuge in Nigeria where four years later, he died in Lagos at the age of eighty two leaving Mogadishu forever. The old leader uttered a truly prophetic phrase: ”Somalia will never be governable again.” In fact, that January 1991 marked the beginning of civil war and since Somalia’s massacres and extreme poverty, encouraging the emergence of Al Shabaab terrorists and establishing a system of absolute living hell.

Mohamed Siad Barre’s reign was marked by increasing levels of corruption and brutality, economic and military misadventure in its final stages.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo abused power, used violence, media clampdown, patronage, nepotism and branding opponents as were his method of governance. The majority of the Somali people realized that they made a grave mistake for electing Mohamed Farmajo who turned out to be unpatriotic, incompetent, callous, and duplicitous, but they decided to honor the legitimacy the end of his four-year term on 8th February 2021.

According to Somali officials told Somali Times President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Somali spy chief Fahad Yasin became suspected of being members of a secret society in terrorist group Al Shabaab. His supporters are dominated by anti-democratic elements, religious personalities affiliated to faction and following footsteps of his uncle Mohamed Siad Barre.

He disregarded the Somali Constitution soon after he took the oath of office and embraced Siad Barre’s notebook. He became admirer of President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed and the main supporter of Farmajo Emir of Qatar.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government incited the population through paid elders and a younger population through Facebook paid projects. According to Somali officials told Somali Times.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government and former prime minister Hassan Khaire has been paying bribes through Facebook pages and Facebook who did a live stream and also some outlet media have been paid bribes not to write articles damaging Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s image. These bribes started since Farmajo came to power in February 2017.