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The late Abdullahi Yusuf: warlord and hardman of Puntland politics. In December , two weeks after he was forced to resign from the presidency, Yusuf was given political asylum by the former Yemeni dictator, Ali Abdalla Salih.
When Yemen descended into fearful signs of Somalisation — the phenomenon of civic disorder and state collapse — Abdullahi Yusuf headed to Abu Dhabi where he had secured another political asylum.
Typical of many post-war African biographies, the memoir tells us a completely different story of Yusuf than that known by Somali public. The US reportedly supplied him not just with cash, but with confidential information used to weaken his adversaries, some of whom had the important characteristic of holding distinctly anti-American sensibilities.
Regarded as a hostile to democracy and justice, it comes as no great surprise that when Yusuf was selected by clan elders to lead Puntland — a clan-based mini-state administration in northeast Somalia — he soon shifted from warlord to dictator. In the book, he provides some hint of how he opposed any authority distinct from his.
When local elders elected Jama to replace Abdullahi Yusuf by way of clan consensus, the latter resorted to a brutal military act. Indeed, Yusuf viewed Puntland as his own personal property, though he swiftly abandoned it once he was selected to lead the transitional federal government of Somalia, formed in a hotel in Kenya in October He held in earnest that he would not die in hunger in their midst see for example his passionate stories pp.
His attitude to the concept of clanship is reflected by how he treats his fellow clansmen and other Somalis. It is true that clan consciousness is imbedded in the psyche of Somalis, but the way Yusuf uses it here might provoke scholar of Somalia I. In November , when this reviewer interviewed Yusuf in a hotel in Kilburn, northwest London, he looked so ailing and frail that he seemed disinclined to recall his past.
Since , when a successful liver transplant operation was carried out in a hospital in central London, Yusuf came to the British capital once or twice a year to see hepatologists from Cromwell Hospital. This reviewer wishes the Colonel had enumerated his mistakes and past record of warlordism straight. Such an account would undoubtedly offer aspiring warlords and would-be-Somali-warriors a lesson that might prevent them becoming ruthless dictators in attaining their ambitions through the mantra and the method of the end justifying the means.
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Halgan iyo Hagardaamo (Struggle & Conspiracy)
Halgan iyo hagardaamo : taariikh nololeed. Abdullahi Ahmed. He took part in two wars that Somalia engaged with Ethiopia. In the first, in , he won a medal and citation for the bravery and leadership he displayed in the battle field. In the war, he was in overall Command of the Southern Sector of the operation. Poor political leadership lay at the core of the defeat of the Somali army in this war. Following the defeat and withdrawal from the battle theatre, Abdullahi Yusuf and other other officers tried and failed to stage a coup against the regime.
Halgan iyo Hagardaamo
Abdullahi Yusuf: A Somali warlord’s life and days – By Mohamed Haji Ingiriis