Do Yemeni people deserve this leadership? [Archives:2008/1210/Opinion]

November 24 2008

By: Sami Al-Ghabri
Although we selected a seemingly shocking title for this article, which may convince the readership to bear in mind that we will conclude with an absolute judgment of whether Yemeni people deserve this political leadership or not, we don't intend to review what we believe is necessary to appeal to the minds of people.

Any qualities and characteristics we may attribute to Yemeni society will, under no circumstance, reflect a justification in defense of the authority and the country's current political leadership. This is an opinion piece, which we want to communicate to our readership with a high level of care and responsibility because we strongly believe that solutions are impossible to get workable unless we quite know what the problem we are trying to solve is.

Instead of adopting means that are characterized by impatience and hurry in suggesting solutions to particular problems and having them announced, we will work together through a deep vision to first identify the problem and then provide the most workable solutions to it. Our pressing problems nationwide require long-term solutions, patience and sincere efforts.

Under no circumstance may we believe that the nation and its economy are suffering an unprecedented tragic crisis. And, it is strange for Yemeni people to receive numerous promises from its leadership with regard to implementing several development projects, fighting unemployment and poverty or improving citizens' living standards.

We have to stop thinking that Yemen is easy to become a developed state overnight as soon as its current leadership is replaced. This is a real ignorance and foolishness. Even if replacing the current leadership will be good for Yemen was declared by senior politicians and accepted by ordinary citizens as being the only option to help resolve Yemen's pressing political and economic problems, this suggestions merely reflects a declaration, viewpoint or a political trick by a group of politicians (opposition leaders) who are opposing the current government.

Those opposition leaders are only interested in reaching power as soon as possible in order to exploit any available natural resources in the nation. Therefore, they depicted that the commonplace problem in the nation is caused by many individuals in the government, who are accused of robbing the national resources and embezzling public funds.

Undoubtedly, corruption has become rampant in the various state's institutions and this phenomenon reached its climatic point when the opposition began to promote it amid absence of oversight and monitoring. Despite the fact that Yemeni is suffering as a result of rampant corruption, this phenomenon doesn't look like it was depicted by the opposition leaders, mainly those who are behind spread of such an irresponsible phenomenon in the various parts of the nation.

Corruption culture is commonplace

The corruption culture has become commonplace until the extent that a government official ignores any corruption charges directed to him since he admits before his appointment that he will be corrupt or accused of practicing corruption.

The ordinary citizens and senior politicians were recommended to have more patience in presenting the problem, which state's agencies experience. They should not hurry in judging that all government officials are corrupt without any assessment before directing any corruption charges to them.

In general, people are the source of any pressing problems in the nation and the most pressing of these problems is represented by the high illiteracy rates among Yemen's male and female population with regard to how they understand any negative social concepts and principles that make out of lies and fabrications a real fact. And, as people don't care about investigating and examining facts as they take place on the ground, this makes responsibility a trivial matter.