07 December 2008 (EMF) – Former member of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) leadership Aba Biya Aba Jobir, expressed his satisfaction and deep excitement over what he saw in Oromia, in the face of ever worsening human right abuses witnessed by human rights groups. In an interview on government controlled ETV-Amharic service yesterday, Aba Biya said the Oromo people are now getting appropriate answer and armed struggle is no more an effective option to bring about change in Ethiopia.
EMF has reported earlier that a secret meeting was held from 19-21 September 2008 in The Hague, Netherlands between elder’s committee led by Prof. Ephrem Isaac and old folks of OLF leadership, including Lencho Leta, Dima Nego and Aba Biya Aba Jobir.
Aba Biya, who served as Head of OLF’s Foreign Affairs in Washington said encouraging situation prevailing in the country is totally different from what one assumes from outside while realities attest to the contrary.
Two Oromo opposition parties in the TPLF dominated parliament, The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) and the Oromo Peoples Congress party are confirming the mass arrest of opposition members and Oromo nationals in different town of Ormiya region mainly in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Aba Biya talks about his satisfactions while the regime shutdown Oromo TV, the decision that left some 60 Oromo journalist jobless. His satisfaction came amid arbitrarily arrested 94 Oromo nationals in different towns of Ormiya region, mainly in the capital Addis Ababa, tortured to the level of disability.