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“My peoples and my nations shall not be sacrificed for the sake of preserving a worthless idea called
“The peoples and their nations must live and thrive, though the name and concept of
Fellow Biafrans, we have started by repeating God’s promise to you. You can count on that!
Today, we shall take up the news regarding the fate of our people, the Bakassi people, with regards to the International Court of Justice ICJ) ruling of 2002 and its imminent implementation, and what that means for the welfare and wellbeing of our Bakassi brothers and sisters. Before we go there, we shall first analyze a few current news events.
Another lame promise by General Obasanjo to begin road rehabilitation in Biafraland within two months exposes the General for the hypocrite that he is. It is reported that he blames the rapid deterioration of the nation’s road network on lack of regular maintenance. Wait a minute: who was the Minister of Works in his administration from 1999 to 2003? Was it not Anenih? Was Anenih not known as “Mr. Fix It“ which he earned not for public works, but for fixing all General Obasanjo’s personal political and social problems, including the fixing of the 2003 elections before even they were held? (Recall Anenih’s now infamous utterance: "…there is no vacancy in Aso Rock”?) While he was busy and preoccupied fixing the General’s problems, he and his Ministry failed to fix the people’s and the country’s problems, such as bad roads that were merely inviting deathtraps, and decaying infrastructure. And that was his real job, you know! Did General Obasanjo ever call him to order? No. Instead, last month, the General awarded
Moving on. It would be a deaf person who has not heard General Obasanjo harp on defending democracy in
1. Consider that there is now an official ban on members of the National Assembly against criticizing General Obasanjo’s policies and plans. In “civilized” countries, this is called a “gag order” and that usually sounds an alarm that Dictatorship has in fact taken hold, for how, otherwise, would any so-called leader even conceive of banning free speech and critical debate in the National Assembly whose members are elected by the peoples to perform precisely this duty? So, take note. We are not just talking about anti-democratic behavior; we now talking about Dictatorship, and it is the General himself who is the subject. General Obasanjo is the antidemocrat and he is the dictator, based upon his own actions thus.
We are not surprised about General Obasanjo’s behavior; that is expected. We are confounded that the National Assembly is going along with this, instead of impeaching General Obasanjo right now. On the other hand, how can they, having themselves been rigged into their positions after a massively fraudulent election in which the General and his PDP party shamelessly doctored the results in broad daylight? As for the peoples living in Nigeria, we warned them back in April that if they acquiesce to this fraud and accept and accommodate Obasanjo and PDP, that the peoples will not have any moral standing in the future to challenge further wrong and fraud, or to demand what is right. Today, we see the result!
2. Consider that the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), using its membership, has been the only defender of the people’s rights to NOT be strangulated and further impoverished by General Obasanjo’s bad economic policies as they relate to the price of petrol. Rather than concentrate on building and maintaining refineries, the General, in an open and obvious case of misplaced priorities, relies solely on exporting out all the crude oil and importing in refined petrol. To sustain this stupid policy, the General keeps raising the price of fuel for domestic consumers. The National Assembly sits there and does nothing to protect the people from price gouges. There is no Opposition party to challenge the General. Only the NLC has reacted as a last resort by calling for strikes, which it calls off whenever an agreement is reached. Each time, the General breaks the terms of the agreement, and raises prices anyway, completely insensitive to the snowball effect of any price hike at the fuel pump to the buying and paying public. So, what does the General decide to do? The General has now sent a bill to the National Assembly to destroy the NLC. And, we have never seen this administration nor the National Assembly work this fast an anything that would benefit the people—only things that personally benefit the General or the members of the National Assembly. Guess what: when the NLC is no longer, that means that General Obasanjo can do precisely anything he wants, any time—things that affect you, the peoples—no matter how bad such things are, and no matter how injurious to you the results are. He can do it, because there is no Opposition party to stop him; and the National Assembly is banned from criticizing and critiquing any of his policies and plans; and there is no NLC to use the option of strikes to register opposition. The peoples know General Obasanjo well enough to understand that he is not sensitive to the plight or suffering of the peoples living in
3. In case you missed it: today, there is no Opposition Party in
We thank all those who chanted
Finally, we bring up the plight of our fellow Biafrans, the people who live on, and own the
First, we want to say that we sympathize with you do deeply; and although we all had suffered dislocation ourselves during the Biafran war, no one today can know the terror and terminality of being suddenly cut of from your kit and kin and forced into the sovereignty of a different country where you are a total stranger, against your will. Was this not what was so heart-rending about Slavery which played out on this same coast 200 and 300 years ago?
Second, we want you to understand that we all also know too well the agony of rejection, which we, Biafrans, have been suffering at the hands of
Fellow Biafrans: the fight for Bakassi rights is the fight for Biafran rights; the support for Bakassi choice is the support for
That’s the news analysis for the week. Thank you.
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