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A miscarriage of change in Ethiopia: a nation fooled by a con man

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Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Abdissa (photo : file)

By Habtamu
X : @habtamutm

In 2018, Ethiopia experienced a wave of euphoria in its political landscape. A euphoria sparked by the unexpected resignation of the then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in February, which paved the way for the appointment of a relatively unknown and seemingly dynamic person called Abiy Ahmed as the country’s new leader. Abiy’s ascent to power brought about a new era of hope and optimism for the nation, as he was meticulously but mischievously speaking on a series of bold and progressive reforms he would take. 

Sadly, the excitement was short lived leading to a tremendous frustration among the general public. After six years of Abiy Ahmed’s rule, the nation finds itself struggling with the harsh reality of a political landscape tainted by genocidal war, bitter ethnic division, and uncertainty. Since Abiy’s ascension to power in 2018, Ethiopia has become a nation whose government pursues ethnic-based genocidal warfare against its own people. The grandiose promises for reform that followed Abiy Ahmed’s rise to power have been destroyed that a mere survival for the day is the prayer of the ordinary citizen. As a result of the state-led string of genocidal massacres and horrendous cruelties, the situation has gotten so convoluted that the fundamental foundations of the nation’s stability are being tested

Within this grim realm of Ethiopian politics, two key factors have played a substantial role in the current predicament: the fascist and assimilationist policies of Oromumma and the characteristics displayed by Abiy Ahmed. This article tries to shed light on the extent to which Abiy Ahmed’s personal traits, such as dishonesty, betrayal, and lack of loyalty, have contributed to the destabilization of the nation.

Initially, Abiy’s eloquent speeches and apparent dedication to reform instilled hope in the Ethiopian population. However, as his tenure progressed, it became evident that his words did not align with his actions. Beyond the loss of hope, Abiy has now become a symbol of deceit, disloyalty, hypocrisy, and betrayal.

An evident illustration of Abiy’s untrustworthiness lies in his willingness to betray those who aided his ascent to power. Individuals like Lema Megersa and Gedu Andargachew, who engineered his rise, have been marginalized and excluded. A genocidal war has been waged on the Amhara, who willingly stood by him when his regime was to be strangled at its infancy.  This absence of loyalty and readiness to discard former allies exposes Abiy’s calculating nature, resulting in fractured relationships along the way.

The man who preached unity immediately turned to become a hardliner ethnocentric pariah who  appointed Oromo hardliners to strategically significant positions reflecting his clear disregard for the perspectives and interests of other ethnic groups. Despite presenting himself as a unifying figure, Abiy has replaced the entire security structure with individuals from his ethnic group, indicating a lack of consideration for the views and concerns of other ethnicities who made great sacrifices for him to assume leadership. This blatant bias and dismissal of national diversity demonstrate Abiy’s willingness to abandon principles of inclusivity and unity.

Another noteworthy instance of Abiy’s treacherous nature was also shown in the way the war with TPLF ended. From disregarding the legitimate security concerns of the Eritrean government, who aided him in overcoming a serious challenge, to waging a genocidal war on the Amhara people, who have played a crucial role in safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity, Abiy has demonstrated the depths to which he is willing to stoop to preserve his position and promote Oromo supremacy.

Abiy’s deceptive nature extends beyond his treatment of individuals in the political sphere. His manipulation of information and suppression of dissenting voices have eroded freedom of expression, creating an atmosphere of fear and oppression. The media, a means of holding the government accountable, has been co-opted as a tool of propaganda, further revealing Abiy’s willingness to mislead the public for personal gain.

Arguably, the most egregious betrayal lies in Abiy’s failure to live up to the ideals for which he was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead of fostering peace and reconciliation, violence has escalated under his leadership, particularly in the Tigray and Amhara regions. The trust and confidence placed in him by the international community and the Ethiopian people have been shattered, leaving an indelible mark on his legacy.

The consequences of Abiy Ahmed’s deceitful and treacherous conduct have caused significant destabilization in Ethiopia. The divisions created by his actions will take time to heal, and  restoration of trust and unity will not be an easy task. Lessons must be learned from this dark period in Ethiopian history, emphasizing transparency, trust, and genuine transformation as we move forward.

However, all is not doom and gloom for the nation. Amidst all these, there is one movement that can save the country from total collapse and disintegration, the Amhara people’s struggle against the fascist assimilations state Abiy Ahmed is trying to establish. As the Amharas struggle is born out of active existential threat by the assimilationist system and not out of hate for the country, it is the only viable and legitimate movement that guarantees the nations future and can repair the broken relationship among its citizens.

To reclaim the nation’s future, supporting the Amhara Resistance, a movement dedicated to removing Abiy and his flawed system, is an essential first step. It is through a collective effort to reject deceit, disloyalty, and betrayal that Ethiopia can embark on an era of genuine reform, reconciliation, and progress.

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