What has Abiy Ahmed done for Ethiopians but put them on path to ruin?

Abiy Ahmed is the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to suffer international sanctions

Whereas Abiy Ahmed claims he was “elected” with a mandate giving him carte blanche to accomplish his goals by any means. This did not work for Germany who democratically elected Adolf Hitler leading them to ruin which is unfortunately a path Ethiopia seems destined to follow.

Whereas Abiy Ahmed claims he is on a path of anti-colonization and pan-Africanism his actions have worsened tensions with many African neighbors and made him an obligatory subservient to Eritrea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, China, and Russia then ever before in history.

Whereas Ethiopia had been at peace for more then two decades it now finds itself in a prolonged conflict placing the country in unrecoverable debt while at the same time causing  thousands of civilian deaths from drone attacks, severe famine, deprivation, and violation of human rights of historical proportions.

Whereas Ethiopia averaged a 10% annual economic growth rate in the previous decade under Abiy Ahmed less than 2 % growth rate has occurred, the debt to foreign governments has doubled, and the birr has lost more than 50% of its value against the dollar.

Whereas Ethiopia had recorded a decade of increasing per capita income now there is loss of economic stability, economic sanctions, and the tarnished image of the country will cost millions of Ethiopians to lose employment.

Whereas Ethiopia was once seen as the center of African diplomacy, now many African countries are now exploring moving African Union and United Nations to Kenya and/or Uganda.

Whereas Ethiopia had reduced the number of political prisoners and press censorship now it ranks as one of the leading countries in press censorship and has climbing numbers of political detainees perhaps more than 100,000.

Whereas Ethiopian government airline was leading in Africa and growing now has suffered millions of dollars in losses, violated international civilian air travel bans against military use, and agitated other African countries to form a competitive Pan-African airline to take its place without Ethiopian participation.

Whereas millions of dollar equivalents has been spent to build parks and beautify Addis Ababa, the capital, which holds less than 4% of Ethiopia’s population meanwhile in the countryside budgets for healthcare, education, infrastructure, and water projects have been drastically cut.

Whereas it was once seen as the hope for democracy now it has refuted ties with Western democracies in favor of close alliances with countries whose human rights records are despotic.

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

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