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Saving Abiy from Abiy Ahmed 

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed ( Photo : OPM/file )

By Rasselass Imlack, PhD 

Abiy Ahmed was the most popular political personality Ethiopians have seen in modern time.  

Ethiopia had some watershed moments like the defeat of Italians and the return of the emperor from  exile and the restoration of Ethiopia’s independence. Though this had euphoric moments for the vast  majority of our grandparents the emperor didn’t enjoy overwhelming support upon his return. So many patriots were resentful towards the emperor and he had to be inclusive of his critics to build confidence  in him over a long time.  

The coming of the revolution in 1974 had stirred some sense of hope in the “masses” and within Marxist students but the military juntas weren’t popular in the middle and upper classes.  

Of course, the military came quickly, surprised everyone and subdued with overwhelming power but the  revolution was not as popular as Abiy since many were to lose from the Marxist revolution. The  property class who were to lose from nationalization, those in the religious domain who were in fear of the  new religion of Leninism, the liberal intelligentsia who knows how bad a communist revolution is and  revolutionary parties who were contending for power did not like Mengistu. There was some strategic  alliance against the old order but not overwhelming support for the Derge.  

The coming of TPLF was unpopular with the vast majority of the population. The fact that it had agreed and  supported the loss of Ethiopia’s access to sea didn’t make them popular. It leveraged the power of the  international anti-Mengistu alliance and its loyal militia to impose itself on the people. 

Abiy’s coming to power was different. It is a shame, we do not have polling agencies to record the  public opinion but I can say more than 95% of the population were excited and supportive of his coming  to power.  

Millions of people bought his T-Shirts, most of the cars had stickers of his pictures, millions came to  square for support march and he had a Rockstar type of reception in Diaspora communities. The  newspapers, even the most critical like Feteh has to draw a parallel between the coming of Abiy and  Moses who led Israelites from the slavery to the promised land. 

This overwhelming support began to fade day by day. The stickers with a picture of Abiy is no more  visible, the population in Tigray call him “Fascist” who committed genocide, the Amhara constituency  have turned their faces see him as an Oromo nationalist who want to exterminate them, and the Oromo  Liberation Army is gaining momentum in Oromia winning compliance of the Oromos, the Gurage’s are

gearing for confrontation, the Afar’s feel that they are betrayed to face the brunt of invasion and conflict and, the international community that bestowed him with Nobel Prize are calling for his trial for  genocide. Addis Ababa residents are in fear of the ‘barbarians at the gate’, the diaspora is extremely  divided and many are crossing the picket line from supporters to critics and outright opposition.  Wollega is waling for God’s intervention and calling for divine punishment to descend on Abiy and his evil party. The northern are realizing the danger of Abiy’s hidden agenda of Oromuma calling for united Amhara-Tigray-Eritrea unity to defend their people under a banner of Agazians. 

EPLF guys think they are sold out by Abiy for the World Bank before disarmament of TPLF. 

Even within his party PP, he is neither popular nor there is harmony. The Amhara PP is divided and it’s  disarray between those who want to serve the Prime Minister in exchange for V8 Toyota Land Cruisers  and free Villas, and those who want to lead a rebellion against him. The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) is  taking town after town disrupting life in western Ethiopia, winning support from Oromo PP members  and bringing its brand of barbarous acts close to Addis Ababa.  

I must admit, I, for one, was in love with Abiy and I have tried to defend him on various forums but sadly now, I couldn’t bear his voice as if someone was scratching a blackboard. Instinctively my hands goes for  remote control as soon as he appears on my TV.  

Abiy is dropping supporters after supporters every day. Now the big question I came to ask myself is  who is going to stand with Abiy when the revolution starts?  

Who are his real supporters? There are some in the Protestant church but they are not a lot and their  brand is being tarnished by slaughter of Christians and Islam in Wellega where a protestant Church is the  majority. 

The Muslim grassroot as well as the Christians now see the true color and impact of the Western  version of Christianity in Ethiopia. A community that often preach to give the other cheek is not saying oh Jesus!, “am I my brother keeper” when predominately Muslim kids are slaughtered?  

A community that used to boast to have received Gospel earlier than most people and prosperity gospel  that claim to deposit million birr out of thin air into the bank account of congregates are perceived as  con artists of protestant churches. These prosperity gospel based tricks end up on tiktok platforms  making the doctrines of prosperity gospel a laughing stock. 

The Protestants Christians were considered as peaceful and peace loving but now that is no more a valid  argument. Now it is perceived as a violent branch of Christianity that has no concern for the slaughter of  children. The Protestant church and faith has reached its peak but with the coming of Abiy it is being destroyed. The brand image of lies and tricks played on God had triggered a reverse conversion to  Orthodox and the trend is difficult to stop. 

Now the big question is who is capable of saving Dr. Abiy from himself? Like a drug addict he wants to  remain in nirvana, a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self  by detaching himself from the reality on the ground. Like Saddam Hussein, he is obsessed in building  palaces and desert gardens, while the country is on the brinks of genocide and destruction. 

Saddam was busy rebuilding palaces in ancient Babylon. He thought he would be loved, respected and  remembered for palaces he erected in the fallen cities of Babylon.  

The rise and fall of TPLF has proved only one thing, that is Ethiopia’s people’s ability to conceal and  conserve their energy till the right time for revolution to start. A good example is TPLF. TPLF was  deceived not only by the youth and the public by its own home trained cadres like Demeke, Lemma,  Gedu, Werkeneh and Abiy. 

The ranks and files of OPDO, ANDM, the army and the security forces built by the TPLF turned its gun on  its mentors and leaders. In an authoritarian system no one knows who is on the side of the authoritarian  leader till a revolution starts. 

Marcus Junius Brutus was a trusted general of Caesar’s but he was the one who used the knife to stab  Caesar when the revolution started. As a result, Brutus is immortalized as a father of disloyalty and  betrayal. In the final hour Julius Caesar staggers towards his friend, appealing to him, but Brutus stabs  him. Unbelieving, Caesar says, ‘Et tu Brute? Then fall, Caesar. ‘which means ‘You too Brutus? 

Emperor Haile-Selassie lost the public and was killed by his own soldiers who were trained to protect him.  

Mengistu lost the public and the public let TPLF to march on 75% of the country without resistance. The  last battle took place in Gonder and there was no fighting in Gojam, Wellega, Shoa, Arsi, Harar, Illibabur,  Gambella, Jima or Bale etc. TPLF lost the public support to be challenged by youth but stabbed by its  own cadres I when TPLF staggered and went for help towards its OPDO cadres, they stabbed him like Brutus. TPLF trained cadres like Demeke, Workeneh, Lemma and put them in power. Abiy lost the population  of Tigray, Amhara, Gurage, South, Orthodox Christians, Ethiopians living in Oromia and the population  of Addis Ababa. Who is on the side of the PM will only be seen when a revolution starts. Then no one  predicts who will be Brutus. There may not be time for “You too Brutus? አንተም ብሩተስ?


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  1. Dear Dr. Brutus [Rasselass Imlack, PhD],

    You are the only Amara/Ethiopian/Ethiopia’s Custodian/ad nauseam. You stab Ethiopia in the back pitting Ethiopians against Ethiopians wearing Amara/Ethiopia Activist Hat.

    Shouldn’t Abiy’s critics be at higher moral ground than Abiy to criticize him? Most Abiy critics are scholarship recipients who Chose Money OVER Ethiopia and stayed abroad.

    What have you done for Ethiopia on your part? Could you have served better than Abiy while facing these life-threatening challenges?

    How far can you swim with hands-and-feet tied? Here is the Ethiopia Abiy inherited: No Money [Looming Government Shutdown]; No Defence Force; TPLF-orchestrated riots…

    If Abiy were power hungry, why would he refuse to sell GERD & Ethiopia to Egypt & Egypt’s Masters? Besides, Abiy is a Nobel Prize millionaire & loses nothing if he quits.

    The ‘Abiy is OLF/OLA’ Hullabaloo: Isn’t this just a self-serving Dirty Smear Campaign? Wasn’t Abiy the very first TPLF-OLF/OLA assassination target at Mesqel Square? Why?

    ‘Oromuma’: Amaras benefited the most under Abiy:- 450 km of asphalt roads in Gojjam alone; >450 tractors/farms; industrial parks/factories; Abbay Bridge at Bahir-Dar; etc.

    ‘Amaruma’: What have the Pigs some call ‘Amara Rulers’ done for the average Amaras? Wasn’t even the Abbay/Dejen/Debre-Markos/Bahir-Dar/Gonder highway built by TPLF?

  2. Rasselass Imlack, PhD

    Abiy is hopeless looser and not Salvageable, just like EPRDF now PP-EPRDF. He is not capable of becoming a human being. This creature started his cruel and deceitful career at age 14 and now no one can catch up with him. He is expert in deceiving and effortlessly lying without thinking and totally forgotten how to speak the truth. .

    Only God knows how many human and animals lives he has caused to suffer and mercilessly, brutally and unnecessarily caused to be killed and lost . When he has no religion or faith he plays to have them all. Quick and effortless lair.
    Many lives waiting for him at the judgment day. The only door opened for him is hell.


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