Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) came walking from his residence inside the Grand Menelik Palace located off Lorenzo Teazaz Street to meet some 140 school children who came from schools from around the country on Friday December 7, 2018. He was received with ovation. PM Abiy greeted each of the children shaking their hands, while asking them to greet him in their respective languages and exchanging words of their experience in Addis Ababa. He then stood in front of them in the palace gardens and called some pupils to come to the fore and introduce themselves and say love words to the gathered until the power line that was dysfunctional was fixed. He then grabbed the microphone and started his speech with an introduction – “When I see you in front of me here, I feel as if I met all Ethiopians.” In his inspirational speech to the school children filled with parables, Abiy made an analogy of the current Ethiopia with the physical renovation he carried out at the Office of the Prime Minister. “All the problems that are being seen in the country are like the demolition stage of the renovation after which followed painting and furnishing. The problems are like the dust and commotion of the demolition which made people long for its finalization. And the painting repelled many. But this is for complete improvement. I promise that you will receive a beautiful Ethiopia after this renovation which you have to be ready to lead effectively,” he stressed. “Don’t hate dust and disturbing sounds,” he concluded his inspirational and figurative speech to the children.

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