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Tug of war over the issue of Oromummaa 

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Abiy Ahmed (right) and Shimeles Abdissa (left) (Photo : file)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Yonas Biru (PhD), a renowned political analyst is challenging incumbent politicians who are promoting a new project, Oromummaa. Yonas has discussed the issue extensively in his successive articles (See them all in BORKENA). His first article was entitled “The Oromummaa Politics: Weaponized with Lies and Soaked in Blood” and the second was headlined “Oromummaa is a Low Grade Nazification Movement.” 

Yonas says that his articles, “unglued the  Oromummaa narrative and left it naked”. Discussing the purpose of writing his latest article Yonas reminded his readers saying that he has four interlaced purposes. “First and foremost, it is to show how the evangelization of Oromummaa has led to evangelization signified by unprecedented inhuman cruelty against Muslims and Christians.  The second purpose is to expose Oromummaa’s futile effort to subjugate Islam and Orthodox Christianity with the aim of resurrecting and elevating Gadaa, Irrecha, and  Waaqeffanna as unifying national identities of Oromo. The third is to show how the rebuttals to his article fail to address the crux of the matter, choosing instead to engage in shameful lies. The fourth purpose is to explain the reason behind the scaling and speeding up of the  Oromummaa sadistic cruelty we have been witnessing lately.” 

Yonas said in his latest piece under the title, “Oromummaa’s Religion Cleansing and Cultural Evilgelization Project” that the ethnic cleansing project and the campaign being conducted against the two big religions is spearheaded by the Oromumma project. He said that “[w]hat makes Oromummaa dangerous is that it is anti-Christianity and anti-Islam in a country where the two Abrahamic religions account for over 90 percent of the nation’s population. In recent days Oromummaa’s ethnic cleansing endeavor has been elevated to religion/religious cleansing crusade.” 

Yonas substantiates his argument by quoting what the renowned Oromo Historian, Asefa Jaleta (professor) has said. He touched on the point in his long article saying that Jaleta “…describes Mosques and Churches as ‘Colonial Institutions’”. Thus according to him, “Oromummaa is a national ‘political project’ to liberate the Oromo identity from Christianity and Islam.”  

He also indicated the extent the Oromummaa Project has gone to alter the verses and scriptures of the Holy Bible and historically established facts of Muslim Immigration to Ethiopia.

Yonas has thus dealt with various issues related to Oromumma. He raised among, other things, about the Essence of Oromummaa, the effort to crown Gadaa, Irrecha and Waaqeffanna as unifying cultures, Oromummaa… [and]… a Mogassa mindset, the evilgelization of Oromummaa, The “Oromo Haters” and “Oromo Phobia” defense, the recent speeding and scaling up of ethnic and religious cleansing etc… 

Asked why he was so much engaged in the subject, Yonas said he “should focus on it because it is a metastasizing ነቀርሳ. It is led by tribal intellectuals who are guided by Hitler’s mass indoctrination and mobilization processes to create Oromo nationalism.” Yonas has whipped those who are in a slumbering mood saying that “[t]hose who ignore Oromummaa do so at their peril like people who ignored the Nazi movement  in its formative years”. 

On the other hand, opposing the stand reflected by Yonas Biru (PhD), Milkessa M. Gemechu (PhD) has written a long article on Addis Standard (14 May 2023). Milkessa said in his article that what has been said by Yonas were “untrue and unfounded”. What Milkessa calls “misinforming framing,” is nothing but associating Yonas’s piece with, “neutralizing Oromo national self-determination struggles.” Milkessa also argued that the writer (Yonas) and those who reflect the same idea have a mission, “to advance the long-established hatred and phobia of the Oromo people”. 

Milkessa who defines “Oromummaa” as “Oromoness” said that “Abiy’s rule practically evolved to the opposite of Oromummaa”. He underscored in his piece that he could not see “any basic difference between Abiy’s deliberate misinformation about Oromummaa and those who advance Oromophobia”. Milkessa was a member of the ruling Prosperity Party until August 2020.

Yonas is telling us that the Oromummaa project is paving its way or ‘wiping’ the ‘debris’ or unwanted ‘elements’ to “liberate the Oromo identity from Christianity and Islam”. 

On the other hand, the proponents of the Oromummaa project, like Mikessa, are arguing they are not doing what these people, like Yonas, are saying. 

On the broader arena the majority of Ethiopians are asking whether what is being done in the demolition of religious “colonial institutions”, displacements, subjugation and killings of innocent citizens have any connection with this Oromummaa project.  


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  1. Subject: “Tug of war over the issue of Oromummaa By Staff Reporter” , June 6, 2023

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  2. I gave Af-mishar a ring.
    What’s up dude? It’s me, Ittu.
    I know. I recognize your voice.
    Last time you told me you had a meeting with a high level official from the State Department. Was that Special Envoy Mike Hammer?
    Yes that was the one. Thank you for helping me remembering that name. He insisted we two meet before he meet other community groups. We had a lengthy discussion that lasted two hours on HOA affairs. I explained to him how US foreign policy toward that area was flawed since the 1970’s and pointed out how it can be fixed. He was amazed by my depth of policy knowledge and unmatched diplomatic skills. Simply he was awestricken. Then I gave him a 36-page guideline to follow. I have a picture of him and me alone to prove it.
    Wow, I’m impressed now. You got a seasoned diplomat awestricken. What a story from La-la land!
    So, what happened to your announcement?
    Announcement for what?
    To run for the presidency of USA?
    O, that one? I had to make a few changes. I have changed my running mate. It will not be JJ anymore.
    JJ, Janet Jackson?
    No Jehadi Jane.
    Why? You two seemed to be natural allies.
    No I caught her meeting with Amharas, Tigres, Afars and Harari women last May.
    What is wrong with that?
    First, she did ask for my permission and as Somali Abo she was not supposed to meet with such people. I have fired her.
    Okay. Who is your new running mate now?
    His name is Pants On Fire. He is on the other line. Can I put him on?
    Yes you may.
    Hello Ittu.
    Hi there. What is your name again?
    Pants On Fire.
    Strange name. Can you tell me a few things about you?
    I was born to a wealthy Oromo family. My father was an owner of a very large farmland. We had 60 servants at home. There were more than 6,000 farmers on my father’s land. So we were very rich. I never put on my shoes myself the whole time I was growing up. Our servants did that for me everyday. They were the ones who also took off my shoes and wash my feet before I went to bed. That was during the reign of the emperor. It was all peaceful time then. One day our traditional prophet(fortune teller) came to our house and told my father that a member of his family will be shot at by a bullet and survive but the bullet will go thru him. He was one of the most revered priests of our Oromo religion Waaqeffanna. You see Oromos have their own religion. They are not either Christians or Muslims. They are followers of our own religion, Waaqeffanna. Waaqa means God or Allah. We were forced to accept Christianity and Islam by colonizers.
    So, Pants On Fire, you are telling me that I am not a Muslim?
    Yes, that is what I am saying.
    Did you tell any other Oromo about this?
    Yes I did and 99.99% of them agreed with me and now they have gone back to worshipping the Waqaa.
    Wow! That is a fantasy accomplishipment by you. No wonder why they named you Pants On Fire. Then what happened after your father started fighting the government?
    They came and took everything from our house, beat up my mother and sisters. They burned down every room except one. Then they took me to jail. They were killing everyone and showing the executions right live on TV. They shot 60 of former government officials who most of them were my father’s friends right on TV. We saw all that.
    Then what did they do to you while you were in prison?
    They tortured me. They pulled all my front teeth, fingernais and toes without any anesthetics. The gouged out my two eyes and put them back after two months. My teeth, fingernails and toes grew back after 6 months of agonizing pain. So they kept me in jail for 5 years torturing and poisoning me with potassium cyanide everyday.
    Wow, you must be superhuman/supernatural to survive all that.
    Yes I consider myself to be just that. So after 6 months I had a new cellmate who called himself a weasel. He could bore out an invisible hole and escape just like that. He asked me to join him in digging up a tunnel for our escape from our prison cell that stretched for hundreds of miles all the way to the Kenyan border. So after digging for days we thought were are inside Kenya. But when we came out we were still inside Ethiopia. We were spotted by border guards and started running with soldiers hot in pursuit after us. They were shooting at us both from the ground and the sky. One of the bullets hit me on the left side of my temple. I survived. What that Oromo prophet/fortune teller told my father was fulfilled. That bullet is still lodged behind my left eye.
    Wow, that is amazing. No wonder why they call you Pants On Fire. Then what did they do to you after you were caught?
    They took me back to the prison in the capital and while in prison I discovered that I have the intelligence for numbers. I started my education inside the prison and one day they let me go home. I then finished my high school and college with honors in less than 4 years. Right after college I won scholarship and went to Latvia for my masters.
    Wo, wo, wo! Hold it right there. Mengistu let you leave the country on scholarship after killing your father, jailing, poisoning and shooting you in prison? He must have received something from you to be so generous. Who believes you with such bold faced lies?
    You are the only one that does not believe me. After I came here I told the same story to one of the local reporters and it was on his daily newspaper the next day. It is in the archive and I can send you the link if you want me to. Every one believed me except you, Ittu because you are one of those Amhara hugging Neo-Gobenas. I’m a local celebrity here where I call it home.
    Okay, Pants On Fire. Now I suspect you must have been one of those Mengistu’s young red cubs who was his eyes and ears. How many of his opponents you led to their torture and execution? You had poor Oromos kept at your home as slaves and you are now a rabid advocate of an Oromian Republic? Who do you think we are? You may think of us as some kind of stupid people but we are not that dumb!!! We can tell a
    cross-eyed bee from among a swarm. The sad aspect of your story telling is there are so many gullible individuals among my noble Oromos who believe your bold faced lies.
    Okay Ittu, mark down this. You will never set your feet on my Oromia when it becomes a separate republic in a few months.
    Dream on knuckle head bigot!!!!


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