During the inaugural speech, the new leader of the Movement, Dr. Desalegn Chanoe of Bahir Dar University said that the continuous abuse, ethnic cleansing, killing and discrimination of the Amhara ethnic group in the last 50 years necessitated the formation of NAMA.
Dr.Desalegn said the Amhara people have become victims of countless types and cases of repression, discrimination and abuse by several entities.
ADMAS, a coalition of Amhara organizations in North America, part of the Global Amhara Movement, whose mission is to bring awareness to the repression of Amharas in Ethiopia and work hand-in-hand with Amhara leaders and organizations in Ethiopia to end such repression, congratulated NAMA.
Although an affiliate of the ruling EPRDF, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), has been in power for the past 27 years administering the Amhara region, many believe it is controlled by non-Amhara members and has failed to protect and stand for the Amhara people. Despite the sharp increase of nationalist pro-Amhara ethnic group movements in the past five years among the Ethiopian Diaspora, there wasnot any strong and new Amhara nationalist movement inside Ethiopia until NAMA was founded.