Prime minister Abiy Ahmed seemingly had a busy schedule today in the capital Addis Ababa as he was hosting United Arab Emirates’ crown prince,Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was even driving the prince from Bole International Airport to IT project center in Bole mini locality. Yet, he managed to spare time to convey message to Ethiopians on the occasion of Eid al Fitr.
In the ten minutes message, Abiy Ahmed updated Ethiopians about financial agreement with the government of United Arab Emirates. The middle Eastern country is to spend US $2 billion in FDI and another $US 1 billion in financial aid to Ethiopia to help tackle foreign currency shortage which has been reportedly pushed the government along the line of adopting reforms to privatize public enterprises.
The prime minister also talked about ethnic based clashes in Hawassa, Welkite and Sodo in the past three days. While acknowledging constitutionality of right to demand government to make changes to administrative arrangement, he reminded the people that resorting to violence as a means to achieve that goal will not benefit anyone in the end.
He was also bold and explicit enough inform Ethiopians that there are forces that will not hesitate to bring about violence among Ethiopians so to pursue their own selfish motive and that people need to be cautious about it as they might be orchestrating the violence insidiously. Noting the death of civilians and destruction of property, he emphasized that Ethiopians have a constitutional right to live and work anywhere in Ethiopia and that the administrative lines between regions are not borders. He announced his governments plan to establish a commission to study matters pertaining to disputes between “borders.”
Abiy also unveiled plan to travel next week to the towns and cities that experienced violence in the last three days and hold discussion with residents, and called on citizens and law enforcement bodies to protect life and property of citizens. Watch the video below (Amharic).
Video credit : Ethiopian State media
Cover photo : Screenshot from Video
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