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PM Abiy’s remark on the Orthodox church met with resistance 

Many Ethiopians, as seen on social media platforms, tend to think that PM Abiy Ahmed’s involved in the problem that church is facing. He denies any wrongdoing 

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Abiy Ahmed is seen with his military commanders. Picture is from his latest trip to a military drill in Awash Arba (Photo : Public Domain)

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed remarked, on Tuesday, on the issue with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after days of silence as the public expressed growing concern that the matter could lead to serious violence. 

In a meeting with his cabinet Ministers, whom he warned not to involve in the problem in the church in any form, he attempted to showcase what his government did for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and how the previous governments before him were repressive towards the church. 

While painting an image that much has been done for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), he said his government has nothing to do with the problem and that the tendency to criticize his government is baseless.  

However, he also said that his government sent a delegation to both of them – he is referring to the Holy Synod of the EOTC and the three Bishops who broke away from it last week with a move to establish an ethnic-Oromo-based Patriarchate in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. The message was, he says, to discuss the matter themselves and reconcile. 

He claimed he spoke to the group that broke away and learned that the issue in the church has something to do with the right to use one’s own language for a church service. The Ethiopian Church is saying that it has addressed the language issue, is working on expanding the service and does not have any opposition to service in one’s own language.   

Based on activists, religious leaders and the laity who are expressing their views regarding his remark on the matter, he made even more damage rather than loosening the tension.

The followers of the Ethiopian Church are saying that they did not ask the government for any preferential treatment. They are blaming the government for its failure to enforce the law and for what appears to be government-supported pressure on the church.

Days after the problem was announced, security forces that were posted in the Patriarchate were withdrawn. Also, his government is criticized for allowing the new group to take Ethiopian churches by force when it is excommunicated and the church requested the government to enforce law and order including protection of the church property. 

There are reports that Oromia’s regional state is protecting the new group when they are taking over churches that belong to the Ethiopian church. 

Fears are mounting that government interference in a way to facilitate support to the new group that is aspiring to establish a patriarchate in the Oromia region could lead to bloodshed.  EZEMA, an opposition party, expressed on Tuesday called on the government to stop interference in religious matters and to enforce the law against groups with political interests that are interfering in the problem within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. 

It is only a few months ago that Ethiopia came out of a bloody civil war that is said to have killed nearly one million people. His Holiness Abune Mathias this week called on the Ethiopian government to enforce law and order to avoid bloodshed. 

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1 COMMENT

  1. Abiy Ahmed has exposed the truth and he is better than your wicked Bishops who excommunicated our Bishops. You will no longer work in our church. We excommunicated you too!!YOu will die being excommunicated and join devil in his palace. Your excommunication is useless as long as you atre celebrated notorious criminals who bless Fanos to kill Oromos!!

    State should not intervene in the church affair. You slaughter our people and hanged it on an iron . YOu are cannibalists and we don’t want you. You will not make statement when Oromo slaughtered by knives like sheeps. You are no concerned about your money which is your blood vessel.

    Hats off to Prophet Yonatan, king of Prophets and pastors . Abiy Amhed may need to lead your corrupted church.

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