The Oromo Liberation Front statement on the passing away of Former OLF Chairman
Mr. Gelasa Dilbo OLF Statement- March 31, 2022
It is with the deep sorrow that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) learned the sudden death of the OLF former Chairman, Mr. Gelasa Dilbo. Mr. Gelasa had contributed immensely to the Oromo people’s struggle for many years. Mr. Gelasa was born in Eastern Wallaga, Naqamte, Oromia. Mr. Gelasa started Oromo struggle at an early age and involved in the OLF struggle at various stages including serving as a chairman. He contributed hugely to the Oromo movement for freedom and democracy. He made a lot of scarifies throughout his life including participating in armed and political struggles. He lived through difficulties of Oromo freedom struggle journey that involved many ups and downs. His contribution has enlightened several Oromo people to fight for their freedom and his legacies live with the Oromo people forever.
After the OLF had been pushed out of the Ethiopian Transitional Government in 1992, Mr. Gelasa was targeted by the ruling regime and escaped to Djibouti and then to the United Kingdom. He lived in the United Kingdom for many years. In 2018, Mr. Gelasa returned to his home country, accepting the call of Government of Prosperity Party led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed. He continued his contribution in the Ethiopian political spectrum and was serving as a member of the parliament of Ethiopia until the day he passed away. Mr. Gelasa passed away on March 30, 2022, at his home in Finfinne, Oromia.
The OLF would like to pass its condolences to his family and friends. We wish strength and comfort for families, friends, and relatives of Mr. Gelasa Dilbo as well as to the Oromo people. Victory to the Masses!
Oromo Liberation Front!
March 31, 2022