Congratulations to Eritrea and Ethiopia Uniting as One People with One Shared Destiny

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By Mammo Muchie: DST/NRF SARChI Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

“This is my plea to the new generation of African leaders and African
peoples: work for unity with firm conviction that without unity there is
no future for Africa…I reject the glorification of the nation-state,
which we have inherited from colonialism, and the artificial nations
we are trying to forge from that inheritance. We are all Africans
trying to be Ghanaians or Tanzanians. Fortunately for Africa we have
not been completely successful…Unity will not make us rich, but it
can make it difficult for Africa and the African peoples to be
disregarded and humiliated. And it will therefore increase the
effectiveness of the decisions we make and try to implement for our
development. My generation led Africa to political freedom. The
current generation of leaders and peoples of Africa must pick up the
flickering torch of African freedom, refuel it with their enthusiasm
and determination, and carry it forward.” – Julius Nyerere, First
president of Tanzania

“The glory which awaits Africa cannot come about until Africa is united. If we fail to unite, then a great nation will go to sleep forever.” (Kwame Nkrumah)
“We can assure you we will face the future together. We will work as one…from now on do not say Eritrean and Ethiopian people; say there is one people: we are one people” Isiays Afeworki Isiays has given an interview in a glossy magazine in three languages about his undying and unchanging commitment to a ‘one Ethiopia—andit or hanti Ethiopia’!!! He declared in the front cover: “It’s our persistent stance to strive for a united Ethiopia.” (August 23, 2007)


1. Moving from the Failed 1991-1993 Transition to the 2018-2020 Successful Transition for Unity

The transition from the 1991 to 1993 of Eritrea from being part of Ethiopia to become a separate state did not produce peace and stability in the region for the last 27 years. In fact, what came was the totally an un-necessary war in Badame on the border between Eritrea and the province of Tigray from 1998-2000 that made both sides to lose over 100,000 people. What also came from the last 18 years is what is called a “No War, No Peace” state that closed Eritrea off from Ethiopia. Fathers and mothers, and children and family had no right to see each other. It was truly evil to the people on both sides what the ruling elites imposed on both Eritrea and Ethiopia. Both were losers, no one gained at all. It was a lose-lose outcome and never a win-win one at all. They all should the moral sense to acknowledge the cruel injustice they imposed on this very God fearing and justice loving people with the longest historical memory and civilisation in Africa and the rest of the world. Eritrea too is part and parcel of the originator of this long history, civilisation and memory associated…

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