President Dr. Mulatu Teshome yesterday called on the Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (NNP) to safeguard the Constitution which guarantees their human and democratic rights, equality and mutual cooperation.
In a message in connection with the 11th NNP Day being celebrated in Harari State today, President Dr. Mulatu said the Constitution acknowledges diversity which is a source of unity and strength for the country and its people.
The nation over the past decade registered rapid growth attaining GTP I goals and setting GTP II, he said.
Foreign direct investment flow is growing and the country is becoming one of the prime destinations of international investors.
In all these efforts, the nation has been generating resource for flagship projects that could transform the economic structure to industry led, the president said, adding job opportunities have been created for a number of citizens.
Dr. Mulatu also noted that lack of good governance, rent seeking and religious extremism were major challenges on country’s renaissance journey. “Ethiopians should stand together to safeguard the Constitution, foiling anti-peace elements ill-conceived plot to dismantle the constitutional order by force.”
He also called on the youth to distance themselves not be instruments of chauvinists and parochialists. “We should foil destructive ideas maintaining unity.”
He further urged citizens to work hard for the success of GTP II aimed at bringing about a rapid economic transformation.
The president stressed that NNP of Ethiopia ought to further develop and promote their culture and language and history so as to make them asset for national development.