THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF OROMO PROTESTS TO OVER COME THE ASSUMPTION OF LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND A TRUE ORGANIZATION FOR OROMO!
Every one of us, nearly more than 50 millions of Oromo’s, we ask ourselves everyday “why we are not free?” Why we get killed? Why we are imprisoned and tortured? We are such a large Nations but why minorities rule us for more than 100 years? Why our Bilissummaa is so late? We all dive in the ocean of questions for freedom for centuries. Some of you say this organizations didn’t made us free, some of you say this person`s mistakes costs us a lot, some of you say we lack true leadership, some others say we lack true organizations that can make our freedom quick. There is a lot of answers but I would like to share with you what one of the greatest Oromo Qubee generation Hero and martyr Nasir Abdo (imprisoned for five years and finally killed by Wayanee regime), who was my mentor and mentors of some of the leaders of qubee generations answered me in 2003 when I asked him on the way going out of to high school while we were having a political talk about Oromo. I asked him why OLF didn’t or don’t make us free? I was 15 years old and I remember him every time with his answer …he said to me ‘you don’t have to wait from someone else to make you free…they are doing what they have to do …but you have to ask yourself what you can do to make yourself free? What do you do to make yourself and your family free and also your nation?’ I stopped expecting someone else to make me free since that day, but I concentrated on the question how could I make others and myself free? Each and every Oromo should ask what can I do to make myself free. What can I do to make my Oromo people and Oromia free? The day we find answer for this questions then we can all be free. In other words, you can’t expect others to be your leader if you are not ready to be leader and also to follow your leaders. You can’t expect someone else to fight for you, if you are not ready to fight. You can’t expect someone else to establish an organization which can keep your interest, if you are not ready to establish an organization which keeps your interests. It is only the day each of us understood our value and roles that a leader or organizations can achieve something for us.
Mahatma Gandi once said ‘whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important you do it, because nobody else will.’ It is only when we act individually and do something that becomes collective actions and make great impacts on us and change ultimately the struggle of Oromo. Think of Ginci when small village burned the park and started protest against the government, within a short time it started a flame in all over Oromia. This ignited the protests that have been rocking the base of this regime for the last 10 months and years to come. Small village made a significant contribution to a nation through #OromoProtests in a way we have never imagined for the last 10 months. Think of each and every Oromo martyrs who scarified their life and scarped the all idea of Finfinnee master plan that gave birth to the true Oromo demands, which have been left unanswered for centuries. It was small village which shacked the unshakable government and made it to become powerless. Think of the small kids, the Oromo mothers who showed their courage in front of the armed Agazi without any fear. Think of the Oromo protest activists who never sleep day and night sharing and informing us in every seconds, every minutes and also reaching the world media and expressing, exposing the cruelty of the regime to the world. Think of Bekele Gerba who has the chance to stay in USA but chooses to go back and struggle with his people.
I don’t know what to say for such a leader with such a courage and determinations. Think of 30,000 Oromo prisoners who fight from prisons through letters and many more means. Think of Feyisa Lelisa who has wealth and opportunity to sustain his life but he chooses to speak for his freedom and also freedom of his nations Oromo. In a way we never thought and imagined we become icon in the world stage, our pain, our suffering expressed and exposed to the world. Think of yourself and think of those leaders! These are the leaders, the hero’s of Oromo. In every way they find, they fight, they struggle, and they try to set themselves and others free! Whether we are aware of it or not, we have many leaders, and also we already have organization called ‘#OromoProtests’ which is leading the nation in every aspect by bringing different strategies, tactics and young potential leaders of qubee generations to the front.
You may think #OromoProtests is just a hash tag but for me it is an organization far beyond our imaginations. It is our rally in morethan 200 city , it is our defense with many Armies, It is our spy agency with many agents to inform us, it is our media with many journalists, it is our human right watch with many activities, it is our humanitarian organization (NGO) with many fundraisers, it is our political organizations with many politicians and analyst’s, it is our future government with a lots of structures, it is everything that a nation have dreamed for! It is everywhere without borders. It is in Oromia, it is in America, It is in Australia, It is in Europe, It is in Africa and it is on social media, it is in news, it is a flame which even helped our neighbors to start #AmharaProtests , so #OromoProtests is more than a hash tag which is bringing our potential, our capacity and resources together in a way never done before with every angle and means to support Oromo struggle, to achieve the ultimate dream of Oromos and Oromia. #OromoProtests is the organization of the Qubee Generation which brought respect we lacked for nations and a lot of achievement for our nation. If we don’t see it, then it is because of our ignorance or lack of vision. For me, while having such a strong organization equipped itself with all the means, I don’t see searching for something else to lead us. The question should be how can we institutionalize the ‘#OromoProtests’ and make an organization with all the necessary structures and equipped with all the right leaders that can bring a fundamental change to our nations? For now, I will leave this question to you so that each of you think and suggest the best ways. Once I get your suggestions, I will come back to you with my proposals and the ideas that made me sleepless.
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By Abdi Bilisa (Eng.)
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