Why Shabia assassinated Petros Yohannes Adgoi?

Petros was one of the co-founding members of Eritrean Students in North American Association. Not only a co-founding, he was also a co-Auditor od the then famous Journal Tihisha ( http://www.ehrea.org/dehab2.php) along with Temesghen Haile. He and other students of his time from Addis Ababa University were influenced by Revolutionary International ideology.

Although Petros and other Eritrean students were working with Ethiopians to remove the feudal system in Ethiopia, the Ethiopians were showing their supermacy tendency when it comes in the Eritrean question for self-determination. Furious about this mindset, Petros stood by his own to defend the Eritrean cause and wrote a book to defend Eritrean right for self-determination by denouncing the supermacist tendency of the Ethiopians, aka Ethiopian Chauvunists. In several notes, I read that Petros was a fearless debator, speaker and writer.

In 1976/7 Petros was called to join the revolution in Sahel and serve as a Political Commissioner. Yemane Monkey and Girma Asmeron were those who went with him. It is said that these two people had issues with him.

Soon, he was reported dead. There are many conspiracies about his death. Yemane Teklegergish wrote some reveleations about the sectretive death of Petros. Yemane believes that Petros was assassinated by Issaias and his inner circle groups like Girma Asmeron.

I have also read information that says Ambassador Andebrhan Weldegiorgis and Petros were rivals. I hope I will get more additional information on this particular case.

There is no,doubt that Petros Yohannes is one of the giant revolutionaries who helped the Eritrean Struggle for independence to take its shape. His death will still continue to be a misterious and the search will continue.

Petros Yohannes is originally from Awraja Senhit, from a small village called Shieb-Seleba.

The Forgotten Great People of Awraja Senhit

It is rare to hear unique personalities from Awraja Senhit, now Zoba Anseba. This is not without purpose. It is a design to silence contribution of the people who stood for their rights and make Eritreans proud of their own history.

Today, let me bring these two GREAT people from Awraja Senhit. They are originally from Sheib-Seleba, a small village near Debre Sinna Monastry. Both of them lived in different generations. But, their shared values is for the same mission – to be who they are.

  1. Abba Teklemariam Semharay –

One of the early Catholic Priest(Priesthood – 1893) who refused Latinization of Eritrean Catholic Church. Instead, he worked whole his priesthood life to develop Ge’ez Rite, which is now embraced by Eritrean and Ethiopian Catholic Church.

It is shameful for the Eritrean Catholic Church not to remember him for his role for establishing and developing Ge’ez Rite and Ge’ezTheological College in Vatican as he deserve while commerating 100 years Anniversary of the Eritreo-Ethiopian College found in Vatican Holy City.

During his life time, he was also a victim of discrimination by the then in favour of the Italian colonizers in Etitrea, the Cappuccini brothers. And, they seem they have this enemity until now.

Abba Teklemariam was a Lazarist. And, his Order is from France. In 1894, the Lazarist and Cappuccini brothers had a conflict of interest as one was in favour France and the other was for Italian mission in the Horn of Africa.

  1. Petros Yohannes Adgoi

Great Revolutionary – co-founder and leading figure of North American Eritrean Student Association, a fearless debator, great writerand ideologist(Socialist).

Petros dropped from his PhD studies in Canada and decided to join the Armed struggle. He went to Sahel by respecting the call. Unfortunately, he was reported dead.

His tragedic death, as revealed by Yemane Teklegergish book – was plotted by Isaias, Yemane Monkey and Girma Asmerom. Yemane and Girma were members of the North American Student movement before joining the armed struggle.

Other revolutionaries, like Ambassador Andebrhan Weldegiorgis, were also with Petros in the student movement.

Before going to Sahel, Petros had a number of issues, mainly, about the Victims of Menkae Movement (1973) – the death of his friend Mussie Tesfamichale, a leading figure in Menkae Movement, and later assassinated by shabia for his role. Petros was defending about the democratic questions Menkae had and the assassination of those who were part of the movement.