Jawar Mohammed,considers himself as “Oromo activist” and he is co-founder and executive director of US based ethnic Oromo media network, OMN, is facing campaign for extradition on grounds of what his detractors say is terrorist activity in Ethiopia while he is based in the United States.
Ethiopians,who are mainly based in the diaspora, are deepening campaign for extradition of Minnesota based activist,Jawar Mohammed, who is believed to be behind unprecedented radicalization of young ethnic oromo.
A considerable number of politicized Ethiopians, even in Ethiopia, to tend to think that Jawar is subtly furthering ethno-religious radicalization in Ethiopia. He is seen as a hate-monger who is taking the country along the path that brought about genocide in Rwanda.
For radicalized Ethic Oromo youth groups, he is rather considered as a “hero and freedom fighter.”
What seem to be clear is that he commands considerable influence among radicalized Oromo youth and seem to have run his own de facto structure camouflaged within Oromo regional state.
Online campaign to extradite him was started on change.org a few months ago.
Citing latest command like call on the part of Jawar for radicalized Oromo youth to attack civilians and fuel tanker trucks, organizers of the campaign for his extradition argue that what he is doing constitutes terrorism in light of US Federal laws and the activists is based in the United States.
They say “America is not a safe heaven for Terrorist ,Minnesota is not a mountain hideout near Pakistan-Afghanistan border.”
It remains a question, however, whether Jawar will face full wrath of the law in Ethiopia even if he is extradited given the fact that the ethnic Oromo party under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which is dominating the ruling coalition EPRDF, is apprehensive towards taking legal measures against the activist because of the former’s ethnic political support base in radicalized ethic Oromo youth.
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