Justice before democracy
I trust Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) will take monumental measures to correct the problems of injustice in Ethiopia though I do not agree with him on his move on democracy.
Abiy loves the people. Consequently, he is practicing political idealism, which is full of morality, in contrast to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that practiced political realism as a philosophy that is initiated by a siege mentality.
Abiy will regret his policy on democracy as the nation is not yet ready for it. Before democracy we have plenty of jobs to do like justice.
Humanism is closely attached to justice. Justice is the natural demand of mankind. Justice takes different forms like political, legal, economic, social and cultural. We have the obligation to create a just society in Ethiopia.
Justice means one’s claim and when one is denied his claims injustice is said to be done to her.
The issue of justice is at the center of American politics. Their democracy has failed to create a just society as all injustices are not undemocratic. The growing inequality between the rich and the poor is an issue that has not been solved yet.
Likewise, in Ethiopia the issue of justice has multiple of ups and downs.
The best way to correct the injustice done is to create alliance among all Ethiopians. Partnership and competition are healthy but hostility is bad between different ethnic groups and their respective elites.
Their alliance is crucial for the stability of the nation.
This way it can manage to gain public trust. That may be what precipitated the rising public trust in the aftermath of the reform.
Public trust means the confidence of the people on the government and political leaders together with their political decisions. Public trust is essential for improving the relationship of the government and the people. Moreover it is the instrument that paves the way for the successful implementation of policies. Abiy needs to try and make sure that he has the public trust as trust created for the promotion of the public welfare is indispensible.
Beside public trust there should exist a social trust between the Amharas and Oromos. Trust can be attributed to relationships between people. In the social sciences, the subtleties of trust are the subject of ongoing research. In sociology the degree to which one society trusts another is a measure of belief in the honesty, fairness, or benevolence of another society.
Aiby Ahmed has come to power in a nation where the question of justice was on the rise. His reform will help in addressing this area of concern before he ventures on democracy. Certainly he will regret his move on democracy without responding to the question of justice in the societies for Ethiopia needs a preparation period if not transition to realize democracy.
Still forgiveness is the solution for Ethiopian politics for societies are harmed by different ruling groups.
Finally, let me say few words about what I like about Abiy Ahmed. In addition to his personal eloquence skills, I like the fact that he is not an ethnically minded man. He came to power in a time the nation needs such a man. He is becoming a uniting factor for Ethiopia as he has abandoned the political fashion that was intensifying ethnic division and he is promoting Ethiopiawinet.
Ed.’s Note: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]