What is the Ultimate Goal of the Oromo Movement? – Tedla Woldeyohannes, Ph.D.*

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Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, EthiopiaFor keen observers of the current Ethiopian politics, especially the writings, media interviews, and social media comments and posts by Oromo elites and activists, one topic has kept receiving a steady focus more than others: The role of Emperor Menelik II in the formation of the modern Ethiopian State and how largely negative and bad the emperor’s legacy is, especially for the Oromo people. In this piece, I sketch some major episodes in the Oromo Protest during the last one year to highlight the point that an attack on Menelik II and his legacy is not an isolated incident in the Oromo movement according to the Oromo elites; it is rather an integral part of it. One of my goals in this piece is to show why an attack on Menelik II is an integral part of the whole Oromo project according to the Oromo elites and activists. I submit that the dispute, claims and contentions about the meaning and significance of the Battle of Adwa , issues involving Addis Ababa from the Oromo elites and activists are also extensions or corollaries of the attack on Menelik II and his legacy. Also, the debate on whether there is an Ethiopian national identity, Ethiopiawinet, is an extension of the attack on Menelik II and his legacy. For the preceding reasons, I take it that to understand the significance of the attack on Menelik II is essential to a proper understanding of the project of the Oromo movement including a need to produce the Oromo Freedom Charter.

What Has Happened to the Immediate Causes for the Oromo Protest?

A year or so ago, the Oromo Protest began with the legitimate demands of the Oromos who suffered injustice under the current Ethiopian government. The injustice the Oromos have suffered under the current regime are part and parcel of the injustice the Ethiopian people have suffered under the regime in power for the last 25 years. We all know that the Oromo people in Oromia regional state have been mercilessly subjected to all sorts of mistreatment because they demanded the government to stop the ever-expanding land grab, to stop human rights violations, to allow peaceful protest to express their grievances, to stop marginalizing the Oromos from the political space in Ethiopia, etc. However, in light of what has recently become the frequent topics of debate by the Oromo elites and activists, it looks like we are almost at a point when we need a reminder what triggered or started the Oromo Protest a year ago. The last several months the issues raised as part of the Oromo Protest are no longer what had triggered the Oromo Protest a year or so ago. The truth is that the Oromos who were initially protesting against the Master Plan, or the land grab in the Oromia Region, were not protesting against Menelik II and his legacy at that point, or even until now. If the regime in power did not engage in land grab and other unjust treatments of the Oromos, like the rest of Ethiopians, would the Oromo Protest have started as a protest against the bad legacy of Menelik II as we have been hearing lately? From the perspective of the protesters on the ground, based on the available evidence, the answer to this question is a resounding “no.” Imagine starting a protest against Menelik II’s legacy calling it as such and asking the regime in power to meet the demand. That would be a bewildering demand for the government. An important and inevitable question now is this: Why did those Oromos who have paid ultimate prices with their lives and those who have suffered life-altering injuries and imprisoned and tortured have paid all these prices? There is a need for a clear answer to the loved ones for the deceased and to those who will continue to be part of the Oromo Protest. The Oromo elites need to offer a clear answer without mixing the reason why the Oromos on the ground were protesting and their frequent and increasingly growing project of revisiting and reinterpreting Ethiopian history by way of attacking the legacy of Menelik II.
It is one of the purposes of this piece to seek a clear answer to the question: What is the ultimate goal of the Oromo Protest? Now we all know that the Oromo Protest has rapidly evolved into what it is now: a deconstruction of Ethiopian history, Ethiopian national identity, calling into question the meaning and significance of the Battle of Adwa. Now it is absolutely crucial to understand the nature and the scope of the Oromo Protest or movement at this current stage. The answer the Oromo elites are presenting has frequently and increasingly comes in the form of engaging the issue of state formation in Ethiopia and with a claim that the Oromo nation has been colonized by the Abyssinia or the Ethiopian empire.

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Menelik II: The Colonizer?

According to some Oromo elites, the answer to the question whether Menelik II was a colonizer is a resounding, “yes.” In his response to my article on the Oromo National Charter , Prof. Ezekiel Gabissa writes, “The question of internal colonialism has been a subject of academic debates since the mid-1980s. In Ethiopian studies, the pertinent themes were outlined and discussed in several essays in The Southern Marches of Imperial Ethiopia edited Donald Donham first published in 1986. The eminent sociologist Donald Levine describes the two sides as the “colonialist narrative” and the “nationalist narrative.” These means the debate has ended in interpretive disagreement. A generation of students in Oromia and other regions have [sic] up grown up learning the “colonialist narrative” version over the objections of the advocates of the “nationalist narrative.” This is a settled issue to need any explanation.” From Prof. Ezekiel’s point of view, the debate whether the Oromos were colonized does not need further explanation. I disagree. We are not dealing with a mathematical or logical proof to suggest that historical disputes can be settled without a need for further explanation. At any rate, it is not the purpose of this article to engage in the debate whether Menelik II was a colonizer and whether the present regional state, Oromia, was once an independent nation which came under a colonial empire led by Menelik II.
In my view, to call the modern state formation in Ethiopia a case of colonialism seems to normalize and trivialize the European colonialism of Africa. This does not mean that one has to deny any injustice committed against any ethnic group in the present day Ethiopia in the process of state formation of modern Ethiopia. How we address the issue of injustice that took place under the modern state formation in Ethiopia need not be framed as an issue of colonialism. If it is framed as such, then the European colonialism of Africa and the state formation in Ethiopia would be considered the same phenomenon. Plus, even more surprisingly all non-democratic state formations in the history of the world would count as cases of colonialism, but that is too broad for a notion of “colonialism” to be of use to address issues that are rooted in the historical context of Ethiopia. Having said this, I submit that the Oromo elites see a need to portray the modern state formation in Ethiopia as a case of internal colonialism because without this view a case to reclaim an independent nation, i.e., Oromia as a sovereign state, can hardly be realized. In other words, the colonial thesis in the modern state formation of Ethiopia is a necessary thesis for the Oromo elites. If a nation is colonized, the logical thing to do is to seek its independence as this has been the case for African countries. On what basis would the Oromo elites argue that they are not seeking an independent Oromia as a sovereign nation if they insist that Oromia has been colonized be the Abyssinian/Ethiopian Empire? The claim of colonialism suggests that what the Oromo elites are seeking is an independent Oromia despite the apparent denial by some of the Oromo elites. Hence, for Oromo elites, Menelik II must be portrayed as a colonizer for one clear purpose: to seek an independent, sovereign nation, Oromia. Absent the colonial thesis, to seek an independent Oromia as a sovereign nation would be moot. Conversely, insist on a colonial thesis so that seeking an establishment or a rebirth of the Oromo nationhood becomes a legitimate issue; “legitimate, at least in the eyes of the Oromo elites. In my view, the Oromo elites need to come out and make their intentions clear to the Oromos who have been dying on the ground and to the rest of the Ethiopian people if seeking an establishment of Oromia as an independent nation is not their ultimate goal given their commitment of the colonial thesis. They also need to say why they need a colonial thesis if they are just seeking a just and peaceful and democratic Ethiopian in which the Oromos will be a part of the rest of Ethiopians building Ethiopia going forward, definitely without the regime in power continuing to rule and ruin Ethiopia.
Independent, Sovereign Oromia
Why should anyone argue for the preceding view, i.e., Oromo elites are working to regain the independence of Oromia as a sovereign nation? Here are a few more reasons:
First, think for a moment how and why the recent “Oromos-only* conventions have been organized and what the focus of the Conventions in London and Atlanta was. Why Oromos-only? This question has a straightforward answer, though unconvincing: Because these conventions were designed to deliberate and discuss the issues that affect the Oromo people in Oromia. This straightforward answer is premised on the idea that the issues that affect the Oromos in Ethiopia are somehow unique and hence the need to address them by the Oromos-only first and foremost. But this premise is false. The issues that affect the Oromo people in the current Ethiopia are widely shared with the people of Ethiopia under the same authoritarian government. The Ethiopian authoritarian government jails, kills, harasses people from any ethnic group as long as their dissent threatens the safety of the regime in power. No one needs to dispute the fact that the Oromos and the Amharas are mistreated by the regime with greater frequency because the regime feels threatened due to historical relations with the Amharas and the regime’s conception of the OLF as a threat to disintegrate the country. Returning to our point, for the Oromo elites and activists to exclusively focus on issues that affect the Oromos and everyone else in Ethiopia only by the Oromos alone is more plausibly in line with the claim I made above. That is, the desire of the Oromo elites is to exclusively organize the Oromos to address the issues that affect the Oromos, despite the fact that the issues that affect the Oromos are shared with millions of other Ethiopians. In my view, the best available explanation for this strategic move by the Oromo elites is this: Once the Oromo movement arrives at a stage when it appears feasible to seek independence for Oromia, all the things the Oromo elites have been doing in the meantime will be presented as evidence that the Oromos have arrived there by the efforts of the Oromos alone and no other group can have a say on the fate of Oromia. If this is not the best available explanation, how would the Oromo elites explain what they have been doing remains to be seen.
Second, there has been a discussion recently on whether there is a shared national identity for Ethiopians which some Oromo elites deny that there is such a shared national identity. It is not the purpose of this article to engage in the debate whether there is a shared national identity for Ethiopians, which is a worthwhile topic that deserves a serious engagement elsewhere. My present interest is to make the following point: According to some Oromo elites, the Oromo identity that predates Menelik’s colonial conquest was the true Oromo identity and hence it needs to be restored, or regained, or reaffirmed for Oromos to be truly Oromos. In order to do that the Oromo identity must be distinguished from an imposed Ethiopian identity on the Oromos by the Abyssinian Empire. One can easily see that an attack on Menelik’s legacy crucially includes an attack on Ethiopian identity since an imposed Ethiopian identity on the Oromos is a direct consequence of Menelink’s colonialism, according to this reasoning. Hence, an Oromo identity without an imposed Ethiopian identity will reemerge as an Oromo identity only in an independent Oromia. This is a clear motivation why some Oromo elites engage in the debate on Ethiopian identity only to deny it. If this is not the reason why the Oromo elites want to deny Ethiopian identity as a shared national identity, what else motivates such a debate about Ethiopian identity? If all other ethnic groups and nationalities incorporated in the modern Ethiopia by Menelik’s southern expansion were to follow suit and deny a shared Ethiopian identity that would bring about a disintegration in an Ethiopian national identity, which amounts to a disintegration of Ethiopia as we know it. But is there a rationale to follow this reasoning following the Oromo elites lead? Apparently, the Oromo elites would answer this question in the affirmative since it would support their goal, the independence of Oromia that is free from a shared national identity with the rest of other nationalities in the present day Ethiopia. Think for a moment, once again, all the exclusions of other ethnic groups in most of the Oromo issues as the elite Oromos and activists have been doing. This almost complete disregard to other ethnic groups in Ethiopia is perfectly consistent with the claim I have been making so far that the desire for the Oromo elites is the independence of Oromia first and foremost without explicitly saying so despite the evidence that supports such a conclusion. I leave to the readers to develop the case of Addis Ababa and how some Oromo elites frame the issues involving Addis Ababa. I submit that it is another extension of an attack on the legacy of Menelik II.

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Conclusion
Given the evidence that is available for any keen observer of current Ethiopian politics, I have argued that the best available explanation that unifies the Oromo movement according to the Oromo elites and activists is ultimately seeking the independence of Oromia as a sovereign nation. Short of this goal, it is deeply implausible to interpret all the evidence regarding the activities of the Oromo elites with another goal as the ultimate goal for the Oromo movement. Note that I did not claim that the Oromo people on the ground who have been killed, jailed and tortured have as their goal an independent Oromia as a sovereign state. Some might have such a desire or aspiration, but the evidence does not suggest that is why they have been protesting for a year or so. We all know what the demands were and the injustice the Oromos have been protesting against for which they have paid prices including the lives of many, in hundreds, if not in thousands just in one year alone. In my view, consistent with the argument above, the Oromo elites are working to put together a coherent idea that would serve as the cause worth dying for for the Oromo people, but without the Oromo people expressing that the ultimate goal they want to achieve is an independent, sovereign Oromia. If my claims so far are correct, which I think are correct given the evidence, the Oromo elites and activists need to make clear the ultimate goal of the Oromo movement so that people who face the brutal government need to have a clear goal for which they are paying a price including their lives. One of the chief motivations for my decision to write this piece is observing and reflecting on an apparent mismatch between the actual reasons the Oromos on the ground have been paying prices including their lives, and what the Oromo elites and activists offer as the main goal of the Oromo movement in the last one year. If the Oromo elites speak for the actual Oromo people on the ground, it is a responsible thing to be on the same page with the people on the ground at least on being clear why the people on the ground are paying prices for.
Finally, it must be noted that I did not claim that the Oromo elites and activists are totally detached from the movement of the Oromo people on the ground. Absolutely not! My main claim is that as opinion makers and shapers, the Oromo elites have as an ultimate goal for the Oromo movement the independence of Oromia as a sovereign nation without explicitly saying so for a political backlash such a view would bring about. This claim is based on the evidence presented above. It is for the Oromo elites to show that either they accept the claim I have argued for or they reject it or they show another more plausible explanation of the evidence on which my argument is based. If they accept it, that is an important clarification for the Oromo people as a whole and for the other peoples of Ethiopia. If they reject my claim, then it is also important for them to show where the mistake is. That would also add clarity to the ultimate goal of the Oromo movement. Now the most important question is: What is the official, ultimate goal of the Oromo movement according to the Oromo elites, if it is different from what I argued for above, i.e. seeking an establishment of Oromia as an independent, sovereign nation?

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*Tedla Woldeyohannes teaches philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and he can be reached at twoldeyo@slu.edu

16 Comments

  1. I have to agree with the author regarding most Oromo activists’ ultimate goal. I said most, because there are some who actually believe to give the idea of Democratic Ethiopia another chance. The separatist bunch of Oromo activists are only Lauder and barely coherent. The other group, with a desire for democratizing Ethiopia are mostly of a retiring types, who shy away from engaging in abusive verbal assaults. A typical reader would be adviced to look closely at Dr. Awol Allo and Dr. Tsegaye Ararsa to understand the two sides of the Oromo activism. As much as you empathize with Dr Allos’ calm and collected reasoning which is almost imploring for your attention, you are confronted with almost non stop harangue from Dr Ararsa.

    In the end I hope reason will prevail.

  2. በቅድሚያ ጸሃፊው ምስጋናዬ ይድረስዎት።
    የኦሮሞ ኣክቲቪስቶች ነን ባዮች በህዝቡ ደም ተራምደው የስልጣን ወንበር ለመፈናጠጥ የሚያደርጉት opportunistic and myopic ትንቅንቅ በታሪክ ኣሳፋሪ ምግባር መሆኑ ኣያጠራጥርም።
    አንውክልሀለን የሚሉትን ህዝብ intelligence በሚሰድብ መልኩ የፈጠራ ታሪክ ሲግቱት ህሊናቸውን ኣይሰቀጥጠውም። በቅርቡ አንደሰማነው የኦሮሞን ጭቆና ከደቡብ ኣፍሪካ ጥቁር ህዝቦች ጋር በማመሳሰል የነጻነት ቻርተር አንዋጣለን ብልዋል።
    ለመሆኑ Apartheid ስራት ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ነበር ?? በህግ በተደነገገ መልኩ/ I repeat, enforced through legislation / በኢትዮጵያ የሚኖሩ ህዝቦች በዘራቸው/1st,2nd.Third and fourth/ ከፍ አና ዝቅ ተደርገው ተከፋፍለዋል ?? አንድ minority ዘር ሀገሪቱዋን አንዲቆጣጠር ፣የተሻለ ህክምና፣ ትምህርት ፣መሀበራዊ ኣገልግሎት …etc አንዲያገኝ ሌልቹ ግን የፓለቲካ ተሳትፎ አንዳይኖራቸው ፣ከኣናሳው መሪ ዘር ሳይቀላቀሉ አተለየ ቦታ በግዳጅ አንዲኖሩ ፣ ብሎም የዘግነት መብታቸው ተነፍጎ ነበር ??
    የዶክተርነት ማአረግን ኣንጠልጥለው ኢትዮጵያ አንዲህ ፣ አንዲያ ኣረገችን አያሉ ሲያናፉ ፣ሀገርን-as a region identified as distinct national entity in political geography አና ኣስተዳደርን/ regime /form of government/ አንኩዋን ለይተው የማያውቁ የዘመኑ ማሃይማን ናቸው።
    ኣስተደደር /ኣገዛም ይመጣል ይሄዳል.የኣጼ ምኒሊክ ፣ሃይለስላሴ፣ደርግ ኣገዛዞች መጥተው ሄደዋል ፣ሂደቱም ወደፊትም ይቀጥላል.
    ሀገር ግን ኣባቶቻችን በደማቸውና በኣጥንታቸው ከተለያዩ ወራሪዎችና ተስፋፊዎች ተጠብቃ የተሰጠችን ቦታ ናት፣የኛ ድርሻ ሀገራችንን ቆራርጦ ለዲማጎጎች ስልጣን ማርኪያ ማዋል ሳይሆን ሀገራችን ሁሉም ዜጋ በኩልነት አና በነጻነት የሚኖርባት ስፍራ ማደረግ ነው።

  3. Ato Tedla:

    Although one Oromo educator responded to your previous rant….. indeed it didn’t get through your thick head and fear of the Oromo….. as was said in the scholar’s response … no one Ethiopian group has the moral authority to administer the litmus test of loyalty to Ethiopia. It is unfathomable that Oromos have to answer such questions especially in the wake of the sacrifices the young generation of Oromo have been paying to liberate Ethiopia from tyrannical rule.

    Looking at your background, your education is in “Philosophy of Religion and Ethics”. Contrary to your pseudo-doctorate claims, you have no single publication vetted by your peers – not even your garbage dissertation on “doxastic voluntarism about religious beliefs”. Needless to say your current “Religion Ethics” is obsession with the Oromo and the Oromo struggle – Open season attack on the Oromo. Filled with your fear and hate of the Oromo, you continue to patronize the Oromo.

  4. To Memire Tedla:

    Does national liberation have the same meaning then and now?

    The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) adopted a political program in 1976 in which the idea of liberation was enunciated. Since then a lot has happened and a lot has changed. It looks like some “analysts” are scrutinizing for ways to find reasons to indict the OLF. At the moment, it is not clear which OLF is still promoting the idea of “total independence.” Over the last half century, the OLF has splintered into several factions. The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), for instance, has a new political program that doesn’t mention total independence.

    In raising it again, Tedla has pulled from a time capsule a question that was asked in 1991. It is the same allegation that the TPLF is spewing today to separate and destroy the opposition against it, which is expressed in recent Amhara-Oromo solidarity. Lumping all Oromo political parties and scrutinizing their statements to find a subterranean meaning, a “hidden agenda,” serves no purpose other than stereotyping a whole group as perpetual iconoclasts.

    What is inscrutable is the fact that the idea of self-identification, self-reliance and self-rule that the OLF planted among the Oromo has grown to the sentiment of “national liberation” expressed by the #OromoProtests. The #OromoProtests has been a national drama unfolding before the entire world. Reasonable people know the demands of the present Oromo revolution. They don’t torment them with the same question that were asked of their predecessors.

    Still the idea that the “old” OLF has always been for nothing but secession is an urban legend that never goes away. The OLF was never wedded to only one avenue of solving the Oromo question. Let me support my case by quoting OLF leaders. First, a speech delivered by Galasa Dilbo, the former Secretary of the OLF, at the Mesqel Square in 1991.

    Today this public assembly affirms that the Oromo nation stands for peace and democracy. It shows that the people are committed to this struggle until its goals are achieved. It wouldn’t be a misstatement to assert today that, because of the unity and freedom of the mind the people have achieved, the Oromo struggle has moved on to a new phase. For the Oromo Liberation Front, this public assembly attests the Oromo are peaceful people. Moreover, it shows that their demands are similar to those of the other oppressed people of Ethiopia. We express our solidarity with them. ….

    The OLF has a message for the non-Oromo people of Ethiopia. Our struggle is directed against an oppressive system and it has never harbored hatred for any group of people. Whatever it is yesterday and or today, it has never been our intention to harm the non-Oromo people who live in Oromia. We struggle with you hand in hand to make sure that our rights and your rights are respected. Non Oromos among us have nothing to fear from the Oromo people or from the Oromo struggle.

    The OLF has a message for the International Community. We need a stable democracy. We are aware that we have formidable challenges. We don’t have any time to waste. The OLF and the Oromo people do not backtrack from our commitment from working for achieving reliable peace and durable democracy.

    Elsewhere I have written about the issue of the OLF and the charge of secession as follows:
    In a testimony of April 8, 1992 before the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Taha A. Abdi, member of the OLF Central Committee, asserted that the fall of the Derg created “an opportunity to democratize, transform and create a new Ethiopia in which the equal enjoyment of civil, economic and political rights of all the people are assured, where freedom of expression and religion are guaranteed and above all in which the supremacy of the rule of law will be established. … There is no alternative to the democratization of Ethiopia.” Leenco Lata, former deputy secretary general of the OLF, has written a whole book explaining why democratization is the only viable recourse for both the Oromo and other peoples of Ethiopia. In The Ethiopian State at the Crossroads: Decolonization & Democratization or Disintegration he asserts that, without genuine democratization and federalization, the Ethiopian state cannot escape another round of bloodbath and likely disintegration.

    This position is not a matter of politicians seeking expediency. In his “Ethiopia: Missed Opportunities for Peaceful Democratic Process,” Mohammed Hassen had stated: “As an optimist who believes in the unity of free people in a free country, I have an undying dream that one day the Oromo, the Amhara, and Tigrai, and other peoples of Ethiopia will be able to establish a democratic federal system. To me only a genuine federal arrangement offers a better prospect for the future of Ethiopia.” Mohammed also states that only democratization could transform the Ethiopian state from one dominated by one ethnic group into a state of all citizens. (Full article http://addisstandard.com/oromo-dilemma-national-question-democratic-transition/)

    It is clear that even OLF isn’t wedded to the idea of secession. In my assessment, the OLF won that battle in 1995. It is OLF’s opponents who are committed to pinning the tag of secession on the OLF. In the last year, the #OromoProtests have demanded and died for their citizens’ rights to be respected. If the blood they spilled to defend democracy, genuine federalism and constitutional rule isn’t sufficient to alley the fear of Oromo imputed secessionism, my purely didactic presentation will not change any mind. But I have offered it for what it’s worth.

  5. Debtera Tedla: If you have learnt anything from your background “Philosophy of Religion and Ethics” …you may wish to read the following

    In the last year, the #OromoProtests have demanded and died for their citizens’ rights to be respected. If the blood they spilled to defend democracy, genuine federalism and constitutional rule isn’t sufficient to alley the fear of Oromo imputed secessionism, my purely didactic presentation will not change any mind. But I have offered it for what it’s worth.

    No one Ethiopian group has the moral authority to administer the litmus test of loyalty to Ethiopia. It is unfathomable that Oromos have to answer such questions especially in the wake of the sacrifices the young generation of Oromo have been paying to liberate Ethiopia from tyrannical rule.

    There is no alternative to the democratization of Ethiopia.” Leenco Lata, former deputy secretary general of the OLF, has written a whole book explaining why democratization is the only viable recourse for both the Oromo and other peoples of Ethiopia. In The Ethiopian State at the Crossroads: Decolonization & Democratization or Disintegration he asserts that, without genuine democratization and federalization, the Ethiopian state cannot escape another round of bloodbath and likely disintegration.

  6. I dare say that I agree with the author’s argument that the manufactured colonial narrative the Oromo elites are advancing, is indeed, to justify the poorly disguised independence agenda.

    ‘Manufactured’ is a term that is apt to describe the wild claim. Has the process of nation-building in the rest of the world any different from ours?

    As a descendant of proud and heroic Ethiopians of Oromo descent, it is with utmost revulsion that I condemn the aforementioned regressive Oromos elites for their disingenuous claims.
    As if they have not done immense harm to the Oromo cause by opportunistically colluding with enemy in the destruction of their country, they seem to be hatching another agenda to hasten the demise of Ethiopia. History will judge them for the horrendous crimes these elites have committed on other Ethiopians and the mass of the Oromo youth that they have been feeding with lies of concocted fables.
    No wonder that they alienate others or shy away from publicly defending their colonial narrative as they lack any shred of evidence to support it.

    I have news for them, my distant Borena ancestors have been battering northern Ethiopia for several centuries in the name of nation building. They have been movers and shakers in Wollo and elsewhere since until the Woyane enemy emerged. If anything, it is Oromos that have done things more akin to colonizing to other other Ethiopians including Amaras over the years. It is a shame that some Oromo elites are fixated with such perversion of truth. Mercifully, there are millions of Oromos who would reject the assumed inferiority thrust upon the mighty Oromo nation-builders.

  7. Some of the Oromo elites have an Islamic agenda for “future Oromia”. Like Jawar Mohhamed, the Islamic extremists are trying to hijack the Orom people struggle for their own cause. Those Islamist extremist do not believe in boarder, according to their theology “Islam has no boarder” and it can’t coexist with other religions. Therefore, the ultimate goal of Jawar and his colleagues is to establish Islamic Oromia by the expense of the majority Oromos Christians struggle. The question that has made me puzzled is why the Christian Oromos are collaborating with those who have hidden Islamic agenda? Are they aware the consequence of collaborating with Islamists? Even if they succeed to establish independent Oromia, the bloodshed caused by extremist Islamist among the people of Oromo will be unspeakable, because these people have the same agenda as Gragne Mohammed had.
    God bless Ethiopia

    • Man, how about Samora Mohammed of TPLF then?
      If your theory of explaining politic goes by personal name tplf’s Samora Mohammed yenus is also an Islamic extremists like your Jawar Mohhamed.

  8. Over the last one year or so you are consumed with badmouthing Oromos with a mediocre analysis and very little knowledge of the history of the Oromo and Oromo protest. No surprise as you have little to show for your education in “Philosophy of Religion and Ethics”. You have no single publication vetted by your peers – suppose you have one. Contrary to your disinformation campaign against the Oromo masquerading with crocodile tears questioning the loyalty of Oromos to your vision of Ethiopiawinet that celebrates pin-heads like you, the facts can be summarized as follows:

    1) The purpose of the series of Oromo Meeting is an effort to provide unity and clarity on the future of Oromia within the Democratic Ethiopia to be established in the event of the fall of the TPLF or Woyane government;

    2) To provide a unified leadership and guidance of the Oromo struggle against Woyane or TPLF in the ongoing struggle, among all Oromo political entities; and

    3) To come to a social contract or draft a charter that outlines and maps the nature of the relationship among Oromos i.e., an extension of the Gadaa Legacy;

    4) Oromo being the largest nation in the Ethiopian Union is not separating;

    5) Historically Oromo Ethiopians had a major stake in the Ethiopian sovereignty as they have sacrificed so much and played a distinguished role in the various wars waged to protect Ethiopian sovereignity – such as the repeated Italian wars of aggression, Somali war, War against the secession of Eritrea; and

    6) Will provide a glue to the future of the Democratic Ethiopia to be established by all nations and nationalities (Oromos, Amharas, Ogadeni, Gambella, Gurage, Afar, Sidama, Wolayita, Tigre etc) after the fall of Woyane or TPLF.

    So all Oromo elites said and continue to say is that Oromos will be at the center of the future Democratic Ethiopia – first class citizens and second to none.

    TPLF / Woyane thugs and accomplices are trying hard to distort the facts, destruct the unity and solidarity primarily between the Oromos and Amharas – Long Live the Unity of the Oromos and Amharas – Period!

  9. The Islamist extremists such as Jawar Mohammed and Company are Time Bombs

    My concern about the extremist Oromo activities the likes of Jawar Mohammed is that they have an Extreme Muslim agenda. If Mohammed and company get an opportunity, they would be as barbaric as the Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

    Jawar Mohammed said it (told us) in black and white on a YouTube video that he released a few years ago that he would slaughter heads of Christians when and if they attempt to raise their head. The Ethiopians concern (as the Oromo extremist Muslim activities call it the Ethiopians FEAR) is that the Muslim extremist of the Oromo activities are time bombs who have their body straps ready to explode themselves to cause havoc in Ethiopia and around the Horn of Africa.

    • Observer, yours is a wrong propaganda and very outdated;
      50% of ethiopian population is Muslim followers. What are you going to do with them? Million gurage, harari, somali, argoba, afar muslims … what are going to do with them?
      Poor, unwise propaganda back fires at the very existence of the country Ethiopia.
      Don’t bring religion into politics. Don’t play with fire. It is very dangerous.

  10. Some comments printed here are signs of arrogance. First of all if you think you can bully the peaceful and legitimate struggle of oromo people by insulting and labeling as terrorism and extremism than you will get no where with this tactic. Secondly the oromo don’t need to explane nothing. You will just have to Waite and see what ever they decide it is their prerogative.

    VIVA Oromia!!!

  11. As a somali i will advice to congratulate the oromo meeting.they havé the full right to décide their futur in ethiopia.
    Mohamed Johar is a futur leader in ethiopia.because hé hasard the support of his oromo nation.so please stop talking about terroriste.

    • By defending a man who confesses that he would slaughter Christians, you appear to me that you are a Somali Muslim extremist terrorist, who has a dream to build greater Somali by dismantling Ethiopia.

      Do you know that, Jawr Mohammed claimed that his mother is an Amhara and his wife is a Protestant? If you don’t know, let me inform you that Jawar Mohammed left his wife when she was six months pregnant.

      Jawar Mohammed isn’t an Oromo, but he is an a mix of an Oromo Muslim and an Amhara Christian. When he needs to takes the Oromo Muslims money, he presents himself to them as a Muslim extremist. When he needs to takes the uninformed Oromos money, he presents himself to them as an Oromo Extremist who is struggling to seceded Oromia. I don’t care if Oromia seceded from Ethiopia or not, but I am concerned about the Muslim extremist terrorist attack after they seceded Oromia.

      I am an Oromo , the Oromo people didn’t want to seceded from Ethiopia.
      By the way, do you know that Somali has been a Colony of Tigray? If you don’t Somali is a colony of Tigray. If you have a gut, fight to liberate your country. Mind you the struggle to reestablish Somali would take you at least 100 years.

  12. Abysinian fools think that they can fool up the Oromos!!! These foosl need to mind their business!!! It is Over!!! Oromiyaa shall be FREE!!!

  13. This is the latest from the home front. The indomitable army of Oromia rightfully tutored by our ever brilliant leaders Obbo Jawar and Daud Ibsa has liberated 100% of the region east of the Hawaash River, the areas south Bishoftu and West of the Gefersaa Reservoir. It is conducting a mopping operation weeding out the remnants of the combined forces of Tigres and Neftegnas. The entire Abyssinian air force is in the hands of the gallant Oromia Liberation Task Corp. Oromia is coming!!! Newly Minted and Ever Beautiful State of Oromia is Coming!!!! Oromia Will Be The New Independent Nation and Member of the United Nation on January 2, 2017. Fasten your belt!!! And all of you Neftegnas, your days are numbered. Remember I had told you a million times before that I am going to sue you for damages you inflicted on my people for 250,000,000,000 US Dollars. That is right, with a capital B, Billions.

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