When historians get around to writing the history of the reign of PM Abiy Ahmed, I suspect they would concur that its most notable feature was the depth and breadth of the crises which engulfed the country almost from day one. They will catalogue assassinations and attempted assassinations, mass killings and rampage in big cities, small towns and villages and report that such events quickly became a regular part of the news cycle. Perhaps they will conclude that most sinister of all was the wide spread ethnic cleansing of minority communities across the country, state after state, village after village.
I suspect that the second most notable feature of PM Abiy Ahmed’s reign has to be his complete indifference to what was going on around the country during his watch. In the middle of the biggest danger the nation had ever faced in more than 90 years, when regional governments and ethnic militias in multiple regions declared open season to hunt and kill the Amara people, among others, the PM seemed to be dumfounded trying to understand why people look to him to take up responsibility for ensuring the health and wellbeing of citizens. On multiple occasions, he publicly disavowed responsibility for such things.
Millions of Ethiopians find PM Abiy Ahmed’s silence when thousands of their fellow citizens are massacred to be confusing. I am speaking of the tens of millions of citizens who rallied behind him and gave him their complete support when he came to office. These citizens also constituted his primary support base until recently. They simply ask why is he silent? Why doesn’t the escalation in the frequency and body count of massacres trigger him into action? After all, wasn’t it him we saw rushing from the airport to the home of a mother and her sick child he had earlier rescued from Riyad? They keep on asking was that empathy just for show? Is his current heartlessness the real Abiy or is this a calculated demonstration of empathy with the killers?
In his recent speech in parliament where he attempted to minimize the massacre of thousands of Amara, he shamelessly and foolishly reminded members of parliament that mass killings are the new norm around the world. He then proceeded to cite the thousands killed including in his favorite country, the United States. But he forgot to mention that in the US, all who engage in mass killings, from terrorists, to the police to common criminals, are nearly always killed on the spot by state security forces or are quickly caught, tried and held to account — receiving either the death penalty or life sentence without the possibility of parole. He also appeared to forget that the concerns expressed in parliament were as much about the government’s inability to protect citizens from danger as it was about the government’s inability or unwillingness to bring to justice the perpetrators and the security officials who let them roam the land with a wink and a nod.
In his singular reference to justice done to avenge mass murder, he spoke of more than 9,000 arrested and more than 4,000 charged following a bloody massacre in the aftermath of the Hachalu Hundessa’s assassination. Neither he nor his government have ever named anyone arrested, tried or found guilty in that case. They say he reads a lot, so he must have read Stalin
who told us that one death makes the news but thousands/millions dead are statistic. So he sought tot muddy the water by suggesting thousands were arrested and tried. He did not tell us of a specific person arrested, charged or found guilty in the carnage following Hachalu’s murder. The government has yet to tell us who in the PP leadership has been arrested although lower level PP leaders had confessed in a public square that their superiors ordered the killings in Tole, Welega. The statements issued in in one case was about the thousands rounded up of thousands of Shene killed by government troops in the other. No names mentioned because they know citizens can verify if such a person was in fact charged and found guilty or killed in a firefight.
Citizens continue to ask why all this? Sometimes he tells us it is not his job to stop the killings, as in the time he told an old Gedeo woman who told him that she and the other refuges could not return to their homes because those who killed her family members are waiting for them. His response, “ታዲያ እኔ ልጠብቅሽ ነው? እኔ እኮ የሰፈርሽ ሚሊሽያ አይደለሁም።” (Loosely translated, it goes as follows: So, do you expect me to stand guard over you? I am not your neighborhood militia.) On another occasion, standing at the podium of what looks like a large gathering, he stated his exasperation over peoples’ expectations which ran counter to his own understanding that it is not his job to be bothered with everybody’s troubles. He stated: “እንደምታውቁት እኔ የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚንስቴር ሁኘ በወር ወደ 400 ከምንአምን ዶላር ነው የምበላው። እንደምታውቁት አልሰርቅም። ይህን ሁሉ የሰፈር ጣጣ ለመስማት ግዴታ የለብግም።” This time his defense is that he is not paid well enough to be obligated to address everybody’s troubles.
If we take him at his word now as we did in the days immediately before and immediately after he rose to the premiership, the reason why there is no grand strategy to stop the carnage and protect citizens must be clear to all. He repeatedly told us that it is not his job to stop the carnage and to hold to account those who are engaged in violence both in and out of his government. None of my business, he has declared. He does not intend to perform the primary duty of the premiership.
At times, when he tries to defend his record of protecting the safety and security of the people, he enumerates the constitutional challenges of federal security forces prevented from pursuing criminals without invitation from regional administrators, or the lack of cooperation by the population and/or lower level PP administrators still loyal to TPLF, or some other hindrance. So essentially, his defense amounts to stating that he and his administration are trying their darndest but for all of the obstacles placed on their path. He is trying hard but the enemies are cunning, elusive and/or tougher. This defense when judged against the principles of the Harry Truman school of leadership, simply tell us that events have shown that he is not capable of doing the job.
By his own admission he is not interested in performing the requirements of his position and when he tries, he has been unable to achieve much. When you overlay these facts on top of the magnitude of the crisis at hand, there is no other option but for PM Abiy to gracefully resign. There is a recent precedence which he can follow. Even though the national crises was not this acute, PM Haile Mariam Desalegn gracefully stepped away and thereby averted the country from descending to hell. Nobel laurate Abiy Ahmed should follow that precedent rather than setting up the country to go down with him.
If he refuses to do that, there is only one scenario that could possibly explain his actions/inactions and the country’s decent to hell. Perhaps it is true what they say, that he is a well read student of history. Perhaps he is a Machiavelli hard at work on a grand strategy behind the curtain. He did write a book on political “strategy” — “በሬ ሆይ፣ ሳር እበላ ብለህ ገደሉን ሳታይ” which was dismissed by academics as a joke but has been serving as a blue print for his premiership and for the work of his disciples such as Shimelis Abdisa.
So perhaps it is neither disinterest nor incompetence we are witnessing. We could just as well be witnessing the most naked attempt to unleash and enshrine the thousand year reign of unconstrained Oromuma that Shimelis often salivates over and Abiy discretely hints at in those rare moments when he thinks that he is among his own. We remember when Abiy was forced into admitting his support of the Oromuma project at a meeting of senior Oromo cadres to evaluate progress on that project. Asked for his views, he sheepishly stated that he “does not hold a different opinion than Lemma” right after Lemma proudly declared that he took the opportunity of the Oromo-Somali border crises to try to change the demographics of Addis by settling Oromo IDPs in Addis as opposed to letting them go back to their homesteads. Recalling this might help shed light as to why at the height of TPLF’s invasion of Wello, thousands of Amara IDPs displaced from Woldya and other parts of North Wello traveling to Addis were turned away at the outskirts of the city and why that scene is presently being repeated on the Welega – Addis highway. Many IDPs running for their lives are turned back to certain death so the plan to change the demographic mix of Addis could not be slowed down by the in migration of Amara IDPs.
That is the truth, the naked truth. Few Ethiopians, especially among the Amara apparatchik, are willing to see what is squarely staring at them. But it is not going to vanish just because people are too scared to acknowledge it. You can dance around this, pile up half a dozen explanations
and justifications. But none of that is going to change the reality on the ground. The kindest thing we can say about Abiy’s premiership is that he is not interested in the pain of others and/or that he is just in over his head. In either case there is no reason for him to stay in office one more day.
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Pretentious “visionary” expressing eloquently ignorance that totally lacks substance, in the style of immature ‘politicians’ of the 60s and 70s who called themselves ‘revolutionaries’. This time, Ethiopians would not be impressed by such empty rhetoric as happened during those decades, since the current generation is well read and wide awake, and thus is capable of making own educated decisions. Mature people with any semblance of professionalism lead in formulating solutions to the myriad problems of Ethiopia, and at least participate in implementing them Being experts in chewing to death real and/or imagined problems reveals ignorance/stupidity. The value added in education, particularly by those with advanced degrees, is demonstrated leadership in finding workable solutions to problems, and not eloquently expressing them
Don’t forget, leaders like Aby Ahmed must be supported by the mass in the beginning, he needs that support to get rid of Tplf. Once he set up all the apparatus and get rid of Tplf, them he does not care if he gets support from mass or not, now that he has set up apparatus to protect him. This is the reason he went along and did what the majority wanted for support. Now, he doesn’t need it that he may have negotiated with Tplf, the opinion of Ethiopians no longer matters or if people die. He may have negotiated with Tplf, Tplf will not threaten his power and he may also allow them to do what they please. Tplf 30 years ago negotiated the same thing with colonialists, as long as colonialists not interfere against their power in Ethiopia, they can work together for their mutual benefits.
I have to speak up now. I have been holding back what has been done to me many times these days. The other day my warraa Chercher friend and I went to a nearby grocery to pick up a few things for our planned 4th of July backyard cookout. After we arrived at the store and just before we entered we were suddenly stopped by two groups of heavily armed men. On one side there were those in the groups who call themselves ‘Fanos’ and the other group includes those who were given the name ‘Oromummaa’. The Fanos took me to their checking point in the parking lot and mentally tortured me. The Oromummaa group took my warraa Chercher lifelong friend to their checking point and mentally tortured him. The Fanos can tell if you are an Oromo and the Oromummaa group can tell who is an Amhara among a million people from 20 miles away. Then we came home and made coffee and when I was about to take my first seep bam! A Fano suddenly pops out of my cup of coffee. When my friend was about to take his first sip bam! An Oromummaa sprang out of his cup of coffee. I tell you these two groups are everywhere. I heard they are even on Mars. It was Eritrean soldiers first and now there are two more groups my friend and I have to put up with. I had given up on the Eritrean soldiers. They are everywhere, man!! They are in every village in Tigray. The other day they were spotted in Wallagaa killing every Oromo in sight after they teleported themselves along with 3 divisions of Fano soldiers. It is confirmed that they have massacred 35,285,972 Oromos in a matter of 2 hours. There is not a single Oromo left alive in Wallagaa and the entire Western Oromia. That was why a protest was organized to be held in DC soon where close to 6 million protesters participated. I am going to take Brother Isaias to court for that and the 3 presiding judges will be Kermit the Frog, Bugs Bunny and Miss Piggy and the prosecuting district attorney will be the fearless Don Corleone. Them Eritreans are here everywhere, dude! I heard they are also on Mars, every asteroid, moon and planet already. Them rascals!!!
Regardless of the unrealistic push and calls for quick leadership changes coming by various sectarian politicians and certain political ethnic activists, nevertheless, PM Abiy and his Prosperity Party and his regime have to show yet a coherent. resolve and credible response this recurrent situation over four years. The leadership accountability and moral responsibility of these disasters squarely fall In the feet of his admin. Oromo elites and politicization whether in oppositions, federal levels or regional levels shouldn’t hid behind the veil of indifference, secrecy, nationalist jargon or anonymity in situations like these . Unchecked, these creeping bloodlust and dangerous fire emanating from these recurrent brutalities , unaccountiblities, power excesses and flagrant human rights abuses will consume everyone and everything in its path . No one will be save from it whether one lives in Oromia or any other region, one ethnic group or another, because a brutality and anarchy like these will spread like wild fire as every group and nationality will take matters into their hands to protect themselves and their turf . Everyone knows what is happening there is going to coming to them sooner than later,unless there is law and order or institutional trust to relay on . In other words, the resemblance of the Hobbesian theory where societal and institutional order disintegrates and gives way into its smallest units, tribal groups , anarchy and the order of individual self-interest trumps the communal and national ones become the norm.
Regardless of the unrealistic push and calls for quick leadership changes by various sectarian politicians and certain political ethnic activists, nevertheless, PM Abiy and his Prosperity Party and his regime have to show yet a coherent, a resolve and credible response this recurrent situation over four years. The leadership accountability and moral responsibility of these disasters squarely fall In the feet of his admin. Oromo elites and politicians whether in oppositions, federal levels or regional levels shouldn’t hide behind the veil of indifference, secrecy, nationalist jargon or anonymity in situations like these . Unchecked, these creeping bloodlust and dangerous fire emanating from recurrent brutalities , unaccountiblities, power excesses and flagrant human rights abuses will consume everyone and everything in its path . No one will be save from it whether one lives in Oromia or any other region, one belongs to ethnic group or another, because a brutality and anarchy like these will spread like wild fire as every group and nationality will take matters into their hands to protect themselves and their turf . Everyone knows what is happening there is going to come to them sooner than later,unless there is law and order or institutional trust to relay upon . In other words, the resemblance of the Hobbesian theory, where societal and institutional order disintegrates and gives way into its smallest units, tribal groups , anarchy and the order of individual self-interest trumps the communal and national ones, becomes the norm.
Very sad, sudden and precipitous fall from grace for this Abiy individual, it is mind boggling. Looking back it is interesting to recall part of a speech from General Birhanu Jula. Early on when TPLF forces were contained and before they attacked the Wollo and Afar regions, General Birhanu said the Ethiopian Defence Force can and is ready to destroy the remaining TPLF but the decision to withdraw was a political not military decision.
This statement should be examined carefully. Abiy is a product of the ethnic federalism of Meles Zenawi era. Early on, he played dumb and used to travel outside Ethiopia just prior to a massive displacement and massacre of people, as in the case of the Burayu massacre. Why he and his PP orchestrated this massive demographics uprooting in Ethiopia is foolhardy. Ethiopia now, under Abiy Ahmed, has the largest number of IDP (internally displaced people) in the entire world at a mind boggling nearly 5,000,000 Ethiopians and counting. It is crystal clear that the PM and his PP cadres are pretty ignorant of the consequences of this reckless demographics engineering that has been occurring on his watch.
PM Abiy Ahmed cannot effectively be the torch bearer of “the African solutions to African problems” mantra any longer. PM Ahmed has now a great deal of baggage and has lost the trust and respect of millions in a very short time. In addition, he is tone deaf to any legitimate criticism directed at his government, is very thin skinned, and does not like to be held accountable when his plans and delusions of grandeur go awry as expected. The PP he runs as a chairperson is obsessed with the Oromumma project and grandeur of delusions to such an extent that Abiy will never transform to a statesman. At the start, he talked loud about a vision for Ethiopia that generations have fought, struggled and died for, hundreds of millions were inspired, giving him an unprecedented support and goodwill, no other Ethiopian leader has ever experienced perhaps in the past 50 years. Abiy suddenly squandered all his political capital and the support of millions, for a new political experimentation on the Ethiopian people, just like his predecessors the likes of Mengistu Hailemariam and Meles Zenawi carried out before him.
His task was relatively well defined; the bench mark was not even that steep. All Abiy had to do was ensure that he would not treat Ethiopians like his TPLF masters. He forgot that , in 2018 when he first came to the political arena, he apologized before the Ethiopian people for the atrocities, illegal kidnappings, extra judicial killings and imprisonments that occurred under TPLF dominated EPRDF. He forgot that he literally said “killing is losing”. His “ first in Ethiopian history of peaceful transfer of power” was an outright lie. This was not a transfer of power but resignation of one EPRDF premier for subsequent replacement by another internal EPRDF premier. So many cakes were cut, so many bulls were slaughtered to commemorate these events, only to be followed by the bloodiest wars, massacres, displacement, imprisonment and terror even worse than those seen during the Derg years.
These are the events surrounding PM Abiy Ahmed. He is literally a walking contradiction that has told so many tall tales, fables and fictions; it is nearly impossible to keep track at this juncture.
After the recent news of leaders forced out of power in England and Sri Lanka, PM Abiy the worst cruel and cold blooded PM of Ethiopia is in line to follow suit.
PM Abiy Ahmed is by far worst type PM the world has seen in cruelty, cold-bloodedness, lies and horrific crimes against humans let alone his own country people.
Only a foolish ignorant can loose the popular support he gained in one year. He was deceived by his own shortsightedness that he tried to continue with his lies and cruelty the very people who welcomed him. He is his own enemy that put himself in the bottomless pit. He is Day time leader and night time leader of Amhara slaughterers.
He jailed innocent people and freed hard criminals. At the end the lesson learned is one who came out of life time criminals will not bring a good person. Abiy’s thirst for power started when he was 12 yeas old. He joined as servant to TPLF criminals carrying radio and spying on Ethiopians for them. The requirement to serve TPLF is hate for Amharas in the worst possible ways and that is why 2000 Amharas are slaughtered in Wellga, Oromia Amhara Genocide Zone in Ethiopia.
He depends on the one and only one classical Tyrant method to control the power seat he leaned from his tyrant leaders, Mengisu and TPLF. Mass Murdering, silencing, jailing and kidnapping is the only thing he knew and resorted to without a reason. Inability to lestin advise and many false tales, empty motivational speeches and lies now he is found buried at the bottom of the pile.
No one to believes him and no one want to see him. Vast majority of Ethiopians wants him gone and vanished!! He has made himself public #1enemy in Ethiopia because of his own cruelty and non-stop lies and sinister.
Abiy has NOTHING to lose if he quits! He can live a luxurious life with his Nobel Prize! If he wanted power, why would he fight Egypt & Egypt’s White Supremacist West [WSW] masters? This changed my view of Abiy: youtu.be/Pg3WuF1eXww?t=5
1). On Amharas: More Amharas live outside the Amhara Zone. In a 2019 interview on Walta with Simeneh, Christian Tadelle said: “Over 15 million Amharas live in Oromia alone!” Add the over 3 million in Addis & those in other zones. Yet, Gojjam & Gonder are White-and-Arab-pleasers and LEAST welcoming to Ethiopians! GO & SEE!
2). On Abiy: He kept Ethiopia afloat against all odds. TPLF paralyzed Ethiopia [NO money & NO army] from fighting back and left. Here is the Ethiopia that Abiy inherited:
i). Looted bone-dry by TPLF & debilitated by the WSW: The TPLF didn’t even leave a month’s salary to pay government employees. Worse, the Pro-TPLF & Pro-Egypt WSW imposed a paralyzing embargo & sanctions on Ethiopia. Abiy turned to UAE’s Prince MBZ for USD $1 billion & kept Ethiopia afloat. Hats off to both for saving Ethiopia!
ii). 27-year-old TPLF-serving institutions: Government, defense, intelligence, etc. were ALL filled with TPLF & Co. So, Abiy is dismantling them piece-by-piece & building Ethiopia-serving ones in parallel. His fledgling defense force is fighting TPLF-ኦነግ ሸኔ.
iii). Rocked by the Ethiopia-polarizing Negadras Eskinder & Negadras Jawar orchestrated ethnic riots: Although calm was restored, some Egypt & WSW-backed Ethnic Fanatics continued wreaking havoc wearing the Amhara/Orom/Ethiopia/etc. hat!
iv). OLF-OLA-ኦነግ ሸኔ: Abiy was their first assassination target. They used Abiy’s Amnesty to wreak havoc from within. They raided the Wollega Armory and looted 95,000 latest assault rifles. They robbed 20 CBE banks looted millions in cash. Thus, they armed-and-funded themselves for their anti-Ethiopia mission: inter-ethnic violence!
v). TPLF+ኦነግ ሸኔ vs. Ethiopia Power Balance: After the TPLF massacred the ENDF’s Northern Command, the match was TPLF with 250,000 well-armed soldiers in Tigray AND ኦነግ ሸኔ with unknown number of mobile forces across the Oromo Zone vis-à-vis Ethiopia with only 44,000 soldiers spread all over Ethiopia AND under TPLF Officers.
As I promised you all I have kept my word and just overthrew Abiy. It was peaceful. I screamed at him coming from behind with ‘freeze!’ and obliged. I then disarmed him and every one in his security detail. He chose to live the country and move to the native country of his mother who was a Filipina. I gave him a one-way first class ticket and he is now in his country of the Philippines to never come back. I followed that with an immediate formation of a new 3-man leadership. The 3 new leaders are Winnie The Pooh, Vito Genovese and the fearless Miss Piggy. I found no one among the opposition that matches the governing skills of these three. Every citizen has agreed with my decision. You see, I don’t even have to travel to Nakfa. Am I good or what?
FREE!! Historian Mr. Tadios Tantu,
FREE!! Journalist Temesgen Desalgn
FREE! Ashara Media Journalist
FREE!! Ato Sintayehy Chekol
Stop !!!!!Terrorizing Amharas!!
Stop Abducting Freed Amharas, Sintayehy Chekol and Ashara Media Journalists in Amhara Zone and Imprisoning them in Addis Ababa and Oromia Amhara Genocide Zone.
Abiy by far is the worst leader ever to be in power in Ethiopia. Hopefully he will see the fate of those found in ground holes without mentioning their name. He has lost all his support from every corner even from majority of Oromos. Significant number of Oromos are now ashamed to be called Oromos since the news that comes out Oromia is all about Genocide on Amharas, ethnic cleansing against the Southerners and Gambella regions in order to steal their land and lawless crimes sponsored by Abiy Ahmed and Oromia Security Forces.
Oromia is now notoriously known for its Coldblooded and cowardly Genocide against Amharas and slaughtering’s of unborn children, pregnant women, elders, children and unarmed innocent Amharas as they sleep in the dark, in Oromia, Wellega Ethiopia.
Abiy the Terrible! might start digging dirt to plant a shade for his future home under a tree.
He came as a charismatic peaceful person Ethiopians were longing for and to the point of even fooling the West, but day by day his inner self started to reveal as the most horrific criminal and lair and the most inept, ignorant, arrogant, coldblooded creature.
He will be remembered as the last and worse Murderous regime ever to land in Ethiopia, worse than Mengistu and Meles Zenawi. His time is marked with Amhara Genocide, Slaughtering’s of many small ethnic groups, lootings properties and stealing land for the operation of Orommuma Expansion and coldblooded arrogant speeches.
Amhara, Afars, Gambellas, Tigreas, and many Southern ethnic groups who used to live in peace before the Orommuma murderous regime came to power will remember Abiy for his State Sponsored Genocide, land theft and Terror.
Make that: He chose to leave the country and move to…
Dear Tsehai Alemayehu,
I do understand where you are coming from in your narration. One problem is that your narration is contradictory. You said “When historians get around to writing the history of the reign of PM Abiy Ahmed, I suspect they would concur that its most notable feature was the depth and breadth of the crises which engulfed the country almost from day one.” That is a fair statement to make. Unfortunately, you failed to make three connections. 1/ That the “crises which engulfed the country almost from day one” was going on for almost three decades prior to Abiy taking over. 2/ You assumed the “crises which engulfed the country from day one” would evaporate on Abiy coming to power. You seemed unable to imagine the depth of Tplf scheming and newtworking capabilities in and out of power! 3/ You were unable or unwilling to provide the context for Abiy’s statements. In this sense, you showed yourself to be disingenuous!
I am no fan of Abiy. Problem is there hardly are any alternatives as things now stand. I can’t think of Eskinder or Jawar; Dawit W/G (Derg leftover, untrustworthy and four decades working for the US) as possible choices.
Dear Tsehai, Step outside your little orbit for a moment to scout the world we have created for ourselves. The world we have created is a dark dark world. There are those of us who oppose Abiy because he is Oromo (though that is only half the truth). Others hate him because he was a product of Eprdf. Yet others feel entitled and therefore for them only an Amhara could run the show (I am not making this up; I hope you do browse Zehabesha (a filth depot) once in a while!). I do agree with you on one count. You are concerned about the welfare our beloved country. My concern on the other hand is that we have not made every effort to work through/with the system. All many of us vocal groups do is OPPOSE OPPOSE AND OPPOSE SOME MORE rather than engage in bringing a sense of order. In this latter sense fulfilling Tplf agenda! Tplf it was that started the methodical destruction of Amhara people (have you read Tplf Manifesto and the subsequent propaganda?) Tplf has now changed its tactic to widen enmity between Amhara and Oromo. What many have forgotten is the fact that 200,000 from Tigray and Wollo were resettled in Gumuz Benshangul four decades ago by Derg. When Tplf seized power in 1991 the first thing it did was identify Tigrayans in the region and empower them for the execution of its grand plan of Greater Tigray. Tplf also recruited from Amhara, Gumuz, Shinasha, Oromo for this purpose. And then turned around to make you believe ONLY Oromo are involved in killing our Amhara brothers and sisters. Can’t you even detect that this has been a tested tactic of Tplf? Please stop being naive to end up inadvertently collaborating with Tplf.
Your post, for the most part, concurs with the depressing facts I state and with my sense of what drives such situations. It seem to me that your quarrel with me is in my calling for accountability. And you stated it is because you fear that there is no one else who could do the job.
My heart bleeds every time I hear that defense. In the late 60s and early 70s, my parents generation used to shout in unison how ungrateful and ignorant the student movement was. In the late 70s and throughout the the 1980s, even those who knew that Colonel Mengistu was slowly killing the nation carried on for the same reason. Who is going to replace the one charismatic and patriotic leader. Amazingly, after the Qinijit debacle, the same was said of Melese. Now you are telling me that Abiy is irreplaceable?
Ethiopia is a land of 120 million sons and daughters. I know there are at least one if not a million Ethiopians as capable as any of our past and present leaders. To think otherwise is to be seduced by the glow power. And that a sad part of our national character.