"Our heroic national defense forces have overcome both external and internal sovereignty challenges with the highest level of service and commitment. The institution is the hope and guardian of the nation."
"This is a country that has gone through a lot of political struggles, violence and war. We have spent many periods in conflict - among ourselves and with others. It is now time to focus on transforming our economy."
"People have rights. To provide policy critiques and hold leadership accountable is a right. However, there are some who assume it is a right to share insults and repulsive writings that are against our culture and history. It is important to know the limits."
"We need to stop treating tax evaders as smart and instead consider them for who they are - foolish people who have little regard for their country and future wellbeing of their children."
"Our dream is to create a healthy, happy and prosperous country and generation."
"If you merge into three or four parties, I guarantee you that I will give you maximum support personally and as a political organization."
"The social contract between government and its people can only be founded on the free will and consent of the people expressed through free and fair elections and when all sides agree that it is democratic."
"We have a female at the helm of Presidency. We have a female President of the Supreme Court - the apex of our Judiciary. This particular reform is rooted in the belief that making space for more women leaders is not only a move for diversity, but the right thing to do."
"The wisdom thought us by our Ethiopianess is not to be overcome by temporary obstacles but rather to change the trials we face into opportunities and desirable accidents and achieve victory."
"The composition of the Defence Force is an embodiment of Ethiopia in its diversity."