Truth about ESFNA A Response to Samuel Tibebe Ferenj (ESFNA) By Rosa Abadir

October 29th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

These days it’s widely more common to see some blatant individuals to come out and write, speak, narrate, and preach in favor or defense of some notorious criminals and corrupted individuals or groups. At the same route, the danger of becoming ubiquitous and invaluable to allegedly condemn someone using irrelevant basis.

I read your article entitled “In the Defense of ESFNA” a response to Mr. Ephrem Madebo on ethio media website. First of all, I would like to let you know that I am not writing this in defense of either Mr. Ephrem Madebbo or any other group. So, do not connect me with anything at any time. Also, I am not writing this just because I blindly oppose ESFNA executive members as you portrayed. However, I am here to correct your defected mind, a mind that reads a wrong file. And I am obliged to response to you or anyone who simply misinforming himself even the public and tried to cover the center errors created by ESFNA few executive members regarding Judge Birtukan nomination. I see you are dedicated your argument not only in opposition to Mr.Ephrem, but also against the websites that condemned the ESFNA executives’ wrong deeds surrounded by unlawful inverted decision. As you stated, you indiscriminately disparaged many Ethiopian websites for “bashing of ESFNA”, while you’ve never either specified or identified a single website with a precise argumentative error or a particular news, or articles covers ESFNA’s with its failure to backing your defense. This alone shows your incompetence to face the real challenges and used a silly approach to divert the truth using mocking evidence. At least you should follow some sort of humble criteria if you want to hold a debate.

I was also tremendously shocked and embarrassed by your overall critics. You criticized some type of unknown enormous group “there is an enormous movement, particularly in Washington, DC area to force Churches, Community centers, and other Tax exempt organizations to engage in political activities that are prohibited by IRS Code for section 501 (C) organizations.” However, you still failed to indicate any of these groups or churches along your detailed allegations. Unlike to your false accusations, it’s evident that there are a few churches, mosques, community centers, or groups that are manipulated by Ethiopian regime TPLF mercenaries and work always in favor of the regime in Diaspora. TPLF mainly selected these groups from our community via its multimillion dollar investments that enabled it to bribe famed personalities, expand its propaganda outlets, and plant skilled infiltrators. Therefore, at present you don’t have to get surprised if a few Diaspora Ethiopians blind folded by the carefully crafted deceptive TPLF elements, since it’s very challenging to differentiate the innocent Ethiopians from the enemies within.

Unfortunately, these TPLF spies work day and night, constantly adopt and improve strategies to cope up with the dynamics of domestic pressure as well as using the lack of common sense among our society in regard to politics vs. religion, or politics vs. any other socio issues, where the majority of Diaspora Ethiopians tend to fail to distinguish a variety of things from “politics” of the current game. As a result, TPLF mercenaries manipulate cultural and social values; diligently study the psychological and emotional states of many Ethiopians to help them design a trap, which is usually invisible for naïve and self interested Ethiopians in Diaspora. This group of Ethiopians around Churches, Mosques, and Community centers becoming valuable targets for TPLF as well as in some instances victims of their own static and limited knowledge with uncontrollable egos. TPLF often uses clever tactics create artificial heroes, fake dissenters, etc to keep Ethiopians in a state of constant confusion so they could be tricked as needed or even misled to a level of anointing false messiahs. One of the recent creations inside ESFNA is a group that works directly in favor of Sheik Mohammad Alamudi/TPLF; a fast cooked group chaired by a relatively corrupted money mongers few ESFNA executive committee members led by Abnet G/Meskel.
As you undoubtedly aware, ESFNA has directly received three hundred thousand dollars back in 2008 and over two hundred thousand dollars back in 2002 from the corrupted millionaire Alamudi, where ESFNA also wrote a thank you letter that was published on their website.*1 Simultaneously, it’s obvious that Sheik Mohammad Alamudi publicly announces that he become a member of EPRDF/Ehadig after he was baptized and convinced by Ambassador Twelde in London since 1991 after two month EPRDF controls power.*1 The main objective of Almudi thugs inside popular ESFNA is to destroy genuine members of ESFNA and replace with the people that serve Alamudi/TPLF main interests in Diaspora. As a result the recent reverse decision of ESFNA to withdraw nomination of Birtukan is a clear product of TPLF affiliated manipulation within the organization.

No one cannot claim ignorance for the fact that ESFNA principle is bounded by non-political and non-religious group abided by a 501 (c) tax exempted non-profit organization. However; unless someone like you wants to deflect this simple interpretation, any person can be nominated irrespective of the nominee’s political or religious view. Of course, this is carried out, as long as ESFNA doesn’t get involved in a direct support or endorsement of any political party or religious group. Therefore, the potential nominee can be individuals of good figures including a Doctor, an Accountant, an Athlete, an Artist, a Lawyer, an Engineer, a Philosopher, a Politician, a House Keeper, a Cashier, a Driver, etc with his/her respective religious belief. I can definitely sense ESFNA mission and rules, is perfectly direct and simple, direct enough to be comprehensible by anyone. I don’t know where you read such inappropriate information regarding character assassination of individuals. At least, be faithful to your points. So far, I have never heard or read nothing that demands ESFNA to bend or change their rules and regulations except those people like you who are diverting the main issues purposely to gain naïve followers using irrelevant concept. A concept that is selected by TPLF propaganda orchestrators, a notion of the word “Politics” hence the meaning become confusing among a few naïve Ethiopians in Diaspora who hate either to hear or listen it. Instead, most people including myself are urging ESFNA to stay firm, show unrevealing stand and to dwell by its rules and regulations from being easily influenced and manipulated by a few groups that serves the interests of the Ethiopian current regime.

I also would like to put one more case to expose some of the liar executive committee of ESFNA who are fooling you and the rest. A group that was able to trick you just because they issued a press release on their website. I can’t believe that a few Ethiopians including you take this press release of ESFNA as guidance for argumentative truth. In fact, the press release holds a number of contradictory statements regarding their reverse decision of Birtukan’s nomination. Here are some of the statements from the press release of ESFNA:

“ESFNA’s Board of Directors presented Judge Birtukan Mideksa to be our guest of honor, in the cultural category, at our October 17, 2010 meeting in Atlanta, GA. Other Board of Directors suggested that Judge Birtukan’s nomination goes against our by-law since she is a leader of a political organization. Judge Birtukan’s popularity was evident at the meeting and a spirited discussion took place. Since ESFNA prides itself to be a democratic organization and there was a nomination on the floor, a vote was taken and Judge Birtukan’s nomination narrowly passed.”

“However, in keeping with the non-political, non-religious and non-ethnic policy of ESFNA and also keeping in mind our non-profit status, which prohibits a non-profit organization from having any kind of political affiliation, some senior Board of Directors implored and urged the Board to review the decision.

After another round of heated and emotional discussion, the Board of Directors who supported the nomination withdrew their support.”

Look, I am not going to describe this kind of distortion and lie to one self and others. Indeed, how can Ethiopians take these lairs that are lying from toe to teeth as humble executive members of ESFNA? You sound like you are being stripped and brainwashed by the Alamudi thugs ESFNA elements dead propaganda. I will again give you the chance for the second time, and advise you to go back and read the conflicting statements written by ESFNA and compare each segment, words, and sentences and show me if they connect each at a center. Unless someone is a sympathizer of the current Ethiopian regime or a person who has no clue of the politics of this stage, how come we tolerate these styles of white lies and for how long we believe a repeated lies that is made-out in the name of “politics”? I mean, this is very straightforward that they nominated her primarily not because of her career but for the reason that of other critical contributions that she has acquired through her life as same as the other previous nominee’s, Period! It’s a fundamental reason why and how they initially carried out their nomination. However, without doubt it’s clear that they overturned their nomination due to the pressure that comes from Alamudi ESFNA internal thugs that even led them to intimidation and physical attack on pro-Birtukan members, as exclusively covered by the news.

I could continue briefing this presentation of ESFNA lies and cheatings to the public, however it’s irrelevant as compare how much could be done to save ESFNA from being a tool for Alamudi/TPLF. In any case, I wish I had said a lot about your overall immature response to Mr. Epherem that is surrounded by almost no single tangible reasons but just a bunch of rubbish allegations. To be honest, you are embarrassingly failed to address your issues. However, the more conscious and defiant Ethiopian is saying: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Therefore, Ethiopians won’t give any more chance for mercenaries that are under the skirts of ESFNA to destroy the organization and use for their (TPLF) agenda again. Alhamdulillah, ESFNA internal failure has been massively exposed now and the lack of leadership quality should be fixed at no time soon. Whether you like it or not, ESFNA is a property of Ethiopians in North America that should serve the interests of the people based on its respected rules and policies without the influence of Alamudi and his mafia crew.
*1- Watch the video below for the relation between Sheik Mohammed Alamudi & TPLF

http://abbaymedia.com/News/?p=5554

By Rosa Abadir [rosabadir@yahoo.com]

  1. Ethiopia
    | #1

    Rosa Abadir, you sound so angry and emmotional. Ato Tibebe’s article was very mature and based on facts and “etyopiawe chewant” you remind me of “ye kebele Gebdegna” during Derg era. One thing I would like to address is this arguement and division would benefit enemies of Ethiopia. For how long are we going to lable people with fabricated names? what are we going to accomplish? When you tried to defend Mr. Epherem you lower your self( don’t know you and don’t know your level)and calling names to your “Ethiopian brothers”. Ato Ferenjie didn’t get that low when he wrote his article. This incident give me the opportunity how same Ethiopians have a long way to grow up. Hopefully you will write positve, educationl and peacful article next time.

  2. Gifti
    | #2

    “…some senior Board of Directors implored and urged the Board to review the decision.”
    Who are these “senior Board of Directors” who have the power to influence/intimidate board members to retract the nomination/endorsement of Judge Birtukan as Guest of Honor?
    I think this is the key question. Are these so called ‘senior board members’ currently serving board members or do they mean long serving board members who have served in the past OR perhaps those considered “founders”? If so, where in the bylaws of ESFNA say these people have power over currently serving board members? ESFNA’s press release asserts those members who have put the motion and voted in support of the motion retracted their nomination willingly. It is obvious here some members are speaking on both sides of their mouth, giving in to the ‘senior board members’ in public and speaking of ‘being intimidated and forced to retract their nomination & vote’ to Ethiopian diaspora media outlets in private. It would have been better for ESFNA to stick with its original vote as what they say “urging” will be interpreted as intimidation or bullying by the accusers and that would have traction among the larger public.
    After all, it is not obvious that Birtukan would accept the invitation and be among the diaspora? I don’t know why we assume that is a given. I would not be surprised if she declines such invitation, considering the advice given by SHIMAGLEs & others to avoid future trouble by stirring away from the “diaspora”. Let us admit that we all have failed her during the trying times and it is just hypocritical for us to line-up at airport tarmacs or stadium podiums and show our love. When it mattered, no one was found on her side including her party comrades as one Awramba-Times article on the subject reminded us. Who would blame if this noble soul wants none of our invitations & self-serving gestures at least until the day Ethiopians start to stand next to those who dare to defy and are ready to share the pain.

  3. ኢትዮጵያዬ
    | #3

    እግዜር ይስጥልን ሮዛ::

    “….I am here to correct your defected mind, a mind that reads a wrong file. And I am obliged to response to you or anyone who simply misinforming himself even the public and tried to cover the center errors created by ESFNA few executive members.

    …… I will again give you the chance for the second time, and advise you to go back and read the conflicting statements written by ESFNA and compare each segment, words, and sentences and show me if they connect each at a center.

    ….unless someone like you wants to deflect this simple interpretation, any person can be nominated irrespective of the nominee’s political or religious view. Of course, this is carried out, as long as ESFNA doesn’t get involved in a direct support or endorsement of any political party or religious group…

    ….I mean, this is very straightforward that they nominated her primarily not because of her career but for the reason that of other critical contributions that she has acquired through her life as same as the other previous nominee’s, Period!”

    Thank you Rosa.
    Hope Samuel will correct it officialy.

  4. melat
    | #4

    thank you rosa,

    you wrote a very articulate, thoughtful and very strong message that goes not only to tibebe but to all people like tibebe who doesnt have the gut to speak the truth. we need our writers to get very sensitive and very touchy like you so that most ethiopians can be motivated and inspired as quick as possible to take the necessary measure in order to save esfna and even to get rid of weyane from our country.

    the name above with Ethiopia who commentend above dont know why he want to defend tibebe while he was attacking the writer like kebele derg….this is another wishy wash person who is eaither tibebe or a person who has no stand and boneless like tibebe

    keep up the great job Rosa i enjoyed your response and thank you!

  5. True Ethiopian
    | #5

    Responding To Ethiopian
    First of all, Thank you Rosa writting this breath taking responce behalf of the silent majority diaspora. The person who post his comment under Ethiopian name, I just would like to ask you that are u defending Ato Tebebe or his article? Are you defending the ppl who are on power or the ESFNA’s rules? Most of the time ppl who ara paid to talk have a tendency to mix up facts with party line poltics. You just proof to me that you are ONE OF THE HODAMS WHO HAS NO MORAL ETHICS OR A FEAR OF GOD. Next time don’t be quick to attack the messanger in this case our Sister has the fact , the morale value and the support of Millions of Ethiopians::

  6. Yewnetu F.
    | #6

    Rosa, We’re all entitled to our opinions but, as you know, not to the truth. Question– Can you point out where the lie is in ESFNA’s press release? You said it a lie but failed to tell us what the lie is. Are we expected to accept it’s a lie because you said so? ESFNA has never denied there might be some supporters of the current regime, as there might be some EPRP symphetizers or, OLF, Ginbot 7, UDJ or what have you. I say might because we, yes we, I’m one of them, never discuss politics or care what one supports. Your political view or support is not a criteria to be a player,supporter, Board member etc… That, I’ll have you know, is the secret of the organization’s longevity. It lasted 28 years because it’s focus is nothing but one thing. Sport. And we come from the school of thought that SPORT is above politics,religion,ethnic grouping or sex.

    I could say lots of things regarding your response to Ato Samuel. I won’t because I don’t think it will make a difference as you’ve already made up you mind regarding ESNA. But I need to tell you that labeling and name calling is neither productive nor lady like. Have a good life.

  7. Abe
    | #7

    Samuel Ferenj, watch the following link and judge for yourself how ESFNA argument hold water.

    http://abbaymedia.com/News/?p=5554

  8. bliss
    | #8

    Good that is what I have been saying. Some comments I have seen on Ethio blogs said to boycott ESFNA and create a new organization. Are you kidding me? Are we that losers that the organization that belongs to us will be given to TPLF and just like Kinijit break and divide us. Those who said this comment are either ignorant, deliberate to divide us and weaken the Diaspora most likely from Weyane or Eritrea groups. Everytime we face challenges let us not fall prey and given in quickly as Kinijit had been. We should learn a lesson from Kinijit. ESFNA doesn’t belong to members who have different agenda, Weyane or Alamoudi. It was formed and existst through hard work currency of Ethiopian Diaspora. It is those Diaspora who vote what should ESFNA do or not by majority by the way. So people, ignore those ignorant comments about boycotting. When we boy cott this organization, we are boy cotting ESFNA. Reform ESFNA, get rid of any of members that create problems to our communities, etc. So, good luck.

  9. Too many thieves
    | #9

    Rosa,
    Well put! You spoke on behalf of millions of Ethiopians, including myself. Thank you. I often wonder if Samuel Ferenji is one of the highly paid representatives of TPLF and Allamoudi. By the way, what does Ferenji mean?

  10. Lucy
    | #10

    Dear Roza GOD bless you. leban leba kalalute meserekun ayakomem. Those criminals who have associated them selves with the almoudi and recieved money from his hand will pay it back at the end of the day. As every body knows almoudi has been lootting our natural resources with out any charge . So it seems to all these amuodi’s dogs , but when the time will come you will face criminal court. ESFNA belongs to ethiopians in diaspora. Those who have relation with tegere’s thugs and arab lootters must be fired from ESFAN. They shpould not enjoy even the sport festival. They are working with agazi and they are killers.

  11. Drama
    | #11

    WE HAVEN’T HEARD FROM ESFNA, WHY THEY ALLOW RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES ON ESFNA EVENTS???????????????????????????? I REST MY CASE.

  12. WHILTLEBLOWER
    | #12

    The truth is ESFNA had violated IRS Non profit Tax exempt status for several reasons. I agree with you inviting honorable Judge Birtuka will also violated the IRS code tax exempt again but The IRS need Ethiopian Whistleblower. The Whistleblowers Office, which was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, will process tips received from individuals who spot tax violation.

    ESFNA is a profit company for few in the name of bringing Ethiopian together. It is the most corrupted organization. They survived 25 years because no one reported them to IRS and FBI. ESFNA survived because it was an Ethiopian organization. If ESFNA was a mainstream non profit 501 (c) organization like Red Cross, united way it would had been on the news for violating IRS non profit 501 (c) statuses. Some of the board members had been in jail or pay fines.
    Let us not abuse the American system in the name of non profit. The time may not be soon but one day IRS and FBI will audit ESFNA. Watch and see

    1. ESFNA has refused to disclose its annual returns to the public despite
    the United States Internal Revenue Code. Visit http://www.esfnawatch.com.
    The United States Internal Revenue Code, CITE: 26USC6104 states the
    following:
    Tax-exempt organizations must make available for public inspection
    their annual returns (Form 990) and applications for exemption (Form
    1023), and must provide copies of such returns and applications to
    individuals who request them. Copies usually must be provided immediately in
    the case of in-person requests, and within 30 days in the case of
    written requests.

    Why did they refuse to disclose ESFNAs annual returns to the public?
    2. Al-Ahmoudi= Ethiopian Government.
    Esfna has violated IRS tax Exempt statues 501 (c) the first time ESFNA received money. ESFNA had admitted to receive over $700,000.00.

    3. Most of ESFNA incomes are generated from unrelated business such as the sale of Alcohol, concert tickets

  13. abel
    | #13

    Rosa

    Wow! thank you for writing the truth using very sensetional and inspriring desceiption. You nailed the truth properly. This is the type of articles that ethiopians need in order to get motivated for the struggle, an article which has a clear message that is surrounded by many inspiring words. As you said we ethiopians should strongly fight to get rid of meles zenawi and his tplf criminal members undercovers from ESFNA and other critical orgnizations even here in Diaspora.
    Thank you and keep up the great job.
    Abel

  14. Kume
    | #14

    Thanks Rosa,
    You stated you article to the point and the truth this Federation is under the contrail of Alamudi/Tplf gangs.
    I want to say something what I know about Tibebe Samuale Ferenje political positions to aware Ethiopian’s who fights for Democracy and Freedom. He was one of supporters of TPLF form the beginning of 1991 when the meles mercenaries invaded the country and seceded Eretria without Ethiopian’s got any chance to vote on the matter. Then he went back home to do business with TPLF gangs. Now, for unknown reason he came back about 2 or 3 years ago and has been started writing articles mostly against opposition views. To me he is one of the suspects of TPLF spies in Diaspora unless he tells us the reason why he went and did business with this criminals group and back again to confuse opposition supporters.
    Kume

  15. ababa
    | #15

    The truth is ESFNA had violated IRS Non profit Tax exempt status for several reasons. I agree with you inviting honorable Judge Birtuka will also violated the IRS code tax exempt again but The IRS need Ethiopian Whistleblower. The Whistleblowers Office, which was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, will process tips received from individuals who spot tax violation.

    ESFNA is a profit company for few in the name of bringing Ethiopian together. It is the most corrupted organization. They survived 25 years because no one reported them to IRS and FBI. ESFNA survived because it was an Ethiopian organization. If ESFNA was a mainstream non profit 501 (c) organization like Red Cross, united way it would had been on the news for violating IRS non profit 501 (c) statuses. Some of the board members had been in jail or pay fines.

    Let us not abuse the American system in the name of non profit. The time may not be soon but one day IRS and FBI will audit ESFNA. Watch and see

    1. ESFNA has refused to disclose its annual returns to the public despite
    the United States Internal Revenue Code. Visit http://www.esfnawatch.com.

    The United States Internal Revenue Code, CITE: 26USC6104 states the
    following:

    Tax-exempt organizations must make available for public inspection
    their annual returns (Form 990) and applications for exemption (Form
    1023), and must provide copies of such returns and applications to
    individuals who request them. Copies usually must be provided immediately in
    the case of in-person requests, and within 30 days in the case of
    written requests.

    Why did they refuse to disclose ESFNAs annual returns to the public?

    2. Al-Ahmoudi= Ethiopian Government.

    Esfna has violated IRS tax Exempt statues 501 (c) the first time ESFNA received money. ESFNA had admitted to receive over $700,000.00.

    3. Most of ESFNA incomes are generated from unrelated business such as the sale of Alcohol, concert tickets

  16. Dominique Bowers
    | #16

    I would like to appreciate Ephrem Madebo and Rosa for your scholorly and
    well documented response, to those ill advised, low-down, group interest individuals, decisions of denying the invitation of LADY LIBERTY, a champion of Human Rights and democratic rights of the Ethiopian people. One day the Ethiopian people will judge those opportunist.

  17. Getachew
    | #17

    The problem I see with big organizationlike ESFNA,The leaders are old and not willing to pass the leadership to the younger generation who could changes things around. I have seen these guys and who they invite for these gatherings. The late Tilahun Gessese,Haile Gebreselassie and so forth. Sure these Ethiopians were and are famous.But have they done anything close to what Birtukan has donein a short time? I assume most Ethiopians are out of Ethiopia for the that will unite us. There is no freedom of any kind. Our people are undera repressive regiom. unempoyment in Ethiopia is probably close to 80 percent. Birtukan the great human being could not ignore our suffering and chose to change it.
    Let us not forget we are groups of people who chose to live outside our country till we are librated by the people of Ethiopia.ESFNA should be part of us inovlved in our struggle for a regiom change and respect and ivite to be honarable guest.
    Alhmoudi and Tpl and its cadres will fall.

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