Ethiopian patriot Obang Metho
Dear Brother Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot
Thanks for your comments and questions.
I just want you to know that I did not write my statement on the facebook three days ago out of hatred toward our Tigrayan brothers and sisters, but out of love because there is so much bitterness and generalized resentment towards our Tigrayan brothers and sisters because they are so closely associated by ethnicity to the ethnic policies of the TPLF. Because of this, we are stuck in an impossible situation.
In reality, there are only two branches of government in Ethiopia, one that runs everything—the TPLF—which is mainly dominated by Tigrayans, and the other—the EPRDF—which has more diversity, but only pretends to run everything.
Ethiopian public and some foreigners countries knows this very well, but people avoid talking about it. This preferential treatment is not only unacceptable and wrong, it is immoral. It is a model of government that is built on greed, self-interest, pride, corruption, oppression and lack of empathy for others.
It has been doomed to failure from the beginning as were other preceding regimes who were built on the same shaky foundation. We have created a cycle of destruction and deception for ourselves that should be discarded if we do not want to keep repeating our mistakes and perpetuating our suffering.
The purpose of this message is to ask the Tigrayans brothers and sister and the TPLF supporters to join with your fellow Ethiopians in ending this ethnic hatred and ethnic apartheid system of the TPLF that perpetuates the destruction of one another. Our Ethiopian society greatly needs reconciliation in order to accomplish this great task.
Brother Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot
Is the TPLF/EPRDF an ethnic-based-apartheid government?
To answer this question, just look at Ethiopia’s major institutions, especially those with the greatest power and reach. See the link http://www.solidaritymovement.org/downloads/140731-leaders-key-institutions-in-Ethiopia.pdf and then decide for yourself if they are politically and ethnically neutral.
Look at the Ministry of Federal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), the Ethiopian Federal Police, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, the Ministry of Revenue and Customs Authority and the Ethiopian Radio and News Agency.
There are also others that are important, as well as those within civil society, but by looking at these key institutions, you will easily see that they all are heavily monopolized by people of Tigrayan ethnicity and TPLF party affiliation.
Where someone of different ethnicity and/or party holds a top position, like in the case of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, you will often find that those second in line, hold the real power.
Unless the TPLF leaders and their supporter like you tell the truth and earn the respect of most the Ethiopian people by doing the right thing, no amount of cover up or image-making will placate the grievances of the people.
If the TPLF does nothing now, we Ethiopian people will all fail together—once again. Reconciliation is the answer, but with it must come acknowledgement of the truth, meaningful reforms and the restoration of justice.
Without change, the TPLF will pass on a legacy of consequences to others, most of whom are innocent bystanders or future generations. Ethnic apartheid leaders of the TPLF must show us their willingness to come to the table.
The TPLF must release the political prisoners, journalists, human rights activists, religious leaders and opposition leaders. Stop charging everyone who disagrees with them as a terrorist.
TPLF cannot hold on indefinitely to power by using force. They must show humility. They must show signs of openness to bring change. They must start to be honest. They must start speak the truth, not lies. They must take actions that are not deceptive, but which will build up trust between the people.
Brother Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot
Please face the truth and stop lying to yourself.
How are other Ethiopians to survive in such an inhospitable home? Resistance is rising and eventually the TPLF members will be forced to deal with it in one way or another. Will the TPLF and their supporters like you wait until the last moment when it might be too late or will they take the moral high road now to reconciliation, the restoration of justice and meaningful reforms?
May God give us Ethiopians the courage as people to boldly face the truth and then to choose rightly—loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Let us extinguish that ethnic hatred-ticking bomb with the true diffuser—with love, humility, honesty, forgiveness, justice and civility. Only then will Ethiopia avoid self-destruction and arise to a new and better Ethiopia for all its people.
Long live Ethiopia.