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Abiy Ahmed’s Health Status Report ; Medical & Political Recommendations

By Haile Tessema
Tigrai Online, Dec. 26, 2018

As the medical and psychiatric doctors have alluded to, Abiy Ahmed is a danger to himself, those around him and the country at large.

It’s to be recalled that the rookie incumbent PM’s 9-month performance report was released a couple of weeks ago. And, as health is as vitally – if not more so – important, below is a report on his physical and mental condition, which was obtained under the [imaginary] access to information act:

Physical health:

– Blood sugar / glucose level is at a normal 99 mg/dL.

– Cardiac screening shows a healthy heart.

– Blood pressure is on the high-end (going as high as 180/120 when under stress).

The high-blood pressure is indeed risky, thus needs a regular follow-up. Other than that, the patient is healthy and physically fit.

Mental health:

Work-related stress: “is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities”.

Members of the medical team who physically examined the patient, and reviewed his medical record agree that the patient has put himself under tremendous work-related stress by embarking on a job and responsibility he is neither qualified nor is ready for. As a result, he’s suffering from the following symptoms:

  1. Professional insecurity: “Expectation that one’s job or career, and all that depends upon it, are at risk”.

This appears to be the patient’s inherent problem. Being overly ambitious professionally; going as high as a PhD when he clearly is not an academic by any stretch of the imagination, for instance.

  1. Inferiority–superiority complex: A “psychological superiority defense mechanism that compensates for an inferiority complex”.

This became evident when no sooner than the patient assumed power he summoned senior ministers, high-ranking govt. officials (who some of them were his superiors a month or two earlier) as well as artists for a “training” offered by him.

  1. Delusional disorder: “serious mental illness called a "psychosis" in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, unshakable beliefs in something untrue or not based on reality”.

An example of this is the patient’s perception that – as supposed to a historical phenomenon and political opportunity – it’s a fulfillment of prophecy, apparently prophesied by none other than his mother (who like most mothers perhaps just expressed the best wish for her son) that made him to be at the helm of govt.

Subsequently, the delusional patient sees himself not as a public servant, but rather a sovereign leader who can do whatever and whenever he wants. That in turn puts him in collision with the norms and procedures of leadership.

  1. Anxiety: “is a feeling of nervousness, unease, or worry that typically occurs in the absence of an imminent threat”.


While it’s not uncommon for country leaders to be under heavy security protection, Abiy is bizarrely surrounding himself with a battalion of soldiers wearing military fatigue and carrying heavy machine guns wherever he goes. Moreover, he tends to wear military uniform which – consciously or subconsciously – in an attempt to appear a tough guy, and thereby fight his anxiety demons.

  1. Insomnia / lack of sleep: The patient reported that – on a good night’s sleep – he only gets four hrs. of sleep, and at times as low as only two hrs. of sleep a night.
  2. Thanatophobia or death anxiety: is “an intense fear of one's own death or the process of dying”.
  3. Suicidal tendency: This may sound contradictory with item “f” above. Yet, suffering from fear of death; at the same time seeing dying as an easy way out of the highly stressful life he put himself into is a common behavior of a disturbed patient.


Medical recommendation: As stated above, Abiy Ahmed’s knowledge, skills, experience, temperament are not suitable for country leadership. Rather, the extrovert, chatty man with below average intelligence who likes to have fun is seen the happiest when traveling; inaugurating projects; attending ceremonies of some sort; wining and dining; mingling with invited guests; taking groupie pics; playing a character of a leader or army chief, etc.

So, for his own health, his family’s wellbeing and the country’s future – so long as he doesn’t see it as a demotion – he would be better off if he takes on the position of a Minister of Tourism (which would take him to several national and international historic sites); Minster of Youth & Sports (he is seen to be happy around youth and children); Minister of Theater, Films & Entertainment (a new one could be created to meet his needs.

Recommendation by bi-partisan political analysts who reviewed the medical report above:

As the medical and psychiatric doctors have alluded to, Abiy Ahmed is a danger to himself, those around him and the country at large. The man doesn’t know what he is doing, yet his delusional alter ego appears to be convinced that he is the best for the job, and that the country is experiencing positive change. As a result, it’ll be difficult to remove him – after all, he believes he is a king.

So, despite all the writing on the wall that he’d be better off to resign, and give way to someone better qualified, he’s likely to take the path of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Ghaddafi. Hence, in order to prevent the PM from any harm; avoid bloodshed and destruction, caution has to be exercised not to bruise his ego.


Rather, the best way to go about it is for Abiy’s confidants to gently and methodically advise him to call it quits. Dr. Mehret Debebe by convincing him there’s winning in losing. Deacon Daniel Kebret by coming up with a sermon that his – unlike that of Hailemariam Desalegn or Lij Eyassu – is a historically dignified exit. HMD to tell him that the Lord has shown him his successor would resign.

Issaias Afeworki to tell him, “Look, Abiy, nearly 30 years still on that hard chair, what have I gained?!: No peace of mind, sense of security or fun in life. Don't make the same mistake I did. You better let go, Abiy, and you’ll always be not only our mutual countries’ leader in our hearts, but also the leader of the entire Africa.

That's the safest way to go about it, and hope for the best.

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