The naked lies of Sebhat Nega
By Robele Ababya / July 2, 2009
Unfortunately, this ancient history, dating back as far as before the advent of the Axumite Kingdom in 500 BC, did not serve the Professor of Dedebit, Sebhat Nega; his pathetic ignorance has made him a target of attack owing to his blatant denial that Ethiopian ethnic groups did not know one another before his TPLF regime held power in 1991.
Since he has earned the reputation for good appetite, one would be sure that he has sampled sumptuous foods spread over buffet tables comprising Kitfo, Kurt, Kinche, enjera, ambasha, dabo, kotcho, zignie, doro wot, keiy wot, alitcha wot, kikil, tibis, ergo, ayib and numerous others that are globally renowned as exclusive product of our mosaic culture perfected over centuries. These mouth-watering foods spread over the buffet table are impeccable manifestations reminding us of the interwoven achievements of our unique diversity. One does not expect him to have read or heard the famous poems of Dr. Fikre Tolosa about the unique diversity of Ethiopian culture existing in harmony. The French are proud of their cuisine presumably because it is also an indicator of high level of civilization. The achievement of the diverse Ethiopian people in this regard is not only a matter of pride to themselves but also to the black people of the African continent. Mr. Nega is either low on his IQ to have over looked this basic fact or is suffering from senility; it is sad that the Party in which he enjoys dominance as its founder has been let to misrule Ethiopia and destabilize the entire region of the Horn of Africa for the last 18 years.
Sebhat Nega is apparently in denial that the Ethiopian people came out in their millions to vote at the historic election of 15 May 2005 and dealt a humiliating defeat to his party’s policies of divide-and-rule along tribal lines. He must have wondered how these millions representing all the ethnic groups could do such a thing as thwart his effort to introduce them to one another for the first time.
The Ethiopian people are tempered by shared common history of repeated external invasion, internal conflicts, forces of nature including hunger and famine caused by drought each of which has drawn them together for collective defense or reconciliation in case of internal conflicts. The march through time spanning centuries has not been easy but we have come close to forging nationhood albeit some problems are awaiting amicable resolution through civilized dialogue.
The thugs in Menelik’s Palace are taking advantage of our attributes of enviable civility, decency and patience to steal our dignity and national pride.
Here below are irrefutable facts stories for the young to know and take Sebhat to task:
This writer would like his readers to note that the examples given above come from the period of the Monarch in power. Despite His political mistakes, Emperor Haile Selassie has been credited, by none other than the distinguished Professor George Ayittey, as one of the only 30 African leaders who did a good job out of the 208 heads of state/government since the independence of Ghana. This is a hard pill to swallow for the likes of the Patriarch of lies hell-bent to deny history.
To Sebhat Nega one would put the question: How else does he expect people of various ethnic groups to know each other? Is it by relegating them to their Kilils denying freedom of movement as in the Apartheid days of South Africa? Is it by preaching division rather than encouraging the development of common values of their enormous collective achievement?
It is well documented that the Axumites comprised Cushitic speaking people in Ethiopia and Semitic speaking people who migrated from southern Arabia. Neither Amharinga nor Tigringna was spoken. All of us are the rightful inheritors of the past that has taken us through the period of the Era of the Princes embroiled with power struggle and repeated foreign aggressions both of which provided the basis for the ethnic groups to know each other.
In closing, this writer would like take the Patriarch of lies to the highest plane of the glorious achievement of our forebears – the famous Victory of the Battle of Adwa that forced the European powers to recognize Ethiopia as a state to reckon with in her own right. It was a spectacular victory for all oppressed black people on our planet; a powerful guiding light in the struggle for emancipation from the dehumanizing and exploitative rule of imperialists.
Adwa is a sacred land; a historic custodian of the bones of Ethiopian patriots of all ethnic origin who, with weapons and provisions of their own, willingly rallied to the call of Emperor Menilik II and paid the ultimate sacrifices to make us proud and independent people. Surely, Sebhat Nega has insulted the spirit of our forebears and us their living descendants of all ethnic origin in arrogantly uttering that there was no historical bond among them. The truth is that his Party is hell-bent to scatter, weaken and rule the Ethiopian people.
This should suffice in dealing with pathological liars holed up at Arat Kilo.
Release Judge Birtukan and all political prisoners!
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