Oromo nationalism is the base in which the Oromo man kind (the Oromo nation) is identified. Like any other nation of the world, the Oromo nation has its own language, culture and history. At the same time like any other nation of the world, the Oromo nation wants to keep and develop its own language and culture. Moreover the Oromo nation wants to insure self-respect and sovereignty and be identified by the international community and the neighbors as an independent state and sovereign nation. In order to protect its identity, self-respect and political power from danger, the Oromo nation need to have the understanding, meaning and values of libration knowledge and a free organization. But this free organization should advocate and focus the all rounded political struggle to insure the freedom and independence of the Oromo nation and the socio-political aspiration of the Oromo people. This free organization should also show the Oromo struggle practically on the ground to advance this grand aspiration.
In my view, we can see knowledge in to two ways, the first one is a knowledge used by the Abyssinian colonizers to make others fool and spoil their way of thinking about themselves for the reason of colonization or domination. Consequently, those who are made to be fool, spoiled and changed their way of thinking are ashamed of their own identity and hence easily dominated. The second one is the knowledge which bases on truth. With out the knowledge of truth and freedom Oromo nationalism never prospers and develops. The knowledge of truth and freedom clearly analyses and shows where and how the Oromo nation in the past was and existed, in which situation do we get this nation at present and what the destiny of this nation in the future. The true knowledge advocates that the Oromo nation lived under the governance of the Gada democratic system. Besides it educates that the Gada system is the origin of the Oromo culture and history. It also educates that Oromia is built from that. It appropriately teaches Concerning the Oromo world views, philosophy and origin of the Oromo religion. Without understanding this crucial issues, to have Oromo nationalism deep rooted in our society would be difficult.
In addition to this the oromo history notifies what has happened before, like the Abyssinian colonizers misled the westerns to cooperate with them and did the whole sort of possible brutal and arrogant oppression on the Oromo people which begins a century ago and still going on. Analyzing and understanding the overall oromo history and the destiny of the oromo nation will enable Oromo nationalism to prosper and develops in all oromos across the globe. A well equipped tactics and techniques help us fight for our libration and freedom, as the same time it will open a road how Oromia will be restructured when librated. It educates that leading a life under the political domination of our colonizers and oppressors mean a very disregarding and dehumanizing course which is translated to lack of socio-political and economical opportunity while to have a sovereign state with freedom and democracy gives every single Oromo full of opportunity, self respect and pride.
Knowledge of libration enables all Oromo nation to set them free from disregarding themselves and avoid pretending to be the identity which doesn’t denominate them. Besides it gives the understanding that the Oromo people are not under others domination. As the same time it teaches that the Oromo nation is not under the habasha or the white nation’s domination. The history of the Oromo nation testifies that the Oromo culture and religion is not by any means less than the culture and religion of other nation, the Oromo nation have its own culture and religion which is full by it self. A proud Oromo shows us how he respects himself, his identity and how he respects his people.
An Oromo which doesn’t identify himself as an Oromo and is not proud to be an Oromo will never respect himself and his nation. This kind of Oromo has a daily activity of pretending to be someone else and for his personal gains would never retreat to be a tool for our oppressors. Therefore any Oromo with no national pride can never be the right citizen for his country and for his nation. Such Oromos have been cooperating and becoming a tool for Amhara and TPLF elites in the process of colonization, arrogant subjugation, oppression and brutal slavery. These days the ruling TPLF regime has organized such Oromos in the name of OPDO. They still live for their personal interests and are doing the same activities. Such Oromos who live to fulfill their personal interest always never retreat to serve our enemies. Those Oromos, when the Oromo nationalism develops and the struggle of libration comes to victory the days for these Oromos will be dark and their destiny will also be disgraceful.
The unified Oromo who had the knowledge of libration was the one who in the 1960th established the Mecha and Tulema self help association and the OLF in the 1970th. Any free Oromo association and organization takes the Oromo culture, language and history out of grave and lets to flourish and develops. It reestablishes the on lost Oromo nationalism. It teaches about the land ownership to the Oromo nation. It unifies and reorganizes those Oromo people being fragmented and having problems having among them. If Oromos are ideally and physically fragmented then it will expose them for the slavery life. It also shows the meaning and understanding of own history, speaking with own language, developing own culture, maintaining own unity, strengthening own identity practically.
Through the road which the Mecha and Tulema self help association and Oromo libration front made, the Oromo language started to be written in letters, the history and the culture of the Oromo nation is taken out of the grave and let to be developed. A lot of Oromos understood who they are and started to contemplate about Oromia and land ownership which consequently lead them to fight for it. That is why these days many Oromo youths started a very difficult and bitter struggle.
Very less Oromos in number have established the Mecha and Tulema self-help Oromo association and the Oromo liberation front. Many of them for liberating Oromia and nation of the Oromo people have passed away during the struggle. Those who till now are alive are also continued the struggle. Thousands of Oromo martyrs have passed away and sacrificed themselves in this bitter liberation fight. Therefore the Oromo youths should ask themselves saying ‘what is our part? ‘And give an immediate answer (duty and responsibility).
To be a proud Oromo nationalist is shown by keeping the interest of the Oromo nation ahead and working day and night to answer ‘what is the interest of the Oromo nation? The following ten points can be taken as a base:
- Self-Unification and taking part bravely in the liberation struggle to let the Oromo nation free from TPLF and any other of colonizer interest.
- Maintaining and keeping the unity of the Oromo nation
- Maintaining and keeping the self-respect and humanity of the Oromo nation
- For liberating Oromia working day and night, working on awareness development , unifying and standing for our own right
- Working on how the Oromo democratic Gada system will be newly established
- Working on the Oromo liberation struggle to make the base of the struggle is based on truth, equality and democracy
- Making a clear discussion and giving an immediate solution for any kind of problems which exist and created among the Oromo nation
- Gaining liberation knowledge which leads to the eradication (uprooting) of an arrogant and oppressive knowledge from the roots
- Analyzing, understanding and developing the Oromo language, history and culture
- In all possible ways supporting the Oromo community and liberation struggle
In order to make it true and full fill the Oromo people’s interest, the Oromo youths by organizing themselves should work hard for the liberation of their nation. Those who are learning in school or university should learn hard and besides that learning the history of the Oromo struggle is a very crucial responsibility and duty of the Oromo youths. It is someone who is well educated can bear something good for his nation and country, but any kind of education having no national pride and proud Oromo nationalism is being egoistic. Some Oromos simply learn for their personal interest (popularity). These Oromos never retreat to be a tool for Tigre ruling regime. Such Oromos are the one who have no national pride and Oromo nationalism. It is always important to be curies and carful for the Oromo youths from this countries spoiled mentality which poisons and divides the unity of Oromo. The Oromo youth has to carefully avoid division based on region, religion and clan or other dividing reasons. These days there are a lot of such Oromos practicing this issue deliberately or unknowingly. Teaching those doing unknowingly and protesting those Oromos deliberately dividing the Oromo nation should be our historical duty and responsibility.
These days Oromo young generation should understand that tens of thousands of the Oromo martyrs passed away for building the Oromo nation and nationalism. Just to name some of these martyrs, Hailemariam Gemeda, Mamo Mezemir, Elemo Kiltu, Megersa Beri, Baro Tumsa, Muhe Abdo, Nadhi Gemeda, Gutema Hawas, Sartu Yusuf, Ibsitu Marga and others have sacrificed their life for building the Oromo nation and nationalism.
Hence these days Oromo young generation have the historical duty and responsibility of advancing the struggle what these and other unmentioned martyrs started and bring forth to the goal. It is clear that mentioning the whole Oromo martyrs in this piece of papers would be impossible. What I have listed above are just few of them from thousands. The developed Oromo nationalism what we all see today is the result of these martyrs blood. The Oromo nationalism which was brought forth in 1991 to the Oromo nation is not the result of a comfortable struggle but it is the result of so many sacrifices, imprisonment, torture, killing and other brutal human right violations committed on those Oromo martyrs. Here it was not an easy task to restore it back again the mentality which was ruined and spoiled by the Abyssinian imposers and colonizers. Surprisingly this task is not just completed. And because the organization of the Oromo liberation movement established this task to be done is on the right course, it is taken as a base for the struggle of the Oromo nation against oppressors like TPLF.
It is the duty and responsibility of the whole Oromo nation to strengthen and find a fine tuning for problems in this organization. What we all need to understand here is that this organization doesn’t belong to those who are on the leading position but it belongs to the whole Oromo nation. To be part of the struggle, finding a fine tuning for problems and building awareness about this organization should be a crucial responsibility of this generation. And we don’t want any leaders in the Oromo liberation movement to be like those of the habesha leaders which we are fighting. The Gada democratic and equality should be always implemented practically. Starting from today on wards we need to maintain and keep the merits and work hard on the weakest side. What we talk should be seen practically. The whole law should be based on the Oromo and Gada value which in turn is the building block of Oromo nationalism. Through participating in the libration struggle we need to work hard and rectify our mistakes. Standing out of the struggle and criticizing would not be a solution. The Oromo young generation should recognize this importantly.
The Oromo liberation which those many Oromo martyrs were dreaming is coming to be a reality. The many Oromo young generations are implementing it practically. Those who are with and without military weapon through participating directly or indirectly are igniting the struggle. Nations who understood and organized himself have a clear awareness and vision with no hinders from fighting for his right and his nation freedom. This is well known by the ruling government. The Oromo youths should understand this and stand firm in the struggle. Obviously speaking the Oromo liberation is getting closer and closer but even to make it true in a very closer time we need to struggle day and night.
Finally what I would like to stay to the union of the Oromo students in Germany, the Oromo community across the globe and the entire Oromo nation. God bless you!! Let god help us in all our journey of struggle. Make sure that supporting the movement of the Oromo students would be our all responsibility. Thanks for reading! This is what I wanted to address.
Let god help us that our Gada to be the Gada of liberation!
Victory to the Oromo Nation!
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