OPDO hijacked Oromo struggle for justice and equality and now trying to kill it by targeting Oromo Nationalism, an impossible task!
By Aba Orma, PhD, April 23, 2019
After ascending to power for most part on the backs of Qeerroo/Qarree by hijacking the Qeerroo/Qarree movement and the Oromo struggle for the EPRDF and the Nafxagyaas, now OPDO opened war on the core of Oromo struggle, Oromummaa (Oromo Nationalism).
At the height of Qeerroo/Qarree struggle, OPDO positioned itself as the voice of the people and offered itself to transition the country into “democracy”. Then the tragedy followed under the banner of “Medemer”, a hallow slogan. But once it controlled the government, Dr. Abiy and OPDO moved into dismantling the very fabric of the struggle, the movement that brought him and his party to power. They focused on key elements of the struggle. Qeerroo/Qarree and the Oromo unity, the OLF and WBO, the godfather and backbone of the Qeerroo/Qarree movement.
First they targeted Qeeroo/Qarree and the unity of the Oromo people and divided by region and religion through intimidation, money and empty promise of jobs and piece of land. This phase succeeded to some extent thanks to the second and third tier Oromo political organizations like ODF, Kamal Gelchu and the rest who could not stand on their own.
Second Dr. Abiy and OPDO targeted WBO and the OLF to either completely destroy at best and to weaken it otherwise to the point that it is no longer a viable alternative. To accomplish this they enlisted the help of Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Garba, uninformed Abbaa Gadaas, and the Nefxanyaas with their Media. They used the same play book from the TPLF to paint the OLF as the bad actor. Thanks to the confession of G/Kamal Gelchuu, now we know OPDO orchestrated bank robbery and murder of five innocent people in West Oromia and blamed the OLF. Harassment and incarceration of Nationalist Oromo and Qeerroo and Qarree continued unabated under Dr. Abiy to accomplish this goal.
The third and very dangerous phase is currently under way. It is the war on Oromummaa, Oromo Nationalism-the cornerstone of Oromo resistance. The recent push out of Lamma Magarsa and Xaayiba Hussein from Oromia and installation of inexperienced puppets (yes men) Shimelis Abdissaa and Addisu Arega is part of this dangerous scheme. The new faces of OPDO did not waste time to denounce Oromummaa. In a blatant ignorance to history and the Oromo people, they invited the expansionist Amaraas to the heart of Oromo resistance, Amboo, for a “people-to-people” diplomacy and pupped on the Oromo people. To appease the Amaraas and Eskndir Naga, they discrediting a clear and unambiguous historical horror committed by the forefathers of their guests, the massacre of Anole and Caalanqoo, the same people who a week earlier tried to commit genocide on the Wollo Oromo only to be thought history lesson by Wollo Oromo, a reminder of Warqitu of Wollo! South African leaders and Nelson Mandela, to whom our PM wants to compare himself and be compared to, did not deny or lie about what Apartheid did to the people of South Africa to make peace with De Klerk or leaders of African Americans in the United States didn’t deny or lie or try to cover up the fact that their forefathers were brought to America as slaves without their wishes in order to make peace with the white Americans. Also overshadowed by the degrading statement by Addisu Arega is the fact that OPDO capitulated to “Addis Ababa” to sign a water project that was rejected by Lamma Magarsaa.
Dr. Abiy’s mission is to destroy the Federal system, to dismantle Oromia and wage war on Oromummaa to renew the old empire and become its 7th King. More than two generations of Oromo have paid heavy prices in their blood, bones, and treasure so that the Oromo people can leave in peace in their country, Oromia. Dr. Abiy enlisted Oromo’s arch enemies to materialize his dream of becoming a king.
The Oromo people, especially Qeerroo/Qarree, better wake up and cut this “Medemer” nonsense in its bud. The Wollo heroism teaches us only one thing, arming yourself is the only way to guarantee your existence. There should not be any second guess to WBO now. If allowed to continue, soon OPDO/ODP will ban anything Oromo including the Oromo freedom flag and Odaa on any public or private display and the use of Qubee and Afaan Oromo and turn Oromia into the Mecca of settlers. Finfinnee will be Oromo free zone. Oromo will find themselves in concentration camps like the Native Americans in North America. OPDO can no longer represent the interest of Oromo and Oromia and must hand over Oromia an independent Oromo coalition led by the OLF. If Tigray can do it, if Amara can do it, Oromo can and should do it too! We need our Oromia to be in the hands of an Oromo nationalist just like the rest and then negotiate on ways forward. Enough to sacrifice Oromo lives and treasure to save an expired empire. The old empire is on a borrowed time!