Hashim Adam, Former President of OSU and IOYA
Sunday, January 08, 2012
We, the Oromo youth, want to express our disappointment and issue this press release in rejection of the so-called “New OLF Program” made public on January 1, 2012 by the OLF Change/Jijjiirama group led by B/General Kamal Gelchu.
According to the press release, the group had a two-day Oromo National Council Conference that resulted in the decoding of the OLF’s long established political program and affirmed their dedication to the struggle and to establishing a new Federal Republic of Ethiopia. The group called to reverse the Oromo political program that was deeply rooted in Oromo people’s political interest, which embraced the right to self-determination as an Oromo nation.
We, the Oromo youth, oppose and condemn such a political paradox within Oromo political affairs for the following reasons:
1. The minority clique within the the OLF-Jijjiirama group does not symbolize the view of
Oromo people and their political struggle.
2. The introduced program undermines a century long Oromo struggle for self-rule and selfdetermination, including ultimate sacrifices that have been paid by countless fallen heroes and heroines.
3. The program disregards the complex Oromo political evolution, changing the entire
course of the Oromo struggle overnight.
4. The new political vision is poorly constructed, paradox, and leaves the future in doubt.
5. The program devalues the mission and objectives of the Oromo Liberation Front, thus
compromising the interests of the Oromo people.
Therefore, it has become a historical responsibility for us to publicly send a strong signal of opposition to those who compromise the interests of Oromo people and disregard a history of political suffering. We call upon each and every Oromo, especially Oromo youth, to stand against a political vision that undermines the Oromo people’s rights to self-determination. Like any other youth in the world, the Oromo youth have their share in building a nation, being a voice for voiceless, defending their nation from internal and external enemies, promoting their culture and language, and fighting for the freedom of their people. Be part of history in defending Oromia, and may we never, ever, let down our martyrs.
Edao Dawano, Former President of OYA; Oromo Youth Activist
Merertu Geleta Kitila, Former Vice President, Secretary, and PR of IOYA
Negassa Ayana, Former President of OYA; Oromo Youth Activist
Nadhii Haji, Active Member of IOYA and OYA; Oromo Youth Activist
Abdurahman Hassen, Active Member of IOYA, OYA, and OYA Hawwisoo
Surraa Tolasa, Active Member of IOYA and OYA; Oromo Youth Activist
Gutama Habroo, Secretary of IOYA
Jireenyaa Yaadetaa, Oromo Youth Activist
Miesso Wako, Active Member of OYA and OYA Hawwisoo
Ibrahim Ansha, Oromo Youth Activist
Dawit Baisa, Former President of IOYA
Mayra Kusa, Oromo Youth Activist
Oda Abdisa, Oromo Youth Activist
The above organizers can be contacted at this e-mail: OromianYouthVoice@gmail.com