By Kebour Ghenna
We woke up this morning and checked the news…
What we came across were some trendy Oromo politicians from the Diaspora, berating why their party is ready to govern Oromia WTH Ethiopia… or something like that.
We haven’t heard anything like this!
These Oromo leaders don’t stop reminding us of their ideology, which I call Oromo Exceptionalism, a sort of xenophobic ethnic nationalism, to be used as a tool to gain superiority and as an excuse to get away with anything at home. These fellow want to liberate Oromia from slavery, save the Tigreyans from TPLF, the Amharas from NAMA, Addis Ababians from Ginbot 7, and so forth. For astute politicians of the 21st Century they give way their short-guy syndrome, rather easily.
Worse still, some of these leaders and their followers have turned Oromo Exceptionalism into a fake religion, fidelity to which demands reshaping the rest of Ethiopia in their image, by force, if necessary.
Maybe these politicians should take a break from chest-thumping about Oromo Exceptionalism and focus on restoring democracy, justice, solidarity, freedom, equality, economic prosperity, social cohesion while also fighting poverty, tyranny, oppression and climate change in Oromia.
The belief that these political leaders are more welcoming to democracy than past leaders is a “misleading fantasy”. Their harsh nationalist tone betrays them. There is nothing benign, progressive, outgoing, and above all civil, in their discourse. By the way all nationalisms the world over and throughout history have a good sense of conceit about themselves.
Now, who’s to stop these exceptional politicians?
For now, no one!
But let’s be clear…
To act out-of a false moral imperative to right a supposed historical wrong will contribute neither to regional security nor to our country’s prospects of prosperity. It is time to take a step back from the abyss that is chaos in the region and beyond. Here’s the bottom line – Few months back Abye Ahmed and Team Lemma from Oromia were gutsy enough to grab power and govern Ethiopia – a case of Oromia acquiring the whole of Ethiopia! Check it out: today four out of the five top leaders of Ethiopia are Oromos, add the mayor of Addis Ababa to this count. Some will say that it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle. I don’t believe that’s true, because it’s never too late to forge a prosperous future for all stakeholders to share.
The way forward lies in confronting such leaders, which basically are indifferent to reality. For these leaders actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, forgery, assassination, the killing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘their’ side.
Such leaders not only do not disapprove of atrocities committed by their own side, but they have a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them (Check recent events in the country).
“Every nationalist is haunted by the belief that the past can be altered. He spends part of his time in a fantasy world in which things happen as they should… and he will transfer fragments of this world into the history books whenever possible. Material facts are suppressed, dates altered, quotations removed from their context and doctored so as to change their meaning.” Thus wrote George Orwell, one of the most intellectually independent commentators of the 20th century, in a 1945 essay.
Editor’s Note : This article appeared first on Kebour Ghenna ‘s facebook page today
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