Rebuttal to the baseless Lies written by a man who called himself Coomey on a tribal tabloid called Hadhawnaag: Cheap, and baseless fabrications like that Can’t erase the Gadaboursi nation’s historical Link to Zeila
First all I am amazed who you to write such baseless and ridiculous lies about the history of the sacred city of Zeila. I surmise you have no connection to Zeila, but may be influenced by clannish grudge you might have against the Gadaboursi. From your rumbling and unfounded lies, I can deduce you never even visited or have the least idea about the history f Zeila. You called yourself a journalist, but I doubt that assertion is true, because If you have the least clue about the intricacies, ethics and responsibility bestowed on real journalists, you would have made a research on the history of Zeila.
Your shallow and biased writing is devoid of all the named qualities. A real journalist is the arbiter of balance, objectivity, reality and concrete facts. If you are not biased and prejudiced against the Gadaboursi, you would have mentioned who won the municipal elections. All the Gadaboursi community wants is justice to prevail. The Essas are fighting so hard to win control of Zeila without numbers and election.
That will never happen. Your poor and hasty writing lacks any of the above-named attributes expected about a true journalist. It also lacks facts, figures, proof, substance, and in depth scholarship of the area. You really sound as a true tribal agitator and a typical “Fadhi Kudirir.” Unfortunately your blatant and naked lies can’t make a dent on Zeila history, and its significant Gadaboursi connection.
The Gadaboursi have numerous learned personalities who have the ability to put your lies on trial, dig, dissect, and rebut it to the bones. For your information the Gadaboursi were major leaders of the Ifat and Adal Empires. They have numerous Islamic scholars who have the duty of spreading Islam throughout the Horn of Africa. According to a book written by a preeminent scholar and who wrote a book called “ The Somali existence and the Adal empire Civilization by Shiekh Abdulrahman Sh. Nuur called ( Sooyalkii Somalida Iyo Ilbahnimadii Awdal), showed Zeila was always a Gadaboursi city.
Even the controversial and biased colonialist and the spy of the British navy the so-called “Richard Burton” confirmed the Gadaboursi presence in Zeila. Zeli was also the seat of the founder of modern Djibouti his Excellency Mr. Hussein Jama Idle Geedi (Xaaji Diide), Jama Saylici, the then French Somaliland Senator to the French parliament. In general Zeila was always a cosmopolitan city where various nationalities and religions reside, but despite all that, the Gadaboursi have often have a significant presence and a leading role.
In addition to that the Gadaboursi are the only tribe in the Horn of Africa where the word of mouth about Zeila history passed from generation to generation. They always talk about their relatives who were prominent leaders, business people or military commanders in Zeila. People know and talk about their forefathers and relatives in Zeila. To almost all Gadaboursi their historical and spiritual attachment to Zeila and its history is unbelievable and unshakable. The Gadaboursi connection to Zeila is depicted through the legendary Zeila Folklore in which the Gadaboursi are so excelled, preserved, sustained it, and see the Zeila folklore as their own. Moreover, the Gadaboursi inherited the Zeila cuisine in general and the “Surbiyaan recipe in particular. The “Surbiyaan is a fascinating Zeila delicacy where Zeilites threw for their guests during religious, political or wedding ceremonies.
Moreover, the famous historical document signed between the British and the Gadaboursi finalized in December, 12, 199 in Zeila, because it was the seat of the Gadaboursi Ugas. Zeila never was an Esse Ugas seat. The modern Esse claim to Zeila started since they hijacked the power of the multi-national state of Djibouti in 1977. Since that time they thought they are too powerful to claim land and territories outside traditional jurisdiction.
The Gadabousi attachment to Zeila is equivalent to the Palestinian and Jewish attachment to Jerusalem. In the late 19th century and up the middle of the 20th century the leading business and political leaders in Zeila were Gadaboursi. Some Gadaboursi people who knew those leaders in person are still alive today. To name a few they were Hajji khayra, Hajji Abdi Hajji khayra, Ibrahim Hajji Khayra, Omar Hajji khayra, Hajji Kool and many others. Every three months their commercial caravans used to travel to Zeila’s twin city called Harrar. During the Siyad Barre dictatorship Mumin Hussein and Barkhad Omar Hajji Khayra were among the many Gadaboursi mayors of Zeila. Currently the Gadabousi won the mayor ship, and assistant mayor ship of Zeila due to relatively fair and free elections. The Gadaboursi are peaceful people, but they will vigorously defend their land from any foreign aggression. These waning aggressors are against the existence of Somaliland.
Suleiman Egeh s a freelance writer and a senior science instructor