Djibouti: Is Daher Ahmed Farah Leader or Warlord?

Published on 12th March 2010

Have you noticed lately that Mr. Daher Ahmed Farah, alias DAF, self-exiled and sectarian Politician has been exposed to what he really stands for: helping to destabilize the Republic of Djibouti for foreign enemies? He always talks about  a civil war in the North. Is he striving to spark fear into the minds of Djiboutian people? Why can't  mobilize Djibouti to address its territory that is occupied by Eritrea?


We have not heard him publicly condemn Eritrea’s aggression of Djibouti. How can he claim to be a legitimate leader when he wishes to see his country become like Somalia? He often reiterates there’s a fighting faction of FRUD in the North. We can no longer stand by and watch him disrupt the Republic or advocate for violent groups. Listening to his interviews on radio, it is clear that Daher Ahmed Farah is desperate, politically bankrupt and still embedded in clannish politics.


The Djiboutian people remember when he used to just criticize President Ismail O. Guelleh, army General Zakaria and the Interior Minister, Yacin E. Bouh, based on their clan affiliation, not on their policies.He never criticised  the Minister of environment, Mr. Johar and Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Hassan Farah.  He praised the illegal action taken by the former head of the Djiboutian Police(then), the late General Yacin Yabe (Allah bless his soul) of taking over the Djiboutian Radio Station back in 2000, dispatching troops to block the roads and ordering the of arrest the elected President, Mr. Ismail O. Guelleh.


What some call  an attempted but failed coup-detat,  Mr. DAF in his article, calls la colere du general, that is Just an angry General. He excuses the late General’s mal-a-droit simply because of his clan affiliation and turns out to be the public relations representative for bandits of the North. Does he not know that’s not a good politics?


While I thought Mr. DAF was politically skillful or astute, I was wrong if he thinks this will help him gain few Djiboutian Afars. He blew it! Is he aware that 99% of Afars oppose using arms to solve the current political crisis? They know this route will not bring a sensible result. It will only exacerbate the suffering of the people. Or he is only telling us: “If I can’t take over power - let the country be doom.”


If Mr. Daher managed to get his family out of the country, he should remember there are over nine hundred thousand Djiboutians that he left behind. A civil war is not a wise solution. We must learn from Somalia. I vehemently oppose any form of violence or fighting for power.


After failing to convince the Djiboutian Citizens, he has begun  to spread unfounded-rumors about Djibouti’s fragile security. The majority of Djiboutians are shocked to hear him sound more and more like the war-lords of Southern Somalia. Patience is a virtue, Mr. Daher Ahmed Farah. An opposition leader must have a political program and policies of unification with all Djiboutian nationals. A leader should not and must not exploit the differences of the people.


By Mohamed Awaleh,

Awale Consulting Co.


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