Earlier today, Jawar Mohammed talked at length on an “Joint operation” between 3 or 4 Amharic Paltalk rooms. He was asked a lot of questions, and even bullied by the hostile admins who appeared to be very mad at him because of his recent presentation at Aljazeera English. Among so many questions he was asked: Are you Oromo or Ethiopian first? What is the relationship between Oromo nationalism and Ethiopian Nationalism? What are the solutions of Oromo people’s struggles and demands? What do you mean when you said “Ethiopian identity was imposed on me” at Aljazeera show? What were the roles of Oromos in creating and maintaining Modern Ethiopian State? etc..These were just few of the many questions posed to him.
Jawar was incredibly consistent both with his recent presentation at Aljareeza and the Oromo National narratives which have been significantly developed over the last few decades. Literally, he repeated each and every single point he shared during the Aljazeera Show, but this time in Amharic language. In fact, he explained those very ideas in more details and elaborations. He told them clearly that “I am Oromo first; I love myself and my Oromo Identity above anything else; I am Oromo Nationalist; yes, Ethiopian Identity is alien to me and my likes; it was imposed on Oromo people by creators and controllers of Ethiopian state, who were mainly from Amhara nationalities; Ethiopian Identity is basically Amhara Identity but wrongly taken as identity that represents the peoples in that country etc….”
On OLF and its problems, he repeated what he wrote two years ago. He said “OLF does not have any ‘ideological’ problems but the problems are Organizational and leadership” and in fact he said “the main problem of OLF is structural and functional inability to manage and use the huge love and supports it enjoys from Oromo public.”
On the roles of Oromo nationalist and political Organizations, he said “the first role of Oromo nationalists should be to stand for their people( Oromo) and its interest; should work hard to empower their people so that they can effectively exercise the right to self determination”
These are some of main issues he addressed during this heated discussion.
Obviously, the audiences and the admins were very angry with him. But Jawar was very competent and full of confidence as usual. On the same points, specially around the end of his interview, he was even able to make fun out of their hypocrisy and bigotry by showing them the glaring contradictions between their “burning love “to Ethiopia and their discriminatory approaches and practices to the non-Amhara populations in that country .
My own Observation: Jawar is too brilliant to be in their talk show. These people could even properly understand what he was talking about, leave alone challenging his ideas. On many occasions, he was forced to lecture them on the very elementary concepts like state, government, people, nation building, power, politic of regret and recognition etc….I just felt tired for him because it is simply back breaking and tiresome work to talk with these kinds of interviewers who do not even understand the elementary ideas of what they have been bragging about since they created their paltalk rooms.
If you want more and did not get a chance to listen to this discussion, please find the Audio record if it is available for the public and listens to it and refreshes youslef.