“Djibouti President, Ismail Omar Guelleh, in ‘serious condition” after being admitted to a hospital in Paris. Most of his family members gathered in France. Djiboutian opposition claim he’s dead. DJ FM says Guelleh is fine and “undergoing medical check up due to lack of rest”” (Morad News, 14.09.2021).
The Djiboutian President since 1999 is now under possibly dire distress in Paris. It is not uncommon that the former colonies leaders are residing and getting medical treatment in France. President Guelleh is no different here.
The President has ruled with an iron-fist and used the authorities against dissidents. His allies in government has also sponsored the violent ethnic militia of Issa-Somali as well. So, it is not like the President is a beloved character.
That’s why there are plenty of people awaiting for his demise. The opposition would clearly not be alone. As the authorities and state has gone after the Afar people in the Republic. Many of them would wish death upon the President. They have been targeted and their livelihoods has been taken away.
So, when people play the sympathy card for the President. It is hard to forget how he treats his enemies and other minorities within his rule. Guelleh should be aware and so should his allies. It is like the 50 Cent song “Many Men” because men many wish death upon him. Some might say it’s insensitive and disrespectful to the President. However, he has ensured other people’s death and extra judicial killings. He has secured dissidents being detained as political prisoners and they have also been tortured too. Therefore, it isn’t like this man is an angle or a statesmen.
However, the President isn’t that and that’s why people spread rumours of his death. They are tired and ready for someone to truly represent them all. Guelleh is a tyrant and a dictator who just happens to have favourable friends across the spectrum, because he let them build bases in the Republic and they want him to reign for life. That is the sort of stability that makes it worth to invest and have soldiers on the ground there.
We know the family and the government will not drop the truth of the matter. They will not say or state the decease in question. The old man is suffering and knows that the health-care isn’t good enough in Djibouti. That’s why he had to travel across the continent to Paris, France to get help. This says a lot of his lacking concerns for his own citizens. When he can use the power and prestige doing this. However, his own citizens wouldn’t be allowed or have the coins to pay for the services.
That is why the opposition and everyone wishes him ill. It is not like they would say and spread rumours like this without any proper context. This is also in-connection with how the President has run the state. That is why they not so merciful and showing him common courtesy, because it is not like he would have shown that to his adversary. Peace.