Despite significant gains in freedom in the last four months, anarchy was on the rise to the point that groups with an apparent political motives to achieve are mistaking anarchy for freedom- and seems deliberate. There has been a horrifying killing in Oromo region and an orchestrated killings in Somali region. PM made it clear today that lawlessness and anarchy will not be tolerated.
Mounting lawlessness in different parts of Ethiopia, mainly in Somali and Oromo regions of Ethiopia, have been causing security problems for Ethiopians. There have been killings, destruction of properties and displacement of people since prime minister came to power in April of this year.
The situation made Ethiopians doubt the competence of prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration when it comes to enforcing laws in the interest of protecting the security of Ethiopians.
Reputable human rights advocacy groups, like Human Rights Watch, have been calling for Abiy Ahmed’s government to stand tall in terms of protecting human rights and hold perpetrators of human rights abuses, mostly in Oromo and Somali regions, accountable and make them face justice.
In what seems to be a response to internal and external pressure, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed had a press conference today to address the situation.
While noting the achievements of Ethiopia in history, religious and cultural values relevant for justice in the society, and the achievements along the lines of freedom in the past four months, the prime minister admitted that his government is experiencing challenges as forces seeking to reverse the change are causing a crisis like situation in terms of security of citizens.
Apart from lawlessness, the prime minister sees tendency for actions motivated by hate. The situation is posing a threat on the safety and security of citizens and endangering peace in the country, he claimed. His government, says Abiy, believes that mob justice is posing a risk to the existence of the country and need to stop immediately.
He added that his government will no longer tolerate ethnic based attacks that leads to killings, destruction of property and displacement of people as the situation is causing loss of freedom for citizens and security crisis for the country. The only guarantee for the security, peace and freedom of our citizens is, Abiy exclaimed, to enforce law and the constitutional order “with all the means we have.”
He called up on all Ethiopians to stand along side the government in the effort to hold persons who violate the law accountable as doing so is not a matter of choice but a matter of existence.
For law enforcement agencies, he wants them to hold individuals or groups accountable whenever the law is violated rather than watching it as it happens with a sense of indifference.
He also advised groups who seek to achieve a political goal to resort to a peaceful means and stop instigating ethnic based violence and creating insecurity for the public and make a distinction between freedom and anarchy.
Many analysts see a national security risk in ethnic politics that is fueling ethnic based attacks in different parts of the country, yet prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s government seem to be in a hostage situation when it comes to doing away with it as the basis of power for his government fundamentally emanates from ethnic politics.
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