1st of July, 1970
July 1st is the day when the Somali people emerged from the darkness of foreign rule and ushered in a new era of hopes and expectations, and took over the reins of their country in dignity and pride. The problems inherited from the colonial period were numerous. There was no sound economic and social plan to develop the country. There was acute unemployment. Political problems were rife, and the Somali nation was in a state disintegration.
The Governments which ran the affairs of our country from 1st July 1960 to 21st October 1969 have dismally failed in building a viable nation based on firm social and economic foundations. Corruption, tribalism, nepotism, injustice and embezzlement of funds became the order of the day and the existence of the Somali nation was threatened, Revenue collected in the form of taxes from the Somali people, many of whom lived on a hand to mouth basis, was used for personal interests. The financial and technical assistance poured into our country by friendly states was criminally robbed from our people.
The Supreme Revolutionary Council makes no dishonest promises in seeking a mandate from you. We shall formulate a feasible programme in which every Somali, men and women, young and old, can participate in the task of nation building so as to translate our aspirations into reality. The economic and social problems we inherited from the colonial powers and the former regimes are colossal. We must take up the challenge and by hard work help the government's efforts to succeed. This will only be possible through the cooperation and participation of the people. Let us pool our resources and energies for the progress and ever-lasting prosperity of our country.
The most pressing issue facing the Revolution is the economic problem. We fully realise that we will be judged by our economic policies, and the gains and failures we record in this field. Economic is the Central issue. On it, depends the success of the social, political and other activities of the nation. It is a simple question of bread and butter, and economic development is a matter no government can disregard.
Every one of you recognises the gravity of our economic situation today. As one of the less developed countries wea common Third World problem of neglect, discrimination and lack of interest from the so called rich nation's club of the world. We also have our special problems which could have been ameliorated by a government which was a least aware and sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people. The sad ignominious record of the defunct regime shows as a mark on our people and on our country. There is rampant poverty, hunger, mass unemployment, chronic government deficits, etc. The list of our economic ills is too familiar for me to repeat. The defunct regime's attitude to development questions and their total neglect of the people's interests is a sad chapter in the history of our country faces.
17th of February, 1979
On this auspicious holy Eid-ul-Adha, solemnly and fittingly celebrated throughout the territory of the Somalia Democratic Republic, I desire to extend to all my best wishes for happiness, prosperity and wellbeing.
On this occasion, our thoughts also embrace Islam's Holy Places, where at this time hundreds of thousands of faithful people are gathered to fulfil their pilgrimage, according to the dictate of our religion.
In this spirit, I exhort all of to mediate upon the high moral teaching of the Islamic faith the path towards mutual understanding, cooperation and peace.
We are still on the threshold of a era, initiated by the 21st October Revolution. It is a time deep-laid with difficulties. We do not wish to conceal that the problems that confront us are manifold and of diverse nature, and that they impose upon all of us, indiscriminately, personal sacrifices and a firm dedication to guarantee to the country security and justice in progress.
Muslim leaders, besides being propounders and propagators of the Islamic faith, were also statesmen who contributed to the political, economic and social development of the countries they governed. They were teachers of nations and peoples who are on the frontline politically, socially and technologically.
Hence the need for our religious to probe within the social reality of our people, and wrest from our religion it's practical teachings, thus making available its ideas and actions in the interest of general progress.
Among our people, religious leaders must play gallivanting role to activate a society advancing towards the high value of Islam, which have always been the foundation of our social and political organisation,
The Somali Democratic Republic will spare no efforts to follow the path to prosperity, through the efficient efforts of its citizens. This path is clearly laid out by Islam, and the active work of the religious leaders in the field of education and morals, will be a source of inspiration and assistance.
(Speech to the Armed Forces)
9th of November, 1969
Nineteen days after the Revolution I am addressing myself to the Armed Forces. I am talking to you because I want to make you understand the responsibility we have for the nation. As you all know, we have sworn to be sincere and trustworthy to the country and the Somali people. The foundation of our sincerity for the country and the Somali people is the conviction that we are the servants of the nation. This service to the nation needs to be explicitly understood.
Imperialism and those with the colonial mentality left in the minds of our people that they were the cream of creation and others were their servants.
The truth is that anybody who draws a salary from the government is the servant of the people because the people pay his salary. This salary comes from people in the form of taxes. It had been a principle of imperialism – and we have been following it after the termination of that imperialism – that we should expect from the public, the learned, the youth and the families a specially flavoured respect. This attitude which persists is wrong, and one easily can see that it is a colonial hangover. It is has been left in the minds of the people that the nationalists is an ignorable creature.
We have launched the Revolution to eradicate colonial hangovers in all their various forms. The purpose of the Revolution is to guide us back to our true characteristics, to clearly understand what we are, and what we stand for, and to work for our people in sincerity and devotion.
We must convince the people of the efficacy of a joint, concerted effort with us. We should attack together and on equal terms, hunger and ignorance; at all times uphold and protect the flag, the dignity, the welfare and the defence of the nation.
We have to defend the dignity, the rights and the livelihood of every Somali person. While we are uprooting the evils that have beset on the nation, such as tribalism, favouritism, nepotism, corruption and injustice, we should train ourselves to uphold the dignity of the Somali nation, to uplift the image of the Somali nation both internally and externally.
Gabaygan waxaa tiriyey Cabdillaahi Suldaan (Timacadde), waana kii labaad ee uu ciriyey intii Kacaanka dhashay. Wuxuuu yidhi:
1. Dhimasho iyo noloshaa isu jira, labada dhooloode
2. Dhako meyd markay yeelatey baa geeshku dhiidhiyaye
3. Dhurwaayada kuwii naga xidhxidhay, way na dhiciyeene
4. Dhammaantoodba waa u mahad naqnaa, kuna dhawaaqnaaye
5. Dhanbaallada is daba yaacaya iyo dhabaq la'aanteeda
6. Dhaantada shacbigu qaadayaa, waa dhibtii hore e
7. In kastoo Wasiir dhibi lahaa, jeelka lagu dheelmay
8. OO dhoorrayaashii sar sare dhababka loo jiidey
9. Dadku Towradduu dhawrayaa oo waa dhursugayaaye
10. Dhoobadu halkii ay fadhiday looma dhaadhicine
11. Dhexda nimankii noo joogsadey ee dhaxanta noo saaray
12. Dhiigyacabyadii lam qaqaban, dhiiranaan jiraye
13. Jeeroo Maxamed loo dhisoo, dhididku hoobaano
14. Nin waliba wuxuu dhimay, ilaa dhabarka loo saaro
15. Jeeroo waxay naga dhaceen, lagaga dheemaalsho
16. Daarahan la dhiibsaday ilaa laga dhawaateeyo
17. Dhacadiidkii jeero rag badan dhawda laga saaro
18. Jeeroo rag lagu dhugtamow dhaaftay la arkaa yo
19. Dhunkaal shilinku jeeruu noqduu, dhuunta mari waayo
20. Dhabaqsiga la dayn maayo iyo dhiilkii la is ba raye
21. Dhabbaha aan soo jilay haddii laga dhabayn waayo
22. Dhutis xaalku kama baaqsadee, dhuuxa hadalkayga
(*) Cabdillaahi wuxuu yidhi, Gabaygaa waxaan tiriyey markaan arkay saraakiil siduu uu wax u wadey.