Just before twenty five years ago, Ethiopia remained the country with the highest poverty level, minimum human development, and most depressing development statistics. The country was home to a very large number, and even a larger proportions, of Africa’s poor. But, from the time EPRDF come on to power and started the beginning of the New Ethiopia developmental journey, a number of key development factors are moving in the right direction: poverty level in Ethiopia is falling __ and falling fast, food productivity is rising fast etc.
We can clearly draw from history that all regimes that preceded the current regime led by EPRDF neither protected nor respected the human and democratic rights of all Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples. Those painful, hard times and extreme poverty had created a negative perception not only how outsiders viewed Ethiopia, but also how Ethiopians viewed themselves and their future. There had been endless moments of depth despair and darkness that pushed the restless young into the nadir hopelessness, with significant social consequences.
However, Ethiopia has taken a giant step towards peace and prosperity by the adoption of a new constitution and form of governance __an ethnic based federal state structure. This was a monumental success in and of by itself after sustained sacrifices by all Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples.
Moreover, the country has achieved one of the fastest growing economies in the world for the last consecutive fifteen years. The ruling party has been able to design a pragmatic developmental strategy which is tailored and adjusted to the country’s unique socioeconomic condition, resource and macroeconomic structure that enabled the country to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets. This strategy has resulted on unprecedented mobilization of resources and outstanding economic performance in the never seen in the country’s ancient and historic statehood.
During this phenomenal economic progress, the country has achieved more than a decade of double digit economic growth, Sustainable levels of equitable equal distribution with a near Zero Gini coefficient while slashing poverty level by half.
This last variable was the main reason that Ethiopia has received a food security award given by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) for ensuring sufficient food security in the country and by implementing agricultural policies that emphasize the support and intensification of marketable farm products both for domestic and export markets and by small and large farmers.
Then insert current unrest instigated by some narrow-minded Ethno-Centric opportunists in the diaspora like Jawar Mohammed and the like and you will see a bleak picture.
They are peddling in the promotion and sale of an outdated ethnic-nationalism that the Ethiopian people have rejected wholesome. Then as a result of that, these individuals and groups are wreaking havoc and terror on the unity and coexistence of the big diverse Ethiopian family. They want to divide and tear apart of a peace loving communities.
They are promoting a thinly veiled ethnic dominance at the expense of all other Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples through misguided ideas and political dogmas sold to the unsuspecting youth that recognizes less about the cost of life and chaos. They have mobilized and adeptly used social media as a vehicle for their hate filled propaganda and misinformation.
Finally, to those who have a calculated political agenda rooted in one-ethnic dominance, massive propaganda and other or unconstitutional activities, know that we are all vigilant about your outdated nightmare and we are ready to protect our country and constitution at any cost. We will surely stop you on your distractive tracks.
Editor’s Note: Ali Yusuf is a senior expert at Ethiopian Somali Finance Bureau. He is also an Instructor at College of Management & Public Service, and He has an MBA from Jig-jiga University. He can be reached at (firstname.lastname@example.org).