The creation of a new nonviolent national resistance against the recently installed Farmaajo dictatorship to complement the gathering internal resistance forces and external pressure1 is in order. The objective of this nonviolent action will be to undermine the dictatorship, while winning over the general population, with the end goal of removing it from power.
Farmaaja's modus operandi is based solely on the use of three conscious (or possibly subconscious) mental processes: aggression, coercion and propaganda. These were the bread and butter of the late dictator Siyad Barre's regime which Mr. Farmaajo very much identifies with.
There have been two transitions of power which have passed off in relative peace in Somalia since 2012. What is different this time is that we have Farmaajo, an unprincipled and savage spoiler seeking total power through the barrel of a gun. The vicious attack in the pre-recorded video by the loud-mouthed and uncouth propaganda minister on the heroic stand taken by the leaders of Puntland and Jubbaland (Presidents Said Abdullahi Deni and Ahmed Mohamed Islam 'Madoobe') yesterday represents Farmaaja's hard, roguish character.
The 'incumbent takeover' of the FGS by Mr Farmaajo has been described as a 'coup d'état' and the start of a new dictatorship, in the hands of the late dictator's nephew. The essence of the coup d'état has remained unchanged since the mid-twentieth century. It is a special form of politics that requires guns as an aid to persuasion. Farmaaja's 'power seizure' at the end of his term, whatever we might call it, will (if successful) mutate into a violent personal rule, not unlike the deposed regime of his uncle! Just remember what happened at Hotel Maa'ida in Mogadishu after midnight, 19 February 2021.
I was recently interviewed by the Italian news agency, agenzianova.com about the political crisis in our country. Nova published excerpts from the interview which you can see here.