Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has boasted that he will lead the nation’s military against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel group aiming to invade the capital city, Addis Ababa. Ahmed called on Ethiopian citizens who wish to be recognised by history to join him in the struggle against terrorism in the African country. He said: “ I will mobilise to the front to lead the defence forces. “Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who will be hailed by history, rise up for your country today. Let’s meet at the battlefront.” If the prime minister personally goes to war against the rebels, this will be a great feat in modern history that will be for many generations to come.
Earlier, the government of Ethiopia had declared a state of emergency over fears that Tigray rebels might take over the capital city, Addis Ababa. The fear-inspiring presence of the rebels who are said to be marching on to seize the city is said to be chasing both citizens, foreigners, and diplomats from the entire region.
In fact, Ahmed had urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves against the TPLF. Authorities in Addis Ababa informed residents to register their arms and prepare to defend their neighbourhoods. Speaking on the activities of the rebels, Jeffrey Feltman, the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, said: “We oppose any TPLF move to Addis or any TPLF move to besiege Addis.”