Now it is time to empower our people to take ownership of their future and the country of their birth. What was wrong was not the people, the land, the name “Ethiopia” or the “Ethiopian flag” or the Ethiopian national language of Amharic, but instead, what was wrong was the system that is based on ethnicity.

If we the people are in control of the process, we must dismantle the system of ethio nationalism if we are to build a inclusive, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Ethiopia for all; not a beggar Ethiopia for a few elites.

we need not only a new driver, but a new vehicle, a new direction and paying passengers who will invest in bringing needed reforms without stopping so short that our movement is hijacked.

This is a time for genuine national dialogue and reconciliation. Instead of being a time to destroy, it is a time to rebuild. Instead of being a time for hostility and revenge, it is a time to reach out to others. Instead of being a time of isolation, it is a time to start talking with each other not about each other. Instead of being a time for vigilante justice or a perversion of justice, it is a time to restore justice to our courts.

We the people of Ethiopia are faced with an Ethiopian political crisis and it requires us Ethiopians to fix it; others can join us but we must set the direction and not be satisfied with getting only part of the way to our destination.

It is not time to recycle a failing system of ethnic based politics—we need not only a new driver, but a new vehicle, a new direction and paying passengers who will invest in bringing needed reforms without stopping so short that our movement is hijacked.

We should reconsider the traditional African models of “accountable governance.” All villages, communities, regions and nations require accountability—to protect ourselves and others from ourselves and others! There are countless examples in Africa.

Let’s pass on the blessing not curse and that blessing starts with talking to each other, reconciling with other people as we take part in building a healthy, free and democratic Ethiopia.

May the Almighty God/Allah lift us up to stand strong together and live in harmony as one people!

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