But women's inheritance being equal is un-Islamic and murdering scholars for that is uncalled for and just unhinged.There are 2 ways to dissect Siad Barre's 21-year rule:
1969-78 = He was good for the most part, a strongman who propelled Somalia forward, policies like "Bar ama Baro" increased literacy in Somalia greatly, Somali script was created, strengthing the military, these policies were mostly introduced in his early years.
1979-91 = This is where he falls short, increased corruption and nepotism, and systematic oppression, his atrocities committed against Isaaq and Hawiye, and other Darood clans is what lead to rebel groups forming and splitting the country.
I won't even criticize his killings of the Wadaads in 1975, because he only did it when they (Sheikhs) opposed the state-driven advancement of women’s rights in the 1975 Family Law, which allowed women and men to inherit wealth equally following the death of a family member; restricted polygamy; and gave women the right to seek a divorce from their husbands.
His destroying of democracy in Somalia is also a damning thing, he should have just tried to run fairly, he would have probably have won anyway.