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ODF’s Statement on the Passing of Jarra Abbaa Gadaa, a great Oromo nationalist leader

Posted: Bitootessa/March 4, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (8)

The following is a statement from the Oromo Dialogue Forum (ODF).

We are greatly saddened by the death in exile of Jarra Abba Gada (Abdulkarim Ibrahim), one of the trailblazers in the Oromo people's struggle for freedom. Jarra was the bravest of the brave. He took up arms to fight the Ethiopian rulers who continued to subjugate Oromia and oppress its people. In his young age, he found it unacceptable to tolerate the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of the Oromo people in the hands of successive Ethiopian rulers. Deciding to give up everything in life for the sake of liberating the Oromo people, the young Jarra joined the Bale resistance and later helped found the Oromo Liberation Army.

Jarra was the first Oromo nationalist in the OLF to alert and educate Oromo leaders and nationalists on the sinister schemes and the danger the Somali regime of Siad Barre posed against our people and land. He languished for five years in Somali prison for refusing to succumb to Siyad Bare’s ambition of gobbling up Oromo territory to aggrangize his Great Somalia Republic. He was uncompromsing when it came to the legitimate rights of the Oromo people. Moreover, Jarra consistently resisted and opposed foreign meddling in Oromo affairs.

It is a travesty that such a giant national hero could not die among the people he so loved and could not be laid to rest on the land he fought to liberate.

As we witness the pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s Oromo nationalist movement, Hussein Sura, General Waqo Gutu, Adam Jilo, and Sisay Ibsa, passing away one after the other in exile without seeing the freedom of their beloved people and the liberation of their cherished homeland, need to dedicate ourselves to redouble our efforts to realize the aims for which they died.

As we pay tribute to our fallen hero and extend our sympathy to his family and our entire Oromo people in this occasion of losing a great nationalist leader, we declare our determination to reversing the paralysis and invigorating our just struggle with the dynamism and innovation the time and situation demands.

May Allah keep your soul in eternity!

Oromo Dialogue Forum (ODF)


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  1. Abdela

    Mar 4, 13 at 10:00 pm

    Seenaan goota oromoo seenaa boonsaadha jaabaadhaa yaa qomookoo nibilisoomnaatii.

  2. Dammaqaa

    Mar 5, 13 at 6:11 pm

    goota goota caalu j/Jarraa abbaa gadaaRabbi sitti haa araramuu. silaafuu qabsawaan ni kufaa qabsoon itti fufa!!!!!

  3. Hawwinee Barii

    Mar 5, 13 at 9:16 pm

    From among Oromo, ODF should be the last to send a massage of condolence on the passing away of our beloved and nationalist J/Jaarraa abbaa Gadaa cos they are the one who betrayed the cause of independent Oromiyaa for which he died fighting. Fighting for shackling Oromo people under the devil Ethiopian colony under the so called the ” democratization of Ethiopian Empire” and condoling the death of J/Jaarraa Abbaa Gadaa are irreconcilable. Stop your crocodile tear and first camp back to Oromo camp by declaring your sin and ask for apology for betraying the cause for which thousands of Oromo sons and daughters martyred.

  4. The modern

    Mar 6, 13 at 6:24 pm

    The brain touched with negative, all it does is devil action,my sister Hawine B this is time of grivnes for all Oromo people dispute their ploticale opinion.

  5. Walabummaa

    Mar 6, 13 at 9:21 pm

    The letter ODF wrote for Meles Zenawi’s wife after his death was much much better and long. Why all this criticism on an eulogy of a national icon when it comes to Jarra?

  6. Bara kana

    Mar 8, 13 at 6:59 am

    ODF leader and all members, you guys have to feel sad for yourself and ask God for giveness, Coz, Jara Aba Geda was a hero and was struggling greatly for his ppl libration as much as he can. He wasn’t sale his country and his ppl dignity for tplf like lencho Leta …..

  7. kimia Ali

    Mar 9, 13 at 1:30 am

    When I heard the passing of Jara it brought back my child hood memory because the first name I heard was his name when peple talk about Oromo struggle before any name or any organization . Jara was the father of our struggle Jara was the father of oromo nationalism Jara was the man who gave us the pride when we call our self oromo . I am sure every oromo is proud of him I know I am !!!

  8. dawoodosman/GPA.

    Mar 9, 13 at 5:20 pm

    First of all I’ll like to convey my condolence to his family,relatives and to the people of ethiopia who missed such a prominent advocate and vanguard freedom fighter.He,JARRA ABBAA GADAA,the bright minded brave son of OROMIA risen up against the direct or indirect human right abusers.Brave enough to tear the curtain of darkness with the sword of truth that opened the light to awaken thousand and millions running to join the struggle for the freedom of Oromia.Jaarraa abbaa gadaa was our commander,he is the corner stone of our struggle for freedom. Thankyou.