OPINION; NISA chief vs PM Roble: What do we understand from the letter that undermined the Prime Minister?3 min read
NISA Commander Fahad Yasin sent a letter of response to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble after requesting a full report on the Ikran Tahlil Farah case within 48 hours.
However, Fahad Yasin’s letter gave more meaning than expected, and made it clear that Fahad had rejected Prime Minister Roble and his orders, telling him that he was not the head of the country’s security.
This letter contains a number of objections, denials, dissent and transferred powers.
48-hour response rejection
When NISA director Fahad Yasin requested that a national security committee be convened, he made it clear to the prime minister that he could not provide any information within 48 hours, as the deadline was about 24 hours away.
Requesting a meeting of the National Security Council ensures that the NISA director Fahad Yasin has indirectly extended the deadline and bought time, as it will be difficult to convene a meeting of the committee within 24 hours.
NISA director said in a statement, “We respectfully request that we present the report to the entire National Security Council, which includes members of the relevant agencies and offices.”
That sentence, analysed, meant that the NISA director had refused to report to the prime minister’s order, and instead intends to provide it to the national security committee, bypassing prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.
NISA chief indirectly told Prime Minister that he was not responsible for the national security, and can be seen in another part of the letter, saying, “The National Security and Intelligence Agency has sent an official request to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia to provide us a chance to convene a National Security Council meeting, as chairman of the National Security Council, and Commander of the Armed Forces. ”
In the statement, NISA chief told the Prime Minister that the president is “the chairman of the National Security Council, and the Commander of the Armed Forces,” at a time when President Farmaajo had handed over security to prime minister Roble.
What do we need to know?
Fahad’s statement appears to be another tactic to restore power to Farmajo, whose term in office has ended and he has publicly handed over responsibility for security to Roble.
The National Security Council, whose idea was a request by Fahad, has not convened for more than a year, and this appears to be an extension of time and a new diversion on the Ikraan case.
Fahad’s letter to Roble knowingly to Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Mursal, who is not a member of the Security Council, is seen as a threat to the Prime Minister for motion against him although parliament has expired and has no mandate whatsoever.
PM Roble and NISA chief Fahad?
Fahad’s move means that he and Roble will no longer be able to hold the two posts of NISA commander and prime minister and work together.
If Fahad succeeds in getting Roble to take no action after 48 hours, and convenes the National Security Council, it means he has defeated prime minister Roble, who is the highest authority in the country, as previously believed.
Roble now has a question; Will he allow that to happen, or will he take action against Fahad, which if he does, would be a reminder that he has the highest authority in the country.