Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, being a respected figure in our society, has been treated with the respect and honour he deserves by President Yameen’s Administration throughout the past years. After his time as the President of Maldives for the 30 years he spent in office, Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom with no outside influence announced that he was moving out of the political arena on his own a few years back.
Today, we see a very different picture. Under the newly established oppositional coalition, Former President Maumoon is being seen as an active oppositional political figure yet again. Plots against the Maldivian Government being broadcasted live on TV announced by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom himself has led us to question what his true intentions are at this moment. He himself, on numerous occasions during his reign said that he would wage war against anyone who tries to take him out of office by force or unethical approach. So why the sudden change in ethics?
Former President Maumoon displaying a personality which had the utmost respect for the constitution of Maldives on the outside has recently urged the people of Maldives to stand up against the current government and has asked of us to impeach President Yameen out of office. This sudden change in ideology along with the constant calls against the government has left us all in awe. Has the age-old respected figure gone down to a level so low that he can now be counted among the unethical oppositional watchdogs? Or is there something else going on?
The opposition, even in the past, has been known to sacrifice a pawn or two for their political benefits. Could Former President Maumoon be the next? One might assume that some speeches and actions of Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom seems to be choreographed and orchestrated by “someone behind the curtains” having different motives.
Even after the sudden change of heart, Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom has been seen as a person with certain limits and boundaries which has kept him out of harm and out of legal arrest, but to our surprise, he is on the verge of disregarding all his principles and going into grave danger of becoming as aggressive as the felons who have abandoned our Nation on being sentenced under lawfully justified cases of terrorism and bribery.
Witnessing the current events, it is the thought that circles in our minds that these people, having set Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom as the face of their opposition for the moment has plans to force an arrest on him. The idea that the people of Maldives would develop a certain hatred for the current administration for arresting or intervening with the acts of Former President Maumoon has deluded them into supporting and aiding the respected figure in destroying his legacy and diminishing the little integrity he has.
Along with this the son if Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, Faaris Maumoon being investigated for bribery charges and allegations of plotting against the state has gotten us all to believe that the 30 years Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom ruled the Maldives were simply not enough. The greed for power and influence raging inside the whole family would, at the end of the day, get them nothing but the hatred they hope to create on the current administration.