Why Do We Justify the 10 Million Birr Donation to Displaced Innocent Tigriyans by the Ethio-Somali Region
By Ahmed Deeq Hussein
I felt proud when I hear the statement of His Excellency President Abdi Mohamoud Omar that declares his cabinet’s endorsement to donate 10 million birr for displaced innocent Ethiopian people from Gondar & Bahar dar cities of Amhara region. The cabinet has strongly condemned the intimidation, subjugation and killing of targeting innocent civil society of Tigrai people. The statement clearly indicated that Ethio-Somali region will never accept anything that can potentially jeopardize the ethnic based federal system and national constitution—that secured equities, equalities and democratic rights of all Ethiopian peoples, nations, and nationalities and regions.
The cabinet underlined that Ethio-Somali region will strongly defend the federal system of the country as well as peace, security, and stability of the country. According to cakaranews.com, the official website of the Ethiopian Somali regional state, the position of our region was clear regarding the current political chaos initiated by those terror and racist groups, backed by the isolated one man regime of Eritrea, such as ONAAG (OLF) & GINBOT 7.
The statement further declared that no single region in today’s Ethiopia has a right to meddle against any other region, as each regional states have their own self-autonomy administration, under the framework of ethnic based federalism, guaranteed by the national constitution of Ethiopia that every ethnic has respected its democratic and citizen rights.
As a result, the nightmare of returning back to 25 years, just to make some particular people privileged, at the expense of nations and nationalities of Ethiopia, is impossible and unthinkable. We have already witnessed in previous regimes that a centralized government used to discriminate and marginalize the majority ethnic groups of the nation in an open sky.
Having said this, the current decision and solidarity of the Ethio-Somali region, is one step forward in terms of keeping Ethiopia’s integrity, co-existence and federal system. And it is indeed a bold message for what is going on in our country recently.
I was critically observing in the last three days the views & interpretations of people of Ethiopia about the statement of Ethio-Somali region cabinet on social media and other media outlets it looks that people have various perspectives and concerns whereas majority of the people are too much delighted to hear such heroic decision of Ethio-Somali region but those people against ethnic based federalism and national constitution got shocked and it became like sharp painful arrow stumped over their chest and swallowing saliva back to their stomach.
I wonder why people of some regions are targeting only one particular ethnic group. It is obvious the whereabouts TPLF’s constituency. It has nothing to do with Oromia region and Amhara region apart from that of EPRDF umbrella. Federal Government and Ruling party EPRDF determined to make remarkable change and response what people complains, identified the root causes problems and decided to make great change about whole system. In that regard any sober minded citizen should be cooperative in moving its nation forward.
As an Ethiopian somali born proud citizen of Ethiopia, I do not see any justifiable reason to displace, intimidate, subjugate and kill any innocent Ethiopian citizen from any particular ethnic group. It’s a bad behavior and action to be condemned.