Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that he will join the Army to lead it from this Tuesday with the aim of defending the country “from internal and external enemies”, while calling on Ethiopians to join the Armed Forces.
Through a message on his Facebook account, the Ethiopian prime minister has indicated that “it is time to lead the country through sacrifice”, so those who “aspire to be remembered in history”, must “stand up for their country”.
“Ethiopia’s plan is to move forward together without abandoning anyone, that is why we focus our foreign policy on our neighbors,” he has indicated, to add that “this struggle is the struggle of all blacks.” “The campaign against Ethiopia is a conspiracy to undermine the history, culture, identity and dignity of black people and humiliate them by subjugating their symbol of freedom, Ethiopia,” he has considered.
“There is no time left to criticize from afar,” Abiy has asserted, concluding his message by reiterating his commitment that “the name Ethiopia is the name of winners, it is a symbol of freedom.” “I have no doubt that my generation will pay the price on your behalf and write your victory in gold,” reports ‘Addis Standard’.
According to the prime minister, his duties will be taken over by federal and regional officials, who will give their all “in the work of development and administration”.
The conflict in Ethiopia began on November 4, 2020 when Abiy ordered a military offensive in retaliation for the attack on the army base in Mekelle after months of tensions between the TPLF and the central government over the postponement of the parliamentary elections, finally held in June and in which Abiy won a landslide victory in the face of calls for a boycott and the lack of voting in several areas — including Tigray — due to insecurity.
However, the TPLF made important gains in June that allowed it to regain Mekelle, after which Abiy announced a unilateral ceasefire citing humanitarian reasons, rejected by the group, which expanded its offensive to the adjacent regions of Amhara and Afar, raising fears of a spread of the war to the rest of the country.