This is the News Analysis Segment of the Voice of Biafra International Broadcasts.
You have heard the news, now, the analysis…
We start today by analyzing one news account of the events of the recent Igbo Day Celebration. The most spectacular and heartwarming sight on that occasion for Biafrans is the presence of Biafran Flags with the Red Black and Green Stripes and the gold-yellow rising sun in the center of the middle black stripe, being waved by MASSOB members in Biafraland, braving serious confrontation with armed Nigerian security men. To this glorious sight we shall return later in the analysis; before then, let us examine some issues.
It was reported in this account that the Arewa leader, Alhaji Yusufu gave a lecture on the occasion, and we shall evaluate his message according to what was reported in the newspaper. Apparently, the Alhaji :
· claimed that if you go back in history, "the groups that now pass for different tribal entities in
· canvassed the usual centralist position of most Northern elites
· stated, as such, that
· claimed that
· claimed that
· concluded that "therefore, power should be in the centre to enable
· stated that "any measure that removes power from the centre would lead to collapse of
It is so sad that the Alhaji who acts like he has a sense of history from where he derived his initial primary argument (which is not just a fallacy, but is in fact wrong and incorrect), should be standing in Biafraland, knowing the history of what Nigeria, allied with Britain, Soviet Union and quite a few Moslem countries, did to exterminate Biafrans, to lecture us about history. The blood of the innocent and oppressed; the blood of those that died in self-defense against the Alhaji’s murderous people and the rest of Nigeria, the blood of the innocent Igbo-Biafrans killed and dispossessed in the Alhaji’s land, the blood of Biafran children starved and ravaged by kwashiorkor by the genocidal blockade of Biafra—such blood shall lie on the path of the Alhaji for him to wade through first.
First and foremost, unless you trace history all the way to Adam and Eve, there is no other way whereby Biafrans are of the same stock as the Hausa / Fulani / Northerners, or Yoruba in the West; or vice versa. WE SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES—NOT JUST DIALECTS. WE HAVE DIFFERENT RELIGIONS—NOT JUST DENOMINATIONS. WE HAVE DIFFERENT CULTURES; DIFFERENT TRADITIONS, DIFFERENT CUSTOMS—NOT JUST ATTITUDES. Where did the ignorant notion come to the Alhaji from that those whom his people differentiate and call “’infidels’ and ‘nyamiri’” were at any time of "one stock"? This is gross intellectual dishonesty. This is the validity check for the rest of the Alhaji’s lecture: it is all an exercise in dishonesty. There is no history or experience to even suggest that the peoples of the Nations living in
Imagine the Alhaji making the nonsensical claim that
The Alhaji’s final argument is a case for the desperate. We hear this all the time from the North who have ruined
But we do agree with him some.
We have harsh words for the news reporter who saw MASSOB action as a “dislocation” of the event. He needs education, perhaps in history. If you have an Igbo Day from now on without a
The proof that “the Igbos cannot be silenced,” the concept that captured the news reporter’s imagination on this occasion, is not the Igbo Day dignitaries and their speeches, or the convocation of the occasion itself. After all, the invited and attending dignitaries still expected the blessing of the Northerners and still regard Northerners as the King-makers. The proof that Igbo cannot be silenced is the action of MASSOB on this occasion, the message of Biafran flags waving in Biafraland. We are Biafrans, and not Nigerians. We are an independent Nation, not part of one
The reporter’s use of terms such as “disruptions”; “trouble-makers” and “tragedy” to describe MASSOB activities is thus ignorant and ill-informed. But his conclusion that:
“…What happened in Aba is the sort of thing that could be copied and replicated in other cities, such as Umuahia, Owerri, Onitsha, Enugu, Nsukka, Abakaliki, Asaba and Port Harcourt, though Ndigbo hope not!...”
only reveals the depth of his lack of understanding of the torment that Nigeria has put Biafra through, and is still doing so; it is disgusting. We want to assure him and whatever party he represents, and
When the MASSOB leader, uninvited, asserted his way and self unto the “high table” and podium on the Igbo Day occasion, contrary to what some may believe and claim, he did not establish a chair for himself as a person, nor a place for MASSOB even. It was
It is for this reason that we recognize that singular brave act by the members of MASSOB and their leader on that occasion, and thank them from the depth of our being, for being there and doing that for
That’s the news analysis for the week. That’s the news analysis for the week. Thank you.
God bless and keep