“Starting tomorrow, I will head to the war front to lead the defense forces in person,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter Monday night, urging citizens to “lead the country with a sacrifice” and join the he. “Those of you who aspire to be one of the children of Ethiopia who will be celebrated in history, stand up for your country today, let us rally on the war front.”
“In the past and in the present, the needs and life of each and every one of us is under [the needs of] Ethiopia, “Abiy added.” We would rather die to save Ethiopia than survive Ethiopia. “
Abiy referred to the push as the “final fight to save Ethiopia” from “internal and external enemies” who, according to him, are “ready to build their strength on Ethiopia’s weakness.”
The statement comes after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Tigray’s former ruling party, claimed its fighters had captured two cities while advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa, more than a year after they conflict will break out in the north of the country.
One of the cities that TPLF claims was captured on Saturday includes Shewa Robit, which is located about 220 km (136 miles) northeast of Addis Ababa. CNN has not been able to reach the federal government for comment on the claim.
TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda responded to Abiy’s statement in a tweet, warning that “our forces will not relent in their relentless advance to end their strangulation on our people.”
While the Prime Minister is on the battlefield, his duties and the duties of other administrators who have joined the fight will be carried out by federal and regional officials who “will work to the best of their ability” to oversee the development and administration of the country.
“Ethiopia is the name of the winners,” concluded Abiy in his statement, “I never doubt that my generation will pay the price on their behalf as an icon of freedom.”
In November 2020, Abiy ordered a military offensive in the northern region of Tigray and promised that the conflict would be resolved quickly. A year later, the fighting has left thousands dead, displaced more than 2 million people from their homes, fueled hunger and sparked a wave of atrocities.