Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Jigjiga is a game changer
By Ahmed Abdi
Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Jigjiga on Saturday, as part of reconciliation between Somali and Oromo nations who played into Tigray’s hands for the last couple of years.
PM Ahmed excluded Tigrian nationals from members of his delegation which have been interpreted by many as a good sign. Oromo, Amhara and Sidama officials accompanied him on his visit to the capital of the occupied-Ogaden regional state.
Among of his delegation were Lemma Megersa and members of the Parliament and the cabinet but none of them was a Tigrian ethnic.
Oromo leadership believes that the Tigrians incited the violence between Oromo and Somali nations to divert the attention of the International Community from the security Forces human rights violations against the protesters in Oromia’s regional state.
Tigray, who controls Ethiopia’s ruling party of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the military, intelligence and security of the state ruled the country a quarter century with a policy based on violence against dissents.
Jail Ogaden, one of the worse jails in the World is in Jigjiga and its some 14,000 inmates are subject to torture, rape and execution.
Human Rights Organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International accuses the Ethiopian regime of committing human rights abuses in Ogaden.