By Gebru Boj’Boj 06-23-20
there is not even an iota of acceptance and trust left for you any more from us Tegaru for your leadership. Lead others, not us. We are beyond your little-minded leadership. You are too little for us and we are too much for you. Let the truth be told. PERIOD! “If you cannot swallow your pride, you can not lead. Even the highest Mountain had animals that step on it” Jack Weatherford “A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock. Letting the nimblest go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind” Nelson Mandela A father’s advice to a married son” You will never win if you fight a kid’s mother” Anonymous.
It will be an utter mistake, amoral, unethical, and unscrupulous not to say something briefly about our most observed day of the year: the observance of our Memorial Day which is yearly falling on June 15(EC) to remember and thank our giant martyrs that we cherish lovingly and highly proud of. Thus, may I take this very opportunity to pass the following brief message?
By design, our Memorial Day observance is planned to honor our braves who paid their ultimate lives fighting for us and for our freedom. We are and we should be obliged to recognize their families as well that they left behind believing that we will take care of them who continue to work to ensure the continuity and preservation of our hard fought and prohibitively expensive common freedom. Let us watch after them, recognize and support as much as we can. Let us say thank you to them too. Let us tell them how proud we are that their blood family members gave their lives for us. After all, they are the real and first-order family members of them. Finally, let us also expand and widened our Memorial value and understanding beyond our TEGADELTI who died for us.We have also many martyrs before and after the TPLF struggle. We have people who died for us before and after the seventeen years history. We need to go all the way back to the times of Abonna Yohanes, General Raa’Essi Alula, Abonna Blata Hailemariam, etc. and beyond. We have also Tegarus who died bravely in prison ( I was jailed with them in Ma’Ekelawii and Alem’Bekagn and I have firsthand knowledge about them and their pains) ; to name few Desalegn Asgedom, , Dr. Mengesha Gebrehiwot, Nugusse/Gimmel Berahle, Mahteme Selassie, , Aklilu Mewa’ee, Tegadalay anbessa Mullie, etc. Let us also be reminded of others as well such as Meles/ killed by derge and others who died struggling against tyranny. Let their pictures or names be hanging along with their brothers and sisters. The difference is only the time and circumstance of their death. Our Memorial Day observance should be for all who died for us regardless of the time bracket. Our observance must be collective observance. Most of us have the mind set of like we are only observing the over sixty thousand Ayatatnna lives lost during the seventeen years of struggle. It should not be minimized and narrowed like that. We are a society full of so many people who died for us from time immemorial to this day. We are people with rich history of braves who dare fully paid their lives for us. They are our diet or food for continued resoluteness to keep our hard-won freedom and rights. According to Newton’s third law; for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In layman’s term, it simply means that there are two reacting objects with equal forces and reaction. I have a serious problem when I try to apply this law to social science and everyday life unless it comes as “for every action, there is more and stronger reaction”. In physical science or world, an action to unprepared object could give equal reaction. However, in real life and in social science, when an action takes against another target it depends on the degree of preparedness of the reacted and nature of the action. A case in point is when Colonel Abiy takes action, which I doubt, against the vigilant and always ready Tegaru, the reaction will certainly be not equal but also stronger, wider and deeper that will entice or allure us to go in to another stage of struggle. Case closed. That is how I can accept the third law in real life. Anything less, is implausible and debatable to me. As an opener to my short article, let me introduce Colonel Abiy (by the way do not misunderstanding me for not giving him any respect to him. He is a guy who said many ridiculously irresponsible things against us. He has never shown any respect for us as a society. As such it is my prerogative reaction of quid pro que. It is the karma effect. He is the cause for my reaction) to my very older brother who fought under TPLF for 16 years with an imaginable determination like having more than one life and paid his ultimate life. He joined his fellow comrades when I was a very young boy in elementary school along with his four friends who all died while fighting against derge 1.0. In the early years of their fight, he sustained a very serious injury and as a result lost his part of jaw, teeth, and most part of his lips. After long treatment, he re-joined his comrades. TPLF leadership advised him to stay in the base and support the trainings, administration, and other duties. He disagreed and continued fighting back and forth along with his fellow fighters with his limiting injury. He was not abled to feed himself naturally. He was not able to eat and swallow solid food. His natural fingers were not of help either to feed him. He was forced to be fed only by using spoon. Thus, he was forced to carry spoon and soup bowl everywhere he traveled to feed himself. He could only eat soup like food. So much so all his TEGADELTiI used to call him Gebru Boj’Boj. Boj’Boj is a name given to wet and soup like food. He continued this life for over ten years. To make long story short, he lost his life during the neck to neck fight with the enemy in Guna/Gondar where senior TEGADELTI decided to join and lead the fight for a decisive victory. He fought elbow to elbow along his fellow TEDALETTI and died honorably that we are cherishing the treasury of sacrifices he made for our freedom along with his selfless comrades. He endured over ten years without eating any solid food except soup like food and “fit’fit”. A fellow tegadalay who fought along with his in Guna broke the news to me during my very visit to Addis after few years of derge’s debacle. He was buried along his feeder spoon and soup bowl in Gondar. Bless your soul my brother and thank you for your double sacrifice. We all Tegaru not only we will not forget your sacrifice but also keep the objective of your ultimate sacrifice at any cost. The moral of the story is that mentioning my brother’s brief life is to pose a question to you Colonel Abiyot; how are we going to abandon the sacrifice and prices paid by our TEGARU TEGADELTTI? Is that not going to be amoral, an utter irresponsibility and mammoth shame for us not to defend and deconstruct what they bult? It is our treasure that we will kept for ever and ever. That is where our full determination is coming from besides to our long history. It is a burden of responsibility that we are and will be vigilant and sharp-eyed all the time against any threat and attack. I know for fact how you abandoned and ignored the prices paid by your Oromo brothers and sisters who had been fighting for the preservation of their rights, self-determination, and equality. You are playing withthe sweats, pains, bloods and sacrifices of the great Oromos like ( to name few) Yirgu Assfaw, Mulugeta Mossisa, Tsegaye Nemerra, Gutema, Fikru Kebede, Daniel Daffa, Aberra Tola, Aba Biya, Dereje, Kebede, Ebssa, Hailu, Habte, etc. who were imprisoned all the years derge was in power and most killed before released. I had the opportunity (I can it opportunity because they were great people to engage with even in prison) to be imprisoned with them. Colonel Abiy, please also be reminded about cell number “1” that used to be in the upper section of Ma’Ekelawi that was housing about twenty-eight Oromo elites and intellectuals. Most were University students and graduates, high ranking officials, some were ministers and directors of institutions. Their room was being used like library. At any timeyou go in to their room, there was always a pin drop silence and perfect for reading and focus. They were always reading, day and night. It was a pleasure and opportunity for us to go and visit them as fellow prisoners and they used to welcome us and share their deep knowledge. One Saturday afternoon most were gone, taken away for good. That room was almost empty and very scary to pass by after the action. Their only crime was standing for the rights of Oromos. When I was young with fresh mind, these great people had thought me about politics, self-determination, self-rule, identity preservation, the values of reading veraciously, etc. They were my first mentors about societal responsibility. They were strong, resolute, gallant, and heroic. To see you killing their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and Cousins behind them is the grandest crime of all crimes.It is mind-boggling and sad. It is a lesson for us Tegaru. If you are doing this to your very people, if you are true Oromo, we can imagine what you can do against us.