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In Umuahia area we lost many people. We lost many Biafrans. They were burnt to death in the fiery explosion of oil and pipeline--burned beyond recognition; wounded badly, and many will survive with unsightly scars. We know that many survivors will not seek medical attention for fear that they will be shot by Nigerian security men following standing orders. These are young Biafrans, older Biafrans, our brothers, our sisters; our fathers and mothers; there are aunts and uncles on this casualty list, there are cousins, nephews, nieces, grandpas and grandmas. But we really have only one type of relationship—brothers and sisters—kin. That's who
Why did this have to happen? The stupid Nigerian government and their ignorant leaders want to blame the victims. They have given orders to shoot unarmed citizens on sight if the citizens are found or associated with so-called "scooped" oil. But, let us examine what is going on here. Oil, the only source of income now for
But—the thieves, these hypocrites who are responsible for the impoverishment of the people—they are the ones that make laws and policies. They are the ones that have decided that anybody who is desperate enough to engage in "scooping" of oil should be shot on sight or jailed. These thieves and hypocrites are enjoying the benefits of their stealing the peoples' resources; then, they turn around and make sure that unarmed people desperately seeking a means for survival by scooping are to be shot on sight! So, when a disaster such as this occurs, instead of thinking about the real significance of the tragedy, these thieves and hypocrites want to blame the people. At least, one such thief and hypocrite has come out openly to acknowledge that it was the conditions of dire poverty that drove the people to engage in this activity which has resulted in this calamity.
Now that one of the leader-thief-hypocrites has acknowledged the obvious, what can be done about it? Can the current crop of so-called leaders who got in there by fraud and dishonesty, come up with an effective governance which will stop the stealing of so-called “national” resources by themselves; and manage the resources better, and alleviate the twin burdens of poverty and lack of opportunity? The answer, of course, is a resounding, No! These thieves and hypocrites are the same old wolves; whether they reappeared now or have always been there in the field committing their crimes against humanity. But the most basic reason is that it is only a structure such as one-Nigeria and the attendant conditions and policies that make possible all the evils and ills of Nigeria visited on, and over-burdening, the hapless peoples living in Nigeria, but especially Biafra. It is only because of one-Nigeria that these thieves-hypocrites can not only survive, but actually thrive and brag about their loot, and self-perpetuate, while carrying out a deliberate and consistent anti-Biafran policy. For, it is Biafrans that have consistently borne the brunt of the evils of one-Nigeria, and the ignorance, prejudice, and vindictiveness of
Fellow Biafrans: there can be only one solution: we must leave
As if we have not suffered enough, we are now also being victimized by a few fellow Igbo-Biafrans who have joined ranks with one-Nigeria and their rulers. This group includes all the officers and officials and operatives of PDP. This group includes all the elite whose policy is to serve any government in power, the so-called “AGIP syndrome.” This group also includes the sycophants and praise-singers of enemies of
Fellow Biafrans, it is for these reasons that we state that this sad “bell tolls for” you and for me too, not just the injured and the dear departed. This is very much about us, the living, regardless of where we live. We are all victims. We are all being killed by one
There is in fact no better time to protest than now. For those of us who are thinking and saying something like "let the Igbo, not get involved; this is Obasanjo Vs Buhari show, let them duke it out..." or suchlike, permit us to ask you a few questions. Granted, Buhari is not a saint nor could he be better than Obasanjo: they are all bad; they are all persons with no eyes at all, in the land of the blind. None of them knows anything about democracy, nor governance—good or bad governance. But Buhari is fighting on the principle that dishonesty and fraud in elections should not, and cannot, be rewarded by the acceptance of the criminals who engineered the fraud in the first place. He is in fact absolutely correct about this. If he successfully stops these thieves, super-hypocrites and dishonest bunch, that is, Obasanjo and company, he will have aided the process and mechanism of the breakup of Nigeria, which is definitely in the best interest of Igbo-Biafrans because any significant upheaval in Nigeria will result in Biafra pulling out immediately. As such, anyone who understands the plight of Igbo-Biafrans in the present dispensation in
Yes, we did not forget the questions that we want to ask those who feel that this is not an Igbo-Biafra fight, but should be left as Obasanjo Vs Buhari or the North Vs the West. First, in which region were there places where elections were not held at all and yet winners were declared? Was it in Buhari's territory? Was it in the West? No! It was in Igboland, in Biafraland—in your own backyard, perhaps, in your own very community; then, why would challenging that not be your own business? Why would you not be in the forefront of this fight? Second, in which region did Obasanjo thoroughly insult and issue threats to the people instead of campaigning for votes like all persons/politicians hoping to be elected by the people? Was it in Buhari's region? Was it in the West—in Yorubaland? Of course, not! Are you going to pretend that you do not know that it was in Igboland and Biafraland where Obasanjo insulted the people's representatives and issued threats to Igbo people? When Ndigbo and other Biafrans voted against 0basanjo, only to wake up to the fact that he and PDP changed the results to suit their own selfish constructs, how is it Buhari's and not the Igbo-Biafran business to fight and correct this? Which region suffered the most casualties as a result of election violence? The West? The North? Let us give you a hint: remember the massacre of unarmed MASSOB members in Okigwe? Finally, which nationality living in
Fellow Biafrans: we must join in the mass action. It is a moral duty to oppose dishonesty and fraud, especially when this is flaunted with uncharacteristic brazenness. It is a moral obligation to refuse to be enslaved by those whom clearly you did not choose by electoral process to be your representatives. You become an accessory after the fact if you do not rise up to challenge this usurpation of power and stealing of the elections. Regardless of how you feel about
Join the mass action. Do your part.
That’s the news analysis. Thank you.