Oromo Scholar proposes the foundation of a national council of Oromia
(Advocacy4Oromia, 27 January 2016) Distinguished Oromo scholar, Asefa T Dibaba, proposes the foundation of a national council of Oromia for Tracing a Roadmap for Oromo Struggle.
According to Dr Asafa T Dibaba, the best revenge is not revenge, but to move on justly and happily and let Waaqa (God) do the rest! He says “in the Past, the oldest we were to be wise but the weakest to change our Fate.”
He has a seed of thought about Founding of OROMIA NATIONAL COUNCIL that would be “a first step toward transforming the long protracted Oromo national (liberation) struggle from stagnation to a more dynamic, inclusive, and active political force.”
“This urgent need for an inclusive national dialogue among the Oromo is compelling at least for two reasons: first, our struggle for democratic right has been slowed down by the Ethiopian regime which seeks to assert and maintain its power indefinitely using lethal force; second, instead of cooperation and forming organizational alliance among Oromo political elites, the struggle has been hindered and reduced to clashes of interest over power and suffered lack of ideological clarity and organizational discipline, i.e., transparency and dynamism, among others.
“Hence, there are two main aims for the present project: first, it is believed to create and increase awareness within areas that are regarded as important to revitalize the Oromo national struggle for democratic rights. Second, it is hoped to encourage collaboration in the Oromo general public, between individuals, and among organizations that have had, to the present, no need to accomplish tasks and solve problems collaboratively.
“As the project will evolve into practice, it is expected that possibilities and hindrances will become more obvious, and they necessitate careful handling of differences, issues, and attitudes using democratic principles.”
Your point of argument is appreciated whether you stand in favour of the idea or not. “Not just Thumb Up or Down but I expect WHY in your comments and suggestions.”
Here below is his today’s message from his facebook timeline.
FOUNDING A NATIONAL COUNCIL OF OROMIA
(Tracing a Roadmap for Oromo Struggle)
the best revenge is not revenge, but
to move on justly and happily and let
Waaqa (God) do the rest!
During the last three weeks you wondered what I was/am up to. I understand that your concern was sincere and genuine. Then I said,
Oromo, in the Past, the oldest we were to be wise but the weakest to change our Fate. In the Present and Future, the youngest we shall ever be to be free and to live by our Freedom! Patience to wait and courage to encounter the unexpected are the two most intriguing lessons in Our life. And, My People, this is true no better moment in Our life than the present.
Twenty-five years ago, in Khartoum, I met with someone from ORA and he asked me how long it would take for the Oromo to be free. . I said, maybe ten or twenty years. And he asked me why. I said, our people do not know yet FREEDOM FROM WHAT and FREEDOM TO WHAT. He was mad at me.
After 25 years, now I have developed personally and professionally–I have a PhD (should that matter) and my people too have a PHD but in Poverty, Hunger, and curable Disease (malaria, malnutrition, etc). The difference is, I mastered the Theory and they did the Practice! And our leaders, whom I came to idolize in my early adolescence, now tell us that they were hand in gloves (communicating on regular basis) with the late Ethiopian Prime Minister until he was removed from power by natural death. Communicate what, and in whose favor?
Now, last week I shared my views about “Where are we now,” and “where to”” with two young Oromo scholars. I shared with them a seed of thought about the crucial need for FOUNDING NATIONAL COUNCIL OF OROMIA. And I heard someone last night on OMN sharing the same concern. This is it! I said–sharing the same common vision.
I am working on the project and I wanted to wait until I separate the wheat from the chaff but roughly here it is in a nutshell:
The Founding of OROMIA NATIONAL COUNCIL, I strongly believe, IS a first step toward transforming the long protracted Oromo national (liberation) struggle from stagnation to a more dynamic, inclusive, and active political force. This urgent need for an inclusive national dialogue among the Oromo, both in the Diaspora and back home (Oromia), is compelling at least for two reasons: first, our struggle for democratic right has been slowed down by the Ethiopian regime which seeks to assert and maintain its power indefinitely using lethal force; second, instead of cooperation and forming organizational alliance among Oromo political elites, the leaders put the national struggle in trap and reduced it to clashes of interest over power and, consequently, it suffered the lack of ideological clarity and organizational discipline, i.e., transparency and dynamism, among others.
Hence, there are two main aims for the present project: first, it is believed to create and increase awareness within areas that are regarded as important to revitalize the Oromo national struggle for democratic rights. Second, it is hoped to initiate national consensus and to encourage collaboration in the Oromo general public, as among individuals and organizations that have had, to the present, no need to accomplish tasks and solve problems collaboratively. As the project will evolve into practice, it is expected that possibilities and hindrances will become more obvious, and they necessitate careful handling of differences, issues, and attitudes using democratic principles.
At the moment, Qeerroo, the Revolutionary Oromo Youth League, and the Peasants seem to have taken back their fate in their hand during this historical move which I call AUTUMN REVOLUTION. But my worry is this: IF YOUTH KNEW, IF AGE COULD. Utuu Ijoolleen beetti ta’ee, Utuu Jaarsi danda’ee! dha. Oromo intellectuals and our political elites should narrow their differences, come together and work to bridge the gap and map out the future!
Never too late!
Not just Thumb Up or Down but I expect WHY in your comments and suggestions. Thanks
Posted on January 27, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
I think the idea looks fantastics. As you mentioned you may not get a smooth path to implement your objective.It is good if we can learn from our failure, what brought us to this fate, and how we failed to stand up again after we fell.
It does matter how we die, but how hard we struggle… can we change the theory to practice… like choosing the best alternative and strategies is crucial… What do you do with your enemy, do you adore him, beg him, or look for supports for the force that did not allied with your enemy … a lot can be aske…. and discussed. Give it a try and let us see what it brings…. . But do not forget to have an underground force that shape your ideology and make use of the Oromia resource in a way it brings benefit for the Oromo, not for his enemy….
I am just rambling but can you work also on the ways and structure that made Oromo victories once upon a time. Do they need modification… you can continue asking questions until you can answer the simplest one…. I wish you success brother… I am ready to play my responsibility to work for the glory of my people. But mind you how can you make one man responsible under the current disorganized situation, we do not obey each other , respect each other, we all shout and no one listen.. Where is Geda, where is sefu, where is respecting the decision of the council. It seems that everybody wants to be famous and do some mischief to go to the top? In my opinion there should be no person giving order if he /she by herself can’t carry out the same type of responsibility by being a forefront person.
I do not want to continue like this, being a storage of food. I want to live in dignity….
I am hopelessly writing , but I wish you success. Who knows…..
this is the only way to gather distributed oromo ideas and fight the same direction for the same goals and at the same time
had all oromo over the world say one word at the same time from the same area no ear can withstand
Hayyee yaadni kun baay’ee gaariidha. Nuti ( warri lafaa dhufaan) hayyoota keenya komachaati turre ; jirras .(?) Hundumatu isaaniittu qabsoo sabaa kana galmaan gahuuf hojjachaa hin jiran jechuu koo miti. Garuu akka hayyuu fi beekaa qabnuuf, akka waa mara qabnuuf qabsoon keenya hamma barbaachisu hin deemamne! Haala kana jijjiiree qabsoo teenya “with low cost and in possibly short period” galmaan gahuuf anis, atis ;hundi keenya gumaacha keenya dachaa dabaluu qabna. Garuu, namni imala deemu nama deemuun qabaachuu qaba; hayyuutu namaan deema! Namni masakan tokkoome yoo kan masaku wolqoode mee maal haa jennu?! Bilisummaa ofii kan falmee fidu ummata ; hooggansi qindeessuu, qajeelchuu , dipiloomaasii mijeessuu, dirretti gad bu’ee lolee lolchiisuu fi kkf. Ummanni bilisummaa barbaada_kun jiraannaan walabummaan ni dhufa. kun murtii ummataatiin ta’a. Faallaa kanaa hoogganoonni ana qofatu hoogganeeti bilisummatti geessuu danda’a; yaada kiyyatu sirriidha jedhanii yaadaa turan, jiranis.(?) Ultimate goal of QBO is to bring freedom. kanaaf aangoof dursi kennamuu hin qabu. Qabsoon tan sabaati, kanaaf dhaabota tokkummeessuun dhimma dursuu qabuudha. Hayyoota keenya yoomiif isin qabnaree? Ani quxisuu keeti ,ijarraa na hambisi! If you are neutral in situation of injustice; you choose the side of oppressor!
The need to move the mass movement into phase of organizational structure to support the oromo people is welcome idea,however, we need to take account of rigidity of old establishment which will see any structure as competition, hence causing unnecessary tension and slow down the wheel of protest.
Intial discussion about the viability and the composition should begin but great care needs to be taken to avoid the creation of perception of hijacking , which is our Achilles heels.
keep it up. unityis strength
it is very good
…qunceen walgargaartee Arba hiitiimi? Ammoo silaa nuyi kanaa ol tahuu dandeenya,…”mari’ataan gowwaa hinqabu!”
Dr A.T.Dibaabaa milkaa’i,
Yes never too late!
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