Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday urged Ethiopians from all walks of lives to maintain the long-standing peace and togetherness.
The premier made the call as part of his message on the celebrations of Meskel festival – a religious festival celebrated on Sept. 26 and 27 among Orthodox Christians to mark the finding of the True Cross.
Ahmed, who urged the various groups of the east African country to uphold peace and maintain longstanding values of unity and togetherness, also urged the public to avoid confusions and misunderstandings that lead to quarrelsome among Ethiopian communities and groups.
“We have to come together with a common notion that denotes united we stand, divided we fall,” he stressed.
Ethiopian Christians late on Wednesday commenced celebrating the two-day Meskel festival with public bonfires and religious processions across the east African country.
The largest religious procession and public bonfires was made in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
Among the attendants of the festival in the capital Addis Ababa include Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, religious leaders and tens of thousands of locals and tourists.