Abbay Media News
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), who has been waging a Guerilla style war against the Ethiopian government, strongly believes the violence in the Ethiopian Somali and Oromia regions is orchestrated by the central government. In a press release the front stated that the conflict, between the people of the Somali and Oromia regions, is a deliberate well thought sinister plan, imposed on local regional state operators designed by the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). TPLF is the most dominating party of the foursome coalition known as the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The latter is the governing coalition that has ruled Ethiopia for the past 26 years and counting.
The Ogaden National Liberation Front was initially fighting for liberation of the Ogaden region from Ethiopia, to form a separate independent state. However the Front has reversed its separationist policy, and is now fighting for freedom, justice and democracy within the sovereign boundaries of Ethiopia. To this end ONLF has formed coalitions with other armed groups and movements. It has also signed agreement on a framework of cooperation and joint operation with Patriotic Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democracy in May of 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Below is the full content of the press release from ONLF:
“Press release on the conflict between Somalis and Oromos created by TPLF
September 16, 2017
TPLF regime has created deadly conflict between Somali and Oromo nations in Ethiopia. Hundreds of innocent civilians have been reported dead and many others have been displaced.
The cause of the conflict is not about land dispute as the regime and its puppet administrations claim.
The TPLF regime in Addis Ababa has been working to instigate violence and hostility between the two fraternal nations by using the puppet administrations in Somali and Oromo regions. The purpose of this action is to weaken the struggle of these nations and to divert them from their strategic goals.
The regime in Addis Ababa is well known for creating conflicts and hostilities between nations in order to redirect the attacks from freedom and democratic organisations and diminish the effects of the countrywide people’s uprising against the minority TPLF regime.
Somali and Oromo nations are under TPLF rule and they fight for their rights, they have a long history of cooperation and coexistence. Therefore, both nations are reminded to understand that this violence has been instigated by the TPLF regime to thwart their struggles to achieve their goals and thus, to sabotage the popular uprising in many parts of Ethiopia.
Therefore, ONLF calls upon Somali and Oromo nations to stop immediately this hostility between them and to respect each other and live peacefully side by side as they used to be for centuries.
ONLF also calls upon political organisations, civil society organisations and intellectuals of both nations which are against the divide and rule policy of TPLF to work hard toward easing of the fighting and the hostility.
ONLF strongly condemns the Ethiopian government for creating hostility between neighbourly nations and calls upon the international community to make the TPLF regime accountable for war crimes and the crimes against humanity.
Ogaden National Liberation Front ( ONLF)”