To the attention of respected top leaders of Oromia

To the attention of respected top leaders of Oromia

By Falmataa Sabaa (PhD)

OPDO’s freedom of speech days are numbering

About six weeks ago, I wrote that Honorable Mr. Lemma Megersa should remain determined if there is need for his government to belong to Oromo Nation ( I stated four immediate quests of Oromos as I felt. Two of them in my first tier are what currently his Excellency Dr. Worknene Gebeyehu gave us televised speech on OBN. In clear terms, I asked that Finfinnee, part and parcel of Oromia, must be governed by government of Oromia. As well, Afaan Oromo, number one majority’s language, need to be federal’s working language immediately. According to the test procedure I set, the clock tells that the time is only in the eleventh hour. Yet, delighted Dr. Worknene Gebeyehu is on the scene to tell us afresh news of still ongoing effort by his party. This time, Honorable Mr. Lemma Megersa seem on different business with our tacit contenders on the issue of our native land and our language marginalized.

On this issue Mr. Zewde Tadesse (ዘውዴ ታደሰ) wrote article entitled “ኦህዴድ እና አዲስ አበባ” which was published on on 10 Nov. 2017 ( The following is what I quote: “ዶ/ር ወርቅነህ ገበየው የኦህዴድ ም/ሊቀመንበር እና የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትር የሆኑት ሰው ትላንት በOBN ቀርበው ስለ አዲስ አበባ እና ስለ ኦሮሚያ ልዩ ተጠቃሚነት …። ይህን አቋዋም አቶ ለማ በሚዲያ ቀርበው ቢናገሩ እና ህዝብ ቢሰማ … ዝማሬያቸው ጋር ስለሚጣረዝባቸው ወትሮም በህዝብ ቅቡልነት በሌለው የህውሓት ሆድ አደር ነው በሚባልለት በኦህዴድ ም/ሊቀመንበር ወርቅነህ ገበየሁ … እንዲህ ያለውን ለኔ ብቻ ይገባኛል የሚል የብሔርተኝነት ዜማ ማቀንቀን ትዝብት ውስጥ ይከታቸዋል። በአዲስ አበባ የኦሮሚያ ልዩ ተጠቃሚነት የሚለውን ሰነድ ከተጣለበት ሼልፍ ውስጥ ዳግም አራግፎ ማነብነብ ለምን አስፈለገ? ህውሓት የኦሮሚያን ህዝብ እና አዲስ አበቤን እንዳይተማመን ይፈልጋል። … ህዝቦችን ለመነጣጠል እንዲጠቅመው ብሎ በህውሓት የተፃፈውን ዶክመንት የኦህዴድ ሰወችም ለማስፈፀም እላይ ታች ሲሉ ማየት ኦህዴድ ዛሬም በማን ተፅዕኖ ስር እንዳለ ያሳያል።”.

The other fellow journalist of ESAT Mr. መሳይ መኮንን also wrote under “የመጨረሻው መጀመሪያ፣ የኢኮኖሚ ቀውስ ህወሀትን በአፍጢሙ ሊደፋው ተቃርቧል” on 11 November 2017 published at (“ He states “እነለማ መገርሳ የሚፈተኑበት ወቅት ላይ ይገኛሉ። … በውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትሩ ወርቅነህ ገበየሁ የሚመራ ገልባጭ አንጃ በኦህዴድ ውስጥ እግር አብቅሎ እየተራመደ ነው። … ወርቅነህ ገበየሁ በኦሮሚያ ቴሌቪዥን ላይ ቀርቦ በእነለማ ተቃራኒ የሆነ ዲስኩር መልቀቅ ጀምሯል። … ለዚህም የአዲስ አበባን አጀንዳ አንስተዋል።

Both writers have in common that makes them worried which could be incompatible with that of Oromos including this writer. Classically, this group often applaud for who they think underestimates the rights of Oromo and Oromia as long as their benefit is maintained. Their illusion seem that Oromia would have evaporated and rains Ethiopia so that they could only suckle whole milk from their mom. This can never happen at least under present level of science and technology. Likewise, it is clear that rights and benefits are not on same scale and hence the former must essentially be considered first.

In the interest of Oromos, however, who governs Oromia isn’t the primary concern. We can even use the opportunity that his Excellency Dr. Workeneh is Oromia born descendant of Tigrai as a strategic bridge between Oromos and Tigres. In the eyes of Oromos, intolerable is that if authorities of the government of Oroima are using their TV’s window to show us different face for the same lie. That era of soliciting Oromos for unattainable hope has gone not to come back.

At this stage, one might need to see the same scenario in the eyes of the pendulum party, TPLF for they are always looking for their equilibrium to rest at. The winging weight of TPLF might swing between utterly denying the right to fully responding to the quests. Nevertheless, Oromo only is restoring force of the gravity for the pendulum. In other words, by hook or crook Oromo needs Finfinnee be governed under Oromia and Afaan Oromo must be Federal’s working language very soon. TPLF’s contingency plan might no more help to pacify Oromos or make peace in Oromia. Oromos’ proverb might explain all at once: kan sodaatanis du’a, kan hin ooles du’a. It might equate with saying: No matter how you fear death for no one would escape it.

It might not be your assembly by the name of National Security Council that might stop anti-colonial struggle of Oromos but proper response to the quest that would enable legitimacy of the government. In fact your late P/M Zenawi have already told you the signs of the end times and this is incubation period with its peak to follow. I hope Zenawi had also whispered P/M HMD to further to avoid what would be blurred image of the sign.

Needless to tell you that Oromo Nation is just and thus could evaluate your practical response before judgement. It is when justice settles in the hearts of Oromos that can bring peace and stability for co-existence. The old fashioned “smartness” or willy-nilly type of governance has nowhere to rest in Oromia.

Thank you.