By Ibsaa Guutama* | Gubirmans.com
When our struggle for liberty and independence is challenged, it is the duty of nationalists to go out and defend it from hovering catastrophe. It will be a mistake to distract the struggle from its rightful course for sake of millions of youth whose dreams have been the liberation of Oromiyaa since they started to dream. Pioneers of the struggle are duty-bound to keep them informed about OLF, its mission, the achievements, failures and distortions of struggle. Rather than panicking with present world events, better to examine problems that came dragging from the past. Problems that caused activists leave their homes initially are still there with greater force. The solution is not quitting what you have and retrying what has already failed but to hold fast on what you had and assert your identity. To present list of names of organizations with Oromo names as alternatives can seem comparing apple to orange. Our youth are getting imprisoned and killed for being Oromians, not Ethiopians. Because our heroes and heroines rejected the others ways and stood on their own, Oromo got worldwide recognition. The struggle for liberation is not a hodge-podge brew, but sifted product, for which one made a decision to fall and rise with. It is the rejection of alien manipulation and taking responsibility for ones destiny in ones own hands.
King Minilik got green light from Emperor Yohannis to invade countries to his south. Minilik accomplished his mission and called himself “King of Ethiopia and Gaallaa Countries” after he became Emperor replacing Yohannis. Tigreans took that as humiliation by the Amaara. The efforts they made to reclaim their throne succeeded only after a century. Since the fall of Zaagu’ee dynasty, Habashaa power had been changing hands violently and never peacefully. This culture did not allow even those like Darg and Wayyaanee to democratize however hard they had tried to simulate. Oromo got negative response whenever they demanded to be left alone. That was why they organized themselves separately and shook old Nafxanyaa from its root. Now in cahoots with nationals that conveniently forget their past, it is burgeoning to thrive.
Revenge for crown of Yohannis and denial of their share in southern resource, over and above oppressing them, put cousins at odds and led to the birth of Tigray liberation fronts. Tigray grumbled against a partner that denied it due respect and decided to be independent. That was how the second Wayyaanee rebelled and liberated Tigray. But finding the throne robbed from Yohannis idle, it changed its mind, grabbed it and ruled over the empire with vengeance. It seems Wayyaanee had learned from experience that it will be impossible to rule in peace without responding to national question. That was why it included article 39, the right of nations to national self determination in its constitution. That undermined longstanding Habashaa slogan “Absoluteness of Ethiopian unity!” or “One Ethiopia or death”. No Habashaa political organization would leave Oromiya to its own destiny. They were even able to put spell on Oromo organizations in “opposition” to reject this fundamental right of a people and join them.
The Habashaa are not willing to give up the colonies for they are their lifeline. Among them, Wayyaanee has organized a rear to fallback to exit the empire when the need arises. It has sharpened teeth and nails to plunder the empire as long as it stays in power. It understands its days are short. Once kicked out, to return by the gun or democracy would be like a lost dream. Even their commons will not be comfortable with Habashaa minus Oromiyaa. For this reason, they will not stop putting the oppressed in front of them and rescue the empire from falling. Organization called Madrak is one of those rescue teams.
Most Habashaa in the mother country had no knowledge of the atrocities committed in their name by their rulers to the peoples to their south. Except for being pumped up with empty propaganda about their superiority, most rarely shared from the plunder. It is only the present government that has used the plunder to develop its country, Tigray. In the past twenty years, it has provided Tigray with numbers of factories, and educational institutions, electric dams, water resources, and several other infrastructures it had never had. In addition to these, individuals in power are amassing wealth plundered from the south just like their Nafxanyaa predecessors. For this reason, all Habashaa forces would lose the life of comfort unless they keep the empire intact.
With the empire’s demise, all countries will return to their owners. To willingly accept democracy could mean passing death sentence on oneself; it is only human for the Nafxanyaa to refuse. An empire cannot be democratized for it is built on inequality of nations. So far, organized Ethiopian elites are not in the mood to revise it. For this reason, it is a priority for nations imprisoned under the empire to determine their destiny. That is why they should ally only with those of similar destiny, not to help bring back to power those whom the struggle of the oppressed had already broken their backbone. Neither democratized Ethiopia nor independent Republic of Oromiyaa will be realized unless the empire is dismantled.
The colonizer had divided Oromiya into several parts called Xaqlayi Gizaat (Governorate General). At the end of Hayila Sillasee’s rule, some elites started to suggest changing the name Xaqlayi Gizaat to Astadaadar (Administration) to avoid its colonial implication. Darg accepted the suggestion, and Astadaadar replaced Xaqlayi Gizaat since then. Like it is said “Changing the container will not change whey into curd”. Changing the name did not bring about change in political, economic and social relations between the colonizer and the colonized.
The division to which Oromiyaa was subjected might have undue pressure on their common identity. But Oromo activists arrived in the nick of time and rescued whatever remained before it was erased. Since 1991, Oromo are enriching their common heritage within a common boundary – thanks to the revolutionary heroes and heroines that gave the ultimate sacrifice to make that possible. There is no shortcut to gain what is remaining or to guard what was achieved. It will require more sacrifice from Oromo generations.
During their separate existence, Oromo had been experiencing similar life of destitution, humiliation, lack of opportunity and desire for freedom. They had no cause to have ill fillings towards each other on national level for they had been kept strictly apart. Clashes between nomads over water had not exceeded intervention of the elderly. That was why the struggle that started on its name was based on “one country, one nation, one destiny,” not to strengthen Xaqlayi Gizat or empire. When tribes came together for the first time in 1991, the way they expressed their longing for each other and the compassionate greetings were proofs for that. That was why those that did not support independence hide their opinion then.
All facts confirm that there was nothing that put the unity of Oromo to question. Oromo struggle did not go down to Xaqlayi Gizaat level so far. Those who tried did not succeed. There is no visible advantage for Oromo in dividing Oromiyaa. Oromo liberation fighters from all regions had spilt their blood, not only in their birth places, but in every part of Oromiya. The worst enemies of Oromummaa are pseudo Oromian politicians within organizations. Based on their selfish motives, they have tried to rally supporters by disseminating false information within Oromo community to divide it in region and religion. The evil deeds will certainly boomerang to its origin, but it may take sometime to heal the scar it left.
The condition in which Oromo struggle finds itself today seems that of the 70s. During that period, a segment of Oromo activists had left the line of OLF in the name of “class struggle” and joined Habashaa organization that claimed to be communists. All those best minds were wasted to strengthen the empire. Irreplaceable lives were massacred not to be of use to their nation. Objective of all colonial governments since the first colonizer was to deny the colonies leadership. Whether one runs towards them or away from them, they never give up ambushing them. Other segment joined OLF, organized to dismantle the empire and free Oromiyaa from underneath it. Though the empire took all of them as enemies, they had spent their time harassing each other forgetting the Oromo saying “Eat with the alien, but swallow turning to your kin.”
Since then, groups that oppose the basic points of the program had sprouted in OLF. They had never come to the open in a comradely spirit to all-inclusive Congress and present their opinion for amendment of the constitution. As one of the leaders stated, since the idea of democratizing Ethiopia is a minority opinion, it had no chance of seeing daylight. This does not justify avoiding legal procedure and creating commotion in the organization by clandestine activities. That opinion started to see daylight unconstitutionally. To defend the constitution is the duty and right of members. No one can be above the law. That schism had significant influence on lack of efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Finally, the organization broke up. Failing to identify what led to the break up, it became impossible to mend it. These democratizers of Ethiopia had carried out deliberations in several places and tried many ways to accomplish their mission. They had also intended to spread their tentacles inside the country.
Now, a group has appeared in a new form and tactics to democratize Ethiopia. Even if they are not supported by majority Oromo youth at this time, they believe to match them with other supports. This is good news for persons who are craving to go back under the cover of OLF and exploit Oromiyaa with aliens whose language and culture they favor. For this reason, it will not be hard to imagine the cacophony by small, but too vocal groups, when the question of independence arises. There is a saying “The gluttonous said, let all say what they like as long as my stomach is filled up”. Oromo do not hinder persons from expressing their opinion. They will listen and give answers to the wise and the naïve alike. It has no place for fear and threat.
Splitting based on outlook did not start with OLF. Instances are Eritrean, Tigray, Southern Sudan, Somalia, Palestinian movements to mention only few. The Palestinian groups formed the PLO to keep them together even if each had different outlook from the other, but believed the liberation of Palestine as their goal. Split in OLF is also not for the first time.
Oromo character is different from all others. As long as they behave within traditional ethical standard and observe safuu, to organize separately according to own outlook is not a problem. Their target must be one that has occupied their fatherland, not their compatriots. There could be agents with special mission to sabotage the liberation of Oromiyaa. But, assuming that there are others who from their heart took democratizing Ethiopia as a solution, it may be possible to bring them together with those that stand for independence in some sort of understanding. Until then, it will be to advantage of all if they could create a pact on a common policy that reflects Oromummaa in their relation with third parties.
There are those who say why should anyone criticize when some come out to accomplish by changing tactics what OLF failed to deliver all those years? Are they the losers or other born-again that want to divert the course of national struggle? OLF stuck because of those who are now behind the present split. There is an Oromo saying “I cannot find my lost ox because the one who slew and ate it was helping me in tracking”. In addition to that, the colonial background, lack of commitment for bilisummaa, lack of militancy among higher cadres, early assassination of leaders and lack of reliable outlet has contributed to the sluggishness. Despite that, for a group that has risen from a society where majority was politically not conscious, to accomplish so much was never rivaled in the colonial history of its nation.
OLF was not well prepared to exploit Oromo resources or to stop others not to use it against them. Overhauling the organization and its methods of operation were also overdue. So many factors, especially inability to stop infiltrations and external pressures, did not allow internal dynamics to develop and bring about change. The solution is to review the causes for sluggishness and correct them, not to cut and run in a different direction. Changing the kaayyoo only damages national psyche and undermine achievements so far registered. There was nothing wrong with Kaayyoo of Bilisummaa. Had the organization operated in full capacity with determination and commitment, things could have been different. Struggle may need negotiation and compromise, but it should not be at the expense of fundamentals of your principles. Faltering in principle and inconsistency in approach are signs of opportunism. Opportunism is a blind behavior that does not consider consequences, but temporary seeming gain for the actor.
OLF was born to liberate Oromiyaa from shackles of colonialism. Many heroic lives were lost to fulfill that mission for the nation’s pride. Individuals may change their course, but OLF belongs to the martyrs and so will continue to live on their line or die so that the nation will have a name to refer to. All Oromo organizations exist because of OLF’s survival with its kaayyoo. The seeming weaknesses of today cannot make one forget the achievements registered with blood and sweat of martyrs. For those who were party to the heroic deeds and are still alive, to be humiliated by those who were not with them, is safuu. We today walk with our heads up as proud Oromo because of the risks those who marched under OLF took for liberation of their country. We the living have the duty to continue from where they left, be it rain or drought.
There are some who say given “one man, one vote” Oromo has advantage with democracy. But even if democracy is “one man, one vote” political competition is by election based on party platform, not nationality. Electoral constituency will also be limited by size of population in which Oromo may not be the majority. The internal displacement of Oromo created by governments most likely is preparations towards that end. For this reason, for the Oromo rights to be respected the big size of population is not strong assurance. What matters is the control mechanism. Remedy for Oromo is realization of their national rights in all aspects.
Those that struggle for independence of Oromiya believe that Wayyaanee, if not harsher, is no less cruel than its predecessors. They also believe that the enemy of Oromo is the colonial system of Ethiopian empire, not Wayyaanee alone. To challenge it, you should first be a formidable organization with trusted leaders that have clear vision of national goal. Then only, can you talk about tactics, negotiations and alliances. For now, the choice is clear either struggle to liberate Oromiyaa or to democratize Ethiopia. Campaigns that focus only against Wayyaanee to replace rulers for the empire bypassing liberation of Oromiyaa do not reflect the goal of OLF.
Oromiyaa has to determine her destiny with a referendum conducted under condition where there is no fear or threat. Those that stand for independence will encourage people to vote for independence. If Oromo choose to live with other nations, they will respect their choice without reservation. Alliance with non-Oromo has first to be subject to referendum; otherwise, it could be taken as betrayal of the peoples cause. Until the Oromo make a choice of their heart, the struggle will continue by all means with zeal and commitment.
Whether Oromo lives independently or with its neighbors, the final decision rest with them. All activists claim that they support Oromo right to national self-determination. If so, care must be taken so that relations with third parties may not jeopardize that opportunity. If that can be agreed, there is no reason for truly independent Oromo organizations not to gather under one shade. That was what was envisaged when forming ULFO (Union of Liberation Forces of Oromiyaa). It could not break through – probably for being untimely introduced. Still those who can become partners in struggle can draw a minimum program that includes all points they can agree on. To unite is not difficult for true nationalists that have one set goal.
Finally, all new and remnants of old Nafxanyaa consider Oromiyaa as their private properly. Wayyaanee government is good example to demonstrate that empires cannot get democratized. Oromo activists have to come out with a strong organization, and committed and determined leadership if the size of their population is to matter. If such big and conscious population like the Oromo is behind an organization, no force could stand against it. A well-organized body with strong rear will be respected and trusted to be a partner in peace and reconciliation. To handle oneself with safuu, patience and tolerance is Oromo tradition. OLF is a national icon synonymous with independence not to be high jacked, borrowed or lent for other purposes. As long as there is one person that upholds OLF’s line of struggle, no one has the right to modify and use its name. It is patriotic to come out and defend the struggle for bilisummaa from the vultures hovering over it at this time of confusion. It is the way to kaayyoo, not the kaayyoo that can be negotiable. Before kaayyoo bilisummaa is derailed, all nationalists must stand guard and raise high its banner so that it visibly flies in the national air, heart and mind.
The struggle for bilisummaa shall continue until victory!
Honor and glory for the fallen heroines and heroes; liberty equality and freedom for the living and nagaa and araaraa for the Ayyaanaa of our fore parents!
— Source: Gubirmans.com
Bilisummaa irra Faccisa
Yeroo qabsoon bilisummaa fi ofiinbulmaata keenyaa didhamu baanee balaa irra marsaa jiru faccisuun dirqama sabboonotatti Kanneen qara qabsoott ka’an yeroof mataa gad qabatan malee hin coollibne. Ammayyuu dhaloota haaraaf waa’ee ergamsa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo ABOn hogganamuu iyya’uuf dirqama qabu. Waan hardha ta’aa jiruun ababbaruu irra kan darbanin walbira qabanii ilaaluu yaaluun barumsa taha. Rakkinni qabsaawota ganama manaa yaase hardha ittuu caalee muldhata. Fallisaa kan qaban gad dhiisanii kan yaalamee fashale irra deebi’uu utuu hin ta’in kan qabaniti cichanii eenyummaa ofii mirkaneessuu dha. Ilaalcha dhaaboti maqaa Oromo qaban akka filmaataataat tarreessuun daaraa fi daakuu walbira qabu akka hin taane eeggachuu dha. Dargaggoon keenya hidhamaa dhumaa kan jiran Oromummaa fi malee Itiyoophiyummaan miti. Goototi keenya ilaalcha jedhaman ciiga’uu dha kan eenyummaa Oromoo hunda hubachise. Qabsoon bocii bordee miti, hoomisha secca’amaa, nammu wajjiin kufee ka’uuf murteeffatu. Shira halagaa doomsanii abbaawummaa hiree ofii of harkatt galfachuu dha.
Nigus Minilikii biyyoota kibba saa jiran akka weeraru Atsee Yohaannis irra ooffalcha argate. Minilk erga du’a Yohanisiin bakka saa Atsee tahe duuba ergamsa saa xumuree, “Nugusa Itiyoophiyaa fi biyyoota Gaallaa” ofiin jedhe. Minilik bakka Yohaannis bu’uu Tigroti Amaaran akka salphifamaniti fudhatan. Bakka saaniitt debi’uu yaaliin ergasii godhan ganna dhibba booda milkaawe. Erga jarri Zaagu’ee kufanii, angoon Habashaa lolaan malee nagaan walitt darbee hin beeku. Aadaan kun, kan demokrasii akkeessuu yaalan Dargii fi Wayyaaneen illee demokrata’uu dadhabsiise. Oromoon akka irraa ka’an nagaan gaafatanii deebii tolaa hin arganne. Kanaaf addati of ijaaranii sosso’uun Nafxanyaa Dullacha hundee raasani. Amma sana kan irraanfatan qabatee deebi’ee dagaaguuf lataa jira.
Haaloon gonfoon Yohaanis butamuu fi qabeenya kibbaa qoqqobamu ciipha’amuu saanii irrati dabbalee durbii wal dhabsiise; sunis addoota bilisummaa Tigraayi dhalche. Tigray miiltoo ulfina hin kennineefitt mufatee bilisa bahuu murteeffate. Akkasiti Wayyaanee lammafaan kutannoon kan lolatt bobba’e Tigrayiin bilisaa baase. Barcuma Yohaannis irraa saamame duwwatt yoo argu yaada jijjiirratee irra bahun empayera Itiyoophiyaa haaloon mo’uu eegale.
Gaaffiin sabootaa deebi’u malee nagaan bulchuun akka hin dandahamne Wayyaaneen muuxannoo irra kan barate fakkaata. Sanaaf aango 39, mirga sabootaa hiree sabaawaa ofii ofiin murteeffachu kan inni heera saati galche. Sun ejjennoo Habashaan, tokkummaa Itiyoophiaa kan hin tuqamne, “And Itiyoophiyaa wayin mooti”jedhu busheesse. Dhaabi Habashaa Oromiyaatt akka hiree saa ofiin murteeffatu dhiisu hin jiru. Dhaabota Oromoo mormituu jedhaman irra marsanii mirga ilmoo namaa bu’uuraa kana balaaleffachuun akka isaanitt galan godhanii jiru.
Habashaaf kolonoti haada jireenya saanii waan ta’aniif tolaan gad dhiisuuf fedha hin qaban. Tigray empayerii irra gargar of baasuuf duubbee qopheeffateera. Abo tasa argate hanga irra turuti, kan dandahu saammachuuf ilkaanii fi qeensa baafatee itt bobba’ee jria. Bultiin saa qubaan lakkaawamuu beeka. Al tokkoo gad dhiitamnaan qawween haa tahu demokrasiin itt deebi’uun abjuu badde taati. Taraan saanii illee Itiyoophiyaa Oromiyaa dabalatu yoo hin taane Habashaa qofa keessati si’achi itt hin tolu. Darabee itt haanus empayera kufaatii irra oolchuuf cunqurfamoota of fuldura hiriirsuun saanii birmachuun hin hafu. Jaarmiyaan Madrak jedhamu garee birmannaa keessaa tokkoo.
Nammi Habasha biyya saatii bahee hin beekne maqaa saatiin badiisa orma kibba irrati tolfama jiru hin beekuu. Olhaantummaa hololaan itt afuufamuun kooruu malee qabeenya saamamu keessaa hangas kan hin buufanne jiru. Mootummaa amma dhufe qofatu kibbaa kan samu biyya isaa ittiin misomsu irrati bobbahe. Waggaa digdama keessati warshootaa fi dhaabota barumsaa hedduu, ittisa elektrika, qabeenya bishaanii fi jalcaasa lakkofsa hin qabne kanaan dura hin beekne Tigrayif argamsiisee jira. Kaana irratt dabalanii abba tokkeen bulcha irra jiran akkuma nafxanyoota durii qabeenya saamichaan walirra tulaa jiru. Kanaaf aangoti Habashaa hundi empayera akka jiruti yoo eegan malee jireenyi bacarraa itti hafa.
Empayerri jiguun orma kibbaaf bilisummaa dhalcha. Empayerri diigamnaan biyyi hundi abbaatt gala. Giti bulchituu fedha saaniitin demokratummaa fudhachuu jechuun du’a ofitt muruu taha. Diduun miira ilmoo namaati. Empayeri wal caalmaa sabootaa irrati waan ijarameef demokrata’uu hin dandahu. Hanga yoonaa gurguddoon Habasha ijaaraman keessa deebi’anii sirreessuu hin feene. Kanaaf sabooti empayera jalati hidhaman hiree saanii murteeffachuun durfannoo kan tahu. Sanaafis kan wal fakkaataniin walii tumsuun malee qabsoon cuqurfamootaa kan dudda cabse angoti deebi’uu gargaaruun miti. Demokratik Itiyoophiyaa haa tahu Republik Oromiyaa bilisii jiga empayera malee mirkanaawuu hin dandahani.
Oromiyaan erga halagaa jalati kufte bakka hedduuti kukkutanii Xaqlaayi Gizaati” moggaasanii turan. Bara Hayila Sillaasee gara dhumaa gurguddoon Habasha maqichi akka kolonummaa hin calaqisne gochuuf “Astadaadar” (Bulcha) jedhamu qaba jedhani yaada darbachuu eegalan. Dargiin yaadicha fudhatee ergasii sanaan waamamu. “Qabeen geeddarameef dhammi itittuu hin tahu” akkuma jedhame, maqaa geedaruun hariiroo malbulcha, diinagdee fi howaasomaa kolonota fi koloneeffataa gidduu hin jijjiirre. Kukkutammi Oromiyaa eenyummaa waloo saanii irrati dhiibbaa qabaachuu hin hafne. Garuu qabsaawoti Oromoo wareegama guddaa itt baasuun osoo inni waliigalati hin haqamin bira gahani.
Ergasii Oromoon 1991 kaasanii daangaa Oromiyaa tokkoo keessati dhaalmaa badii irra hafe waliin gabbifataa jiru. Haala dhiigi goototaa warraaqxotaa jijjirsise kana kan hin qayyabanne tola argame se’uu dandahu. Kan hafe argamsiisufis haa tahu kan argatan eeggachuuf karaa gabaabaan hin jiru. Ilmaan Oromoo irraa wareegama caalaa gaafata sanaaf firaa fi diina walii maqfachuu qabu.
Sirna koloniii jalatt Oromoon jireenya gadadoo, salphinaa, carraa dhabeenyaa fi hawwa walabummaaf qaban walfakkaataa jala turani. Kanaaf dhimmi sadarkaa sabaawaati isaan wal dhabsiisuu hin turre. Kanaaf qabsoon qindaawee maqaa saaniitiin ka’e “biyya takkitti, saba tokkicha fi hiree tokkicha” irrati hundaawe malee Xaqlayi Gizatii yk empayera cimsuuf hin turre. Bara 1991 gosti jalqabaaf walitt dhufe akki inni gadoodaa jaalalaa fi ulfinaan wal yooyyefate sanaaf ragaa dha. Sana yoo argan qabsaawoti bilisummaan morman yaada saanii ni dhoffatanii.
Mirkaniin jiran hundi yoo walitt ilaalaman tokkummaa Oromoo wanti gaaffii jala galchu hin muldhanne. Qabsoon Oromo hanga yoonaa Xaqilayi Gizaatiitt gadi hin buune. Kanneen yaalanis hin milkofne; fulduratis maalifaan milkiin baasu hin muldhatu. Dhiigii gootota Oromo bahaa dhihaa, kibbaa kaaba fi gidduu qabsoo bilisummaa keessati qooda fudhatan jiyaa hundati faca’ee Oromummaa magarsaa jira malee bakka dhalataniti hin hafne. Hamajaajii Oromummaa guddaan malbulchesitota fakkeessitu dhaabota Oromoo keessa jirani. Ofittummaan kaka’anii hoduu sobaa facaasuun orma kana dhugeeffannoo fi Xaqilayi Gizatiin hawwachuu yaalani.
Haalli qabsoon Oromoo hardha keessa jiru kanuma jalqaba torbaatamootaa fakkaata. Baras Oromoo garri tokkoo “qabsoo gitaa” maqaa dhahachuun xurree ABO gad dhiisanii dhaabota Habashaa komunist ofiin jedhani tumsani. Isaan jalatis maqaa Oromoon jarmota qabu turan. Duubi saa gaarii hin turre. Akka hin taanett lubbuun bakka buusa hin qabnee qisaasame. Akeeki koloneeffataa kolonota saa hooggansa dhabsiisuu dha. It baqatanis irra baqatanis haxxeesaa hidhuufii hin dhiisu. Garri kaan sirna empayeraa cabsinee isa jalaaa Oromiyaa bilisa baafna jedhanii of ijaarani. Dhaabi saanii jalqabaa ABO ture. Hunduu mootiin Habashaan diina godhachuuf kan jiru ofumaa wal hiraarsaa bahani. Isa Oromoon “halagaa waliin nyaadhuu fira keett garagalii liqimsi” jedhu sana dagatani.
Ergasii ABO keessatis murnooti tuqaa bu’uuraa sagantichaan morman biqilaniiru. Ifaan gadi bahanii yaada jaallummaan heera haa fooyyeffanuu jedhanii Kora hunda haammatuti hin dhiheessine. Akka hoogganni tokkoo jedheti yaadi Itiophiyaa demokratessuu yaada yaraa waan tureef carraa ifa arguu hin qabu ture. Tahus akka seeraati beeksifamu malee lafa jala dhaaba jeequun sirrii hin ture. Yaadich heeraa alatt ifa ilaaluutt ka’ee. Heerarraa hamaa faccisuun mirga fi dirqama miseensaati. Eenyuu seeraa ol tahuu hin dandahu. Haalli suun shaffisa sochii bilisummaa irrati calaqisuun ifaa dha. Sunis caccabina fide. Kaasaa caccaba fide irrati wal amanuun waan dhibeef yaaliin dhinsuuf tolfame hin milkoofne. Demokratessitooti Itiyoophiyaa kun bakka adda addati marii hedduu gaggeessanii ergama saanii fiixan baasuuf karaa hedduu yaalani. Biyyatis hidda diriirfacuuf abbalanii turani.
Amma tooftaa addaatiin Itiyoophiyaa demokratessuufi bifa haaran murni tokkoo gad baheera. Si’ana dargaggoo Oromoo wayyaban deggaramuu baatanuu hirkoo argataniin wal gitna jedhanii kan of amansiisan fakkata. Namoota golgaa ABOn deebi’anii halagaa waliin Oromiyaa fottuu dharra’an, afaanii fi aadaa halagaa leellisaniif kun misirachoo dha. Nyaattubeen, nammi waan jette haa jettuu ana garaan achi nattii haajettu jette jedham.Kanaaf waa’ee ofiin bula Oromiyaa dubbachuun waca kaasu heduun nama hin dhibu. Yaadi addaa kun tolaa dhas haamaadhas kan jedhan jiraachuu danda’u. Oromoon haasaa nama hin dhowwu, kan gamnaas kan gowwaas walqixee dhaggeeffatee deebii kenna. Sodaa fi doorsisaaf bakka hin kennu.
Ilaalchan adda ba’uun ABOn hin eegalle. Fakkeenyaaf sochiin Eertraa, Tigray, Sudaan Kibbaa, Somalia, Filisxeem ni argamu. ABOn murna hedduuti gargar bahuun dhossaa miti. Dhaaboti Filisxeemis garagarummaa walii fudhatanii PLO ummachuun ni beekama. Gara garumaa ilaalcha addunyaa haa qabatan malee Philisxeemiin bilisa baasuun manii hunda saaniiti.
Miirri Oromo hundarraa adda. Hanga hangammeessa dudhaa saanii keessat safuu eeganii socha’aniti akka yaada ofiiti ijaaramuun hamaa hin qabu. Akeekkati saanii fira irrati utuu hin ta’in isa biyya abbaa saanii qabate irrati xiyyeeffamuu qaaba. Waan hundaafuu ilaalchan of takaalee laasha’uu manna obsaa fi wal danda’uun akka yaada saati of ijaaruu wayya. Sun halagaaf malee lammiif bu’aa hin qabu. Bilisummaa Oromo hankaaksuuf keetoliin ergamsa qaban jiraachuu dandahu. Hammasitt utuu imaammata Oromummaa calaqisu hariiroo nama sadafaa waliin qabataniif tolfatanii hundaafuu anjaa qaba.
ABOn Waggaa kana hunda waan gochuu dadhabe tooftaa jijjirree fiixan baafna kan jedhan maaf nammuu qeeqa kan jedhan jiru? ABO kan danqan keessaa tokko kanneen gargar bahuu amma jiru duuba jirani. Jechi Oromoo tokkoo “kanan sangaa koo bade argachuu dadhabe isa qalatee nyaatetu faana dhahuu na gargaaraa jiraa” jedha. Sanatt dabalee duubbeen kolonummaa, bilisummaaf dudhama dhabu, dabballooti ol haanoon caccisummaa dhabuu, ajjeefama yero malee hoogganoota hedduu fi karaa alatt baasu rakkachuun shaffisa dhabuuf kaasaa tahaniiru. Sunis tahe murna orma wayyabi hawaasaa dammaqina malbulchaa hin qabne keessaa bahee hamma kana gumaachuun seenaa kolonoma saba saa keessati hiriyaa hin qabu.
ABOn qabeenya Oromiyaatt dhimma bahuuf ta’ee diinni dhimma akka itt hin baane gochuuf gahaatt hin tattaafanne. Dhaabicha fi akkaata inni itt hojjetu haaromsuu dhabuunis danqaraa guddinaa ture. Taasisa hedduu, luuxxee galtuu fi dhiibbaa alaa ofirraa eeguu dhabuun si’aawummaa silaa keessaa maddee jijjiirama fiduu qanccarse. Furmaati, keessa deebi’anii mudaa jiru qorachuun sirreessuu male eegee qeensanii gara baaseti baqachuu miti. Kaayyoo jijjiiruun geedarama tolaa fiduu irra hamilee sabichaa fi jija hanga yoonaa galmeeffaman irrati miiddhaa fiduu dandaha. Kaayyoon bilisummaa mudaa hin qabu ture. Osoo dhaabichi dambooba, kutannoo fi dudhamaan dandeetii qabu hojiirra oolche tahee want halle adda tahuu mala ture. Dhoofsisi qabsoo keessati barbaachisuu hin oolu, dhoofsisis kennanii fudhachuu gaafata, garuu bu’uura kaayyoo kan tuqu tahuun irra hinjiru. Akeeka irrat daddaaquu fi wayti dhihaachuutt roga dhabuun ayyaan laallatummaa dha. Ayyaan laallatummaan miira jaamaa waan taatoon yeroof kan argatu itt fakkaate malee hamaa duubaan dhufu hin laalle.
ABOn kan dhalate Oromiyaa xaxaa kolonummaa jalaaa baasuuf ture. Boona sabaaf ergamsa saanii bakkaan gahuuf lubbuu gootaa meeqaatu bade. Abba tokkeen karaaa jijjiirrachuu ni dandaha. ABOn garuu kan dabaankufootaa waan taheef xurree saanii irra jerachuu itt fufa; yoo dadhabes maqaa saatiin du’uun ujuu sabichi dhahatu ta’ee hafa. Inni kaayyoo saatiin jiraateef dhaaboti Oromoo hundi jiraatani. Daddhabini hardha jira jedhamu jijoota dhiiga fi dafqa goototaan galmeeffaman irraanfachiisuu hin dandahu. Kanneen lubbiin jiran sana keessaa qooda qabanis ejjennoo saanii hardhaaf kan waliin hin duulleen salphifamuun safuu dha. Jannooti Oromo gaagaa hunda danda’anii ABO jala hiriiraniif sadarkaa hardha Oromummaan boonnee mataa ol qabannee deemnuu kan geenye. Nuti kan lubbuun jiru bakka isaan itt dhaabanii kaafnee bokkaa haa tahu hongee fiixan baasuun dirqama keenya.
Akka “nammi tokkoo irba tokkoo” jedhanitt Oromoon demokraasii irra anjaa qaba kan jedhan jiru. Demokrasiin “nammi tokkoo irba tokkoo” haa jedhu malee dorgommeen malbulchaa sabummaan osoo hin ta’in kennata yabboo golootaa irrati hundaawa. Waliinjiroon kennataas kan danga’amu lakkofsa dilormaa Oromoon wayyaba ta’uu dhiisuun malu irrati. Kan moototi biyya keessaa Oromoo facaasaa jiran qophii gara kanati godhamu tahuu dandaha. Kanaaf mirga Oromoo kabachiisuuf guddinni dilormaa saa gahaa miti. Kan dhimma baasuu akkaaata to’annaati. Furmaati Oromoon qabu mirgoota saa sabummaa gara hundaan mirkaneeffachuu qofa.
Kanneen bilisummaa Oromiyaaf qabsaawan Wayyaaneen mootota Habashaa kanaan dura turan caalaa yoo hammaate malee isaanii gadi miti jedhanii amanu. Dinni Oromoo waligalati sirna kolonii empayera Itiyoophiaa malee Wayyaanee qofa akka taheti hin fudhatani. Sana didhuuf jalqaba ijaarsa jabaa, hogganoota amanamoo fi daaya kaayyoo sabicha taliila qaban feesisa. Yoos qofa kan waa’een tooftaa, dhoofsisaa fi tumsaa dubbatamu. Ammaaf filmaati ifaa dha, bilisummaa Oromiyaaf qabsaawuu yk Itiyooophiyaa demokratessuu. Duulli bilisummaa Oromoo bira darbee empayraa mootii jijjiruufi Wayyaanee qofatt xiyyeefatu manii ABO miti.
Oromiyaan haala sodaa fi dorsisi hin jirre jalati, referendum gaggeeffamuun hiree see murteeffachuu qabdi. Qoodi kanneen bilisummaaf dhaabbatanii akka Oromoon ofiin buluu filatu kakaasu dha. Yoo saboota biraa waliin jiraachuu filate murtii saa mamii malee kabaju. Tumsi dhaabota Oromoo mitii waliin godhamu dura referandumii irrati kan hundaawe tahu malee kaayyoo sabichaa ganuu ta’a. Hanga sabi Oromo hiree saa murteeffachuun kan garaa saa filatutt qabsoon karaa hundaa itt fufa.
Oromoon walabummaan haa jiratu olloota saa waliin haa jiratu filmati dhumaa kan sati. Mirga hiree sabummaa murteeffachuu saa deggeruu garri hund ni himu. Sanati kan amanan hariiroon qaama sadaffaa waliin godhamu gufuu akka hin taane eegganoo barbaachisa. Sanaan wal taaanaan dhaaboti malbulchaa Oromoo dhugaatt walaba tahan gaaddisa tokkoo jalatt walitt qabamuu dandahu. Yaaliin THBO (Tokkummaa Humnoota Bilisummaa Oromoo) tolchuuf godhames sana. Yeroo malee waan ta’eef keessa hulluuquu hanqate taha. Ammas kan walii miiltoo ta’uu danda’an sagantaa tuqaalee irratt waliigalan haammatu baafatanii waliin hiriiruu dandahu. Sabboonaa dhugaa kaayyoo qabu tokkummaan hin dhibu.
Dhuma irrati, nafxanyootaa moofaa ha tahan qacceen saanii Oromiyaa akka gulummaa saaniti ilaalu. Sirni empayra demokrata’uu akka hin dandeenye mootummaan Wayyaanee fakkeenya guddaa dha. Qabsaawoti Oromoo yoo guddinni orma saanii akka dhimma baasuu barbaadan ijaarsa cimaa fi hoggansa kutataa fi dudhamaan gadi bahuu qabu. Yoo dilormaan guddaan akka Oromoo jaarmaa cimaa duuba jirate humni jala dhaabbachuu dandahu hin jiru. Qaammi sirnaan ijaaramee duubbee cimaa qabu nagaa fI araaraaf miltoo ta’uuf ulfinaa fi amanamummaa argata. Wal danda’uu fi obsaan of qabuun dudhaa Oromooti; kanaaf wanti hojjetu hundi kan safuuf bakka kennu tahutu eegama. ABOn ulfoo sabaa, bilisummaan gargar hin baafamne wan ta’eef dhimma biraaf hin butamu, hin liqeeffamu, hin gurguramu. Hamma nammi tokkoo kan kaayyoo ABOn qabatee ka’ef qabsaawu jiraatett kakkabeebsee maqaa saa dhimma itt bahuuf eenyuu mirga hin qabu. Sabboonoti yeroo afanffajii kana gad bahanii ruumicha marsaanii jiru irraa faccisuun jaalbiyyummaa dha. Kan dhofsifamu karaa kaayyoott geessu malee kaayyoo miti. Osoo kaayyoon bilisummaa hin mucucaatin sabboonoti hundi eeguu dhaabbatanii faajjii saa ol kaasuun mullatee, qilleensaa, onnee fi sammuu sabaawaa keessa akka balali’u gochuu dha.
Qabsoon bilisummaa itt fufa ofiin buluun ni dhufa!
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