This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International broadcasts
Dec 13th, 2003
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
“My peoples and my nations shall not be sacrificed for the sake of preserving a worthless idea calledNigeria.” So speaketh the Lord. And so it is.
“The peoples and their nations must live and thrive, though the name and concept of Nigeriadie. The peoples and their nations must not and will not be allowed to perish just to save a dyingNigeria.” So says the Lord.
Fellow Biafrans:God stands by His Words till eternity. You can trust God.
Today, we want to point out to you whereNigeriais headed. This is for the benefit of those among us who harbor any lingering illusions that things could ever improve inNigeriaanytime soon. It also serves as a lesson for those who choose to remain neutral, as if anybody riding in a coach rushing headlong into the gully can claim to be neutral—for such is the lot of Nigeria. For those of us who have already seen, read, and understood the handwriting on the wall, and are taking positive steps towards correction, what we have to say next will only come as validation; it will encourage us to be more vigilant, more determined, and more resolute to succeed—and succeed we must, because the alternative is unthinkable.
Allow us to start with the predicted but now confirmed (bad) news that Babangida has declared his intention to run for the Presidency of Nigeria come 2007. The typical scenario: a group of “supporters” go to Babangida and compel him to declare his candidacy, and the group would do anything and everything to see him win. The typical response from the subject, such as Babangida: “It must be the will of God and the choice of the people.”We pause here to ask you: how many times have you witnessed this scenario and heard this type of response in the past in the course of the politics of Nigeria? Even Abacha himself told the peoples living in Nigeriathat God made him leader over Nigeria. (Actually, Abacha thought that he, Abacha, made God over Nigeria).
In case you missed the implications, let us enumerate them for you:
We are still in 2003 in Nigeria. No, really, we are under the burden of 2003, which like other years, is sitting on us like a huge elephant, squeezing the last breaths out of us, in the form of the structure of, governance of, government of, and so-called leaders of, Nigeria. This means that from now until 2007, nothing else matters except the Presidential race of 2007. No problems of today will be addressed. No issues of today will be dealt with. Present needs and present matters are ignored. We go into deep freeze from now, until 2007. Except that in deep freeze, everything including decay and pain are suspended; but we are not so lucky. During this period of limbo, our suffering is doubled, tripled and otherwise multiplied, and our death and dying is accelerated; but nobody would even pay the customary lip-service to these problems. No; nothing exists now but the future—specifically, 2007.
The usual sycophants are at work. Remember those who brought us Obasanjo in 1999, then in 2003? Remember all the sycophants who had succeeded in transitioning Abacha from an awful military dictator to a “civilian” dictator—succeeded but for the terminal Providential blow that took out Abacha? Remember the sycophants who praised previous successive military coupists and therefore, enabled their coup-leaders to be foisted on the hapless peoples living in Nigeria, and touted as God-sent “Saviors” of Nigeria? What happened with each regime? Are they not responsible for the grave condition in which moribundNigeria finds itself, the same condition that the peoples living inNigeria are suffering from?
“God has willed it…” Remember Obasanjo and how he practically commanded all peoples living in Nigeria to fast and pray with him in order that he might make the right decision to run or not in 2003? Never mind that he had already made up his mind way back in 1999 to self-succeed come 2003—who knows, most likely, 2007 too?Never mind that he could not wait for, or rely on, God to decide in his favor in 2003—he simply rigged the elections and usurped the throne! Babangida is now the God-willed Nigerian President for 2007? Next, he will be asking the rest of the peoples living in Nigeria to fast and pray for this.
Another ex-military man? Do we just go on pretending that Nigeria has had a civilian government since 1999, and (if 2007 ever comes toNigeria like this), beyond? We can pretend openly that there is democracy in Nigeria, and shamelessly that we are nurturing democracy in Nigeria—but, by bringing back military men with military rule style and mentality?
Another failed “ruler” for 2007? From 1966 onwards, following Aguiyi Ironsi, all we have had in Nigeria is a string of visionless individuals mostly in military fatigues (except for an occasional civilian) who are foisted over the peoples living in Nigeria, individuals who already have a history of misruling Nigeria, squandering Nigeria’s resources, and stunting the growth and potential of the peoples living in Nigeria; individuals whose ego is as self-inflated as their intellect and expertise is truly shrunken. Yes, they are back—or rather, they are being let back in?
So, run those projections from now to 2007 and beyond: if Nigeria gets to 2007 (and we doubt it will), under a person like Babangida, or following a 2003-2007 sociopolitical freeze, when, where and how will a glimmer of light and or hope come into the hell called Nigeria? Think about it.
Fellow Biafrans: it is time to think “Biafra now!” God forbid that 2007 catches us still in Nigeria, considering what we know now and what we sense for the future. It’s Biafra now.Biafra alone; Biafra now! for us.
Today, much like the flight into futuristic 2007, Obasanjo is trying to distract the peoples living in Nigeria from the present worsening living conditions which he has plunged them into, by the showy investigations and revelations of fraud and corruption in high governmental places. Let us not forget that this corruption permeates all aspects of government, and reaches as high as Obasanjo himself, and as far back as Gowon’s government. Let us not forget that PDP is so steeped in this corruption, and hence, Obasanjo himself is at the head of it. But most important, let us not fail to see what is going on, which is that by Obasanjo propping up these high profile cases, he is trying to get us to forget that his poor policies are exacting a heavy toll on the peoples living in Nigeria. Look around you in Igbo-Biafraland, and you will see how much more suffering we are plunged in.
Nevertheless, we hope and trust that by a twist of fate, these investigations and their publicity will lead to the unraveling of this present fraudulent, corrupt, one-party, one-man government of Obasanjo and his fellow supporting thieves-sycophants. When that happens, we should be ready to assert our own national sovereignty—the Independence of the Nation of Biafra.
Fellow Biafrans, we must be awake to every, any and all opportunities that will present for the actualization of Biafra. In the event of any significant and or major chaos in Nigeria, we must be ready, at a moment’s notice, to take charge of our nation and our land by filling in the vacuum immediately with Biafra actualization and Biafran government.
When a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) occurs, remember that the whole point of SNC is first and foremost, the mutual ratification and recognition of the Sovereignty and Independenceof each and every Nation presently dwelling in erstwhile Nigeria. This means the automatic and non-contested and uncontestable devolution of sovereignty and powers thereof to each individual nation in its own land over its own people. The next agenda item at SNC will tackle the settling of old Nigeria’s International burdens.
While we gear ourselves up for every eventuality, we remain committed to moving on in all directions and by all modes leading to Biafra actualization, of which we are determined to accomplish with non-violent means.
We call on all our students anywhere in the world to register with pro-Biafran groups, especially with the community MASSOB chapters. We also call on the student groups and organizations to identify with our cause of Biafra actualization, and to align and sign up with pro-Biafran organizations such as MASSOB. The same call goes out to our youth.
We also call on all our Trader’s organizations to come out in full support of Biafra actualization. We urge them to support in any and all ways possible the pro-Biafran activities of pro-Biafran organizations in Biafraland. Biafra is our land; Biafra is your land; we have no country but Biafra. Unless you want to believe—falsely—that God made a mistake by creating you Biafran and placing you in Biafra.
God makes no mistakes; as such, Biafra lives—forever! That’s the news analysis for the week. Thank you.
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