Analysis: EPRDF's anti-Muslim campaign |
By Mustefa Idris | July 5, 2012
Peace be unto you all!
The Ethiopian Government has taken many with surprise when it imported the Ahbash ideology, put all the human and financial resource to forcefully impose it on Ethiopian Muslims. By doing so it openly put itself at add with the Ethiopian Muslims at large. Despite series of grave right violations, harassment, and interference in their religious affairs, the Muslim community remained tolerant of the injustice so much so that some even thought and wrongly assumed the Muslims community to be EPRDF sympathizer.
What was the real reason and motivation for the young students from AAU to barter their relatively better life with the harsh reality in Dedebit Berha? What ideology these revolutionaries developed over time about the grievances of Ethiopians (in our case religious grievances) and on how to over come them? In this regard, the stat of affairs of Muslims in Axum iin particular and of Tigray in general have had a a lot to tell but overshadowed by other factors - like the ethnic issue. The Ahbash project ignites the need once again to re-assess the basic and fundamental conviction of the TPLF hardcore when it comes of the right and religious freedom of Ethiopian Muslims.
Nothing of the two decades legacy of EPRDF tells us of its conviction in freedom, equality, respect for human rights, or the rule of law (This is particularly true to Ethiopian Muslims for they had to sustain injustices for exercising their religious rights on top of their sharing the day to day reality of the Ethiopian people). That is well acknowledged and we believe well understood as well. The question is WHY the EPRDF choose to launch the Ahbash Project NOW and in its current form? What national and International politics are serving as it guide? What role the rise in popularity of the nationalists forces in the country's politics and the failure of the EPRDF ethnic politics has to play? How about the war on terror? How about the regional integration project of East and Equatorial African Countries as foreseen for example in the LAPSSET project (this is particularly interesting to examine given the fact that the focal areas of EPRDF campaign are those that form junction points)?
The unwarranted action of EPRDF against the will of people is challenging to every mind. Some have already taken the challenge, started piecing the puzzle and trying to give sense to the nonsense. Here is a document which we believe signals the beginning of such endeavor. We hope for more and profound works to reach the public soon. In the mean time lets ponder over what this important document has to offer us. Lets make sure also that we share it with people in our mailing list and our local community.