(MENAFN - SomTribune) His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, stepped into a trap Somalia Ministers laid for him and his delegation during the dispensation of the Hajj obligation in the Saudi Kingdom by posing in a picture with them at Minaa.
President Bihi and the ruling party, Kulmiye, had always cried ‘foul' loud whenever an opposition member as much as waved a greeting to a Somalia government member. he and the party - and the Kulmiye government before him - always maintained that meeting Somalia administration outside of official, roundtable talks was taboo. They argued that anyone who met them was either sympathetic to the ‘Greater Somalia' Mogadishu preached or that they were covertly in their pay.
Musa, specifically, criticized Waddani opposition party and its leader, the ex-House Speaker of the Somaliland parliament, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Irro' for having a soft spot for Somalia, because he seemed to buck the status quo - rightly or wrongly.
This time around, the president himself was seen in a picture flanked by two of the most ardent adversaries in President Farmajo's government against the sovereignty and re-reaffirmation of an independence Somaliland handed over to Somalia on 1 July 1960 in a bid to attract the three remaining ‘Somali States' which, together with it and Italian Somalia, would have formed the Greater Somalia Republic.
To President Musa Bihi's right posed Somalia Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad who had only recently declared his countrysevered tieswith Guinea Conakry for respectfully receiving President Bihi on hisstate visitto the country early July 2019.
To his left, stood Abdirahman Beileh, the Finance Minister who on many an occasion was more vociferous and more potent on his opposition against his erstwhile home country - Somaliland. Beileh played a major role in trying to convince international organizations and the UN to scrap the Special Aid Arrangement they had with Somaliland. He maintained all matters financial must pass through his ministry, and that Somaliland, to Somalia, was no different than of the Somalia federal states despite the fact Somaliland had never been part of the Somalia process.
Typical to form, Beileh immediately politicized a picture his delegation requested of President Bihi, making it appear as if the Somaliland delegation met them out of love and longing.
"The Somali people are yearning for lasting peace and reconciliation," he wrote on his Twitter and Facebook on both Somali and English languages.
"The time is right now," he continued to say. "Let us all commit ourselves to a final push for true and meaningful reconciliation".
By repeating the word ‘reconciliation' in the same Tweet, one was left to wonder if there was a physical, military engagement raging between the two sides. But the meaning was not lost on anyone.
What Beileh intimated was that Somaliland ‘yearned' for a ‘reconciliation' with Somalia leading to a reunion.
Beileh was, also, known to have been one of the authors of a number of letters addressed to the Saudi Kingdom and its various departments for livestock husbandry and its import to stop millions of livestock which traditionally left Berbera port for the Kingdom meant to be used for Udha on 10 10 Dul Hijja, Eid day. The Somalia attempts which he and the Minister of Livestock spearheaded failed because the Kingdom asked Somalia if it had offices in Berbera and if not leave the livestock be.
His colleague, the Foreign Minister, Ahmed Awad, however, did disagree with Beileh.
"This was a meeting between brothers at the most blessed and holiset of Muslim sites," he said.
To dissipate any doubt - and, perhaps, respond to the viral social discussion of the meeting, he added: "We enjoyed friendly conversations - which did not include political discussions for those who may be curious".
Typically, too, none of the members of the Somaliland delegation counter-tweeted a view challenging the Beileh ‘broadcast' or agree with Awad's.
This so enraged Somalilanders. Opposition parties were no exception.
Abdirahman Irro, Waddani founder and leader, derisively expressed his opinion - but, also, in his usual matter-of-fact, vaguely humorous way.
" You cannot be dragging a (dry) animal hide and walk stealthily (at the same time)," he wrote in a Tweet.
The Chairman was reminding the President that he cannot keep shouting ‘foul' at them and be doing the same thing on the side, at the same time.
Other Somalilanders were neither as kind, playfully courteous in their scathing remarks, wondering how did the President so quickly ‘reconcile' with the avowed, arch-enemies of his country and people.
Below is a sample of tweets on the issue.