A statement made by a member of the presidential guards has led to significant tension within the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). Staff Sergeant Mohammed Abdullah, a member of the elite presidential guards, responsible for ensuring the security of the president and the first lady, has been detained following controversial remarks regarding support for President Solih within the defence forces.
The remarks emerged during a discussion about the allocation of housing units developed for the soldiers. According to sources, senior officers were allowed the privilege to choose flats of their preference, while some junior officers were reportedly left without any housing units, despite making down payments years prior. This unfair allocation system, as described by several insiders, has been a point of contention among the ranks.
Sgt. Mohammed Abdullah voiced his concerns to his commanding officer, Colonel Muizzu Musthafa, stating that there exists no support for President Solih within the defence forces. Following this candid disclosure, he was promptly removed from his primary duties. The sergeant was detained inside the defence force headquarters, a move seen by many as a crackdown on dissent within the MNDF. As per recent updates, Sgt. Abdullah has since been assigned administrative duties.
President Solih's administration has faced growing discontent, especially among the security forces. One of the primary reasons cited is the government's decision to allow the Indian military to be stationed at multiple locations in the Maldives, a move that has garnered mixed reactions from various quarters.