By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, May 16, 2012
“The livelihood of the unemployed is in the hands of Allah, not in the hands of the government,” Mr. Benkirane said in the parliament on Monday, addressing the unemployed who continue to protest in Rabat. Abdelilah Benkirane, head of the government, must have forgotten that it is Allah Himself who has sent the government to act as a means whereby the livelihood of the Moroccan unemployed is created, guaranteed, and enjoyed.
The current government, which the unemployed, the employed and the majority of other responsible Moroccan citizens once elected, is not suppose to create livelihoods for Mawazin singers and artists, ghost workers, corrupt officials, and many other greedy senior officials, but simply to help create a dignified livelihood for the unemployed and the poor who make up the majority of Moroccans.
Allah has blessed Morocco with the lucrative natural resource of phosphate, which the Moroccan government is wholly in charge of. Allah did not bless this beloved country with such a fortune so that there would come a day when a man like Benkirane would dare and tell the Moroccan unemployed that their livelihood is in Allah’s hands, but rather so that all Moroccans would benefit from the resource, and earn their livelihoods through it and therefore enjoy their lives. Allah has performed His divine job: that of guaranteeing and providing the livelihood for His creatures, whereas, regrettably, the government has not done its job properly.
In a similar manner, Allah has blessed Morocco with two enormous seas: the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Allah did so in order that all Moroccans would benefit from the inestimable profits gained from fish of all sorts and other treasures hiding in their depths. Once again, the Moroccan government has complete control over these natural resources.
Benkirane, however, exonerated the government from its responsibility, despite Morocco’s geographical richness, to increase employment opportunities for graduates, and has gone as far as to direct the unemployed to seek recourse from Allah for their livelihoods. What Benkirane did not bear in mind, however, is that Allah has already blessed the unemployed with the prospects for secure livelihoods, but the crux of the issue is that these have been confiscated by not only this government, but also by all the previous corrupt governments.
Instead of blaming it on the late and still living greedy and corrupt senior Moroccan officials who have looted the fortunes of the country, who destroyed its economy, and who shattered the hopes of millions of Moroccans, Benkirane excuses himself by claiming not to have the necessary meant to hire the unemployed and to save poverty-stricken Moroccans from more impoverishment.
Allah, to whom Benkirane advised the Moroccan unemployed to resort to for their livelihoods, has also blessed Morocco with natural landscapes, vast lands, natural mines, and metals of different kinds. And despite the fact that the Moroccan government is wholly in charge of these blessings which, can overnight turn Moroccan paupers into average citizens at the very least, very few Moroccans benefit from them, while the rest go desperately impoverished and unemployed for ages.
When Allah talks about the livelihood of Man on earth, he doesn’t mention that Man only has to stay at home, doing nothing so that money and gold will be bestowed upon him by his creator, Allah. On the contrary, Man must perform his job regularly so as to earn a permissible living. When the majority of unemployed Moroccans set to work and look for jobs, they usually feel desperate because they cannot find anything at hand. In fact, this is what Benkirane must take into account when dealing with the poor and unemployed.
He should not have preached to the Moroccans that Allah is responsible for their livelihoods, for the simple reason that they all already know this undeniable fact. He should not have deluded them with that tricky statement. Instead, he should have demanded for disseminating Morocco’s fortune and let the unemployed assiduously run after their livelihoods wherever it is, from Tangiers to El Gouira.
To put it another way, what Benkirane has preached with regard to the unemployed’s unstable livelihoods will get him nowhere, but more protests and demonstrations in the capital city. Why didn’t he, for instance, pluck up courage and tell Moroccans that their livelihoods are in the hands of the corrupt officials, the monopolizers of the substantial daily profits Morocco makes, the beneficiaries of transport licenses, sands, and oceans, and opportunistic oppressors in a number of governmental apparatuses?
The livelihood of any living creature on earth is undeniably in Allah’s hands, but we should never understand this literally as Benkirane purposefully and cunningly did. To say that the livelihood of the Moroccan unemployed is in Allah’s hands, at a time when the government is in full charge of all the natural resources that Morocco is blessed with, is nothing but a kind of delusion adopted by Mr. Benkirane to mislead the unemployed. Dear Moroccan unemployed and Moroccan poor, wherever you are, our livelihood is in the hands of our government.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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