By Belay Zeleke
The killing of Hachalu Hundessa was tragic and may God rest his soul. There is no doubt that he was a voice for Oromo people, however some of his lyrics were not about a united Ethiopia. It was not to build an Ethiopia united rather his lyrics included Xenophobic anti Amhara anti non-Oromo pieces which I believe is one of the driving forces behind the ethnic cleansing that is happening right now. In his last interview he said that “Neftegnas are and have always been our enemy”. He also claimed “ Abiy is a pure Oromo…” For the latter I ask what is a pure anything, I take that to mean there are un-pure or tainted Oromo? How about non-Oromos?? For the former: Neftegena is a code word for Amharas and can then be transferred to other non Oromo people (Gurage, Gamo, Tigre, Dawro, Walayita …) either by association or blind xenophobic rage. So before we lionize someone as representing Ethiopia we need to speak the truth. Otherwise we will go down the same road we are today. It is tragic that he was assassinated, allegedly by extremist Oromo groups such as: (OLF, Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Elements in the OFC and others).
This is a tragic struggle for Power between Abiy and other Oromo exteremists. This has nothing to do with Eskinder, Balderas, Asrat media, ANM and other Ethiopiawi forces. Ethiopiawi forces are ideologically different from Abiy/PP and extremist Oromos. On the other hand Abiy/PP and extremist Oromos don’t necessarily have an ideological difference amongst themselves. Rather they likely have a tactical difference on how to Oromize Ethiopia.
Let me remind the readers: Where was Abiy when Jawar’s group and OLF were inciting ethnic cleansing for the past 2 years
1) Primarily broadcasted on OMN 5 Oromo parties later including Abiy’s OPDO claiming Addis Abeba belongs to them. In other words non-Oromos may live there as second class people long as Oromos allow it. Is AA a grazing ground?
2) Jawar and OFC telling Oromos to go take Debre Libanos because it belongs to them
3) OLF and OPDO elements displacing millions of Gedeo and killing hundreds.
4) Jawar inciting Qero to go on a rampage due to which over 86 innoncent people mostly Orthodox Christians and mostly non-Oromo speakers were savagely killed. Some almost decapitated. Where was Abiy’s and Shimeles’s tears.
5) Oromo extremists displacing and kicking people out from Legetafo as well as other cities in the so-called Oromia for the past 2 years.
6) The Burayo ethnic cleansing by extremist Oromos and allegedly incited by Jawar and OLF. Where was Abiy’s and Shimeles’s tears.
So my suggestion is that we need to speak the truth and ignore opportunist Professors, Drs. and PhDs who write long-winded articles. I am a mere ተራperson no PhD, or Dr or political party. I am not a fan of any leader because we are not talking about a football game. I like most Ethiopians am fan of principle, in other words do you do as you say or not. Abiy talks a good game, puts on uniforms and appears to have a great talent at presentation. I support his action against OLF Jawar and the Oromo extremists. I do not support trying to falsely equate that by arresting Eskinder and the other Ethiopiawi forces. Unfortunately Abiy has surrounded himself either knowingly or unknowingly (I think knowingly) mostly with (YES MEN, YES BOSS) those that boost him and his ego. This is no different than most leaders but those leaders are destined to fall under their own weight. I do not wish that on our Ethiopia I hope and pray that this doesn’t happen as there is still a chance.
Abiy is a PM he is a leader and needs to put on big boy pants. I recently read something from a professor writing about the current situation and says አይዞህAbiy (it will be OK). አይዞህis what we use when we talk to our kids and want to reassure them or to a family member when they are not well, not when discussing a matter of a countries unity to a leader of a country for goodness sake. This is the low that some of our so-called Ethiopian intellectuals have come to when we become candle holders for our leaders.
My suggestion from a nobody.
This all my simple mind can think of right now. To those that are blindly supporting Abiy no matter what he does your political party may be next (Ezema). There is a choice and the choice is to tell him the truth and provide alternative approaches.
Our way out is ETHIOPIAWINET not backdoor Oromization
መዝ. ዳ. ፷፯.፴፩”ኢትዮጵያታበጽሕእደዊሃኀበእግ
Psalm 68:31 “ Ethiopias hand shall stretch forth and be presented unto God ”