Maldivians must unite to protect and uphold the tenants of nationalism such as Islamic faith, Dhivehi language, and the history and culture of the Maldivian people, urges the leader of Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), Meedhoo MP Ahmed Siyam Mohamed.
He made the appeal in his address on occasion of Maldives’ National Day – a holiday which celebrates Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam (Bodu Thakurufaanu)’s victory over the Portuguese occupation in 1573, bringing an end to 15 years of brutal colonial rule.
In his address, Siyam said the Maldivian people must work to enhance their nationalism.
He said that though Maldives may not be under attack with guns and swords, an ideological wave was spreading in the world, enslaving countries.
Siyam said the ideological wave had reached Maldives’ shores, making it crucial for the Maldivian people to unite and work together to protect the country from “such dangerous claws”.
“…I appeal for us to forever be the people who say yes to going to the frontlines to defend our independence,” he said.
In his speech, Siyam noted the sacrifice and struggle of Bodu Thakurufaanu to save Maldives from one of the darkest days the country has faced – described as the days the Maldivian seas ran red with the blood of Maldivian children.
“Bodu Thakurufaanu’s struggle to save us from the occupation and bring peace and development to the Maldivian people and establish Islamic faith is exemplary,” he said.