Oromo say NO to Addis Ababa Master Plan 2.0!

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Oromo say NO to Addis Ababa Master Plan 2.0!

By Abba Orma (PhD), March 8, 2019

Oromo it is in your right to invoke Article 39 and form an independent Oromia before Oromia perishes!

Illegal settlements of Amhara on Oromo farmers land must be confronted by any means!

Many Oromo are wondering if Ginbot 7 is in charge of the country.

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Over 50,000 condominium units were built on Koye Feche farmland after evicting Oromo farmers, 25 km outside of Addis Ababa.

Dr. Abiy’s government restarted Addis Ababa Master Plan 2.0 in an astonishing move that some are describing as a political suicide. But many Oromo saw this day coming long ago when the Prime Minster surrounded himself with Ginbot 7, Vision Ethiopia, and Derg officials many of whom are criminals then and criminals now!

Dr. Abiy’s government through its puppets Finfinnee administration approved the settlement of Amhara and Ginbot 7 supporters 25 kilometers deep into Oromia on a land illegally taken from Oromo farmers. What is happening around Finfinnee is also happening elsewhere in Oromia cities. The same is going on around Harar, Dire Dawa, Jimma, Asala, Shashemene, etc.

For more than a century, the Oromo people have been pushed away from their ancestral land for Amhara Nefxanyaa settlement and Orthodox churches. From these settlements the Amhara controlled, impoverished, and enslaved the Oromo people. Today, Dr. Abiy’s EPRDF/OPDO is doing exactly the same genocide on the Oromo people.  After 50 years of Oromo struggle against Amhara/Abyssinian colonialism, after four years of bitter struggle against the racist Addis Ababa Master Plan, after thousands of Qeerroo/Qarree blood spilt, the Oromo people are still pushed aside by Dr. Abiy’s regime and the Amhara Nefxanyaa are put in charge of key positions to decide on the fate of Oromia, the Federal structure, and the constitution itself. Meles Zenawi annexed the surrounding Oromo towns into Finfinnee with a stroke of pen with impunity from the Oromia state. OPDO should have been filing motions to reclaim our lost cities and territories to Meles’ pen.

TPLF used Oromia State and OPDO to control Oromo land and to facilitate exploitation and settlement of Tigray in Oromia. Now Ginbot 7 and Amhara Nefxanyaa are controlling OPDO to do the same.

Finfinnee has always served the Neftanyaa as a center from where they controlled the rest of Oromia and from where they spread their venom against the Oromo people. TPLF’s demise came as a result of the infamous Addis Ababa Master plan. With the blood of Qeerro/Qarree, the Oromo people not only defeated the Addis Ababa Master Plan but also the regime itself. Unfortunately, the revolution is hijacked by the same people and Addis Ababa Master Plan 2.0 is back on the agenda. This one too will be defeated by the Oromo people and with the defeat of Addis Ababa Master Plan 2.0, the Oromo people will regain their revolution and bring true change.

Qerroo:  Your sisters and brothers did not die so that OPDO builds new Nefxagnaa settlements on your parents’ farm and turn them into beggars.

Qeerroo: This is your revolution. This is your country. These are your people. OPDO is conspiring to turn the Oromo people into Palestine. Settlement in the 21 century is in full gear in your backyard to turn you into outsider. The Nefxagna are calling you invaders. They are telling you that you are foreigners. They are renaming Finfinnee to “Barara” just like their forefathers named Finfinnee to “Addis Ababa”, Adama to “Nazaret”, Bishoftu to “Debrezeit” to deny your existence.

This shameful OPDO are waging war on your brothers and sisters, the WBO. When they failed, they tried to charm them through their disgraceful puppets like Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba. When that failed too, now they are now intensifying the war on the Oromo people.

They claimed victory by turning in 750, most of whom are people they trained under the command of Hailu Gonfa to rob banks, to rape woman, and abuse Oromo in the name of WBO. Now they are emboldened by your silence and started settling your enemy in your backyard.

The choice could not be any clearer. Support WBO as you have been doing to liberate your country from the invaders. Invoke Article 39. Then, form union with peoples that have the same ambition like yours who have been marginalized, pushed and used as a fodder to Nefxanyaa supremacy any one that respects you!

Those in the police and federal armed forces, history will not be silent on you if you don’t stand with your people, your brothers in WBO and defend your people from the invaders and settlers!

Finally, I would like to remind Qeerroo how we got here.  

The first unit of the OLF guerrilla fighters led by Elemo Qilixxu launched an armed struggle in the highlands of Charchar, Estern Oromia. Since that day the Oromo have never put arms to date. Their enemy is inequality, injustice, and serfdom.

On April 15, 1980, a ten-member high-ranking military and political delegates of the OLF were on their way to Somalia to meet with political leaders there when they were captured by Somali bandits in Shinniga desert (in Ogaden). These bandits were members of a splinter group from the Siad Barre army that harbored bitter hatred towards Oromo and the OLF. These bandits abused and severely tortured their Oromo captives. The bandits finally ordered the Muslims and Christians to segregate before their executions. The Oromo comrades chose to stay together and face any eventualities than identifying themselves as nothing else, but Oromo. On the day of April 15, 1980, all the ten were executed and their bodies thrown into a single grave.

A lesson from the ten heroes who choose to identify themselves as nothing but Oromo and die together is what ties all Oromo together regardless of religion and region. One would think they should have separated and at least the Muslim commanders could have survived to continue the struggle. But their genius was that the long-term damage it does to the struggle and to you, the future WBO and Qeerroo will be much worse than the short-term hickup and they decided to die together!!  Our enemies used our diversity to divide and rule our people. Today is no different, Dr. Abiy and OPDO is dividing our people to kill aspirations of our people that spans over a century.  Qeerroo/Qarree and the Oromo people should be guided by the example set by these 10 heroes and stand with WBO as ONE PEOPLE to finish the march started by Elemo Qilxuu who led the first unit of the OLF guerrilla fighters in the highlands of Charchar, Estern Oromia.

Today, once again WBO is under attack by those who would like to destroy Oromummaa and impose draconian Ethiopianism on our people. Unfortunately, those who hijacked the Oromo people’s revolution at last minute in the name of Oromo are driving the Oromo revolution in the direction that takes our people back to the Menelik era. It is upon you to tell then NO and claim it back!

The current political landscape can only be described as worse than any time for the Oromo people if the Oromo people do not recognize the gathering storm and take steps that measures up to the problem!

P.S.: Obbo Leencoo Lata was there when Meles gave away Oromo land to Somali, Benishangul, Afar, Harri, and on and on and ironically, he is there today when OPDO is establishing settlement after settlements. Where is his voice? Where is ODF? Where is his side kick Dima Nago? Where is Kamal Gelchu?

Horaa Bulaa

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  1. Thanks Abba Orma, for the article.

    The great Oromo people have carried backward Neftegna lunatics for more than a century on their shoulders, and have been in bitter struggles to regain their freedom and country, Oromia. This great nation with immense human and material resources has suffered in the hands of lunatic fringes (extreme or eccentric minority within society or group), and lived in abject poverty. Ironically, the Oromia and the Oromo people have supplied their produces for cities built by evicting them and enabled the extremely foolish or eccentric settlers, who do not understand where their bread and butter is coming from, to live in luxury. Interestingly, while the Oromo people who have been accommodating and impressively inclusive to those who live among them, the anti-Oromo individuals and media outlets self appointed themselves to pit other nation nationalities against their Oromo brothers and sisters. They attempt to spread fear among the Ethiopian people whom they subjugated for more than a century in order to keep their luxury status quo while millions of Ethiopians are suffering from untold poverty, which the manuplative and abusive Neftegna imposed on them. What residents of Finfinne must grasp is the truth that the Oromo are just asking to be reinstated to their ancestral land and live with other Ethiopian brothers and siisters in mutually beneficial ways.

    The Oromo questions regarding Finfinne in particular and Oromia as a whole must be viewed and understood by all peoples of Ethiopia as legitimate and inalienable rights to own ancestral home. While the great Oromo people do not need permission from any group or their media to ascertain their rightful ownership of Finfinne, the residents of Finfinne/Addis must ask themselves if lunatics who call themselves ‘journalists’, ‘Addis Ababe’, and so on really represent their interests. It is unusual and bizzare in any society for city dwellers to cooperate with fascist elements and hooligans with hidden political agendas to alienate the great people whose existence determines the survival of others. Certainly, it is up to the decent people of Sidama, Amhara, Tigrai, Gurage, Gamo, Gambella, Somali, Hadiya, etc., who reside in Finfinne/Addis to critically evaluate the situations and decide whether to stand with the Oromo people and support their just cause or whether to subscribe to hate propagandas and followv anti-Oromo fascists. If the residents of Finfinne/Addis show their political maturity and refrain from being used by anti-Oromo individuals and media outlets, the great Oromo people know how to live with their other Ethiopian brothers and sisters in harmony. It is logically, simple for any ‘Addis Ababe’ to figure out which way will guarantee their bright future by looking around their table when they sit down to have their meals. They May understand where their bread and butter comes from if they just look around and try to make some reflections before their meals. They must ask themselves, do the anti-Oromo individuals spiting hatred against the Oromo people really have my own interests in their hearts? Why should I be the instrument and help them to achieve their hidden agendas? Didn’t the same anti-Oromo fascists hurt me in the past? What have they planned for me for the future?

    As for the great Oromo people, they are closer to their freedom than ever, thanks to their sons and daughters who gave their lives for the just cause and brought the struggle to where it is now. Qeerroo and qaree have secured their unity and are standing in unison to take us to the finall and uncompromised stages of victory. It is up to the Ethiopian government, Oromia state government, concerned political parties and stakeholders to change and mature with the realities on the ground and genuinely answer Oromo fundamental questions. Dr Abiy, Dr Lemma and Obbo Tamale also must look around and wake up to the hidden agendas of Neftegna individuals they have surrounded themselves with.

    1. The Oromo people’s full ownership of their ancestral land, Finfinne is inalienable and the jurisdiction of Finfinne must be transferred to Oromia regional state without any condition.

    2.Genuine and true federalism must be implemented in Ethiopia enabling all nation nationalities to freely administer their own affairs.

    3. Oromiffa must become federal working language as it is a majority language spoken by half of the population of the country.

    4. Without withstanding the full ownership of the Oromo people to Finfinne as integral part of Oromia, the boundaries of Finfinne/Addis Ababa must return to the pre 1995, and Oromo farmers evicted illegally to expand the city must be reinstated, sufficiently compensated and resettled in Addis/ Finfinne.

    5. The Oromia government must serve the interests of the Oromo people and protect our people from any harms or declare its inability and allow our people to manage their own affairs.

    6. Addis Ababa/ Finfinne city adminstration must respect boundaries and limit its activities to day to day activities of providing services to city dwellers. It must stop grabbing farmlands from Oromo farmers and appropriately discharge its dry and wet rubbish without affecting farmlands surrounding Finfinne city.

    Finally, qeerroo and qaree, there is something special and extraordinary about you. You have shown great unity and unwavering Oromoness. You have shown great political maturity and your fallen comrades’ souls (qeerroo and qaree who gave their precious lives to advance Oromo cause) are smiling down on you with pride. You have learned to exert pressure on those standing in your way and forced them to be on the defensive. You have developed great strategies to exchange information, investigate false news and counter anti-Oromo fascists propagandas. You have shown great civility in your protests and political activities. The future belongs to you and the security of our people rests on your shoulders. Continue with determination to ascertain the freedom of our people and shape the future of Oromia, Ethiopia and the entire region. Always, develop your organisational capabilities, listen to each other and voice your objectives in unison.

    Victory to the great Oromo people! Justice and truth prevail in Ethiopia!

    OA

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