Jaalle Siyaad oo ka waramaya sababta ay Soomaaliya, Afrika dhexdeeda uga weyday wax qadiyaddooda ku taageera, wuxuu yiri:
Waxaa jirey nin madaxweyne Afrikaan ah oo aannu saaxiib aheyn, kaas oo dalkiisu uu dhowaan madax bannaanidiisii qaatey. Ninkaasi markii uu ku jiray halganka gobanimo-doonka ah, aad baan u taageeray. Fadhi kamid ah fadhiyadii ururka O.A.U. baa waxaan ka codsaday in aan la kulmo. Laakiin waa uu i diiday in uu ila kulmo. Iyadoo fadhigii uu socdo ayaa waxaan ku kulanay meel dibadda ka ah aqalkii lagu shirayay. Gacantaan kasoo qabtay oo meel gees ah intaan la aaday baa waxaan weeydiiyay : Maxay tahay sababta aad u diiday in aad ila kulanto. Waa uu i eegay isaga oo didsan, waxuuna iigu jawaabay : Waad ogtahay in aan ahay mid ku xiran taageerada aan dibadda ka helo. Sidaa darteed waxaa layga mamnuucay in aan wax kula qabsado, halis iskama aan gelin karo kaalmada la isiiyo.
Tabtaas ayuu iila hadlay. Sidaas baad ku aamini kartaa in dowladaha Afrikaanka ahi eeyan xor ahayn. Dal xoroobaa ma jiro inta uusan cagahiisa ku istaagin. Sidaas beeyan u jirin dal Afrikaan ah oo Soomaaliya ay taageero ka heshay Waa ay ina ayidi lahaayeen haddii ay dowladaha xoogga leh ay farta ugu fiiqi lahaayeen. Haddase waa ay naga fogaanayaan waayo dowladaha waaweyn ayaa sidaas raba. (I Somalia, Bo Bjelfvenstam, 1982. p. 141)
English (roughly translated):
Jaalle Siyaad explaining why Somalia had failed to receive the backing of many African countries:
There was an African leader, whose country recently received independence and was a good friend of mine. When he was an independence activist, I supported him wholeheartedly in his struggle for his country’s independence. In one of OAU’s regular sessions, I requested a meeting with him and he blatantly refused.
Whilst the session was in progress, I managed to bump in to him outside the chamber. I grabbed him by his arm and took him to a corner and asked him, perplexingly, why he refused to meet me. He looked at me anxiously, with sweat dripping down his face, and answered:
“You know that my country is heavily depended on aid. Therefore, I have been forbidden to talk to you or work with your country by my sponsors. I cannot jeopardize the foreign aid that my country receives from these foreign powers.”
This reveals that many African countries haven’t left the clutch of colonialism. Many of them who have received independence are still controlled indirectly [neo-colonialism]. Because of that, not a single country in Africa has supported Somalia’s decolonization policies. Now they have distanced themselves [from us]… because some of the developed countries demanded it. (I Somalia, Bo Bjelfvenstam, 1982. p. 141)