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Ethiopian Church threatens to stage a nationwide peaceful demonstration 

In a response to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s belittling response in connection with the problem within the church and gov’t apparent support to the group that the church excommunicated, the church vows to stage peaceful demonstration 

His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, announcing statement response to PM Abiy Ahmed’s remark to the problem in the Ethiopian Church


On January 31, 2023 – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed convened his ministers for a discussion (rather lecture) on peace and the problem within the Ethiopian Church.

Almost all the points he was trying to make in connection with the rise of a group that is aspiring to form a patriarchate in Ethiopia was wrong.

His full remark is available HERE (in Amharic)

The Holy Synod of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) on Wednesday released a statement refuting the prime minister’s position, the way he understood the problem and the invalidity of his recommendation to resolve the problem.

The statement from the Holy Synod in fact said that there are situations that indicate the government is supporting the facilitating for the group that the Ethiopian Church excommunicated as there are no law enforcement actions on the part of the government.

The Holy Synod opposed Abiy Ahmed’s recommendation for a dialogue with the excommunicated group pointing out that it appears the group appears on equal standing with the Holy Synod. In fact, his recommendation is found to be in violation of the church canons. 

The Church reiterated that the government has a responsibility to enforce rule of law and protect the church as a recognized entity. 

Several Orthodox Churches, including from the neighboring Eritrea, supported the position of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church  Holy Synod. 

The Church is threatening to stage demonstrations if Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration continues to tacitly support the illegal group and fails to enforce laws.

Take a listen to the full statement from the Holy Synod from the video below.

The Ethiopian Church has been under increasing administrative, political and mob attacks in the past four years. Several churches had been burnt in the Oromia, Sidama, Somali and Benishangul gumuz regions.

Video : embedded from ENA YouTube channel
Cover photo : screenshot from the video


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  1. Somebody better stop this before it gets out of hand. What in my hope and prayers is this incidence will be sorted out peacefully. Religious violence is the last strife that country needs. Wahhabis with their deep pockets have failed to ignite religious calamity on many occasions and failed miserably. They have tried to re-convert citizens who are already Muslims. They have been told to get lost with their twisted version. I hope and pray that my Christian neighbors will solve this impasse peacefully and amicably. The way I see it is if my neighbors are in turmoil my house will be in turmoil too. Peace y’all!!!!

  2. The Oromo members ot the EOC faith are very few – why is this PM trying to raise an ethnic issue here?
    It is amazing how far this person has denegerated in just 4 years!!!

  3. 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.

  4. ሕዝብ – እንደ ዳኛ ነው! ዳኛ – የሚፈርደው ደግሞ – ከሳሽን እና ተከሳሽን ካዳመጠ በኋላ – ሁለቱም ወገኖች ያቀረቧቸውን መረጃዎች አመዛዝኖ ነው! ይኼ ፍርደ-ገምድል ያልሆነ ፍትሐዊ ዳኝነት ነው!

    በአብዛኛዎቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዘንድ የሚታየው ዳኝነት ግን – በወገንተኝነት፣ በዘረኝነት እና በመንጋ አስተሳሰብ [mob mentality] የተመረዘ እንጂ – ኢትዮጵያን የሚጠቅም ፍትሐዊ ፍርድ አይደለም!

    ለዚህ ነው – ባቋራጭ ሥልጣን ለመያዝ የሚፈልጉት እና የኢትዮጵያ ጠላቶች ጉዳይ አስፈፃሚዎች – እንደ ከበሯቸው እየደለቁን – እና – እንደ መንጋ እያንጓጉን – ኢትዮጵያን እንድናጠፋት የሚያፋጁን!

    ለመሆኑ – ወያኔ የሰሜን ዕዝን በተኙበት አርዶ – ከ600 በላይ አማራዎችን በማይካድራ ጨፍጭፎ – ኢትዮጵያ ላይ ጦርነት ባወጀ ጊዜ – አባ ማትያስ በተለያዩ ሚድያዎች እየቀረቡ አረመኔውን ወያኔ ደግፈው ኢትዮጵያን ሲወነጅሉ ዝም ያለው ሲኖዶስ – ምነው ሰሞኑን -አለሁ አለሁ- ማለት አበዛ?

    ሲኖዶሱን ሰምታችኋል! እነ አባ ሳዊሮስ ያሉትን ስሙ እና ፍረዱ:-

  5. The Orthodox Church that is being established in the Oromia region is not a religion, but a hatred of the ethnic groups in the region. As a result, the killing, displacing, and looting of their property continues unabated. All human beings were created by God on the earth he created for himself. This group is the killer, genocide inciter, dismantle, and slaughterer of non-Oromo ethnic Ethiopians. In the past four years, the massacre of Gamo, Gedeo, Amhara, Tigre, Afar, Argoba, and Somali ethnic groups were the typical example of this indication. There is no one who created the earth and was born. Therefore, this is to kindly request your esteemed office for its ceasing from its establishment.

  6. “Abiy Amhed may need to lead your corrupted church.

    The neophyte in office who does not even know when he is breaking several, not one, but several articles and subsections of his own beloved ethnic federalism constitution IS STRUGGLING TO LEAD HIS OWN PP PARTY WHICH OCCUPIES 97 % OF THE PARLIAMENT SEATS, LET ALONE BECOMING A HEAD OF THE HOLY SYNOD.

    The imbecility and lack of logic of you pp cadres, abiy sycophants, tplf cadres, olf butcher, interfering fake sympathizers of the abiy group are mind boggling.

    Hands Off the EOTC!!!!!

    You do not have any morality, ethics, intellectual honesty and integrity to get involved here.

    HANDS OFF THE EOTC!!!!!!!!’!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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