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The Newly Formed Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) Releases Its Full Political Program

Posted: Waxabajjii/June 7, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (12)

The newly formed Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) has released its full Political Program, which was adopted by its Founding Congress in late March 2013.

ODF Political Program

Adopted by
Founding Congress
25-27 March 2013

Since its emergence as a modern state at the end of the 19th century through the brutal war of conquest under Menelik II, Ethiopia has been the prison of nations and nationalities, the Oromo being one of them. The conquest was one of genocidal campaigns leading to massive loss of life, disease and famine. Consequently the Oromo lost their freedom, land and other resources, and were reduced to serfs under the notorious gabbar system. Ever since, they have waged relentless struggles to regain their freedom and dignity by every available means at their disposal, suffering untold repression and misery, despite which their determination has not waned, but only stiffened like never before.

The proud heritage of struggle of the gallant sons and daughters of the Oromo people against tyranny has registered important advances in recent decades. Today Oromia is at least recognized as an administrative entity, and Afaan Oromo has been transformed from a language slated for extinction into a language of instruction and administration. Yet, the Oromo people are not free and still struggle for basic rights that are taken for granted in most parts of the world.

Read the Full Document (OromoDemocraticFront.org)

(also available in pdf format here)


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  1. gadaa.com

    Jun 7, 13 at 10:44 pm

    Jabaadhaa jajjabaadhaa.

  2. Q

    Jun 8, 13 at 2:42 am

    The objective of the Oromo Democratic Front is to lead the struggle of the Oromo people to achieve freedom and self-determination through the creation of a genuinely democratic multinational federation in Ethiopia,
    What a contradiction. You have already decided or made it your objective to struggle for the creation of democratic Ethiopia. The Oromo people have the right to determine its own destiny. Without you trying to tell them to be Ethiopians. Therefore, where or what is the self-determination you are talking about.
    You guys should have taken your medicine before writing this garbage.

  3. Aanole

    Jun 8, 13 at 5:54 am


  4. Lammii

    Jun 8, 13 at 11:29 am

    Not bad, but remove the so-called “self-determination” as it is inappropriately used in your objectives. It seems for ODF “self-determination = living in a genuinely democratic federation in Ethiopia”. It could be controversial as self-determination may also be viewed by others as something that also includes secession.

    Yet, it sounds wonderful theoretically.

  5. Zelalem

    Jun 8, 13 at 11:43 am

    Yoo yeroo gabaabaa kessatti fala nu fiduu yoo dandeetan gaarii dha.Bara dhufullee oduun qofa yoo kan nuh eegidan tahe ammumaan nuh dhiisaa.Ammaan tana haalli naannawa keennaa jiru qabsoo bilisummatif mijaa-waa tahuuti jira,kanaafuu oduun keessanii karaa bilisummaaraa maqsamuu hinqabinu. Karaa fi haala argamuun gatii kamiyyuu baasudhaan gabrummaa jalaa bahuun dirqiidha. Kan barreefame kun barre
    efame kun gaaridha garuu “immiyyee miiniiliik” hin heeyyaman nuhiifis waan hirkoo tahuu miti .bye forever!

  6. the Oromian bateleur

    Jun 8, 13 at 12:58 pm

    Mr. Q,

    do you oppose if Ethiopia is democratized ? If your answer is No, it is ok, but if your answer is Yes, instead of starting belligerently, please explain it explicitly for the public.

    Thank you

  7. Abdii

    Jun 8, 13 at 1:29 pm

    What a wonderful political program ever formulated. I believe ODF has what it takes to take Oromo forward.
    Jajjabaadhaa…akka sagantaa bareedaa woraqaa irra jiru kana gara dhugaatti geeddarru. Dhaabni hojjate ni injifata …Oromoo braas deeggarsa daangaa hinqabne argata.
    Viva ADO!!

  8. Fuliyyee

    Jun 8, 13 at 6:45 pm


    You kiding????. what a moral factor and credibility do have to lead Oromo freedom struggle any more?

    I am one of your victim among many thousands of Oromo’s who sufferd for a long time in “waayyannee”nazi consentration comp/hell.

    we never and ever forget the damage you did to Oromo fighters in 1991 and you still continue to damage our struggle for freedom. whatever “xaga-xagaa” you wrote we don’t trust all of you gain go hell.
    Akkuma Oromoon “lukti quncee tuqnaan qunceen udaan tuqee ittin nama tuqe ” jedhe san namni isiin waliin akka ajaa’u barbaaddu.
    Nagaa tti.

  9. Boruu

    Jun 10, 13 at 8:33 am

    My comment to Mr(s) Fuluiyee,
    How on earth could the organization formed in 2013 brought you to the TPLF concentration camp in 1992?. You guys, please have a common sense. Comment from the organizational point of view. Comment on idea and bring a better one, which is vissible and practical. Read the document, not your mind . Have a respect for people to organize and move in the way they think is better. It is upto you to join or leave. I am not a member of any Oromo political organization till now. But I think if the ODF is dedicated to go forward I may join them.” Biddeen nama quubsu eele irratti beeku”. And you people forget struggling against the Oromo Organizations and challenge the strategic enemies. This may bring about a change.

  10. Akasummani

    Jun 10, 13 at 8:25 pm

    Obboleso may be u born 1990 u know who is ODF ?

  11. Ragaa

    Jun 15, 13 at 6:08 am

    One of the pervasive issues in the struggle of the Nation of Oromia for emancipation from this centuries-old, and backward colonization of the Abyssinian regimes, remains to be the failure of ODF to fully realize the connections that cements Orommummaa, and the struggle for the Independence of Oromia. All the internal problems created by these sell-outs not only stagnated the struggle itself, but facilitated the gap for all the internal enemies who are bending over to dissect, and destroy the Liberation journey that this Nation had embarked upon since it’s formal occupation by the Abyssinians invading armies.

    Therefore, all the Concerned Oroms Nationalists” all over the globe need to start to reply to ODF and its disoriented leaders in every corner of the world in one voice how the gallant OLF needs to regain the momentum and re-vitalize the struggle of the Oromo Nation for its independence once again. There is no any other choice for all the concerned Nationalist Oromos after foreseeing where our struggle is heading; to turn back the wheel of history with abortive course of ODF.

    The whole picture is ugly and grossly disappointing, and frustrating for any Oromo walking soul. Realizing frustration and disappointment alone by itself do not bear any meaningful fruit, we have to opted a determining action(s) by consulting each other so as to be able to alter and halt the possible predicament of the destruction of the Oromo National journey for freedom. Therefore, you, yes you, the concerned Oromo Nationalists have to form a forum such as “The Concerned Oromo Nationalists” You need to be an independent Oromo concerned Group all over the world, but make no mistake, you are neither another political organization, nor planning to be one. The potential scope, or extent of your endeavour will always be driven by the momentary needs of our struggle, and will be dictated by your existing capacity, or ability at all the corners of the world after consulting each other with the spirits of dedications, and principled commitments.

    Your vision, as”The Concerned Oromo Nationalists”will concentrate on enabling the genuine struggle of the Oromo Nation to advance towards freedom and emancipation of all Oromo citizens from the yoke of Abyssinian colonization.

    Your Mission statement may include, but not limited to:
    The Concerned Oromo Nationalists are a dedicated and committed Oromo citizens who work with all the proponents of the Oromo national freedom so as to energize, motivate, and rally in unison behind the just causes of the Nation of Oromia. The details of the mission needs to be prioritized through discussion among its committed members relentlessly till the Nation of Oromia achieves the final victory. To do so, the Concerned Oromo Nationalists will unreservedly engage with all the potential forces, advocates, supporters, and friends of the Oromo struggle.

    The Concerned Oromo Nationalists will be non-profit group whose interest are to promote the Oromo struggle which in the hyaena market to be sold to the worst scavenger. The sole aim of The Concerned Oromo Nationalists will be to regain its vivacity towards its overdue Gadaa system of democratic governance, with the vitality and fundamental objectives of Freedom, Liberty, and becoming the determinants of their own destiny, not to remain the second citizens of the minority Abyssinians.
    Asalaam aleikum.

  12. Bekele

    Jun 21, 13 at 8:19 pm

    OLF or ODF or OPDO or OFC blah blah

    I am oromo ethiopian with oromo father and amhara mother.

    What do you have to offer to millions of mixed oromos like me???