AL Shabaab is funded and militarily armed by one-clan Somaliland – a secessionist faction. It was an open secret that secessionist Issak Clan called it self Somaliland engaged in the support of Mogadishu warlords for the purpose of keeping Southern Somalia in chaotic situation and as a result seek the sympathy of the International Community for themselves. The secessionist catch phrase continued to be “…Look at what is happening in the southern part of the country and how great we are doing?!!! We should be rewarded with a recognition and secession from Somalia”.
Regretfully, as much as the secessionists would like to unilaterally secede from the rest of Somalia, the do not apply the same rules with the UNIONIST Sool, Sanaag, and Cayn regions of Somalia – SSC, who in the same way resolved not to be associated with the secession project. Nonetheless, the solid reality that remains unchanged is no matter how much noise, drama, misleading efforts the ISSAK/SNM make they will be left with their two administrative regions within Somalia, whether they like it or not. Likewise, the other major clans in Northern Somalia will keep their regions. For example, the major Dhulbahante Clan will safeguard its 3 – 4 regions and with no circumstances will allow the secession project to succeed. However, if the international community is prepared to grant recognition for one clan with two small regions called itself Somaliland, so be it. The Isaaq clan secessionists, however, should forget dreaming to annex SSC regions and forcing an opposing population.
The big blunder of Issak secessinists though, is that after the removal of the Southern Somalia Warlords from the secene of influence in Mogadishu, the secessionists of Somaliland adjusted themselves again and contracted with the AL Shabaab Movement to continue doing on their behalf the dirty work in the Sothern Somalia. Basically, their strategy is to keep valid the argument that says, “The southern Somalis are barbaric…we the secessionists are civilized, have peace, please give our small village recognition”. However, they should know better in that no one can easily fool the Unionist Somali People, and more so the International Community with its fast tools, resources, and intelligence.
As everyone is aware of, the AL Shabaab Movement leader, Ina Godane is what they call a Somalilander and was dispatched there to represent the secessionist agenda/interests and keep the south in mayhem. In addition, the biggest Al Shabaab centre in the North of Somalia is in Burao and headed by a cleric called Sheikh Ali Warsame who facilitates the movement of funds, weaponry, and recruits from the Issak Clan. Also,the fact Sheikh Ali Warsame is the Grand Spiritual Leader of all AL Shabaab. This idea of religious extremism is actually foreign to the south Somalia, just imposed on them. The idea of AL Shabaab is originally the creation of the secessionists and is transported to the South of Somalia to serve and help their secession agenda.
Therefore, it’s quite strange enough, when the financial and material aid granted to the secessionists by the Western Nations is channeled to AL Shabaab to keep them in their business. It’s more strange when the perpetrators (here the secessionists) claim to be the nice guys. How many times do we hear they make this statement? “As soon as, we are granted recognition we will solve the mess in the south, because, we know how to do it. We have our cards in order, the means, the knowhow, and the influence…”. When they are confronted with, why you do not solve it now? They would say, “…not now, first, we should be recognized as a sovereign clan-state called Somaliland.”
Unfortunately, in essence, Southern Somalia is being held hostage and ransom by the terrorist secessionists and thier strong ally Al Shabaab, because the two groups are against the internationally recognized Somalia Transitional Federal Government, peace and stability albeit for different reasons. Both of them are not prepared for negotiations, compromise, and settlement to exercise a give and take attitude in order to create a win-win situation for all, as they repeatedly declined to heed the calls into that direction