Today, as the warfare is continuing and the state is suffering big-blows in the Amhara region. The Amhara State Council did nearly simultaneously order a “state of emergency” in their “survival campaign” as the Prime Minister Abiy dropped his statement on Facebook called: “We fight the bitter struggle, we will enjoy the sweet victory”. The Prime Minister have dropped similar texts before, but now it’s more dire and that shows in his rhetoric too.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali started his statement with this:
“The terrorist group TPLF, a bad boy that put a problem on his mother, is still a problem for Ethiopia. The hate propaganda has inspired the forces that have gathered and pushed the country to destroy the country. The military forces and the attack on the motherland have been united was lined up to defend the attack on Ethiopia. The enemy is trying to attack by trying his ultimate strength so that our army is not to be supported by earth and air” (Abiy, 31.10.2021).
Just like always, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is the problem and his saying they are the “problem child” of the “motherland”. The motherland is defending it’s attack and retaliating that. While claiming the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) are there to destroy the country, which is striking. Considering what the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and their allies has been up to since November 2020. These forces has vandalized, destroyed, raped and massacred. These forces are responsible for the man-made famine and the weaponized starvation of the Tigray Region. So, the PM is defending these efforts while blaming his enemy of the all the ills of the Republic. Typical projection, which is very common from the FDRE communications.
He continues: “In the coming times, the enemy will gather the remaining forces and attack similar attacks. We should be aware that the source of strength of the enemy is our weakness and forgetfulness. We should be aware and cooperate and protect it. Our abundance becomes strength when we unite and stand together. Our separation is comfortable for the enemy. With the propaganda that we are disturbed, it will not benefit anyone unless it is that. If we can listen to each other and cooperate with each other, the enemy’s power that starts to fear will kneel down; like a thread, the desire that is broken will be stressed. The herd that came to destroy the country may disturb the power that was created to save the country, but they can’t defeat it” (Abiy, 31.10.2021).
Abiy always speaks of unified mission, as this mission was an survival mission and a final ending. The sort of “do or die” sort of operation. Prime Minister must hate the TPLF so badly and want revenge with all of his heart. That he went into this with vengeance. The PM is claiming the TDF will destroy and at the same time only disturb the Republic. It is just like he cannot see the losing streak changing the narrative. The TDF is advancing and the ENDF and allies is losing at this very moment. That is why everyone is supposed to work with the government and not anyone else.
However, the PM is forgetful about the actions done to the ones and woredas who has been invaded. The sieges and blockade of utilities in the areas of which the TDF has taken over gotten the same treatment, as the state did in the Tigray region. Therefore, why risk joining the state, if it leaves you behind, because it cannot defend you?
He asks the citizens to die for the cause:
“If we all play our part before we get disturbed by the challenges we face, the time will not be far away. If we are just asking for the opposite actions, our victory will be delayed. The responsibility of protecting the country from violence is not for a few but for all of us. What does every citizen expect from me? What the hell am I doing? It needs to be said. There is no reason for others to die for his safety, for him to have peace, for him to live in peace, for his work and profit. The country has a soul that stands on its two legs, by the contribution that everyone has, from the river, from the blood, and from the bones. For Ethiopia, the responsibility of dying is ours, but there is no other person to be expected to die a different death. Therefore, our people should hold the defense issue for a while, to protect, destroy and bury the terrorist TPLF that has come to destroy it. This great people have won great historical challenges not by standing on the side of watching or sitting satisfied with a few victories. We won the attacks that we have been against is by standing together for our country” (Abiy, 31.10.2021).
The PM is asking the public and the citizens to take to arms, as the challenge is upon them and the responsibility of the citizens to defend the Republic. Now, the PM is saying that the citizen should sacrifice their lives to stop the TDF from advancing. That means his sending untrained civilians … to defeat the troops and the trained soldiers in a losing war. This means the PM is willing to sacrifice the living citizens to die for his conflict and doing that for his cause. That is really the message the here. I wonder, would the PM sacrifice himself on the battlefield with his army? Well, I doubt he would, as he would rather flee and not be on the front-line.
He continues and ends with this: “We should believe that we can cover up any evil act by following our ancestors’ heroic quest. The challenges we face now may seem unsuccessful and complicated. But it’s not more difficult than the suffering our ancestors saw. The key is to stand together, listen carefully and move together. If we do this, the previous generation can protect the country and transfer it to us, we will also make Ethiopia respected and inherit it to the next generation. Even though the noise and gossip is encouraged, I call on us to stand today with focus, and to protect Ethiopia from violence without any confusion. Ethiopia should be respected and respected by the efforts of her children. May she live forever!! May God bless Ethiopia and her people!” (Abiy, 31.10.2021).
Abiy here speaks of heroics and a grand past of the Ethiopian Republic. That is sort of tale he has used before. As there are many stories and tales of wonders, which has happened in the rich history of Ethiopia. It is undeniable to say otherwise. However, this war is neither heroic or grand. It was a mission of hubris and arrogance of which has backfired epically. Abiy isn’t the hero, but the villain in it and he asks for the children, the future and the this generation to shield the next one. He wants this generation to take arms and protect it. Meaning, he wants people to be armed and ready to go war. That is what the message is today and with the knowledge of the advances in Amhara region.
The PM is following the line of the FDRE Government Communications Service earlier texts in the day. He is just trying to amplify that. This is really evident by this and it is a clear message. Peace.