The State of Emergency declared earlier this month is an instrument to protect the youth from the ill-conceived activities of the country's sworn enemies.
Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State Teachers' Association President Amanuel Pawlos said the the nation is doing a lot to make the youth important players in the national development drive. The expansion of basic and higher education is one indication to that, according him. "Without the prevalence of peace at all levels, the endeavours won't bear fruit," he added.
According to him, some anti-peace elements target and attempt to unload their destructive refuse on the youth. Not very few of the youth were damaging foreign investment infrastructure which the country attracted with a great deal of effort. "The decree, therefore, would stop such activities from rippling, and also protect others from following suit," he said.
Amanuel said the nation's sworn enemies always daydream to see a weak and fragile Ethiopia. For him, a clear indication of this is the ever unsuccessful attempt to 'halt' the construction of the nation's flagship project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is also a symbol of cooperation among and beyond the riparian states.
He added that the decree is a mechanism even to scour the evils from the minds of those who conspire with these people as it could not be done under the regular law.
Ethiopian Youth Federation President Tarekegn Abdu Jebar also said that the youth should be rational for its benefits could not be maximized unless peace prevails and equally safeguarded.
Since its establishment, the Federation has been advocating for the promotion of democratic culture.
The instigators should learn that Ethiopia is committed to develop its natural resources and they don't accommodate such ill-fated elements.
The Federation believes in round-table discussions to resolve discontents. "Destroying asset serves no purpose."
Youth and Sports Ministry Communication Directorate Director Nasir Leggesse also said: "The government recognized the legitimate grievances of the youth and is earnestly working to address same."
The President's announcement to establish a ten-billion Birr mobile youth fund to create jobs for the youth is a showcase, he added.
Nasir said the government is carefully implementing the decree not to violate democratic rights and in line with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations. And it is now registering tangible results, he added.