This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) Broadcasts.
For March 1, 2003
You have heard the news, now, the analysis…
Fellow Biafrans, Friends, Brothers and Sisters:
Ask your family members and friends wherever they live in Nigeria to vote for, and support, APGA and Ojukwu, just as you will do the same. This is now a matter of choice and the choice is between freedom for Biafrans or continued enslavement for Biafrans, and in fact, it is a matter of life and death for us.
To the Youth of Biafra : we shall present you with a task. That task is to go around and talk to all our people, your age mates, your elders, your parents, your uncles and aunts, grandparents, colleagues, schoolmates, coworkers and those younger than you. You are going to tell them about Unity and Solidarity—the Unity and Solidarity of a people and Nation called Biafra . You need to tell them why it is necessary to be in unity and solidarity at this time. You need to tell them how to express this unity and solidarity—by voting—everybody together—for APGA and Ojukwu, and by giving our full support to APGA and Ojukwu.
But, first, you have to be united and of one mind, as the Youth of Biafra and Biafran flag-bearers. Never again shall any of you, individually or in groups, be corrupted and tempted away with money and other things, away from honesty, decency, and truth; away from obvious wisdom. Never again should you be placed in confusion by those you trusted as “leaders” but who turned out to be leeches and parasites and persons who would sell their own family for money and crumbs from their masters from Western and Northern Nigeria . Such was the confoundment and disorientation that you suffered that some of you began to praise General Obasanjo, the very man who not only represents the evil that Nigeria has visited on Ndigbo-Biafra, but is himself a great tormentor and hater of Ndigbo-Biafrans. He and his government have been responsible for your lack of education, your lack of opportunities, your lack of jobs, and your lack of basic rights; yet, some of you went and worshipped him; to thank him for making you slaves, thank him for humiliating your own parents and your own elders, and thank him for treating your own people with unjustified disdain and contempt? Now, you have come back to your senses, and the land and Spirit of Biafra forgive you. We ask our Chi to forgive all who have misled you, and return them, changed, to the fold. It is now time for you to do your part.
Biafran Youth: do you know what? During the evil Apartheid reign in South Africa when the natural owners of the wealth and resources of that region were being subjugated, enslaved, humiliated, annihilated and killed in their own land which was also occupied by their tormentors, the South African Youth resisted and challenged the evil apartheid government. Although the evil government was armed to the teeth, including with nuclear weapons, against the unarmed Youth, and mercilessly killed, wounded, imprisoned and tortured them, the Youth still won, the result today being the liberation of the rightful owners of the land. Today, Nigeria and its government and its leaders treat Igbo-Biafrans exactly the same way that the Apartheid South African government exploited and treated the true South Africans. But, we do not ask you to go against the wicked Nigerian armed institutions and apparatus who are blood-thirsty for Biafran blood and are satisfying themselves that wise, even without any provocation by Igbo-Biafrans. We do not ask you to carry arms or attack anybody. Far from that! We ask you to go out to our people, and convince them about the need for our unity and solidarity; and organize them into a united people who will act with one mind and speak with one voice and move as one front with one focus. We ask you to go out to our people and educate them, from the villages up to the towns, on the reasons why we must all act as one now, as a united people. We need you to show them the benefits of all voting together for APGA and Ojukwu and giving their fullest support for APGA and Ojukwu. That’s all that we ask of you today.
Reasons for voting for APGA and Ojukwu:
The Yoruba just concluded a deal with Obasanjo: AD will be unopposed by PDP gubernatorial candidates in the West; in return, Obasanjo will get 100% Western vote, and AD would not field any Presidential candidate that would challenge or run against Obasanjo.
In the North, the Muslims will vote for the hypocritical Muslim, Buhari, even though they know he is a hypocrite. Buhari is on record as having exhorted the Muslims against voting for non-Muslims. He has promised to extend Sharia all over Nigeria .
Just recently, General Obasanjo is trying to change the dates of, or even postpone, the elections because he senses that he has lost all the advantages which he and PDP had earlier stacked up in their favor, by trickery and intimidation and vote-buying.
What is the meaning of all this? What does this tell you about what is really going on?
Each of these regions is not only looking out for its own interest, but it also wants a way to maintain the current structure of one Nigeria so that the West can continue to exploit Biafran Oil wealth and all the opportunities that accrue from that; and the North can continue to do the same, plus move into Biafraland to occupy the coast and commandeer our blessed land to use as grazing land for their cattle. Each of these regions wants its kinsman as the President so that he can ensure that his region succeeds in this scheme of regional self-interest. On top of all that, none of them is even willing to share any of this with Biafrans—the natural owners of the wealth and resources. Imagine that!
So you see, this is NOT really about democracy. It is NOT about fair play or fair political process. It is NOT even about patriotism for Nigeria ; it is NOT about making Nigeria a better place. It is all about DELIBERATELY CHEATING THE BIAFRANS OUT OF THEIR OWN GOD-GIVEN RESOURCES, BY THE WEST AND THE NORTH, WHILE HIDING UNDER THEIR INSISTENCE ON ONE NIGERIA. It is all about making sure that the Biafrans have no rights; and no access to any of their own God-given resources. It is all about the North grabbing everything for the North; and the West grabbing everything for the West; and then, both working to deprive Biafrans and pushing Biafrans to the fringes of oblivion and irrelevancy.
You see, this is NOT about good leadership either. It is NOT about making Nigeria stronger, or making Nigeria work for the people living in Nigeria . It is all about selfish self-succession by General Obasanjo and General Buhari, those men who have contributed to the ruination of Nigeria , men whose own records prove them as having NO democratic credentials at all, and having no useful ideas on governance or leadership.
Now that we understand their game and we clearly see the rules they are playing by, we need to protect ourselves, Biafrans, our land, our people, our way of life, and our integrity. The only effective way to do this is for us to come together in Unity and Solidarity, and to express this unity and solidarity by voting for APGA and Ojukwu and by giving them all our support. Can anybody tell us why, in the light of what is now clearly obvious, he or she would rather vote for Obasanjo or Buhari, or any other party? That would be unthinkable now—unless he or she deliberately intends harm for our people.
Can you tell why Obasanjo is now trying to postpone or cancel the elections? It is NOT because of any new realities from the North or from his own people in the West. It is only because he has watched APGA / Ojukwu, against all odds, develop into a credible and formidable PEOPLES’ PARTY-SYSTEM for Biafra , in just a matter of a few short weeks. So, you see, we know what we are talking about. APGA / Ojukwu is our best and only response to the trickery, bribery and treachery in Nigeria today.
Unity, Solidarity, Ojukwu/ APGA , is the only answer. We must rescue our own land and our own people; and we must reclaim and manage our own resources. Nigeria is not going to do that for us. The West will not look out for Biafra or advocate for us; the North will not either; neither will Obasanjo or Buhari. It is really entirely up to us Biafrans to look after our own Biafran interests.
Our unity and solidarity and staunch, unwavering, support for APGA /Ojukwu will result in a sovereign national conference ultimately, a sociopolitical mechanism to Biafra actualization. In the meantime, our unity and solidarity will certainly shield us from the effects of a stalemate or the cancellation or postponement of the elections. There is no other way. There is no other choice.
Go out now and support APGA / Ojukwu. And, when it is time to vote—if that ever happens—get out and vote for APGA / Ojukwu. Do it for your friends and family, for yourself and for our people. Do it for our unity and solidarity. Together let us end the suffering of our people imposed on us by the structure of Nigeria . Let us witness and benefit from the fruits of our unity and solidarity, and from the power of unity vote for APGA / Ojukwu.
When we vote for APGA and Ojukwu, we are voting and supporting our unity and solidarity as the Nation of Biafra. We shall, as such, be getting ourselves ready to get into Biafra , the Promised Land.
We leave you with one thought. Can you begin to understand the fact that God created the land of Biafra with untold riches; and yet, God created the people of Biafra with so many more blessings that they do not even have to rely on these riches of their land to succeed in life? It is like having a wealthy man who does not even need his wealth to shine in life! Imagine that. It is true of Biafra and Biafrans. Why would you not want to do something to actualize Biafra today? Why would you want to act in any way that would delay this magnificent work of God?
Biafra lives. Unity and solidarity, vote and support for APGA / Ojukwu is our vehicle to Biafra actualization.
That’s the news analysis for the week, Thank you.
God bless and keep Biafra , and you, until our next broadcast. Voice of Biafra International broadcast continues (Web version on our website, http://www.biafraland.com, follow “Voice of Biafra” link.)