April 25, 2018

ODF Statement on the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling party

The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) welcomes the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of the Ethiopian
People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and as Ethiopia’s incoming Prime Minister. He comes into
office at a critical period when the country is facing many domestic and regional challenges. He takes over a
divided country, a fractured political system, a broken economy, a frayed social fabric amid a complex regional
environment. The biggest challenge would be bringing about national reconciliation, ensuring justice, citizenship
rights and equality for all. Ethiopia has age-old issues as well as new ones and we hope the new EPRDF Chairman
would be the prime minister of all the 100 plus million people instead of just the party apparatus and a fraction
of society. We wish our country would be one where every Ethiopian is able to live in peace and harmony,
where all ideas and opinions are entertained and respected, and where all citizens participate in the affairs of
their country and equitably benefit from its resources without any fear or discrimination. We are certain that
without genuine democratization, the cyclical crisis that grips the country from time to time won’t go away.

To that end, we call upon the new administration to immediately rescind the State of Emergency, to revoke all
laws designed to stifle the human and constitutional rights of citizens, to release all political prisoners, and to launch dialogue with all credible political organizations, both inside and outside the country.

The Ethiopian people have been yearning for freedom, justice and democracy for generations. Countless lives
have been lost and ever-diminishing resources unnecessarily squandered in pursuit of these noble goals. The
crisis of the last three years and the immense sacrifices paid by the Oromo people in particular and the country
in general attest to this. We believe the time has come when Ethiopia embarks in earnest on the course of a
truly democratic transformation. It is our sincere hope that the appointment of the new PM is not going to be
just a change of guard, but a harbinger of the meaningful reforms the dire situation demands. We also hope that
Prime Minister Abiy would face the challenges squarely and carry out institutional reforms, including those of
the judiciary, electoral systems, the media, and the security sector.

We in the Oromo Democratic Front are convinced that Ethiopia’s intricate and complex political problems
cannot be solved by the ruling party alone; hence it must open up the political space and allow all stakeholders
to play their parts towards resolving the country’s chronic and age-old political and socio-economic challenges.
The ODF is prepared to shoulder its responsibilities in this regard.

We wish the new Prime Minister success in his new endeavor, especially his reform agenda. We would also like
to pay tribute to the departing Prime Minister, Ato Hailemariam Desalegn, for his exemplary move in stepping
aside from his post to pave the way for change and a fresh start that the country needed.

This change in the ruling party would have been impossible without the sustained popular struggle of the last
three years in particular and the sacrifices made. We would also like to take this opportunity to hail the Oromo
youth, as well as those of the rest of Ethiopia who have singularly shouldered the role of challenging the
authoritarian system with immense costs. We pay tribute to all the martyrs as well as all those who experienced
various forms of physical and emotional suffering. At the same time we congratulate the leadership of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization, especially Team Lemma, first for carrying out reforms and change within its ranks, and for courageously facing the challenges along the road.

Likewise we call upon the people of Ethiopia to sustain their exemplary patience and to give the new administration a breathing space by preserving peace and harmony among all communities and by eschewing all acts that may only play into the hands of detractors wishing to derail the reform process.

Freedom and Justice for All!
The Oromo democratic Front (ODF)

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Ummanni Oromoo Duula irratti Labsame Tokkummaa fi Gootummaan Mormuun ala Fala Biraa hin Qabu

Ibsa Adda Demokraatawaa Oromoo (ADO): Ummanni Oromoo Duula irratti Labsame Tokkummaa fi Gootummaan Mormuun ala Fala Biraa hin Qabu

Mootummaan abbaa-Irree Itoophiya gaaffii haqaa kan ummanni Oromoo karaa nagayaa fi seera-qabeessaan woggoota sadan dabraniif wareegama qaqqaalii itti baasuun gaafachaa turee fi itti jiru karaa qajeelaan deebisuu mannaa, Labsa Yeroo Muddamaa (LYM) irratti jigsee ilmaan sabaa ajjeechaa fi hidhaan alaakaa jira. Labsi kuni seeraa ala ta’uu daran rakkoo biyyattii kan hammeessu malee waan wayyeessu hin ta’u. Addi Demokraatawaa Oromoo (ADO) labsa kana ni balaaleffata; ni morma; duras ni dhaabbata.

Carraa kanaanis ADOn ummata keenya kanneen murtii dabaa kana fuulaa-fuulatti dura dhaabbachuun mormanii fi kanneen galma dabni seena-qabeessi kuni keessatti raawwatame kanarraa hafuun seerri kuni seeraa ala ta’uu mirkaneessuun maqaa isaanii galmee qabsaa’oota bilisummaa Oromoo keessatti halluu cululuqaan barreessan ni dinqisiifata. Gootota labsa seeraa ala kana dura dhaabbachaa jiraniin, kan qabsooftaniif haqaaf waan ta’eef mirgi keessani jennaan.

Labsi Yeroo Muddamaa kuni sagalee heeraatiin kufee osoo jiruu, humnaan ummatarratti fe’uun daba daba caalu. Akeekni labsa kanaas Oromiyaa fi ummata Oromoo qofarratti kan aggaammate ta’ullee ummotoota fi bakkoota hundatti dura dhaabbatamuu qaba. Kanaaf diddaa ummanni keenya karaa isaaf danda’amee fi mijjateeniin godhu ni deeggarra. Biras ni dhaabbanna. Humnoonni politikaa Itophiyaa hafanis akka balaaleffatanii fi morman yaamicha keenya dhageessifna.

Bilisummaaf Haqa ummataa Hundaaf!
Adda Demokraatawaa Oromoo (ADO)

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Another State of Emergency in Ethiopia?

ODF Statement For Immediate Release: Another State of Emergency in Ethiopia?

There is nothing more counterproductive than drinking salt water in order to quench one’s thirst. Similarly, re-imposing another state of emergency in Ethiopia in order to suppress society’s legitimate resistance against the imposition of an illegitimate coercive order can only exacerbate an already fragile security situation. When will Ethiopia’s rulers understand that the wielding of naked force is the root cause of the turmoil that has ravaged the country during the last three years?

The people have no other option than stepping up their resistance until their rights as individuals and nations are upheld. The only way to move in the direction of legitimate stability is by starting to implement the reforms that some elements within the ruling party have announced at various times.

Ethiopia’s rulers evidently did not draw lessons from the imposition of the previous state of emergency. That action only dampened the society’s legitimate resistance for a short period of time. At the same time it occasioned the spread of self-assertiveness into the armed and security forces tasked with implementing the state of emergency. Moreover the acceptability of the armed and security forces by society, if there ever was any, took a considerable hit. Even more importantly, the corruption of the civilian authorities, the main cause of societal grievance, also spread to the armed and security services. All of these developments put together do not augur well for cohesiveness of these forces.

We call on all parliamentarians, especially those from the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), to reject martial law and urge the Ethiopian people to step up their legitimate peaceful resistance with indefatigable determination and in unison. The people’s choice is between dying with dignity failing which they will be killed in ignominy anyway. The history of the last three decades demonstrates this reality that there is no alternative to dying with dignity in pursuit of one’s legitimate rights.

We call on all political groups to stand in solidarity with our heroic people who have shown readiness to pay any sacrifice to put an end to dictatorship once and for all. We hope the world community will also do likewise although we harbor much skepticism borne out of the experiences of the last three decades. African leaders in particular should be mindful that the seat of the African Union is about to plunge into interminable chaos and take action before it is too late.

Freedom and justice for all!
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)

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ODF Statement on the Release of Bekele Gerba and Colleagues from Detention

We are relieved and elated to learn that Bekele Gerba and colleagues have been released from detention. Bekele in particular has established himself as a giant but gentle champion of nonviolent struggle for justice. To the vast majority of Ethiopians, Bekele Gerba represented the moral clarity of Martin Luther King Jr. and the defiance and steadfastness of Nelson Mandela.

We congratulate his family, colleagues in the struggle and friends and the Oromo and Ethiopian populace at large for winning his freedom.

We believe his release marks a major milestone opening the democratic space to resolve all the political, economic and social ills in the country that have led to three years of relentless protests, strikes, and chaos in Oromia and Amhara and part of the South regions.

We take this opportunity to renew our call on the authorities to release the remaining political prisoners and implement the promise of initiating meaningful dialogue with a broad cross-section of stakeholders to pave the way for a smooth and peaceful transition.

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NEW: ODF on the just released statement by the Central Committee of OPDO_February 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODF on the just released statement by the Central Committee of OPDO

We have reviewed, with great interest and care, the just released statement of the just concluded meeting of the Central Committee of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), the governing party in the Oromia National Regional State, and a constituent member of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

In the statement, OPDO expressed its willingness and readiness to work with Oromo opposition groups, both inside the country and outside, in promoting the interests and wellbeing of the Oromo people and all the people of the country. Along with promises of reform and a pledge to open the democratic space, it also called on the opposition to work with it to realize a truly democratic multi-national federation in Ethiopia.

We believe the call is timely and a major step in the right direction. And we therefore wholeheartedly welcome and accept OPDO’s call. While commending and applauding OPDO for the bold move, we want to take this opportunity to express our willingness and readiness to work with it not only to realize the aspirations of the Oromo people but also to make Ethiopia’s federation genuinely democratic and multi-national, for which we have been advocating since the founding of our organization.

To this effect, our organization and its leadership is ready to meet its counterparts in OPDO forthwith. We believe this augurs well for Ethiopia’s democratization and charts a path to ensure the age-old dreams of all the Ethiopian people for freedom, democracy and justice, for which tens of thousands have suffered and sacrificed over the decades, become a reality, once and for all.

Freedom and justice for all!
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)

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For Immediate Release: Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) Applauds the Release of Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa

For Immediate Release: Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) Applauds the Release of Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa
The Leadership and Members of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) applaud the decision to release Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa, Chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and the few other political prisoners from prison.

We are cognizant that tens of thousands are still in detention—including notable voices of dissent and prisoners of conscience such as Bekele Garbaa, Dejene Tafa, Addisuu Bulaalaa, Olbaana Leellisaa, Ahmedin Jabal Muhammad Andualem Arage, and Eskinder Naga. We therefore urge the ruling party, in the spirit of promoting national reconciliation and creating a conducive political space for democracy to thrive, to keep its promises and release all the remaining political detainees immediately and without any preconditions.

Once again Ethiopia is at crossroad and nothing short of the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and meaningful dialogue that will encompass all stakeholders can save the country from the impending disaster. It is time the TPLF/EPRDF abandon its policies and practices of state violence against its purported citizens; repeal the repressive laws and pave ways for a national reconciliation and peace conference that will lead to a peaceful transition to democratic order. Without such confidence building measures, we are afraid the country could not turn the corner and forestall an impending calamity—which the decision was meant to avert.

We are delighted for Dr. Mararaa and for those 115 or so political prisoners released so far, we would like to remind the regime that they must fulfill their promise of releasing all political prisoners and close down the torcher chamber and the gallows of Maekelawi. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind the international community to hold the TPLF/EPRDF government of Ethiopia to their promises of releasing all political prisoners, convene an all-inclusive national reconciliation and peace conference and the close of the torcher chamber.

Freedom and Justice for All!
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)
January 19, 2018

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ODF Applauds Bekele Gerba’s Grant of Bail

We learned with a great pleasure that prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Bekele Gerba has been granted bail on appeal and about to be released from Ethiopian prison. We applaud the move by the Ethiopian Supreme Court. Mr. Gerba should not have been imprisoned and charged in the first place. We hope the court acquits him on all the bogus and politically-motivated charges still pending against him. As we congratulate Bekele Gerba, his family and all human rights activists on this victory, we demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Dr. Merera Gudina, who is also unjustly detained under trumped up charges.

Bekele Gerba, First Secretary General of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), is a champion of non-violent struggle. We commend his commitment to this means of struggle and his steely determination to seek the freedom, equality and justice of the Oromo and for all people of Ethiopia with courage and dignity.

Bekele Gerba committed no crime. Nevertheless, the tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF Government jailed and charged Bekele Gerba with serious crimes that he did not commit. He was wrongly detained and languished in the notorious prison since December 2015. It is to be remembered that wrong accusations and trumped-up charges are not new to Bekele Gerba. He was similarly and wrongful accused, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and served almost four years and was released in April 2015.

At this historical juncture where Ethiopia is once again at the crossroads, we would like to remind the TPLF/EPRD Government that it is not too late to abandon its policy and practice of state violence against those seeking an end to tyranny, release all political prisoners, repeal its repressive laws and submit to calls for an all-inclusive national reconciliation and peace conference that will pave the way to a peaceful transition to a democratic order.

Freedom and Justice for All!
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)

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NEW BOOK: The Journey of Oromo Struggle and ODF’s Vision

The Oromo Struggle In The 21St Century


A book titled, “The Journey of Oromo Struggle and ODF’s Vision; The Oromo Struggle In the 21st Century” will soon be published and available on the market.

The book revisits the long road the Oromo Struggle has travelled and assesses where it is today in seven parts and forty one chapters.

It incorporates the vision set by the founders of the struggle, how Oromo nationalists and leaders interpret it today and, what is being offered as a better vision for the future of the Oromo people.

Part 1 of the book summarizes Oromo history:
• Briefly describes the origin, geography, history, culture and political life of the Oromo People.
• Reviews Oromo administrative structure before subjugation, what contributed to the fall of the Gada System and endurance of Oromo struggle for self-determination.

Part 2 provides in-depth assessment of the beginning of a new chapter in the Oromo struggle, the birth of OLF and the ensuing struggle leading up to the fall of Derg regime in 1991.

Part 3 continues the discussion of the history of Oromo struggle under a title “The fall of Derg in 1991 and the formation of Transitional Government”. It includes:
• The situation of OLF during the fall of Derg
• Review of the role of OLF in formation of the Transitional Government and its participation.
• How the Oromo Liberation Army was encamped and broke out of the camps and subsequent withdrawal of the OLF from the Transitional Government.

Part 4 analyzes the circumstances of OLF after withdrawal from the Transitional Government under the title, “OLF after the Transitional Government”. It examines OLF’s effort to rebuild itself from disarray to resurgence and looks at the origin of discord within the organization and subsequent splintering into different factions overtime.

Part 5 discusses in-depth about the formation of Oromo Dialogue Forum and its work.

Part 6 is about the birth, vision and the journey of Oromo Democratic Front (ODF).
It articulates ODF’s vision to carry Oromo Struggle into the next chapter, its position on Citizenship, Self-determination and on reforming Ethiopia into a multi-national democratic federation. It also highlights ODF’s stance on unity of Oromo nationalists including efforts that have been undertaken to that end. In addition it discusses the purpose of the formation Ethiopian National Movement.

The final Part looks at the non-violent Oromo movement starting from student movement during Emperor Haile-Sillase to recent uprisings in Oromia and Amhara regions up until the declaration of the state of emergency by the Weyane Government.

Overall the book is very informative and provides in-depth analysis of Oromo struggle based on research and direct experience. Though the book is published by ODF, any reader can benefit from the insight. Stay tuned!

KITAABA HAARAYA: Imala Qabsoo Oromoo Fi Mul’ata ADO

Qabsoo Bilisummaa Oromoo Bifa Jaarraa 21ffaan Gaggeessuu


Kitaabni mata duree, “Imala Qabsoo Oromoo fi Mul’ata ADO jedhu dhihenyatti maxxnfamee dubbisaaf dhihaachuuf jiraachuu isaa yeroo ibsinu gammachuun.

Kitaabni kun Imala dheeraa Qabsoon Bilisummaa Oromoo keessa darbee sadarkaa ammaarra ga’e irratti hundaa’ee kan qophaawe yoo ta’u, kutaa torbaa fi boqonnaa afurtamii ja’atti qoodamee dhihaate.

Kitaabni Kun mul’ata qabsa’onni Oromoo ganama yeroo manaa ba’an qabatanii ka’an, qabsa’onni har’aa kan harkaa qabanii fi egeree Oromoof mul’ata irra wayyaa jedhamee akeekame hunda walitti qabatee kan dhihaatee dha. Haaluma kanaan kutaa jalqabaa kitaaba kanaa keessatti Seenaa Oromoo cuunfamee dhihaata. Kunis;

• Achi dhufiinsi Oromoo, biyyi isaa, aadaa fi seenaan isaa, malbulchiinsi isaa maal akka fakkaachaa ture gabaabse ibsa. Itti dabalees Oromoon osoo sirna alagaa jalatti hin kufin dura, akkamitti akka jiraachaa ture, kufaatii bulchiinsaa fi Gadaa Oromoof wanneen sababa ta’an ilaala. Itti fufuunis fincila Oromoon ittisa biyya isaaf, akkasumas mirga humnaan sarbame deeffatee gonfachuuf taasisaa ture hanga ta’e cuunfee qabatee jira.

Kutaa 2ffaa kitaaba kanaa keessatti, qabsoon Oromoo boqonnaa haaraa seenuu fi dhaloota ABO hanga Kufaatii Mootummaa Dargii bara 1991tti haallan turan gada fageenyaan ilaala.

Kutaa 3ffaan kitaaba kanaas itti fufiinsa seenaa kutaa 2ffaa qabatee kan jiru yoo ta’u, innis “Kufaatii mootummaa Dargii bara 1991 fi ijaarsa Mootummaa Cehumsaa” mata dure jiedhu jalatti barreeffama dhihaate qabatee jira. Kana keessattis

• Yeroo Mootummaan Dargii Kufaa jirutti haala ABO irra ture,
• Qooda fudhannaan ABO ijaarsa Mootummaa Chehumsaa Ethiopia keessatti maal akka fakkaachaa ture,
• ABO mootummaa cehumsaa keessatti sochii akkamii qabaachaa akka ture,
• Yeroo mootummaa cehumsaa sana keessatti akkaataa waraanni Bilisummaa Oromoo Mooraa itti seenee fi Mooraa keessaa cabsee itti ba’e fi dhuma irrattis ABO mootummaa cehumsaa sana keessaayyuu itti ba’e addeessa.

Kutaa 4ffaa kitaaba kanaa keessatti “ABO Motummaa Cehumsaa Booda” mata duree jedhu jalatti barreeffama dhihaate qabata. Kunis ABOn mootummaa cehumsaa keessaa erga ba’een booda deebi’ee of ijaaruutii hanga haleellaaa fudhachuu ga’utti haalleen turan adeessa. Itti fufuunis rakkoo mooraa qabsoo bilisummaa ABOn hogganamu keessatti dhalatee fi adda ba’insa yeroo garaagaraatti rawatan xuxxuqa.

Kutaa 5ffaan Dhaloota Waltajjii Marii Oromoo fi sochii inni taasisaa ture gad fageenyaan addeessa.

Kutaa 6ffaan Dhaloota, Mul’ataa fi Imala ADO irratti hundaa’ee qophaawe. Kana keessatti Mul’atni ADOn qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo bakka amma jiru gara fuula duraatti tarkaanfachiisuuf qabu, ejjennaa inni Lammummaa, Hiree murteeffannaa, fi Ethiopia akka Fediraala Dimokiraatawaa sabdaneessaatti caasessuu irratti qabu fi kanneen biroo qabatee jira. Itti Dabalees, Ejjennaa ADOn tokkummaa qabsa’ota Oromoo irratti qabuu fi sana dhugoomsuuf tattaaffii ta’aa tures dabalata. Dhimmi Ijaarsa ENM (Ethiopian National Movement) Sochiin Biyyoolessa Ethiopias kana keessatti hammatamee jira.

Kutaa7ffaa fi inni dhumaa seenaa diddaa ummata Oromoo karaa hiriira nagaa fi fincila adda addaan ta’aa turan qabatee jira. Kunis sochii barattoota Oromoo bara Mootummaa Hile-sillaasee kaasee hanaga Fincila Dhiheenyatti Oromiyaa fi Biyyoota Amaaraatti gaggeeffamee hanga Labsii yeroo hatattamaa mootummaan Wayyaanee baasetti halleen jiran irratti hundaa’ee qophaawe.

Dhimmoota Qabsoo garii baayyeenis kana keessatti hammatamanii jiru. Kitaabni Kun ADOn qophaa’ee maxxanfamellee dhimma qabsoo Oromoo irratti hundaa’ee kan qophaawe waan ta’eef argattanii dubbisuun isin gargaara. Eeggadha.

በ”የሶማሌ ክልል ልዩ ፖሊስ” አማካይነት በኦሮሚያ እና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የተፈፀመዉን ወረራ በማስመልከት ከኦሮሞ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር የተሰጠ መግለጫ

ባለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ዉስጥ በሕወሐት የሚመራዉና ለስሙ “የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ነኝ” የሚለዉ ገዢ ቡድን የተስፋፊዉን የሶሚሊያ መንግሥት የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ምሥረታ ህልም ዕዉን ለማድረግ እንደሚሠራ የሚያመለክቱ የተለያዩ ደባዎችን “አስተዳድረዋለሁ” በሚለዉ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ለይ እየፈፀመ መሆኑን በግልፅ አሣይቷል፡፡ እንደሚታወቀዉ የኦሮሚያን መሬት እና ሌሎች የአካባቢዉ ግዛቶችን አጠቃሎ “ታላቋን ሶማሊያ“ የመመሥረት ሙከራ የተጀመረዉ በዚያድባሬ ዘመነ መንግሥት ነበር፡፡ የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ምሥረታ እንቅስቃሴ በኢትዮጵያ፣ በኬንያ እና በጂቡቲ ግዛቶቸ ዉስጥ የሚኖሩትን የሶማሊኛ ቋንቋ ተናጋሪዎች በወታደራዊ ኃይል በማንበርከክ እነዚህ ሕዝቦች የሰፈሩበትን መሬት ወደ ሶማሊያ ግዛት ለማጠቃለል የታለመ እንደነበረ አይዘነጋም፡፡ ይህ የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ህልም እንግዲህ በምሥራቅና ምዕራብ ሐረርጌ፣ በባሌ፣ በአርሲ፣ በጉጂ እና በቦረና የሚኖሩትን የኦሮሞ ብሔር አባላት እስከነመሬታቸዉ “ሶማሌ አቦ“ የሚል ስያሜ ሰጥቶ የሶማሊያ አካል ለማድረግ ታስቦ የተጀመረ የተስፋፊነት ህልም ነበር፡፡

በ1977 የሶማሊያ መንግሥት በኢትዮጵያ ላይ የከፈተዉ ጦርነትም ይህን ህልም ዕዉን ለማድረግ ታስቦ የተከፈተና በኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ድል አድራጊነት የተደመደመደ እንደነበረ የቅርብ ጊዜ ትዝታችን ነዉ፡፡ ይህ በምሥራቁ የአገራችን ክፍል የተካሄደዉና የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ከሌሎች ኢትዮጵያዉያን ወገኖቹ ጋራ በመሆን በጀግንነት ያከሸፈዉ የሶማሊያ የመስፋፋት ህልም ኋላ ላይ ሶማሊያ የምትባለዉም አገር እንድትፈርስ ካደረጉት ምክንያቶች አንዱ ሆኖ በታሪክ ተመዝግቧል፡፡ በዕብሪተኝነት የመስፋፋት ዓላማን ይዞ የተነሣዉ የዚያድባሬ መንግሥት ይመራቸዉ የነበሩት ልዩ ልዩ ጎሣዎች መስፋፋቱ ሣይሣካላቸዉ ሲቀር ወደ እርስ በእርስ ጦርነት ገብተዉ የገዛ አገራቸዉን እስከማፍረስ እና መንግሥት-አልባ እስከመሆን ደረሱ፡፡

የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ“ ህልመኞች ያተኮሩባቸዉን የአገራችንን ግዛቶች ስናስብ እንግዲህ በኢትዮጵያ እና በሶማሊያ መንግሥታት መካከል ተካሂዶ የነበረዉና በኢትዮጵያ ድል አድራጊነት የተደመደመዉ የኢትዮ-ሶማሊያ ጦርነት በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ እና በዚያድባሬ ተስፋፊ መንግሥት መካከል የተደረገ ጦርነት ነበር ማለት ይቻላል፡፡ በወቅቱ የኦሮሞ ታጋዮችና መሪዎች ይህን ኦሮሞን ወደሶማሌነት ለመለወጥና በባርነት አስገድዶ ለመግዛት ታቅዶ የተከፈተብንን የመስፋፋት ጦርነት በጀግንነትና በቆራጥነት ተቋቁመዋል፡፡ በጣም ብዙ የኦሮሞ ታጋዮችም የደም፣ የአጥንት እና የሕይወት መስዋዕትነት ከፍለዋል፡፡ በአጠቃላይ አነጋገር ለ1977 የዚያድባሬ ወረራ መክሸፍ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ታሪክ የማይረሣዉ አኩሪ ሚና ተጫዉቷል፤ ከፍተኛ መስዋዕትነትም ከፍሏል፡፡

ይህ የኦሮሞን መሬት ቆርሶ በተዘዋዋሪ መንገድ ለሶማሊያ የመስጠት ዓላማ ዛሬም ቢሆን በሕወሐት አበረታችነትና ደጋፊነት መልኩን ቀይሮ እንደቀጠለ ነዉ፡፡ ይህ የአሁኑ ወረራ ከማንም በላይ የሚመለከተዉ የተወረረዉ ግዛት ባለቤት የሆነዉን የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ እንደመሆኑ መጠን እያንዳንዱ ኦሮሞ ከተወረረዉ አካባቢ ያለዉ ርቀት ሣያግደዉ፣አቅጣጫ ሣይከልለዉ፣ የአፋን ኦሮሞ የአነጋገር ዘይቤ ሣይከፋፍለዉ እና የፖለቲካ አመለካከት ብሎም የፖለቲካ ድርጅት አባልነት ወይም ደጋፊነት ሣይለያየዉ እስከዛሬ ሲያደርግ እንደነበረዉ ሁሉ ከጫፍ እስከ ጫፍ ተነቃንቆ በኦሮሞነቱ ብቻ አብሮ በመቆም ለወራሪዉ ቡድንም ሆነ ቡድኑን አቅፎና ደግፎ በእጅ አዙር ላሰማራዉ የሕወሐት ገዢ ቡድን የማያዳግም ትምህርት የመስጠት ግዴታ አለበት፡፡ ይህ ግዴታ የሚመነጨዉ ደግሞ የዚህ ወይንም የዚያ አካባቢ ተወላጅ ከመሆን፣ ወይም የዚህ ወይንም የዚያ ፖለቲካ ድርጅት አባል ወይም ደጋፊ ከመሆን ሣይሆነ ከኦሮሞነት እና ኦሮሞነት ብቻ ነዉ፡፡ ክምንም በላይና ከየትኛዉም አመለካከታችን በፊት ኦሮሞነታችን (ማንነታችን) ሊያቀራርበንና አንድ ላይ ሊያቆመን ይገባል፡፡ ስለሆነም በኦሮሚያ መሬትና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ አንድነት ላይ አነጣጥሮ የተከፈተብንንና የሕወሐት እጅ በቀጥታ እና በተዘዋዋሪ መንገድ ያለበትን ይህን የአሁኑን የመስፋፋት ጦርነት የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ከዳር እስከዳር ተንቀሣቅሶ በጀግንነት፣ በአንድነት እና በወንድማማችነት ስሜት በጋራ በመታገል ማክሸፍ አለበት፡፡ የተጠየቀዉን መስዋዕትነት ሁሉ ከፍለን ይህን መልኩን ቀይሮ በአዲስ መንገድ የተሰነዘረብንን የታላቋ ሶማሊያን ህልም እንደትናንቱ ሁሉ ዛሬም ማክሸፍ ብቻም ሣይሆን ዳግም እንዳያንሠራራ አድርገን ከመሠረቱ መምታት ይኖርብናል፡፡ በአንድነት ቆሞ ለአንድ የጋራ ዓላማ አብሮ መታገልን ደግሞ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ በፊንፍኔ ጉዳይ ማለትም በ”የአዲስ አበባ ማስተር ፕላን” ተብዬዉ የሕወሐት ሴራ ላይ፣ በቁቤ አፋን ኦሮሞ ጉዳይ እና ኦሮሞን እንደኦሮሞ በሚመለከቱ ሌሎች ሕወሐት-ሠራሽ ጥፋቶች ላይ በተግባር አሣይቷል፤ አሁንም እያሣየ ነዉ፡፡ በ”ሶማሌ ልዩ ፖሊስ” ስም ከሕወሐት የተሰነዘረብንን ወረራ ለማክሸፍም በኦሮሞነት ላይ የተመሠረተ አንድነታችን ከምን ጊዜዉም በላይ አስፈላጊ ነዉ፡፡

ስለሆነም በሕወሐት ግፊት ብሎም በሕወሐት አገዛዝ የጦር መሣሪያና የሞራል ድጋፍ የተጀመረዉን የሶማሌ ክልል ወረራ የማክሸፉ ተግባር የእያንዳንዱ ኦሮሞ የማይናወጥ ጠንካራ የኦሮሞነት አቋም የሚንፀባረቅበት የኦሮሞ አንድነትም በተግባር የሚታይበት እንደሚሆን የኦሮሞ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር በፅኑ ያምናል፡፡ ይህን ፅኑ እምነት መሠረት በማድረግም የኦሮሞ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር ለሁሉም ነፃነት ፈላጊ ወገኖች፤ በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ስም ተደራጅተዉ ለሚንቀሣቀሱ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶችና የሲቪክ ማህበራት በሙሉ እና ለመላዉ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ የሚከተለዉን የትግል ጥሪ ያቀርባል፡-

1. የኦሮሞ የሲቪክና የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች በሙሉ በአስቸኳይ ተሰብስበን ይህን በኦሮሚያ መሬትና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የተሰነዘረዉን ወረራ እንዴት ማክሸፍ እንደሚቻል ተወያይተን ዉጤታማ የሚያደርገንን መፍትሔ በጋራ እንድንፈልግ ወገናዊ ጥሪያችንን እናቀርብላችኋለን፡፡ በመሠረቱ በነፃነት ጉዳይና የኦሮሚያን ግዛት በማስከበር ጥያቄ ላይ ካልተስማማን በምን ላይ ልንስማማ እንችላለን?

2. አሁን በሥልጣን ላይ ካለዉ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ተብዬ የጥቂቶች ገዢ ቡድን ጋር እየሠራችሁ ያላችሁ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶችም ሆናችሁ ሕዝባዊና የሙያ ማህበራት አብራችሁ እየሠራችሁ ያላችሁት የሕወሐት ገዢ ቡድን የኦሮሚያን መሬት ለባዕዳን አሣልፎ ከመስጠት ወደኋላ የማይል፣ የኦሮሞን ሕዝብ ከአገር ባለቤትነት ወደተዋራጅ ባርነት ዝቅ ለማድረግ ሌት ከቀን የሚሠራ መሠሪ ቡድን መሆኑን ተረድታችሁ አሰላለፋችሁን በአስቸኳይ አስተካክሉ ልንላችሁ እንወዳለን፡፡ ከምንም በላይ የኦሮሞን ሕዝብ ደም እያፈሰሰ፣ ሕይወት እየቀጠፈ፣ ብሎም ሌሎች ፀረ-ኦሮሞ የሆኑ ኃይሎችን በኦሮሚያና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የበላይ እንዲሆኑ ሁኔታዎችን እያመቻቸ ካለ መንግሥት ነኝ ባይ የጥቂት ወያኔዎች ቡድን ጋር በመሰለፋችሁ ከታሪክ ተጠያቂነት አትድኑም፡፡ ስለሆነም የኦሮሚያ ምክር ቤት አባላት፣ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ድርጅት (ኦሕዴድ) አባላት እና በአጠቃላይ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ነኝ ከሚለዉ የጥቂቶች ቡድን ጋር በአንድ ወይም በሌላ መልኩ እየሠራችሁ ያላችሁ ኦሮሞዎች በሙሉ ዛሬ ነገ ሣትሉ የተሣሣተ አሰላለፈችሁን እንድትመረምሩና ሕዝባችሁን ከሶማሌ ወራሪና ከሕወሐት አገዛዝ ነፃ ለማድረግ የሚካሄደዉን ፍትሃዊ ትግል እንድትቀላቀሉ ጥሪ እናደርግላችኋለን፡፡

3. ኦሮሞ ሆናችሁ የህወሀትን መንግሥት በማገልገል ላይ የምትገኙ የአገር መከላከያ፣ የፖሊስና የደህንነት አባላት በሙሉ ከአብራኩ የወጣችሁት የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ በቆራጥነት ያነሣዉ የነፃነት፣ የሰላም፣ የአንድነትና የአገሩ ባላቤት የመሆን ጥያቄ እናንተንም ስለሚመለከት ከገዢዉ ቡድን ተፅዕኖ ሥር በመዉጣት የኦሮሞን ሕዝብ ትግል እንደትቀላቀሉ ወገናዊ ጥሪያችንን እናቀርብላችኋለን፡፡

4. ታላቁ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ሆይ፡- እንደማንኛዉም የዓለም ሕዝብ በገዛ አገርህና ተፈጥሮ በለገሰችህ ለም ምድር ላይ በሰላም፣ በክብርና በነፃነት ሠርቶ የመኖር ሙሉ መብት አለህ፡፡ ለጊዜዉ ግን የጠላቶችህ አፈናና ጭቆና ከዕለት ወደዕለት እየጨመረብህ ነዉ፡፡ ይህ ሁሉ ሆኖ ግን ጠንክረህ በመታገል ድልን እንደምትጎናፀፍ አንጠራጠርም፡፡ ለአስተማማኝ ድል ለመብቃት ግን ወራሪ ጠላትን ከኦሮሚያ ምድር ጠራርጎ ማስወጣትና ሰብዓዊ መብትህን ማስከበር ብሎም በገዛ አገርህ በሰላም፣ በነፃነትና በተረጋጋ ሁኔታ ለመኖር የሚያስችልህን ሁኔታ ለማመቻቸት ኃይልህን አስተባብረህ ጠንክረህ ከመታገል ዉጭ ሌላ አማራጭ የለህም፡፡ ስለሆነም የጀመርከዉን የነፃነት፣ የእኩልነት፣ የፍትህና የአገርህ እዉነተኛ ባለቤት መሆንህን የማረጋገጥ ትግል የበለጠ እንድታፋፍም ስናሣስብህ የጀመርከዉ ትግል ከአስተማማኝ ድል በመለስ የማይቆም መሆኑን በማስገንዘብም ጭምር ነዉ፡፡

5. የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝቦች ሆይ፡- በሕወሐት አቀነባባሪነትና ሁለ-ገብ ድጋፍ በኦሮሚያ ምድርና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የተፈፀመዉ ወረራ በመላዉ ኢትዮጵያና በሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዉያን ላይ የተፈፀመ ወረራ መሆኑን መረዳት ይኖርባችኋል፡፡ አሁን በኦሮሚያ ምድርና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የተፈፀመዉ ሕወሐት-መራሽ ወረራ በጀግንነታችን ያከሸፍነዉን የትናንቱን የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ምሥረታ ተልዕኮ ያነገበ በመሆኑ በመላዉ ኢትዮጵያና በሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዉያን ላይ የተፈፀመ ወረራ እንደሆነ ተረድታችሁ ከኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ጎን እንድትሰለፉ ጥሪያችንን እናቀርብላችኋለን፡፡ በእንደዚህ ዓይነቱ ያለአግባብ የመደፈር፣ የመወረር እና የመጠቃት ወቅት አብሮ መቆም አንድነታችንን የሚያጠናክር ከመሆኑም በላይ አንድ ላይ መቆማችንን የማይወደዉንና የማይፈልገዉን የሕወሐት ገዢ ቡድን የሚያሣፍር ብሎም የሚያዳክም መሆኑን ተረድታችሁ ከኦሮሞ ወገናችሁ ጎን እንድትሰለፉ ጥሪያችንን ስናቀርብላችሁ ለወገናዊ ጥሪያችን አጥጋቢ መልስ እንደምትሰጡ በመተማመን ነዉ፡፡

6. ለሁሉም የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝቦች ችግር፣ መከራና ስቃይ ዋነኛዉ ምክንያት እና ብቸኛዉ ምንጭ ሥልጣንን በሕዝብ ፍላጎት ሣይሆን በጠመንጃ አፈሙዝ የተቆጣጠረዉ ጨካኝ፣ ዘራፊና ግፈኛ የሆነዉ የሕወሐት ገዢ ቡድን ነዉ፡፡ ይህ ቡድን በመንግሥት ሥልጣን ላይ ተደላድሎ እስከተቀመጠና ሁሉንም የመንግሥት ሥልጣን በቀጥታና በተዘዋዋሪ መንገድ ጠቅልሎ ይዞ ጭቆናዉን እስከቀጠለ ድረስ ለየትኞቹም ችግሮቻችን መፍትሔ፣ ለየትኞቹም ፍትሃዊ ጥያቄዎቻችን ተገቢ መልስ ልናገኝ አንችልም፡፡ ስለዚህ “በሶማሌ ክልል ልዩ ፖሊስ” ስም በአገራችን ላይ የተፈፀመዉን ወረራ ለማክሸፍም ሆነ የሕወሐትን የጭቆና አገዛዝ ከሥር መሠረቱ ለመናድ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝቦች በሙሉ በብሔር-ብሔረሰብ፣ በቋንቋ፣ በትዉልድ አካባቢ፣ በፖለቲካ አመለካከት፣ በሃይማኖት፣ ወዘተ ሣንለያይ እጅ ለእጅ ተያይዘን አንድ ላይ በመቆም በተለያዩ የአገሪቱ ክፍሎች በአጠቃላይ፣ በመላዉ ኦሮሚያ ደግሞ በተለይ የተቀጣጠለዉን የነፃነት ትግል የበለጠ እንድናፋፍምና ለድል እንድናበቃ ወገናዊ ጥሪያችንን እናቀርብላችኋለን፡፡

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