The Oromia region was once made up of autonomous sultanates with distinct cultural traditions.
The longest mobile Internet service shutdown follows escalating protests which began in November last year, with the Oromo people calling for freedom.
The prime minister also says that the country's "solid foundation" lends itself to a quick economic recovery, following months of violent protests.
The government declared a state of emergency on Sunday after more than a year of unrest in Oromiya and Amhara regions
Violence has put a shadow over a nation where a state-led industrial drive has created one of Africa's fastest growing economies.
Ethiopian opposition claims at least 50 people died.
“This is not the capacity of the man himself. It’s something which has been orchestrated by someone else from outside,” Hailemariam was quoted saying.
Detentions, torture, deaths and silencing civil society, politicians and the media – the government’s biggest threat is itself.
Largest ethno-national group has been under martial law with citizens killed and subjected to beatings, torture and detention in concentration camps.
Residents and opposition in Oromiya and Amhara put tally at more than 90 people.
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