Somalia OPINION:Why The Government Has Failed Securing Mogadishu

Killing innocent people is not a new trend in Mogadishu, a city where all kinds of murder and mysterious deaths have been happening over the last three decades.

People in this city are accustomed to the chaotic situation they experienced throughout the years of civil war.

They reached to an extend that anybody stays on the lookout for an unavoidable death which may emerge from any angle. No one is in a position to complain about the hardships surround their life.

That is the reality on the ground. It’s a widely accepted situation in which people rotate in between crawling to escape from the death and scrambling to maintain better life and brighter future, in spite of all hurdles in front of them.

It’s wise to think that there will be no peace and stability in Mogadishu with the absence of the local residents’ role in assisting the security forces to stabilize the city. Ordinary citizens should have a positive attitude that encourages them to contribute to the well-being of their own.

Any peaceful place in this universe is obviously owned by a civilian who believes in their capabilities and feel confident to serve for their own benefits. Peace cannot be obtained as a gift without paying any efforts for its sake. People’s problem cannot be sorted out unless they realize their responsibility to act on their own and stand against hidden cells that lie in a wait within the community to destroy any single glimmer of hope for them to get the feel for safe life.

Even though Mogadishu’s peace remains subject to the level of seriousness and readiness that its residents take the situation, but this won’t, by any means, give a chance for the authorities to dodge the questions posed to them in respect to their responsibilities towards the current problem.

A Number of murders against innocents have recently been recorded in Mogadishu, and among them were a female University student who was shot dead on Friday inside a class in one of the universities in Mogadishu. This incident happened a day after a man was savagely lynched killed and burned his dead body by a group after his nephew’s in laws protested marriage to a “higher cast” clan.

All these cruelties raised the eyebrows of many people who denounced the actions and called on the government to take steps against the criminals. In response to that furious and outrage some government supporters started to spread messages intended to acquit the government on all accusations of neglecting its responsibilities towards the security of the country in general, and the one in the capital city in particular.

Although there is not yet a statement from the government on the recent security situation in Mogadishu, but many people argue that the escalation in the situation demonstrates the failure of the government in achieving any progress in security wise, which comes amid waves of political instability that already affected the government.

Nearly two years are one from the formation of the current government led by President Farmajo. During that period, lots of incidents have happened to claim the lives of hundreds of citizens. With all that great loss in place, government’s reaction remains the same; either keeping silent until the lights fade, or blaming the victims for not assisting the government to find a solution.

The question that arises is; how can a victim be blamed for what government officials realized that they can do nothing to stop it? Why there is a government that possesses enormous resources to be used for delivering public services if the public themselves are considered to be responsible for doing the services they need including security? If that is the case, then Somalia is a country without government which has to be held accountable for whatever goes wrong about the country and the people.

Apparently, president Farmajo’s government adopts a way of showing assertiveness by brushing aside all the concerns raised by the public and seek, by any means, for a justification for their failure to meet the people’s expectation from the government’s political agenda, known as ‘Peace and Life- Nabad iyo Nolol’ which claims to aim at providing the people with all chances to get peace and better life.

It’s not a political gain for the government to keep promising that its leaders will stay in agreement with each other while no single family in Mogadishu can promise that all its members will stay together all times.

What is the point in telling ordinary citizens that government leaders will never disagree as nothing is changed about the citizens’ lives as it used to be when leaders where in endless disagreements and disputes?

Being together and standing should to shoulder with each other is not a way to evaluate on what has been achieved as an accomplishments.

On the contrary, getting into a trouble and in-fight among the government officials because of arguing over the interest of the public is the best way of handling the responsibilities and transforming the verbal promises into an action that can lead the people to align themselves with their government.

We always see leaders nominate officials to offices ascribing their decisions to the qualities that their nominees possess which cannot be seen by the general public. If they were selected based on their unknown qualities, then why they are still in office while people are witnessing their well-known incompetence to serve for the country?

Mohamed Abdullahi Abubakar (Dhaaley)


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