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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, the above is God’s promise to you, to
This week, we join in the mourning of our dearly departed Hero of Biafra, General Philip Effiong. Just 4 weeks ago, at the first postwar International Conference on
“To General Philip Effiong:
With profound gratitude for your service in defense of
We commend his soul to the bosom of the Good Lord, where at last he shall find the greatest praise and reward of all, and freedom unfathomable. We are in sympathy and empathy with his family and pray God console them and us all.
We are still in mourning over the passing not too long ago, of another quintessential Biafran, our Great Biafran Commentator and Radio Announcer during the Biafran War, the peerless Okoh Okon Ndem. We trust that the Grace of the Almighty is sustaining his family, while his soul now echoes for eternity the comforting Voice of God.
Fellow Biafrans: this is a time for reflection. These two Biafran giants stood their ground and exemplified
“Agwo ka no n’akirika.”
We therefore ask every Biafran, young and old, those that were there during the war, and those born later, to emulate these Biafran stalwarts: maintain your dignity; keep faith with
“I did my best, and I stood by my principles. I never sold out my people in the moment of their ordeal; I never abandoned them to hopelessness and to despondency, but instead, held on to
We ask all Biafrans today to take a stand on
Adieu, our Brothers, Philip Effiong and Okoh Okon Ndem; adieu our Fathers; our Uncles, our Friends, for such you are to us.
Rest easy in your graves, because even in death, you have continued to inspire Biafrans. Now every Biafran has been reminded that it is time to speak our mind, no matter the consequence; in any case, such consequence is usually an exaggerated and perceived fear.
Today, another Great Biafran, the Leader and himself the personification of Biafra, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, from the land of the living, joins in telling it like it is, right there in Nigeria, in Biafraland. We appreciate Ojukwu’s forthrightness and are encouraged and enlightened by his candid and accurate assessment of Obasanjo and Obasanjo's regimes. We know that his assessment is accurate because for years, we have been articulating the same things after arriving at similar conclusions about the man, Obasanjo, and his regimes.
We are particularly glad to have Ojukwu once again remind Nigerians and others who have ears that Biafra did not die in 1970, and that a people fighting for their survival with barely nothing, against vandals who have been armed to the teeth and buttressed by two World powers and several other countries, such a people—the people of Biafra—have in fact not lost a war when they hold out for almost three years against such formidable evil forces. The mere fact that we are still here today, although we lost millions, and that Biafra is being chanted today by Biafrans in Nigeria-occupied Biafraland, is proof that at worst, we lost a battle in 1970 in a long war which continues in 2003, and which has no other way to end but in a complete and final victory for Biafra.
We can only hope that the misguided and the ignorant regarding historical facts will take note. Anybody or organization or media using the term “warlord” in describing Ojukwu is truly misguided, and they can either be naďve or they have simply failed to grasp simple, unhidden facts, or are merely propagandists. How can an intelligent or knowledgeable person use such a term in the context of Biafra-Nigeria war? The same goes for the use of the expression, “rebel leader” in reference to Ojukwu, or “rebels” in reference to Biafran soldiers. Whom did we rebel against? Nigerians did not want us in their midst; they killed us in the hundreds of thousands to prove the point—in Northern Nigeria in 1966 and 1967; and some in Western Nigeria; they murdered all the Igbo military officers they could find in the Nigerian Military in 1966; they drove us out of every corner of Nigeria and we were forced to limp back to our own ancestral land, out of sheer necessity for our own safety. Bereaved, bruised, smarting from sheer terror and grieving, we huddled together in our own land for our own survival, suffering from the shock of our bloody and violent rejection by
We thank Ojukwu for reminding the world that Obasanjo’s present government is in fact, illicit. We know that Obasanjo and his PDP party rigged the April 2003 elections. Perhaps,
Even as we speak, the effects of poor governance, bad governance, non-performance in governance which have characterized
Then, there is the Pius Okigbo Panel Report on the $12.4 billion Gulf oil windfall of 1991 a report which indicted the former Nigerian military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. This report has not been released to the public yet by the Obasanjo administration. In the meantime, Nigerians failed to question the sudden wealth of Babangida, who in turn has made every effort to show off his ill-gotten wealth by making himself the god-father and financier of every major political process. It is not only that Babangida has gotten away with this, but he now wants to run for the presidency of
Who wants to live the rest of their lives in this sorry rat race called one-Nigeria, in this den of thieves with ever-worsening, outrageously poor performance and corruption?
That’s the news analysis for the week. Thank you.
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