Abiy Ahmed – a man on a mission to …

Abiy Ahmed – a man on a mission to …
By Mootii Baarboo,

Abiy Ahmed rose to power in Ethiopia on the back of the sacrifices made by Oromo nationalists, in particular those who gave their lives resisting the oppressive regimes of Haile Selassie, the Derg and EPRDF. The irony was that Abiy (who usurped power as a result of the Oromo struggle) was part of one of these regimes, the EPRDF. And, again ironically, the Oromo genuinely believed and hoped Abiy would advance their cause, not realizing he has such disdain for everything Oromo, including despising his own Oromo father.

Abiy Ahmed Ali is a gifted person at indoctrinating people to fulfill his ego of remaining in power. With his skills of appearing plausible, whilst being totally the opposite of what he is saying, Abiy uses every means available to him, without having the slightest consideration for the consequences of his actions. He is someone who does not refrain from any taboo as long as his thirst for power is quenched. There is no ‘safuu’ in his Oromo lexicon.

So, who could blame the Oromo for taking Abiy at face value and entrusting him with the task of being at the helm to guide the struggle for self-rule? With his charming smile, sweet words and empty promises, Abiy has all the tools to convince any society, let alone Oromo, who by their very nature know no sabotage or political intricacies and backbiting like some others. Hence, one can forgive the Oromo people for taking Abiy to their hearts in the beginning.

However, one person I do not feel sympathy for in relation to Abiy is Obbo Lamma Megersa, who has become the con man’s first victim. With his political awareness and ability to play devil’s advocate, he became ‘addicted to Ethiopia’, only to gauge neftenya’s support in the battle against the Woyane. If beggars belief how Obbo Lamma failed to recognise from the outset the true nature of the narcissist Abiy. Even to a layman, Abiy’s fake smiles, insincere facial expressions, and many of his acts and behaviours are unreal and pretentious.

What is even more surprising about Abiy is his ability to get away with all these ill deeds, even today, when he is in power. For example, he has admitted using his governmental position to spy for the opposition. His espionage was for two organisations with different goals! No one has questioned him in parliament, in court or in public over this. Abiy has made conflicting and inflammatory remarks praising or denigrating people in different arenas. Again, he has not been brought to account. Imagine, similar cases coming to light against political officials in developed countries. The fate of a leader with such crimes in Europe or America is at the very least decided in the law courts. But in Ethiopia, the leader is often praised for his actions and allowed to commit even more atrocities.

Abiy’s mission in all of this is only to maintain power. He is a power maniac who tries to achieve his goals at the expense of anything, including selling out Oromo. In fact, being a shrewd person, he has surrounded himself with die-hard Oromo-haters just to help achieve his dreams. Arguably, the Ethiopian palace has never been filled with such neo-neftenyas and Oromo adversaries as it has during Abiy’s tenure. His calculations are not difficult to understand. He is using one stone to kill two birds simultaneously: that is, to silence the Habesha while keeping the Oromo firmly under his grasp.

So far, so good for Abiy because he has lasted thus far. But, history will put everything in perspective sooner rather than later. The Oromo people have no time to wait for history to be mis-recorded, though, as has characteristically been the case in the Ethiopian empire. They are now ready to write their own history. They have been crying for generations to be their own masters, to govern their own business, to write their own destiny, to be treated equally in their country, and to use their language to worship and as an official language alongside Amharic. Abiy, who is filled with animosity against Oromo has worked very hard to derail Oromo’s quest to gain all their legitimate rights.

Oromo should say now, enough is enough! They should rise in unison to demand what is legally theirs. Nothing can be given for free and Oromo should not expect any positive outcome from galtuu, as Abiy really is one. The qeerroo and qarree, who gallantly stood against the Woyane are once again called upon to rise up and free the Oromo society from the tyranny.

One final point on Afaan Oromo. The issue of Afaan Oromo becoming a federal language must not be negotiated or left at the mercy of neo-neftenya’s decision. Afaan Oromo needs to be a working language in Finfinne, the centre and heart of Oromia. How on earth can it be right for the Oromo to be asked to use a foreign language – yes, a foreign language – in their own homeland? This is despicable in the twenty-first century. It has to be a political decision, not a decision imposed on us by our neftenya adversaries. And it needs to be implemented now, not delayed for another year, let alone ten or fifteen years as they have prescribed for us.

It is really sad to learn Abiy has set up a group of neftenya academics to ‘study’ the feasibility of Afaan Oromo becoming a federal language. The Oromo proverb comes to mind: “Woraabbessatti harree hin fe’an”. The nafetenya academicians in question are well known for demonising the use of Afaan Oromo for education, in particular the adoption of qubee. Can you expect a balanced recommendation about Afaan Oromo or even about the Oromo people from these bigots? I can’t. The fate of Oromo and Afaan Oromo must be decided by Oromo and by Oromo alone! How belittling and degrading of Oromo it is for Abiy to assign the neftenya to make a recommendation about the possibility of Afaan Oromo becoming one of the federal languages. I leave this to the reader’s judgement.

The fact is that if Abiy had been the leader of the EPRDF in the early 1990’s, qubee would not have been endorsed as an Oromo writing system. He would have done anything in his power to have sabotaged the adoption of the qubee. In fact, if he is allowed to continue in his post, Abiy wouldn’t stop from attempting to reverse the little progress made so far in the development and use of Afaan Oromo. Oromo! Wake up! You cannot expect anything positive whilst Abiy remains in power. The sooner you get rid of him, the quicker your freedom will be realised.

Injifannoon kan saba Oromo


  1. Indeed, Mootii Baarboo! Thank you for your assertive article.

    The fate of the Oromo and afaan Oromo must be decided by the Oromo and Oromo only as you have perfectly articulated. Yes, the Oromo can be forgiven for trusting Abiy Ahmed and Lemma Megerssa, whom they thought were their own children, and suffering an unforgivable betrayal. Nevertheless, “in politics, being deceived is no excuse”. The Oromo, in general and Oromo talents in particular, must learn from the grave mistake of entrusting their half won victory to the people, who were serving TPLF interests in Oromia to just find out the usual galtuu individuals changing their allegiances to the service of neo-neftegna. I believe that it is now clear to any Oromo who have functioning brain that Abiy Ahmed is committed to saving the neftegna system which has been on its deathbed for the last five decades. Whether he succeeds in reimposing the neo-neftegna on our people or whether he will make the funeral of imperial Ethiopia costly depends on the course of political actions being taken by the dictator himself and other stakeholders. If Ethiopia emerges as a democracy where the aspirations of our people and other Ethiopian peoples are fulfilled, that will save her from disintegrating. However, if Abiy Ahmed continues with his misadventure and misrule, the creation of new independent countries, including independent Oromia, on the grave of imperial Ethiopia, will be natural reality.

    Every individual Oromo, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, educated or otherwise must understand that we are Oromo before anything, and we have the choice to be anything afterwards. We must rise up in unison and avert the existential threats we have faced as a nation. Martin Luther King, reflecting on the civil rights marches he was leading shares two interesting stories as follows:

    ‘Someone had asked an elderly woman why she was involved in our struggle’. “I am doing it for my grandchildren”, she replied. … Seven years later, the children and grandchildren were doing it for themselves. … The children understood the stakes they were fighting for. … (One) father forbade his son to participate. “Daddy”, the boy said, “I don’t want to disobey you, but I have made my pledge. If you try to keep me home, I will sneak off. If you think I deserve to be punished for that, I’ll just have to take the punishment. For, you see, I’m not doing this only because I want to be free. I’m doing it also because I want freedom for you and Mama, and I want it to come before you die”‘.

    The civil rights movements succeeded because everyone took the issue of freedom seriously and they were led effectively. As professor John Adair asserts: “Leadership matters – it matters to you. It matters at every level. Leadership at the top makes the difference”. This means that Oromo leadership must be strengthened by Oromo talents at all levels. Our intelligentsia and professionals must step in and help in taking Oromo leadership to the highest possible standards.

    “These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth for great leaders”!

    The great Oromo people shall overcome!

  2. Single person can not make real difference under deep rooted web of dominance, confussipn and particularly in immeasurable mix of deplomacy, finance, tech and ammunition’s power & pressures it creates

    Can anyone convience me why Abiy had encouraged to visit USA Ethiopian community w/o and before any significant base of confidence and decicive measures asserting responses for rampant sacrifices, unasured security & non guaranteed peace and intended change at a time?

    How many innocent Ethiopians know how many crowds and chirocodile-tears significantly hampering ways, means and access to their very important needs, mainly freedom w/o distant ties and lock? From Practices and habits of bapitizing and orienting mis as right directions?
    Hadn’t I been mentioned about the distant ” THE EMMIYYES” & ” THE LIBRATORS” or sinisters under both, the name of the nation & freedom while selling both?
    Thanks for those who broke the lock with life sacrifices against the sets & the games.

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