Today, Oromos are engaged in a national liberation movement.
Under the leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) they work to achieve self-determination.
Most Oromos support this liberation organization and its army, the Oromo Liberation Army.
A council known as shanee or salgee and retired gada officials also helped the abba boku to run the government. The main qualifications for election included bravery, knowledge, honesty, demonstrated ability, and courage.
Although Oromos have their own unique culture, history, language, and civilization, they are culturally related to Afars, Somalis, Sidamas, Agaws, Bilens, Bejas, Kunamas, and other groups.
In the past, Oromos had an egalitarian social system known as gada.
The gada government was based on democratic principles.
The abba boku was an elected "chairman" who presided over the chaffee (assembly) and proclaimed the laws.