PM Abdirizak’s Independence Speech 1965

Our country could fall under a single party headed by a devilish leader.



Premier Abdirazak says Democracy is the only system for Nation

Mogadiscio, Somalia Domestic Service, in Somali, 1245 GMT, July 1, 1965–K/X

(Speech by Somali Premier Marking 5th Independence Anniversary)

(Excerpts) My Somali brothers, wherever you are, may the peace, grace, and blessing of God be on you. As you know, today is the most important day for us Somalis, because five years ago on this day two Somali territories achieved independence and united of their free will to create the existing Somali Republic.

Apart from achieving independence, this day was even more important because it was the day when the first step in the unification of the Somalis was taken and thus the foundation stone of the great Somalia was laid.

Since it has been started, it is only logical that the goal of Somali unification will be reached. Two areas are united, but more are missing, and the unification of these two parts celebrating their independence day should be the foundation for complete unification of all Somali territories.

During the fifth year of independence, the sweet fruits and glory of independence were there, but the country has undergone some difficulties, among them being economic and social problems such as the recent famine which affected the country badly. Traces of its effects still exist, although it appears that we are recovering well. On behalf of the nation, I thank all those countries, organizations, and persons who have assisted in the famine relief campaign and wish full and speedy relief for those affected by the drought.

It has been pointed out time and again, and I shall not pass without mentioning it again, that the only system of administration applicable to this country is democracy.

As a nation or as individuals, the only road toward our success and achievement of our needs is democracy coupled with peace. The only means by which the policy of the country can pass from the hands (of one group–ed.) to others is through peaceful general elections.

Otherwise, our country will fall under the power of a single party headed by a devilish leader who regards himself as a divine being; as is the case in most of Africa and some other countries, and the result is hangings and trouble.

The only shield against such an unhappy situation is complete democracy, and every single one of us must fight hard to insure the rule of democracy.

The individual must not think that the government is father and mother and sit back waiting for the government to provide and manage everything.

The feeling that the government is a parent and can provide everything results in what more experienced nations call “paternalism”.

Paternalism ends in the government forming an opinion that the people are not capable of sharing any responsibility and are there to accept whatever the government decides.

If we are to be a mature nation, we should go back to the land, work relentlessly, and store provisions against similar hardships in the future.

We expect the grace of God, but God’s grace goes to those who work hard.

I would like to awaken the nation to hard and concerted work to increase the productivity of our country.

My Somali brothers, I again renew my congratulations to you on this occasion and my wishes that we will celebrate many future occasions of this glorious independence anniversary with our missing brothers.

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