Fending off foreign pressure via pan-Africanism

BY HAILE DEMEKE

Foreign powers have been putting undue pressure on Ethiopia and spreading a false narrative about the country. There is an ongoing and coordinated attempt to infringe on Ethiopia’s internal matter in the name of humanitarian aid.

The idea of external intervention is very much intertwined with establishing weak and puppet governments that would implement the will the interventionists. The result of it was a creation of failed states. In order to avert external challenges, Ethiopia and the rest of the African countries face, there is a need to strengthen the spirit of Pan-Africanism. Many of the threats African countries encounter this time are similar with Ethiopia facing.

The term Pan-Africanism is mainly centered on building strong and competent people and institutions, and also it signifies formal and often elite-led projects and processes of the political and economic integration of African states. At the heart of this concept is Ethiopia. In this regard, standing by the side of Ethiopia in its fight against foreign pressure is standing up for Africa’s sovereignty and dignity.

This week, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, a commentator on African issues and a vocal to anti-corruption movements said that the Africans need to restore Pan African spirit tool to triumph challenges. Africans as a continent need to strengthen unity; integration cooperation is the way forward for Africans to avert challenges which is the center of pan-Africanism.

In his recent remark made at the office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Prof. PLO Lumumba said that unity is the only way for Africans to get out of the challenges facing the continent in the social, economic, and political arena continentally and beyond. The spirit of pan-Africanism at that time was all about united Africa and the struggle for pan-Africanism.

“The whole idea of the foreigners was to you use the resources both natural and human of the African continent so that the petition of Africa was designed to benefit the foreign powers. Of course, Ethiopia does stand out to the extent that it was never successfully colonized there was a limited occupation. To understand the present, we must understand the past which will also enable us to have a glimpse on what the future hold. It is very rare to find those in positions of leadership in Africa today who would live willingly leave office power in Africa.”

Pan-Africanism if you look at the treaty of the East African community says that there shall fast be a common market, common currency, and political federation which uh which ought to have happened in the future. Having a population of 120 million Ethiopia is an economic powerhouse potentially and the new pan-Africanism must have an economic component of it that is how I understand Africa agenda 2063.

Recently, during the inaugural ceremony of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh appreciated Ethiopia’s democratic process recounting the country’s age-old initiation for Pan-Africanism. Ethiopian empire took the lead as a Pan-African nation as the first member of the League of Nations and founding member of the Organization of African Unity, he said.

He expressed strong optimism that Ethiopia will overcome all its challenges without the intervention of external forces and continue its path of fastest growth. Ethiopia can draw inspiration from its yesterday’s achievements to transform its development and growth to a higher position.

In a previous interview with The Ethiopian Herald Historian and Assistant Professor, Adem Kamil said that the current support of Africans to Ethiopia as recognition and give back to Ethiopia’s multiple contributions to Africa. He says: “Ethiopia resisted and won a decisive victory against colonialist Italy. The Adwa victory is the pride of Africans and it ignited freedom struggles across the continent. Ethiopia provided training and sanctuary for freedom fighters in the continent. Its support for South Africans’ struggle against apartheid is a typical example. That is why Africans are now defending and fighting for Ethiopia’s right and interests.”

As to the historian, Ethiopia’s interests are also intertwined with African interests. For example, the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is not only about Ethiopia. It is about whether other African countries can develop their own resources and solve their issues by themselves.

The recent situation in Ethiopia should not be seen separately from the issue of the dam. “We cannot rule out Egypt’s role in this conflict. We should be alert. Our diplomacy should be further strengthened and be in a position to explain to the international community that the situation is our internal affairs and it would be solved only by us. The Egyptians are currently saying Ethiopia is being disintegrated. We have to fight this back. Taking our contribution to Africans and African Union into consideration, I hope Africans will continue be standing along with Ethiopia.”

He urged the government and people to carry further activities that attract more support from Africans to the current situation. The professor pinpointed that Ethiopia should try to tell its truth and reach Africans through multilingual media and other ways.

“We are not still exerting adequate effort on letting the world know what is happening in Ethiopia, what is our plan, what are the challenges currently facing and what are the causes of the problem and solution a way forward. There is progress currently but we should further enhance our diplomatic effort. The world especially Africa wants to hear from us. We need to embrace Africans in this process.”

The media should tell Ethiopians to plan in various international languages to break the language barrier and fight the heresy of the Arab and Western media.

Africans should know the genesis of the war and destruction and atrocities the terrorist group TPLF caused in the Amhara and Afar regions. If we do this, I hope we can galvanize more support from Africa, if not the world, he added.

As the western world is insistent on intervention, African believes in empowering and providing a chance for nations to come up with their own indigenous solutions. The AU has launched African Solidarity Initiative in 2012 aiming to deepen the essence of African solidarity and paradigm shifts which centers-stages African mutual assistance.

Through this initiative, the union encourages, motivates, and promotes intra African solutions to consolidate peace in the region. Therefore, to someone who is currently observing the African stance to the current situation in Ethiopia, it would be evident that Africa is showing solidarity with Ethiopia that champions empowering than intervening.

The Ethiopian Herald October 17/2021

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