The former Patriotic Ginbot 7 (PG7) leader who returned from 11 years in exile. Prof. Bernahu Nega have been appointed to a ministry this week. The PG7 formed a coalition out of 4 parties in 2018 after returning. All of this became the new party – Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (EZEMA) and it was allowed to be on the polls. Because of the friendly relations between Ezema and PP he was on the ticket and got the no-power role of 4 representatives in the House of Federation.
Nega have been the middleman between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki. That has been vital to the secretive agreements made between them. The ones proclaimed as a “peace-agreement” but with everyday going by. It seems more like a war-pact to get rid of a common enemy, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Someone Nega has a deep hatred for as well.
There has even been leaked emails from Nega to Kebour Ghenna, where the Professor is writing: “Watch your mouth. Just kidding 🙂
Aleka has a lot to learn. You know I had to write a portion of the book for him.” (Nega, 27.04.2021).
If that is true, than the advisor, middleman and such have written possibly parts of the significant project – the “Medemer” book. The one book that sets the standard and what is Abiy’s political ideology. That says a lot, if it is true.
It is bad enough that his a middleman between Abiy and Afewerki. Someone had to be and Nega had lived for years in Eritrea. So, he had to know the inner-workings and how to get them to talk.
Now this man is running the Ministry of Education. A man who is an opportunist and warmonger. I cannot see how this will go well. It just shows what sort of men Abiy trusts these days. As he has promoted and given Nega this opportunity. You know his no real “opposition”. The real opposition is either kidnapped, detained or killed in the Federal Republic. Abiy and his men didn’t fear Ezema. They knew that this party worked in tandem with them. So, it was a friendly face and not dissidents.
Bernahu Nega has gotten a pay-off after years in absentia. He got the ear of the PM and a Ministry. He was never a real opposition or cared about that. There has been reports that Nega has only hired people positive to Abiy and the PP in ESAT. Also, that his party has gotten direct state support. Therefore, nothing seems like an opposition candidate to me. Neither, the secret security document that got leaked. Where the ENDF needed EDF to salvage the war and had to keep the Eritrean soldiers on Ethiopian soil by any means.
Nevertheless, the state friendly media and others are going to call Nega an “opposition”. Even though that is far from the truth. He is an ally and someone who has visited the Menelik Palace several of times. Therefore, he is a trusted associated and because of that, he was rewarded with a Ministerial post. Peace.