he Chicken Littles Are Clucking, “The Sky is Falling on Ethiopia!”

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By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Author’s Note: In this commentary, I try to explain to my readers why on the eve of PM Abiy Ahmed’s stellar first year anniversary there is so much political white noise in Ethiopia. There is a campaign of Infowars (psychological warfare) underway on the  people of Ethiopia and the administration of PM Abiy Ahmed. It is a campaign aimed at creating fear, alarm and anxiety in the population and rob popular confidence in the leadership of PM Abiy. I shall argue that the  Infowars campaigns of fear and smear must be fought with the truth and facts. I also give reasons and explain why I am a strong supporter of PM Abiy, the young leader of Ethiopia who is described by the international community as the “African Leader to Watch in 2019”.

Clucking for rain on April 2

The first anniversary of the appointment of H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed to the prime ministership will take place on April 2.

The Chicken Littles in Ethiopia are in full hysteria mode.

They are running around like a chicken with the head cut off clucking, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling on Ethiopia! Let’s tell the people the sky is falling on Ethiopia.”

The Chicken Littles are waging a psychological war.

It is a war of psychological attrition in which the Chicken Littles are trying to wear down public confidence in PM Abiy and his administration by spreading with lies, fake news, disinformation, gossip and rumor.

It is a psychological war aimed at manipulating minds, crushing hearts, fraying nerves and breaking down the spirit of the people.

It is a psychological war designed to create uncertainty in the outcome of our peaceful revolution.

They are using harum-scarum tricks to create anxiety, alarm, dread and panic and convince the public the last year under the leadership of PM Abiy was straight outta hell.

Now, the Chicken Littles think they can rain on PM Abiy parade on April 2.

But the facts speak for themselves.

The past 12 months have been the best Ethiopia has had in living memory.

No political prisoners. (PM Abiy scoured the Horn of Africa and the Middle East looking for Ethiopian refugee prisoners and got thousands of them released!!)

No journalists in jail.

No restrictions on freedom of speech, religion and assembly.

No state of emergency.

No war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Just peace, brotherhood and sisterhood.

Free and fair elections under international standards scheduled.

Peace with all of Ethiopia’s neighbors.

One-half of all ministerial posts manned by women.

All opposition parties are free to operate.

Diaspora Ethiopians once described as “extremists” and “terrorists” are embraced with open arms.

PM Abiy Ahmed nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by world class organizations and world leaders, the only Ethiopian leader in history to be so honored.

Accolades from the international media. The Financial Times recently wrote Abiy Ahmed, “has overseen the swiftest political liberalisation in Ethiopia’s more than 2,000-year history.”

I could go on and on!

But the Chicken Littles in Ethiopia want to paint a picture of strife, conflict and war on the first anniversary of PM Abiy’s administration.

Cluck! Cluck! “The country is on the precipice of civil war. We need to arm ourselves.”

Cluck! Cluck! “They are coming to commit genocide on us.”

Cluck! Cluck! “The country is going to hell in handbasket because PM Abiy is not ‘taking action’.”

Cluck! Cluck! “Addis Ababa belongs to us and no one else.”

Cluck! Cluck! “We will create a parallel government for Addis Ababa.”

Cluck! Cluck! “We have been had. The change was a trick. One ethnic group has replaced another in power!”

Cluck! Cluck! “The sky is falling on Ethiopia! We are here to stop it!” Cluck! Cluck!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

The Chicken Littles think they can cluck rain on PM Abiy’s magnificent 1-year parade.

They think they can blacken his stellar achievements by clucking doom and gloom.

They think they can diminish his historic, triumphant and monumental anniversary in their inforwars campaign spreading fake news, disinformation and misinformation.

They think they can undermine his towering achievements by waging a campaign of fear and smear; by spreading despair and pessimism; by preaching sorrow and woe, and by singing their mournful songs of selfishness, self-pity and self-indulgence.

But that’s alright!

PM Abiy does not mind all the Chicken Littles clucking to rain on his parade.

He knows there is no rainbow without rain.

He knows at the end of the rainbow there will always be, until the end of time, green, yellow and red.

PM Abiy will never let the sun set on the green, yellow and red of the rainbow nation of Ethiopia!

Of jegnoch (heroes), chatterboxes and Chicken Littles

Speaking at an event celebrating speaking on International Women’s Day on March 8, PM Abiy flatly declared Ethiopia has no heroes:

Although Ethiopia has been called the land of jegnoch (home of heroes), today she has a massive shortage of heroes (jegnoch). In Ethiopia there are no heroes. Only mob (herd) followers… Ethiopia has people who say, “Get ready. Arm yourself. Kill. These are people who inherit and repeat past mistakes… Following the mob (herd) does not a hero make. What makes a hero is standing for the truth. They cannot be called heroes (jegnoch). Real heroes are those who stand up amidst turmoil and conflict and bear the truth… To fill this hero gap (deficit) as you celebrate March 8th, we should have heroines… This task is appropriate for women because they are pillars, towers and givers… I ask you [women] with deep humility, as you continue with your work, to focus on peace and unity, love and reconciliation…

I replied to PM Abiy’s statement in my March 14 commentary and told him straight up, “Ethiopia does not have heroes because she has crybabies and villains.”

I was merely speaking truth to the whimpering crybabies and villains “who murder as they smile and smile as they murder and whose tongues outvenom all the worms of Nile”, to borrow from the Bard of Avon.

But I forgot to tell him that Ethiopia does not have heroes because she has too many Chicken Littles who run around clucking and spreading fake news, disinformation, white lies and tall tales.

These are the same Chicken Littles who are all gung-ho to rain on his first anniversary.

But the story of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles is nothing new.

Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam reamed the behinds of the “chatterbox” Chicken Littles of Ethiopia in his 2015 Amharic  book, “Adafne: Fear and Failure”, which I reflectively reviewed in my November 1, 2015 commentary.

In that book, the longtime Ethiopian human rights defender explained the peculiar disease that has permeated the mind and souls of Ethiopians in particular and Africans in general. He diagnosed the disease as “Adafne”, a socio-political virus likely acquired during colonialism or as an after-effect of colonialism.

He argued Adafne has infected the continent and made it barren, unable to produce great men and women of character, wisdom, integrity and virtue. “Adafne” has made the continent a basket of crabs. As one crab tries to climb out of the basket, the rest pull him down.

“Adafne” is Ethiopians’ sickness of the soul. He wrote,

Adafne has made Ethiopia the land of chatterboxes first by suppressing truth;  second by suppressing education and knowledge; third by closing down all means by which truth is propagated; fourth by hiring silver-tongued spinners of lies and fifth by closing all avenues for the publication and dissemination of ideas and knowledge.”

Adafne is what ails the souls and minds of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles and made them empty barrels and chatterboxes.

The story of the Chicken Little

Some of my readers may not be familiar with the fable of Chicken Little.

It is an American/European folk tale with a moral lesson about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end because an acorn dropped on his head from an oak tree. It is a common idiom used to talk about people who become hysterical, panic-stricken and neurotic having convinced themselves of an imaginary disaster imminent disaster.

The story goes that one day as Chicken Little was walking in the woods, an acorn fell from a tree and hit her little head. She was completely panic-stricken. “My, oh, my, the sky is falling. I must run and tell the lion about it.”

Along the way, Chicken Little met Henny Penny and told her the sky is falling. Henny Penny asked Chicken Little, ““How do you know it?”. Chicken Little answered, “It hit me on the head, so I know it must be so”.

As they both ran to tell the lion, they met Ducky Lucky. “The sky is falling” said Henny Penny. “We are going to the lion to tell him about it.” Ducky Lucky asked, “How do you know that?” Henny Penny replied, “It hit Chicken Little on the head.”

Ducky Lucky joined the run until they met Foxey Loxey who asked, “Where are you all going?” Ducky Lucky said, “The sky is falling and we are going to tell the lion all about it.”

Foxey Loxey asked, “Do you know where the lion lives?” None of them knew. “I do. Come with me and I can show you the way”, said Foxey Loxey and walked them right into the lion’s den. They all went in but they never, never come out again.

Such is also the story of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles.

When one Chicken Little starts clucking about an issue, every other Chicken Little in the henhouse will erupt in a crescendo of clucking.

I wrote about it in my August 2018 commentary showing how the Chicken Littles were duping unsuspecting Ethiopians by spreading news, disinformation and conspiracy theories.

These Chicken Littles don’t bother to gather evidence, assess its relevance, critically evaluate it and come to logical conclusions.

They are driven by and are at the mercy of their raw emotion.

They substitute anger, alarm, frustration, grief, fear and anxiety for hard facts.

Of course, they are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

One hallmark of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles is that they have no mind of their own. Just like a flock of perturbed chickens cluck to a crescendo in a henhouse with the slightest gust of wind, Ethiopia’s flock of Chicken Littles will work themselves into a frenzy on the slightest rumor on social and conventional media with deafening results.

The tragic thing is that those who watch the Chicken Littles from the sidelines jump into a frenzy believing the sky is indeed falling.

Little do these bystanders know that these Chicken Littles are clucking because they are terrified of their own shadows and spend their days fighting with imaginary monsters and running away from imaginary disasters.

Facebook, the virtual henhouse of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles

Facebook, YouTube and other online media have become virtual henhouses for many of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles.

Facebook has become the command center for the faceless infowarrior Chicken Littles who spread fake news and disinformation and mindlessly preach their gospel of hate.

Leading the pack of Infowarriors are the TPLF Chicken Littles.

The bosses of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF; LF stands for Lie Factory) have unleashed a mutant army of Chicken Littles on Facebook hoping they will save them from the one thing they dread most: Accountability for their crimes against humanity and corruption they committed over the past 27 years.

Over the past year, the TPLF Chicken Littles have done everything they can to bring about instability and strife in Ethiopia.

They have fomented  ethnic conflicts throughout the country.

They have been crying wolf about an imaginary genocide that is going to be committed on them to fire up their base and solidify support.

They bellyache about being singled out for ethnic persecution and what have you.

The object of the TPLF troll army on Facebook is to post inflammatory and hateful rubbish and rile up all of the other bird-brained Chicken Littles into an orgy of clucking recriminations and insults.

The TPLF Stooge Chicken Littles are the most pitiful of all.

These Chicken Littles come into two styles: unwitting TPLF dupes and paid agent provocateurs (inciting agents) from other ethnic groups who babble the hateful gospel of the TPLF.

The TPLF often recruits the dupe Chicken Littles from different ethnic groups to do their dirty work. More often, they engage in provocative activity by assuming diverse ethnic names and identities to create the misimpression that the hateful views expressed are not those of the TPLF.

The empty barrel Chicken Littles

The empty barrel Chicken Littles like to talk. They run the gossip mills and cluelessly blather and chatter about things. They feed on sensationalism and hype. They remind me of lyrics from an old James Brown song. They are “like a dull knife/Just ain’t cutting. They talk loud but say nothing”.

Were I to invoke the Bard of Avon, I would say theirs is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

The Dinosaur Chicken Littles

These are the Chicken Littles whose time is long past and should remain in pasture.

But they want to remain relevant so they use intrigue and deception to capture the spotlight.

They point fingers at those who are trying to improve the country and criticize them unaware that three fingers are pointing at them.

Talking heads Chicken Littles

The talking head Chicken Littles like to play pundit.

They are always talking about the negative and how they have predicted bad things would happen.

They make mountains out of molehills.

They think they are savvy political analysts by babbling the same old crap day after day.

The problem of herd mentality and groupthink among Ethiopians

Why are the Chicken Littles able to cause so much alarm and anxiety among the population?

It is because herd mentality and groupthink are a common phenomenon among many Ethiopians.

I am not sure if it is a cultural thing but I see and hear so many Ethiopians blindly following the flock and reacting to situations on the basis of emotion instead of logical and rational thinking.

I am amazed how so many Ethiopians just follow the crowd and are afraid to ask probing  questions about the gossip and disinformation they are fed every day.

Groupthink is the flip side of the herd mentality problem.

Many Ethiopians hold an opinion in a group believing the group is right.

They agree on an opinion without much questioning, critical reasoning or scrutiny of the evidence.

Chicken Littles thrive where there is an intellectual deficit of critical thinking and in the absence of an intellectual culture that does not value hard evidence and skepticism.

In such an environment, Chicken Littles become supreme opinion leaders.

How to fight the clucking Chicken Littles in the infowars

There is a sure surefire way of fighting and winning the inforwars against the Chicken Littles of Ethiopia.

There is one and only one weapon the Chicken Littles fear the most: TRUTH.

Chicken Littles believe that if a lie is told a hundred times, it will become truth.

The truth is, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

The only way to fight the Infowars of fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories is by simply exposing lies of the Chicken Littles and telling the truth.
Let’s cut off at the Facebook and social media passes.

Let’s educate our people of good will and good faith.

Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

We must use social media to teach and to empower the people.

The Chicken Littles thrive by spreading negative messages and news. Let’s fight them by spreading positive messages of our own.

Someone once said, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” When we are on Facebook, Twitter and the rest for 10 minutes or one hour, let’s make a positive impact on those who read us. Let’s not waste so much negative energy feeding the trolls.

The Chicken Littles feed on our anger, sorrow, fear and anxiety.

Let’s fight them by developing emotional intelligence, that is the ability to identify and manage our own emotions and the emotions of those around us.

Let us develop heightened awareness that we are constant targets of emotional manipulation. Let’s not be gullible and suckers.

Above all else, let’s never wrestle with the Chicken Littles.

At the risk of mixing metaphors, George Bernard Shaw said, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

The same can be said mudslinging and pissing contests in chicken manure.

The Chicken Littles who love to hate PM Abiy

There are all sorts of Chicken Littles who love to hate PM Abiy. These include Chicken Littles who

hate Ethiopiawinet and the unity of the Ethiopian people.

are criminal and corrupt thugs who are scared to death they will be held accountable for their crimes and corruption.

are hungry and thirsty for power and want other people to do the heavy lifting and dying for them to get into power.

wannabe leaders who can only mislead and lead innocent citizens to the graveyard.

expected a position and a job in PM Abiy’s administration, but did not.

seek access to manipulate PM Abiy and put him in their pocket but are unable to do so.

have a debilitating inferiority complex.

feel PM Abiy has ignored them or not given them enough attention.

wanted PM Abiy to “take action” by ordering mass arrests, mass incarcerations, mass persecutions and massacres.

jealous of the meteoric rise of a young man out of nowhere and become the toast    of the town where ever he goes.

are members of the coma generation (brain dead).

festoon their names with acronyms of higher education but have not done a damn thing to help or stand up for their people.

windbags who spend their time gossiping.

don’t know what time it is. (It’s time for change.)

intimidated by PM Abiy’s prodigious intellect and forensic powers.

losers in life, in their professions and in their political ambitions.

Why I fully support PM Abiy

There are those who say that I support PM Abiy blindly.

They say I give him special treatment. I never criticize him. I only talk about the good things he has done and overlook the bad ones. Blah, blah…

I follow no one but my own conscience, the just and fair laws of the land and the moral code, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

I have  been blessed to spend the last 13 years of my life fighting for human rights in Ethiopia.

It’s is true I did not fight with the weapons of war.

For 13 years, I was in the trenches day and night fighting with my pen and keyboard the Prince of Darkness himself and his Army of Darkness.

I take great pride in the fact that for 13 years, without missing a week, I have indicted, prosecuted and convicted the criminal thugs of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front and their ethnic apartheid system in the court of world public opinion.

I do not believe there is a single Ethiopian alive who can make that statement.

Truth be told, I am the only Ethiopian whose Ethiopian identity the TPLF has ever challenged in public.

For the TPLF, there is no such person as an Ethiopian. There is an Oromo, Amhara, Tigray, Gurage… living in Ethiopia, but never an Ethiopian without an ethnic tag attached to his/her name.

But I taught the TPLF a lesson they will never forget, EVER! I am PROUD ETHIOPIAN.

So, why do I support PM Abiy?

I can give a thousand and one reasons but I will give only two.

Hear! Hear!

Abiy Ahmed liberated Ethiopia from ethnic apartheid!

Abiy Ahmed is working day and night to liberate Ethiopians from the mental slavery of  ethnic apartheid.

That is why I support PM Abiy without reservations.

I supported PM Abiy before I even knew who he was.

I gave him my full support after I heard his speech in parliament on April 2, 2018. I knew he was the man of the hour for Ethiopia.

On April 8, six days after he became prime minister, I wrote a 6,800 word open letter to PM Abiy explaining why I supported him when virtually everyone was doubting him and calling him the equivalent of a brainwashed TPLF Manchurian candidate.

In that letter, I expressed my full confidence in his goodwill and promises to do good by all Ethiopians.

I assured him that if he keeps his side of the bargain I will always be in his corner and have his back.

Over the past year, PM Abiy has not only delivered on his promises. He has exceeded my wildest expectations by leaps and bounds.

I had the wild expectation that after over four decades, during his administration some political prisoners may be released. He busted open the prison doors and let them ALL out.

I had the wild expectation there could be a slight opening of the political space and  citizens may enjoy a few individual liberties. He busted open the political space until he was criticized for opening it too much, too fast.

I had the wild expectation there Ethiopians would be accorded a modicum of due process in the judicial process that had been reduced to a monkey court system. He ended being a die-hard stickler for the rule of law.

I had the wild expectation opposition parties will be allowed some freedom to assemble, organize and engage in the democratic process.

I had the wild expectation there will be some rapprochement in the Horn of Africa. He ended the war with Eritrea, busted open the border that had been sealed for decades and made peace. He brought peace and reconciliation to the entire Horn region.

I had the wild expectation that there could be a free and fair election. Every day he offers his personal guarantee that he will “leave office in 24 hours” if he is defeated in the election in May 2020.

On a personal level, I had the wild expectation that He will make friendly overtures to Diaspora Ethiopians once vilified and  persecuted as “extremists” and “terrorists” and forbidden from returning to their homeland. PM Abiy came to America and gave all Diaspora Ethiopians a gift called the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund which they can run without any government involvement or intervention.

In less than a year, PM Abiy exceeded my wildest expectations by leaps and bounds.

Why the hell should I not give PM Abiy my full and unqualified support!?

If he can deliver on every one of his numerous promises, I sure as hell can deliver on single one of mine.

Yes, I back Abiy Ahmed one thousand percent!

I support him not because he is a the perfect leader. But he has done so many things no Ethiopian leader has ever done.

But PM Abiy has yet to prove that he can walk on water!

That is why I will keep a wide open mind.

I will be glad to criticize PM Abiy if anyone 1) can prove to me by any standard of reasonableness (not whining, moaning and groaning) the things PM Abiy has done wrong in his first year in office, or 2) identify the name of one individual out of 110 million Ethiopians whose leadership skills equal or exceed PM Abiy’s.

This is a direct challenge to anyone who has the courage to take it.

The bottom line is my support of PM Abiy is principled as was my support for Meles Zenawi when he came to speak at Columbia University in September 2010.

vigorously defended Meles Zenawi’s right to speak at Columbia University in 2010 and became a target of Diaspora vilification.

It did not matter to me what the critics had to say.

As a matter of principle, Meles had the right to speak in America, even if he had muzzled 100 million people at home.

As a matter of principle, I have publicly declared on a number of occasions that I will be the TPLF foremost supporter if they embraced Ethiopiawinet, ended their ethnic apartheid state, stopped the politics of hate and division and ceased abusing power.

I don’t support or oppose someone or something to make others happy or unhappy.

As they say, “I calls it as I sees it and let the chips fall where they may.”

I have spent the last 13 years of my life speaking my truth to power, to the powerless, the power hungry and power thirsty.

I seek nothing and will accept nothing for the work I do or have done for my motherland. It is a blessing and a special honor for me.

I support PM Abiy because he is simply the best leader we have today, and certainly in my lifetime. It is a great honor for me to defend him against the Chicken Littles, crybabies and power hungry villains.

He is a man of extraordinary intelligence, unshakeable integrity, genuine humility, limitless potentiality and disarming amity.

There is an old African saying, “The dogs will bark, but the camels will walk.”

My adaptation of that old saying is, “The Chicken Littles will cluck, but the rooster will keep on ruling the roost.”

After all, it is only natural that the little chickens cluck and the gracious rooster crows.

On a personal note, I consider all of the clucking of the Chicken Littles in Ethiopia nothing more than chicken bowel movement.

For Abiy Ahmed, the sky is not falling because for him the sky is not the limit.

Ad Victoriam!

P.S. The sky has indeed fallen. On the heads of all the clucking Chicken Littles! Pity. They are confused and have no idea what to do next.

I suggest they park their little fragile egos at the door and MEDEMER!

5 Responses to he Chicken Littles Are Clucking, “The Sky is Falling on Ethiopia!”

  1. dear prof
    most people were as enthusiastic in their support as you, no question. but what has happened after the initial jubilation? people continued to get massacred and uprooted even in the outskirts of addis. the pm tried to play dumb claiming he did not know. not only was he trying to fool the people but he appeared to be uncaring and callous. recently, he has even declared he will go to war against peaceful residents of addis while remaining silent when “his” people come out with machetes or rob 18 banks in daylight.
    so people started to worry, rightly. this is not to diminish his achievements but his failure to defend the victims is giving the impression there is no central government. since the ethnic apartheid is intact with new territorial claims and disputes amongst the regions, people are growing anxious even suspicious there maybe hidden motives behind the pm’s actions or inactions. or that if he is sincere that he is not resolute in choosing between ethiopiawinet and the old olf agenda. if he is trying to have it both ways, he is going to disappoint both.

    you are entitled to praise him, but beware that this how we create tyrants and dictators by convincing them that they are supermen and indispensable to the point they will be above the law or even above the nation. i hope the pm can avoid this trap. remember that he is human prone to temptation.
    regarding the manning of ministerial posts by women, we might have to come up with a new word to reflect the changing times… my only hope is that the ladies will be strong leaders but not more of yes men around the pm. leadership should be based on qualification and ability instead of merely filling of gender or ethnic quota. tamagne gave a good example of what could happen if the national football team tried to include every ethnic, religious etc group. the pm’s intentions might be good, but as they say the road to hell maybe paved with …
    may God save our dear motherland!
    p.s. thousands paid with their lives and limbs for the change, so put your own and pm’s contribution in modest perspective. i do admire your being steadfast supporter and i only hope you are right for my country’s (my people’s) sake.

    ethio
    April 1, 2019 at 1:21 am
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  2. Dear Professor,

    I appreciate your integrity and academic judgment. Keep on the good job! Let the ultranationalists cry forever.

    Gamadaa
    April 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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  3. There is a lot to ponder about on the cusp of the anniversary when the old country showed change of guards peacefully for the first time in its recorded modern history. When I say this the blood that was spilled leading to April 2018 was not lost on me. The limbs that were rendered disabled were not lost on me. Tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators who were thrown into disguised concentration camps were not forgotten by me. But there should not be any blinking at the fact that it was not a band of ragtag armed rebels who overran the capital and installed PM Abiy. His assumption of the mantle in fact averted an unthinkable bloodshed in the history of that gem of the colored. There is a lot to say good about the current regime for what it has accomplished during this first anniversary. There are a lot of very unhappy things to say also at the same time. Millions have been uprooted and many have lost Almighty Our Creator given Blessed lives during senseless violence carried out by modern day Luddites and organized hoodlums.

    During the year since April 2018, demonic bigots of all colors have descended upon that Almighty Our Creator congregated country sowing venom in all localities. For me these are the most destructing and dangerous groups. They were here among us; they were at the dump sites in Asmara, Nairobi, Al-Qahirah, Riyadh, Dubai, Doha, Norway, London and Germany. They are now in the old country in droves spitting poison among the otherwise God fearing people. You can see their vile behavior even here on this and other websites. Some of them are not even from the old country even though they try their best to look like one. These few in particular are those who are not happy with their leader’s acceptance of PM Abiy’s offer for peace. During their ‘good old days’ before April 2018, they were itching to see the old country to go up in flames so they could go in and loot when everyone is busy fighting each other. But God had a different plan and once again Saved the old country!!! They are upset and you can see them by the way they write. Totally uncultured by their choice of words alien to the values of the people who produced us all! They think use of foul language is signs of them being more civilized than anyone else in the Horn of Africa. I wish they leave us alone and rather tend to the affairs in their own country.

    Now, I have said this and I will say it again. For the old country, this is it!!! It either has to form a strong union to stand up to these bigoted groups and deal them telling and final blow or let that country sink into unthinkable abyss. These bigoted have been conniving and scheming for years to yank away territories just to claim them as their personal fiefdom. From the contemporary history of that region, there is nothing to show(us) where newly found ‘republics’ turned up to be the republic of the common man/woman. They rather turned up to be personal properties of brutes. If there is one, I would like you to indicate that to me. That material is there for these wicked groups. The hapless youth in its millions of unemployed is there waiting to listen and erupt at a moment’s notice. ‘Hey youth!!! There are modern settler neftegnas among us now!!!’ Then these bigots stop there because they are well read legal experts!!! The youth would be reacting like ‘Neftegnas? Where? Which ones? These? Let’s burn their hood!! Let’s burn their farms!!! Let’s rustle or mow down their domesticated herds!!!’ In the process thousands of innocent citizens lost their Allah Blessed lives!!! Millions were left homeless including those just a stone throw away from the palace!!! Some may think this just normal and also funny. But this is not normal and nothing funny about it!!! At this point, after a year of a well deserved honeymoon, it is the sole responsibility of the current regime to return the brutally displaced citizens to their domiciles by all means necessary. Close to 3 million displaced people is not a chump change. It also has to give a stern warning to those who spew poison under the guise of ‘reporters or activists’. In a democracy you have to be an activist or a reporter. You can’t have both ways. It has to conduct nationwide campaign to outlaw certain use of word to demonize or denigrate an entire ethnic group. Also, as I have mentioned before those in the power that be, must watch their mouths. They should be extremely careful in their choice of words. It is not the time to say anything just for public consumption. That country is not there yet. There should not be any tongue lashing at others who honestly speak against some of existing policies. We have seen more than enough of such authoritarian scolding from the previous two leaders.

    Ittu Aba Farda
    April 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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  4. VICTORY is Ours !! Long live Oromia!!

    Please click on the link below to watch the video on 13 minutes 55 seconds when President of Oromia Lemma Megersa officially said ” …me and other Oromo leaders reside in Addis Ababa….”. Addis Ababa is officially the capital city of Oromia.

    Also PM Abiy said recently “my job as the Federal Government is to do Inernational diplomacy and to defend the country from foreign Invaders…local issues is the job of District/Kilil Presidents and Mayors…”. So it makes Lemma Megersa and Mayorthe only ones to decide the fate of Addis Ababa. Eskinder Nega is offered to hold talks with PM Abiy if Eskinder promises not to hold talks with international diplomats, as he tried to do recently at Ras Hotel in Addis Ababa but was not allowed to assemble by Federal police since talking to international diplomats is what wants to do himself ,even the previous Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu did not do the foreign diplomatic works as much as Dr. Abiy.did, basically PM Abiy Donot listen the “clucks” since PM Abiy is too busy borrowing money to buy gasolies and to buy HIV medicines . The only ways the people of ETHIOPIA CAN get PM Abiy’s attention is through foreign diplomats, through diasporas boycotts of sending MONEY back to Ethiopia , through boycotting Ethiopian Airlines and.through boycotting goverental banks.If EDTF secures us the currency we need Oromia will stay as the winner!!!

    Sibro Terengelo
    April 2, 2019 at 6:08 am
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  5. SIBIRO,
    Are you a real oromoo or olf cadre and tplf hiree. Ethiopia will live forever forever by sons and daughter of real , true OROMOOS!!! YOU LOSER!!!

    Feyisa
    April 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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