Ethiopia: It is the just cause that triumphs

September 24, 2018 Africa , Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , POLITICS

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Alem Hailu G/Kristos



As the adage runs “Success comes with a little pain,” it will be quite fatuous to assume set objectives of change could crystallize without facing hurdles, especially when doomsayers are regretting lost chances. All the more so, exploiting the slightest inattention or lapse, as naysayers are high on the alert to hijack the wind of change wafting across the country.


“In our absence things are going out of control,” they are trying to point a finger at the reformed government in power so that as rescuers they will be allowed another chance to sponge on the country, mercilessly turning a blind eye to the majority pushed to the peripheries when it comes to benefits that accrue from national wealth.


That is why they are all ears to hear shortfalls the incumbent could experience. If they fail to get one, they lavish to dish out dozens of unfounded stories on Facebook to terrorize citizens. Sadists, they adore one ethnic group to go for the neck of another, contrary to the age-old outstanding norm of Ethiopians—unity in diversity.


To materialize the aforementioned heinous motive of theirs, outlaying corruption-amassed fortune, they have deployed innumerable Facebook-user idlers who day and night use their mind, a workshop of the devil.


True to their evil nature, it gives them the utmost pleasure creating disturbances on major events that could serve bright spots on the country’s history. Here, it suffices to recount the bloodshed-triggered conflict they orchestrated in a small town, Burayu (and its environs), found at the outskirts of Addis a week ago, when the country was welcoming a political party leader chased out of the country, alleged a terrorist by phony politicians. The incident also coincided with the time the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) was flexing muscles to metamorphose into a vibrant political party changing name (ODP) and political flag as well as injecting new blood and replacing 14 high level party officials.


But to the dismay and chagrin of these conflict mongers, citizens that grew up imbibing the Ethiopian culture of love and unity have persisted showcasing aversions to antipathy and vengeance.


The fact that the retaliatory feelings of victimized Gamo youths was placated by elders that made them see reason and not act on a knee-jerk action corroborates the case in point.


Hiding those being chased is another exemplary gesture of a man living in Burayu. These gestures and the return of quiet soon show the xenophobia is an orchestrated one.


The intention of the wicked was sparking an ethnic crisis in the country thereby creating a feeble Ethiopia, which they can manipulate as a toy. The reason why they chose Burayu at this point in time resides in this fact.


It was intended to carry across the message that the diplomatic seat Addis is not immune against such an assault. They wanted to use the tragedy as a bargaining chip that could help them involve the international community, which has vested interest here, and lobby for them to have a shared grab on the rein of power. They hallucinate and are forgetful so that citizens have equated their diabolic deed a criminal offense. Such a disgusting behavior of fishing in a troubled water and gambling with the lives of citizens rather drags into light their impish nature to all.


Citizens with undivided attention and affection must keep on standing by the side of their God-sent Premier that unflaggingly enunciates love, unity and common growth striking a sensitive cord in the hearts of Ethiopians.


Citizens have put their feet down on such lechers. It sure is good they stop their frantic bid as they benefited nothing from similar diabolic deeds in some parts of the country except soaking their hands with the blood of innocent civilians. In the 21st century day dreaming about enslaving civilized people is a pipe dream.


Some political parties and activists must also turn their back on this self-seeking bent of theirs. It must be serving the people that must afford them pleasure.


The youth, who are trigger-happy by nature, must not buy the divisive words of the evil. A new academic year has ensued. Parents, teachers, students and the government must communicate well to forestall the evil act of the displeased who talk about disintegration and conflict running against the tide of regional integration and globalization.


While the sagacious bury the hatchet—like Ethiopia and Eritrea— the devil incarnates sniff for possible or fabricated hatchets to disinter. Trying to tarnish the image of a premier that rides a popular support does not work. Always it is the just cause that triumphs, for truth is the Almighty incarnate.





Alem Hailu G/Kristos

A published poet, novelist, editor, translator of masterpieces, literary critic, playwright and journalist from Ethiopia. M.A holder in literature, Addis Ababa University.

Looking for a traditional publisher of a collection of poems. My novel: ‘Hope from the debris of hopelessness’.

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