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President Sahle-Work cautions against using “race and religion” for political gain

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, in a statement she released on social media after meeting with leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), including the Patriarch Abune Mathias I, said that “using race and religion for political gain is crossing the red line”.

“If no boundaries are set in life, work, and social aspects, it become a source of danger for human kind,” she remarked in connection to the ongoing schism within the EOTC.

Expressing her grief for the lives lost during confrontations between faithfuls and security forces, she said that, “religions are the last strongholds for us, believers. They give hope, strength and endurance”.

The President asserted that the issue of religion should be left to churches, religious fathers and its devotees, calling upon all to preserve and protect them from attacks, adding that, “caution, ingenuity, wisdom, tender heart, composure and prudence are methods of solving problems”.

The President urged the need to ensure issues that she described as “non-negotiable and foundation of the country” such as fundamental rights of citizens, rule of law, compliance with the law, accountability, freedom of thought, right to access to information, to not not be exposed to danger.

“Without putting to end the misery we have been in, without mending the many fractures that have been inflicted on the people and the country, without ending conflicts that are taking lives, in a country where many of our citizens have been displaced, and where millions of people are in need of humanitarian aid, I don’t see any other option but to come together, discuss and work in harmony,” she said

ADDIS STANDARD

2 thoughts on “President Sahle-Work cautions against using “race and religion” for political gain”

  1. Btw, if there is someone among our Diaspora or back in the old country who plans to travel to Madagascar or Mauritius islands on leisure or business next week you may have to seriously think about postponing your trip to after March 1, 2023. There is a very violent cyclone(Freddy) heading to these islands and arriving there next week after February 21st. Let’s hope and pray for those fellow African that this demon will weaken substantially or dissipate altogether over the ocean before making landfall. Heads up travelers!!!

  2. Our dear sister President H.E. Sahle-Work bint Zewde has brought grace to the office of the presidency. All of her predecessors were graceful to but hers is grace above all grace!!! What can I say about our over qualified women! I hope one during my blesses lifetime on this good earth I will see the day when one of women is the prime minister and show we, the men, how a country is supposed to be run!!! Insha’Allah!!!

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