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Religious leaders have called on the government to take all the necessary measures to protect the rule of law and stop the recent conflicts in various parts of the country.

Some seven religious leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Ethiopian Catholic Church, Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and Ethiopian Kalehiwot Church briefed journalists today.

The religious leaders said that despite the reforms underway in the country, there are instabilities in some parts of the country are a threat to peace, stability and the well-being of citizens

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarch, Abune Mathias said loss of lives and damages of properties have occurred in Jigjiga, Gedeo, Bale, and Tana Beles.

Abune Mathias said the recent violent acts in different parts of the country contravene the rule of law. He strongly urged the government to take all the necessary steps to stop the violence.

Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President, Mufti Hajji Omar Idris called upon the government to take action to stop the violence in different parts of the country.

“Ethiopia is a country that has set example for peaceful co-existence, tolerance and mutual respect among its peoples,” Mufti Hajji Omar said, adding that “the country should never be threatened with divisive tendencies on the basis of religion and ethnic differences.”

Finally, the religious leaders expressed their readiness to stand alongside the government to support the rehabilitation of the displaced people.

They also urged the public to remain united in love and peaceful coexistence


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