By Alemayehu G. Mariam
H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed
Workplace of the Prime Minister
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Pricey Prime Minister Abiy:
I check with my personal letter to you dated April eight, 2018.
In that lengthy letter, I congratulated you in your appointment as prime minister and gave you my full help.
At that time, I “knew” you from watching a number of videos on-line.
But I had rigorously studied those movies with a scrutinizing and dissecting forensic eye to answer one question: Are you a man who means what he says and says what he means? I concluded you have been indeed so.
At present is strictly a yr since you took workplace.
It’s time for kudos, congratulations and a pat on the back for a job nicely finished!
I congratulate you and people who have worked long and arduous with you over the previous yr to make 2018 a historic yr in Ethiopia.
There are so many to thank and congratulate, however there’s not sufficient area or time to name all of them.
I’ll mention just some.
I thank and congratulate H.E. Oromia President Lemma Megerssa.
I thank and congratulate H.E. Gedu Andargachew, former Amhara area President.
I thank and congratulate H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
I thank and congratulate all of those individuals, especially the young individuals, in your workplace, in your administration, within the civil service, in the safety and in the army who have been the spine of the peaceable political transition over the previous yr.
I thank and congratulate the tens of millions of abnormal residents of Ethiopia who’ve proven you’re keen on, respect and appreciation over the past yr.
Above all, I thank the young individuals (sure, I’ve a special place for Ethiopia’s young individuals in my coronary heart and thoughts) of Ethiopia who paid the worth in blood, sweat and tears to put you in workplace and for turning into the wind beneath your wings for the past yr so you’ll be able to soar over the boundless skies over Ethiopia. Ethiopia is free in the present day because of the last word worth paid by its younger individuals.
PM Abiy, I had planned on writing an extended discourse laying out the details on your historic and monumental achievements over the previous yr to a candid world.
Alas! There’s little I might inform the world for the world has spoken about your achievements with unheard-of and unprecedented acclaim and appreciation and rendered a verdict on your first yr.
The Monetary Occasions, a newspaper that has been in operation for over a century and half, beat me to the punch! The Occasions wrote, “Abiy Ahmed has overseen the swiftest political liberalisation in Ethiopia’s more than 2,000-year history.”
What more can I add?
However that’s not all.
The African Leadership Magazine declared you’re the “2018 African Chief of the Yr”.
The Italian Institute for International Political Research wrote, “Abiy Ahmed is the Leader to Watch in 2019”. The Institute added “he’s the bravest and most revolutionary leader in Africa as we speak.”
The New York Occasions wrote, “Abiy Ahmed is most intently watched chief in Africa: a person who says he needs to vary his nation from the inside out — and fast.”
The Washington Submit editorialized, “Abiy Ahmed pulls off an astonishing turnaround for Ethiopia”.
BBC wrote, “Abiy Ahmed has been doing the seemingly inconceivable ever since he unexpectedly turned prime minister of Ethiopia in April.” BBC says, you have got accomplished the “equivalent of creating the sun rise from the west.”
CNN even tried to elucidate “Why Ethiopians consider their new prime minister is a prophet”. CNN concluded, “Abiy Ahmed is the prime minister who captured Africa’s creativeness.”
Herman Cohen, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, tweeted: “For the first time in my professional life, I am nominating someone for the Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. If he brings multiparty democracy to #Ethiopia, the complete Horn of Africa shall be reworked for the better.”
In line with the Nobel Prize Foundation, for the 2019 Nobel Prize there are 304 candidates out of which 219 are individuals and 85 are organizations.
A number of weeks in the past, Peace Research Institute Oslo, considered the world’s “oldest and most outstanding peace analysis middle” nominated you because the main candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
I might go on and on.
But there’s nothing I can add to what has already been stated except supply you an informal reminder.
Individuals who have learn that you’ve finished the “equal of creating the sun rise from the west” in Ethiopia now absolutely anticipate you to walk on water.
As I can add little to what those within the international group have stated, I’ll take the straightforward approach out.
I’ll simply thanks personally and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who help, respect, admire and love you for what you’ve gotten finished for Ethiopia, for the Horn of Africa and the complete region for the past yr.
Thank you for being the Hearth Chief organizing the hearth brigade to save lots of the burning House of Ethiopia and slicing the fuse on the Ethiopia powder keg.
Thanks for ending our 27-year lengthy night time of captivity in ethnic apartheid and taking us on lengthy day’s journey into the light of peace, reconciliation and concord.
Thanks for resurrecting ETHIOPIAWINET from the burial crypt of ethnic apartheid.
Thanks for standing up for the principle “Ethiopiawinet is an habit”, the one antidote to the mental slavery of ethnic apartheid.
Thank you for proving to us the Beast which dominated Ethiopia with an iron fist for 27 years had ft of clay. As we speak, the Beast is in hiding rolling out one plan after another calculated to wreak havoc and destruction in Ethiopia.
Thanks for upholding the rule of regulation and uncompromisingly rejecting collective punishment and by adamantly refusing to interact in mass arrests, mass incarcerations, mass persecution and massacres.
Thank you for stabilizing the Ethiopian financial system plundered by the TPLF and arranging billions of dollars in loans, grants and investments from the United Arab Emirates and the World Financial institution.
Thanks for elevating ladies from second class citizenship to the epicenter of energy by appointing ladies to one-half of the nation’s ministerial positions and lots of of sub-cabinet positions.
Thank you for standing your ground that the only path for our future is forgiveness, love and reconciliation.
Thanks for telling the truth, the entire fact, nothing but the fact concerning the inhuman crimes of the TPLF: “Jailing and torturing, which we did, usually are not constitutional. Does the constitution say anybody who was sentenced by a courtroom may be tortured, put in a dark room? Torturing, putting individuals in dark rooms, is our act of terrorism.”
Thank you for sowing love and harvesting peace with our neighbors and brothers and sisters: “Forgiveness frees the consciousness. Once we say we now have reconciled, we mean we have now chosen a path of forgiveness and love. Once I spoke with [President] Isaias, I informed him that there will not be sufficient motels as Ethiopians visit Massawa and Asmara. He stated he would go away his home for them and stay in balconies.”
Thank you for making us feel, Diaspora Ethiopians, proud to be Ethiopians. For 27 years, we have been informed Ethiopiawinet is a criminal offense, a badge of blame and shame. We have been pressured to admit our tribal and ethnic affiliations. However no more!
Thank you for coming to America to point out us your love. Did we not present you we love you extra? We love ya!
Thanks for giving for free an incredible concept to the Ethiopian Diaspora referred to as the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund. We have now taken the first baby steps in making Ethiopia a overseas help free zone. Our motto in EDTF is, “Ethiopians helping Ethiopians, one greenback, at some point at a time.”
Thank you for inviting me to return to my homeland after 48 years and stay out my declaration, “I, PROUD ETHIOPIAN.”
Thank you for bringing back the lost rainbow to our rainbow nation.
Thank you for displaying braveness underneath hearth, literally, telling the Forces of Darkness who raised their swords and grenades who informed you aren’t robust enough to weather the storm and did every little thing they will to convey you down.
Thanks for telling the Forces of Darkness, “I’m the storm” that may wash you into the dustbin of historical past.
Thanks for bringing change by altering the hearts and minds of Ethiopians.
Thank you for infinite efforts to liberate our minds from the psychological slavery of backward ethnic politics.
Thank you for displaying us that it is just by means of the collective efforts of Ethiopians working collectively (Medemer) that they will construct the New Ethiopia because the shining metropolis upon a hill.
Thanks for educating us energy does not come from the barrel of the gun however the energy of affection.
Thank you for educating us killing to remain in or to seize power is the politics of losers and preaching the only method we will remedy our issues peacefully is through civilized dialogue, not by means of the chatter of AK-47s.
Thank you for proving Mandela’s maxim. “Individuals should study to hate, and if they will study to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes extra naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Thanks for preaching Ethiopia will rise up as a nation only when the facility of love overcomes the love of power of those in power and people hungry and thirsty for power.
Thank you for preaching we can’t make progress until we study and apply to forgive and reconcile.
Thanks for displaying us a new approach to do our politics, Medemer.
Thank you for saving the corrupt legal leaders of the Tigrean Individuals’s Liberation Entrance. Without you, I shudder to assume what might have happened to them. These ignorant and boastful fools do not know you’re their insurance policy from the bottled-up wrath of the individuals!
Most of all, PM Abiy THANK YOU for…
Busting large open the political area that had been the playground of the masters of ethnic apartheid for the previous 27 years.
Emptying the country’s prisons of political prisoners.
Travelling the Horn of Africa and the Middle East liberating unjustly imprisoned Ethiopian refugees.
Ending gross human rights violations in Ethiopia and bringing these criminals to the bar of justice.
Guaranteeing with unwavering certainty that in Might 2020 Ethiopia may have an internationally-monitored free and truthful election.
Permitting opposition leaders to return house from overseas and freely and peacefully take part of their nation’s politics.
Granting amnesty to those unjustly declared to be “terrorists”.
Laying the groundwork for true multiparty democracy and providing to assist opposition parties to arrange and construct coalitions for a strong multiparty democracy.
Restoring the individuals’s constitutional rights to free expression and permitting the media to perform freely.
Allowing internet access with out control or censorship.
Permitting the individuals to exercise their proper to peaceful protest.
Bringing concord and understanding amongst factions of the 2 religions in Ethiopia. You performed a decisive position in bringing healing to the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church in the country and within the Diaspora. You played a decisive position in bringing therapeutic to factions in the Islamic group.
Abandoning your predecessors’ long-standing follow of collective punishment for the crimes of some.
Ending torture in Ethiopia’s prisons and exposing the secret prisons of the earlier regime.
Eradicating criminals towards humanity from the police, security and army forces.
Professionalizing the nation’s defense and police forces to be in the service of the whole nation, not a single group.
Bringing a brand new era of peace with our neighbors.
Proving Mandela’s maxim: “If you want to make peace together with your enemy, it’s a must to work together with your enemy. Then he turns into your companion.” The partnership you and H.E. President Isaiyas Afeworki created has wrapped the individuals of Ethiopia and Eritrea in a single garment of social, financial and political future.
Enjoying a central position in bringing South Sudan’s power contenders to the peace table and signal an agreement to hunt political and never army solutions to their country’s issues.
Being a messenger of peace within the Horn of Africa. For going to Somalia and telling the individuals their peace and stability is Ethiopia’s peace and stability.
Constructing a bridge of hope and cooperation with Egypt over the River Abay (Nile) and never a dam of strife and conflict.
Working to convey peace between Arab neighbors within the Center East.
Displaying Africans smooth power is more highly effective than brute energy.
Working to ensure the Horn of Africa doesn’t grow to be the battleground in international and regional geopolitics by main a peace initiative with the contending regional powers and others to peacefully interact in the Horn of Africa.
Establishing a fee to look into privatization of certain state-run establishments and liberalizing the financial system with the purpose of enhancing providers by way of market competitors.
Establishing commissions to review regional border disputes, reconciliation and peace and different pressing issued dealing with the country.
Setting in movement an open, accountable and transparent government by which ministers will probably be evaluated by parliamentary committees, government businesses and workplaces are required to publish info on their actions.
Cleaning up your social gathering of the “lifeless wooden” and bringing in younger individuals to leadership positions.
Encouraging Ethiopia’s Cheetahs (young individuals) to consider in themselves and within the larger destiny of Ethiopia.
Inviting the older era (Hippos) has a place in the development of the New Ethiopia.
Educating us all of the values of unity, civility, humanity, Ethiopianity and Africanity are much more necessary than ethnicity.
BUT, BUT, please accept my apologies….
PM Abiy, when you and your management have performed terribly over the past yr, these of us who have been yapping for change, democracy, human rights, rule of regulation and good governance for years have little to point out for ourselves.
Just lately, you boldly said, “Ethiopia has no heroes right now”? I assume you’re still questioning where Ethiopia’s heroes have gone?
However it isn’t solely the heroes that have gone AWOL (absent with out depart) in Ethiopia.
Her intellectuals, religion leaders, opposition leaders and journalists are additionally MIA (missing in motion).
You’re looking for Ethiopian heroes and I am looking for Ethiopia’s intellectuals, religion leaders, opposition leaders and journalists.
Might we be in search of the same individuals?
Maya Angelou stated, “I feel a hero is anyone really intent on making this [world] a better place for all individuals.”
That’s my simple measure of heroism too.
Are Ethiopia’s mental heroes, faith leaders, opposition leaders and journalists making Ethiopia a greater place for all Ethiopians?
I am afraid not, and so I offer you my humble apologies.
PM Abiy, you have to be terribly dissatisfied over the failure of Ethiopian intellectuals in the peaceful revolution over the past yr.
I definitely am.
I had anticipated they might be the tip of the spear in generating artistic and revolutionary ideas to help transition Ethiopia from dictatorship to democracy.
Intellectuals are presupposed to be the visionaries inspiring an awakening society.
They’re presupposed to guide the plenty away from the widespread evil to the widespread good.
They are purported to be the vanguard main the best way in the wrestle for freedom, democracy and human rights.
I was confident once you began your service a yr ago immediately that a minimum of a phase of the Ethiopian intellectual group will supply recent and artistic financial and political ideas to transition Ethiopia right into a constitutional multiparty democracy. I anticipated the specialists to self-organize and supply technical advice and help to you and your administration.
During the last yr, there’s little trace of these intellectuals displaying up to do the heavy lifting in transitioning Ethiopia into multiparty democracy. It seems to me they’ve taken the quizzical angle, “What’s in it for me!?”
But they have been MIA (lacking in action) for a very long time.
Again in June 2010, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Where have Ethiopia’s Intellectuals Gone?”
This was what I wrote at the time:
The purpose of this commentary is not to moralize concerning the “failure of Ethiopian intellectuals”, or to criticize them for issues they’ve finished, not accomplished, undone or ought to have accomplished. The aim is to start public dialogue that may make it attainable to seek out methods of creating them a strong pressure of peaceful change in Ethiopia.
Suffice it to say, generally, the Ethiopian intellectuals over the previous yr have been lowered to leering spectators, yawning bystanders and deer-in-headlight onlookers.
They are corralled in their own little online chat rooms chatter boxing or pseudonymously dispensing criticism and condemnation of their blogs.
It’s a pity to see so lots of them turning gossip mongers looking for the subsequent juicy scuttlebutt and blathering babblers.
The problem of mental chapter has been recognized by Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam in his 2015 Amharic ebook, “Adafne: Worry and Failure”.
Prof. Mesfin has explained how Adafne has made Ethiopia the land of chatterboxes and windbags.
There’s an iconic slogan that has been used for decades to boost funds for the United Negro School Fund. “A thoughts is a terrible factor to waste.
It is an apt reminder to Ethiopia’s intellectuals.
Albert Einstein’s warned, “The world is a dangerous place, not due to those that do evil, however because of those that look on and do nothing.” I ponder whether Ethiopia continues to be beset by conflict and strife because intellectuals stand on the sidelines scratching their heads and twiddling their thumbs.
Profound apologies, PM Abiy!
Ethiopia’s religion leaders
PM Abiy, you have to be terribly disillusioned over the failure of Ethiopia’s religion leaders.
I definitely am.
Once you reconciled Ethiopia’s faith leaders who had been at loggerheads for many years final summer time, you observed that they need to be educating society peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Amazingly, they did not even study the very lesson of reconciliation you practiced with them in therapeutic interdenominational schisms.
Religion leaders have the facility to teach and preach and change hearts and minds. They’ve the ears, hearts and minds of their followers.
But I see few of them educating, preaching and most significantly training what they train and preach.
I don’t see them training inclusion. Neither do I see them working locally guiding individuals away from the trail of hate, division and conflict to the highway of affection, reconciliation and unity.
I don’t see many interfaith actions making an attempt to anticipate and mitigate battle. Nor do I appear them launching inclusive nationwide dialogues to cope with problems of ethnic hatred and distrust, displacement and bigotry.
I have been annoyed with Ethiopia’s faith leaders for a very long time.
In my July 2012 commentary “Unity in Divinity”, I urged the institution of an interfaith council to work on broader issues of spiritual freedom in Ethiopia.
I argued that a menace to the spiritual liberty of Muslims is a menace to the spiritual freedom of Christians. I urged Ethiopian “Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders [to] play a essential position in stopping battle and in constructing bridges of understanding, mutual respect and collaborative working relations…”
My plea has fallen on deaf ears.
Profound apologies, PM Abiy!
PM Abiy, you have to be terribly dissatisfied over the disarray and sheer incompetence of the opposition.
I definitely am.
You’re the only chief in African historical past, as far I’ve been capable of research, who has made repeated overtures to assist the opposition manage and successfully compete in a scheduled election.
You retain telling them to create coalitions as an alternative of enjoying childish social gathering games scattered into 107 totally different groups.
Your predecessors jailed, killed and tortured opposition leaders. However you embrace them and supply materials and moral help to get them organized.
Fact be advised, what you’re doing for and with the opposition is so unprecedented in African historical past, I just don’t get!
The position of opposition leaders and parties is present options to the ruling get together, maintain them accountable to public scrutiny, brazenly challenge their policies and produce simpler ideas and insurance policies for the general public’s consideration.
Is that what the Ethiopian opposition doing as we speak?
I see them chasing their tails and operating circles. Coping with the fragmented opposition is like herding cats.
I hear the opposition talking loud and saying nothing.
I have been annoyed with Ethiopia’s opposition for many years.
This was what I wrote in September 2012, in my commentary entitled, “Ethiopia’s Opposition at the Dawn of Democracy?”:
I requested out loud (however by no means received reply), ‘Who is the Ethiopian ‘opposition’?’ I confessed my bewilderment then as I do now: ‘There’s definitely not a monolithic opposition in the type of a well-organized get together. There isn’t a robust and useful coalition of political parties that would effectively problem each the facility and beliefs of the ruling social gathering. There’s not an opposition in the form of an organized vanguard of intellectuals. There’s not an opposition composed of an aggregation of civil society establishments including unions and non secular institutions, rights advocates and dissident groups. There’s not an opposition in the type of common mass based mostly political or social actions. There’s not…’
The state of affairs is way worse right now.
But I don’t completely blame them. For many years, leaders and members of the opposition have been jailed, persecuted and prosecuted for merely making an attempt to arrange.
But it is a new day.
I hope opposition parties will up their recreation for the 2020 election.
Profound apologies, PM Abiy!
PM Abiy, you have to be terribly dissatisfied over the shortage of professionalism and ethics and the viral spread of lies, pretend news and disinformation on the normal and social media and different online retailers.
I definitely am.
In 2015, Ethiopia was 4th on the prime ten listing of Most Censored Nations on the planet listing if the Committee to Shield Journalists (CPJ).
Because you took workplace a yr in the past as we speak, things have changed utterly.
In line with CPJ, your administration has “released imprisoned journalists and lifted bans on numerous websites. For the primary time since 2004, no journalists have been in jail for their work in Ethiopia.”
That is an historic achievement.
However the query is: Has the press lived up to its skilled and ethical standards?
The media is an important pillar of any democracy.
There could be no democracy and not using a vibrant and strong press. American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson wrote,
The idea of our governments being the opinion of the individuals, the very first object ought to be to keep that proper; and have been it left to me to determine whether we should always have a government with out newspapers or newspapers with no government, I shouldn’t hesitate a moment to favor the latter.
I wholeheartedly agree with Jefferson.
The media performs crucial roles in society by informing, educating and enlightening society.
They play a central position in figuring out problems and in the seek for solutions. They maintain government accountable by serving as watchdogs.
Is that what Ethiopia’s media are doing at the moment?
Sadly, I see and hear lots of yellow journalism (based mostly on sensationalism and gross exaggeration).
I see and hear wanna be journalists spreading lies, pretend information and disinformation looking for a number of cents by tricking individuals to click on on their YouTube channels.
I don’t blame the normal media completely. They’ve endured many years of suppression, persecution and prosecution.
However it is a new day in the present day.
Ethiopia’s media must up its recreation as the 2020 elections draw close to.
In the coming yr, I hope your administration will do its greatest to assist the press attain larger professionalism and reside by universal codes of journalism.
Profound apologies, PM Abiy.
The place can we go (or do not go) from right here?
The past yr has had its highs and lows.
You will have been lionized by hundreds of thousands and demonized by few.
Your endurance, fortitude, braveness and forbearance have been examined.
The ancient philosopher Seneca stated, “Hearth is the check of gold; adversity, of robust men.”
I have been heralding Ethiopia’s irreversible march from dictatorship to democracy for years.
In April 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: The Bridge on the Street(map) to Democracy”. I steered,
We will conceive of the transition from dictatorship to democracy as a metaphorical journey on the street to progress, freedom and human enlightenment (democracy) or a regression to tyranny, subjugation and bondage (dictatorship). Societies and nations move alongside this street in either course. Dictatorships could be reworked into democracies and vice versa. But the transition takes place on a bridge that connects the street from dictatorship to democracy. It’s on this bridge that the destinies of countries and societies, great and small, are made and unmade. If the transition on the bridge is orderly, purposeful and elegantly managed, then democracy might turn into a actuality. Whether it is chaotic, contentious and combative, there will probably be no crossing the bridge, only pedaling backwards to dictatorship. My concern is what might happen on the bridge linking dictatorship to democracy in Ethiopia when that time comes to cross.
In June 2012, I wrote a commentary entitled “Ethiopia: On the Street to Constitutional Democracy”. I argued with supporting historic proof that “Most societies which have sought to make a transition from tyranny and dictatorship to democracy have confronted difficult and sophisticated roadblocks.”
Specializing in the sensible classes of the “Arab Spring”, I proposed a constitutional pre-dialogue and provided some options:
The search for a democratic constitution and the objective of a constitutional democracy in Ethiopia can be a circuitous, arduous and challenging activity. But it may be finished… To overcome battle and effect a peaceable transition, competing factions must work collectively, which requires the event of consensus on core values. Public civic schooling on a brand new structure have to be offered in the transitional interval. Ethiopian political parties, organizations, leaders, scholars, human rights advocates and others ought to undertake a systematic program of public schooling and mobilization for democratization and transition to a genuine constitutional democracy. To have a successful transition from dictatorship to constitutional democracy, Ethiopians have to follow the humanities of civil discourse and negotiations….
The prize waiting on the end of the rainbow
PM Abiy, after the rain, thunder, hail and lightening have handed, a powerful rainbow will rise over the rainbow nation of Ethiopia.
After the mud settles on the Forces of Darkness, the sun will shine brightly over Ethiopia.
So, what is it going to be like in 2019?
South Africa’s Margaret Singana’s foretold it in a track (full lyrics HERE) way back.
In 2019, PM Abiy, “We’re Growing.” Ethiopia is rising. Ethiopia is rising! Greater and Greater…”
Just carry on doing what you’re doing… The canine will all the time maintain barking, however the camel retains on strolling.
Simply keep on being
A man of kindness now
A man so massive and powerful in mind
Be a person so humble now
A person of man, now let it shine…
Hear the youngsters, hear the youngsters
They are speaking to you
Hear the wind blow, hear the wind blow
It’s blowing for you…
Above all else, PM Abiy, take heed to Ethiopia’s younger individuals. They are the future of Ethiopia!
CONGRATULATIONS, PM ABIY ON AN OUTSTANDING YEAR AS ETHIOPIA BELOVED LEADER!