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Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has become a highly controversial figure in Africa. Since he took office in 2018, he has implemented a series of actions and policies that have generated significant controversy. His tenure has been characterized by intense conflict, political unrest and tense relations within the region, resulting in a multifaceted and often destabilizing influence in Ethiopia and the broader Horn of Africa.

First, Abiy’s handling of the Tigray conflict has been a major point of contention. The civil war between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which began in late 2020, resulted in numerous casualties and widespread destruction. Although a ceasefire was declared in 2022, the fallout has left parts of the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions in dire conditions, with ongoing humanitarian crises and reports of serious abuses by various factions, including the Ethiopian military. (Al Jazeera) (Elephant)

Furthermore, Abiy’s recent geopolitical maneuvers have further exacerbated tensions. For example, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Somaliland, which grants Ethiopia a corridor to the Red Sea, has provoked significant opposition from Somalia and raised alarm among regional and international stakeholders. The move is seen as part of Abiy’s broader strategy to assert Ethiopian influence and secure strategic advantages, which has raised fears of renewed conflict and instability in the Horn of Africa. (WardheerNews) (Wakaaladda Wararka Qaranka Soomaaliyeed)​.

Domestically, Ethiopia continues to grapple with ethnic violence, economic hardship, and political dissent. Abiy’s government has faced accusations of authoritarianism, including the suppression of opposition and media freedoms, undermining democratic processes in the country. His approach to governance, marked by attempts to centralize power and diminish the influence of rival ethnic groups, has further deepened divisions within Ethiopia. (Al Jazeera) (Elephant)​.

In conclusion, if we definitively label Abiy Ahmed as the “most dangerous person in Africa”, his actions and policies have undoubtedly contributed to significant instability and conflict in Ethiopia and the surrounding region. The challenges he faces and the decisions he makes will continue to have profound implications for peace and security in the Horn of Africa. (Al Jazeera) (WardheerNews) (Wakaaladda Wararka Qaranka Soomaaliyeed) (Elephant)​.

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