Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has tweeted that he will officially lead the military to the battlefield to stop the advancement of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front fighters towards the country’s capital Addis Ababa.
Prime Minister Abiy warned that if nothing was done, the rebels would take over the capital and would impose terror on the peace-loving people of Addis Ababa.
The announcement comes days after the US called for dialogue, ceasefire, and continuous negotiations to end the yearlong conflict, which started in October 2020 at the Tigray regional capital Makelle.
He tweeted that “Starting tomorrow, I will mobilize to the front to lead the defense forces.”
He continued his tweet by calling on Patriots to join him at the battlefront to defend their homeland from falling into the hands of the rebels.
“Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who will be hailed by history, rise for your country today. Let’s meet at the battlefront,” he said late on Monday while canvassing for support from the people.
Last month, Facebook deleted a tweet from Prime Minister Abiy where he called on Ethiopians to pick up arms against the rebels in the Northern part of the country. Facebook said the post was against their community standard and was inciting violence. But Abiy Ahmed dismissed the allegations from Facebook, stating that his post met the community standard and was aimed at galvanizing forces to defend the national and territorial integrity of the country.
Abiy Ahmed will be the second African leader to lead his military to the battlefield after the late Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno was killed earlier this year at the battlefront.