Abiy Ahmed Must be Stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize!


Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis

Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, at a time when Ethiopia was in turmoil under TPLF/EPRDF rule, by promising to bring peace, stability, and harmony to highly polarised Ethiopian society and to create peace and friendship with Eritrea.

Initially, this deceptive and immoral prime Minister was highly acclaimed by all members of Ethiopian society, to the extent that he was viewed as a messiah who had come to save his country.

However, the surge in his popularity, at home and abroad, was based on his deceptive political declarations and empty promises that he did not have any intentions of implementing either in Ethiopia or in his country’s relations with Eritrea.

Similarly, the Norwegian Nobel Committee was also fooled by his empty promises of peace and friendship with Eritrea and justice, democracy, and respect for human rights in Ethiopia. Hence it bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on Abiy Ahmed in 2019.

The prize, however, was awarded to a man with a criminal past, not a man of peace as the international community had been made to believe. Indeed, this is a man with an undying ambition to be crowned the seventh king of Ethiopia in the 21st century and who is prepared to do anything to achieve his dream, as is his fellow tyrant in Eritrea, Issayas Afeworki.

As could have been foreseen, within two years, as soon as this unprincipled Prime Minister entered into an unholy alliance with the Eritrean fascist dictator, he began to kill and imprison countless numbers of his imaginary and potential political opponents, as well as popular Oromo artists.

In doing so, Ahmed has made it clear that he will blatantly say one thing in summer and another in winter. His political objective is to create a climate of general fear and a totally passive and enslaved society in Ethiopia, just as the dictator Afeworki has succeeded in doing in Eritrea.

Consequently, because Ahmed and Afeworki view the TPLF leaders as a formidable enemy, as a hindrance to the realisation of their secret political project to bring Eritrea and its people under Ethiopian rule, and as a serious and direct obstacle to Ahmed’s ambition to grab absolute power in Ethiopia, the two dictators have foolishly declared a genocidal war against the Tigrayan people and its leaders with the hope of defeating them in a matter of days.

As a result, Ethiopia today is on the verge of total disintegration and the civil war and the unrest that will eventually accelerate and accomplish the empire’s inevitable demise has already begun in various parts of the country.

Hence, at the moment, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, along with the Eritrean dictator, are busy committing monumental and atrocious genocidal crimes in Tigray with the hope of accomplishing the herculean task of defeating the Tigrayan people and their political leadership.

In spite of his stated intentions, Abiy Ahmed has failed totally in delivering peace and friendship between Ethiopia and Eritrea and democracy and stability within Ethiopia itself.

On the contrary, by waging a criminal war of aggression against the Tigrayan people, Ahmed has endangered peace not only in Ethiopia but also in the entire Horn of Africa region. In other words, he has moved from being a Nobel Peace Prize winner to a wanted criminal who ought to be brought to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Mdrebahri, therefore, calls on the Nobel Committee to strip Abiy Ahmed immediately of the prize undeservedly bestowed on him. This would definitely help to hasten the bringing of criminal charges against Ahmed and also against Afeworki who is already accused by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for crimes that the fascist dictator has committed against humanity in Eritrea.

However, should the Nobel Committee fail to act on this matter, the issuing of this highly controversial award will always remain a blot on the integrity of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and of the Peace Prize itself.

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