This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International broadcasts
For November 27th, 2004
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 called Nigeria.” So speaketh the Lord. And so it is.
“The peoples and their nations must live and thrive, though the name and concept of Nigeria die. The peoples and their nations must not, and will not, be allowed to perish just to save a dying Nigeria.” So says the Lord.
Fellow Biafrans: “The Fool hath said in his heart: ‘God has not spoken’”
Mark these names down and save the record for all times, to be retrieved when necessary:
In a recent event reported in the local news media, Mr. Amaechina, in his capacity as the Imo State Director of the SSS, gave an ultimatum to our people. Even Obasanjo himself has learned, by now, along with his fellow members of the “Igbo-Biafran Tormentors Club of Nigeria,” that the time is past when Igbo-Biafrans can be so collectively insulted. SSS membership and directorship notwithstanding, who is this Amaechina to issue an ultimatum to the people of Biafra in Owerri area to the tune that MASSOB members should renounce their membership by November 30th or else... Or else, what? we ask Amaechina. You have killed us and MASSOB members in the hundreds—has that stopped MASSOB and its popular agenda for Biafra actualization, using non-violent means? You have persecuted, imprisoned and tortured us and MASSOB members, destroyed our property and that of MASSOB—at will, with malicious intent, with impunity and arrogance: did the membership of MASSOB drop? Did our zeal for Biafra actualization abate? Go ahead and execute your threat. Then, you will find out why your family name is Amaechina, because that plea will have lost its appeal, as a consequence of your stupid action.
Now, SSS claims that MASSOB has an army or is building one. How ridiculous! for two reasons, the first being that MASSOB is known the world over as a non-violent organization, and has gone to a great extent to prove that. In all the months and years that Nigeria’s police and security agents have been killing and maiming MASSOB members and destroying their property—to the tune of thousands of casualties, dead and injured, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages—have you ever heard that any of those murderous agents had even a shirt touched or ruffled by their writhing MASSOB victims? The truth is that MASSOB members, out of respect for their non-violent stand, do not even engage in the basic, natural aggressive self-defensive action, a normal and natural reflex to obvious threat and danger. The second reason is that MASSOB has been vastly successfully in winning the hearts and minds of our people and gaining their trust and full support for the Biafra actualization agenda, without arms, as demonstrated by August 26. Why then would MASSOB change a winning strategy?
So, what if the Igbo-Biafran drive for self-determinism and sovereignty becomes an armed struggle? Did not Obasanjo himself and his administration give red carpet treatment to Asari Dokugbo, who leads an armed and hostile (to the Nigerian government and forces) Niger Delta group in their justified drive for self-determinism and resource control? Did SSS give an ultimatum to Niger Delta people or even to Asari and his group?
We hereby issue a warning to Mr. Amaechina: if anything happens to MASSOB members in Owerri or any area within his control, we shall hold him personally and fully responsible. It is not going to be enough to point out to the efulefu that no country which has felt a need for SSS-type services has ever survived as a nation. Nigeria will not be an exception; on that day that Nigeria fails, which should be in the not-too-distant future, all the sins and excesses of the SSS will be accounted for to the SSS victims.
As for the other efulefu’s, Oguchienti and Mbaike, first, we refer them, too, to their family names and urge them to spend time studying and understanding the meaning and wisdom of those names. Next, we want to refer them to the action of Niger Delta people regarding Asari’s showdown with Obasanjo and Nigeria. Did not the Niger Delta people cheer and support and welcome Asari, treating him like a folk hero? While these good and brave Niger Delta people were doing what is right for them in difficult circumstances, you two are prepared to write down the names of MASSOB members and submit to your slave-master / paymaster SSS-Obasanjo-Nigeria? You two have agreed and signed on to handover your own flesh and blood to SSS? Shame on you!
Now, hear this, Oguchienti and Mbaike: if any harm comes to any MASSOB member or to any Biafran for that matter on account of this sorry Judas-like pact and action with the SSS on your part, whether directly or indirectly, the whole Igbo-Biafra Oha will hold you personally responsible—to the minutest detail. The whole world has your names now, and knows who you are. There can be no hiding or running.
It is instructive that Igbo-Biafran society and culture have broken down to this extent where so-called “Chairman-of-this” or”Eze-that”—self-styled community “leaders” can actually participate in selling their own people, spying and eavesdropping on them and reporting to the police or security agents. No society and system have survived where this has occurred—ask old Communist country citizens, or citizens of countries run by dictators and authoritarians and one-party setup. But, look deep into our own history: many of our strong and youth were sold into slavery three and four centuries ago when our so-called leaders took money and or gifts from outsiders and even insiders and literally sold off their own people, resulting in the decimation of our population, and the present evident and indelible global post-slavery traumatic scar from which we could never fully recover. But, it would be too much to ask local government council agents appointed by PDP / Obasanjo / Nigeria, to peer into past history and learn from it, except that we are talking about citizens of a race otherwise endowed with exceptional intelligence and quick wit. Oguchienti and Mbaike have not brought Igbo-Biafra any credit. They still have a chance to change their ways.
While this type of incredibly stupid activity is going on, we now hear that Uwazurike and MASSOB are being threatened by some Nigerian governors ruling in occupied Igbo-Biafraland who are afraid that the presence and activities of MASSOB will scuttle their chances of producing an Igbo president of Nigeria come 2007. What an incredibly stupid notion and dim-witted line of reasoning.
How stupid? Consider that without MASSOB resurrecting the Biafra actualization agenda, no Nigerian would ever think of allowing an Igbo close to the presidential grounds. It is so obvious that now, Nigerians are asking any Igbo presidential aspirant (and the Igbo-Biafran people, for that matter), to make a choice between Igbo presidency of Nigeria or Biafra. For a government that just a few short years ago, before MASSOB, considered the name, “Biafra,” unutterable in any discussions at any level in Nigeria, “Biafra” having been purged and forbidden from its vocabulary, this is amazing. And, all because of MASSOB! And yet, these efulefu’s still don’t get it. Nigeria is so afraid of Biafra that it is willing to re-consider its traditional “keep the Igbo at arms-length and away from anything and place of importance in Nigeria” well executed and well-enforced policy. “Forget about Biafra, and we will let you contest for president of Nigeria,” Nigeria is offering Igbo-Biafrans now.
If not for the issue of Biafra actualization being pushed by MASSOB and fully supported by the Igbo-Biafra Oha, what is making Nigeria change her mind about fuller Igbo-Biafran participation in meaningful governance in Nigeria? For sure, it is not for anything that those Igbo-Biafran aspirants to that post have done (or not done). These aspirants certainly distinguished themselves as great cowards when it came to Resource Control. When the North barked, they all ran for cover and lost their voice on the issue, never mind that as things stand now (and have always stood), we are still being cheated—no, robbed—in broad daylight, by the North ans by Nigeria. They certainly distinguished themselves as hypocrites when it comes to security for the people: they, themselves, travel in security-convoys while not caring what happens to the person on the streets or in their homes, victimized by the police and or security agents and or by paid fellow-citizens of a criminal and murderous bent. They distinguished themselves as great sycophants, hence, moral dwarfs and cretins, as they not only failed to challenge anti-people policies of the government and government lack of performance in areas that hurt the people directly, but actually used every opportunity—even the wrong ones, which was almost all of them—for the gratuitous praise of Obasanjo. Is there any reasonable person who thinks that Nigeria was thus so impressed by these distinctions that she now wants to reward them handsomely and have an Igbo president?
We shall recommend to these aspirants where to look for the threat to their ambition of being an Igbo president of Nigeria. First, the chances of Nigeria staying together until 2007 are slim. Second, the chance of a free and fair unrigged election in Nigeria is completely nil; next time around, the chances that a bloody challenge will not ensue are nil. Third, the Nigerians really only want to use this “carrot” to get you to abandon Biafra; once you do that, Nigeria will do everything possible to disqualify you and pass you over with anyone else but an Igbo—and she does not really have to try hard. All the anti-Igbo and Igbo-phobic Nigerian policies are already and still in place and are always operative.
Allow us to point out closer places to look for enemies of your Igbo presidency aspirations. Remember Iwuanyanwu? He was tasked by Ohaneze to chair a committee that would work to produce an Igbo president for the 2003 elections. What did Iwuanyanwu do instead? In spite of his position, he took money from Obasanjo and turned around and spurned his own commission and instead, worked for, and elected that enemy, Obasanjo, over an Igbo. Iwuanyanwu never apologized to Ndigbo; but, he was given another committee chair by, and in, Ohaneze. Remember Ekwueme? How many of these aspirants voted for him during the PDP primaries where, at the very last moment, he was passed over for another disastrous Obasanjo turn? How much money did it take to change those votes to go against Ekwueme then? As for Ekwueme himself, why did he not challenge the obvious wrong? How much was his own settlement, paid to buy his acquiescence and silence? Remember the Eastern governors’ indecision prior to the 2003 elections, as their positions on Igbo presidency changeddaily, depending on who was paying them and how much more? Remember Orji Uzor Kalu apologizing to the North “on behalf of” Ndigbo for the North having committed genocide and pogrom against Ndigbo in the past? Remember Kalu converting to Islam and furiously building mosques in Umuahia so as to appease his Northern masters and position himself for that post?
It is so tempting to ask such a “difficult” question of these aspirants as: what have you done for the people? Take a look all over Igboland / Biafraland: who among these aspirants has done anything of real benefit to raise the hopes and aspirations of our people for a better life—just even raising “hopes and aspirations,” not even providing the substance itself? The answer, of course, is a deafening and resounding “None! Nothing!” So, why would anyone vote for them (allow us to forget for one moment that they do not need the vote of the people—they just rig the elections and announce whatever result they please)?
Yet, MASSOB, in diligently pushing the Biafra actualization agenda, has done precisely that for our people. Because, in pushing Biafra, we are acting on the prime solution to the myriads of problems unsolvable by the Nigerian project and its structure—actually, Nigeria is the cause of all these problems. MASSOB has shown sensitivity to the people’s feelings and experience, and has shown faith in the untapped and suppressed potential of our people, with the vision of what is possible when this energy is liberated by the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra. This vision frightens Nigeria and Nigeria wants to block it by dangling Igbo presidency, knowing fully well that she has no intention of letting any Igbo be president. On the other hand, the Igbo-Biafrans aspirants to that candidacy, who, leave it to them to mess it up all by themselves, anyway, on account of their own greed and avarice for money, are trying to blame MASSOB? Such folly!
Fellow Biafrans: only Biafra will solve all our issues. There is no place for us in Nigeria, although we have actually carved out such a place using sheer hard work and determination and bullheadedness, hoping against hope that Nigeria might be appeased and be mollified by our dogged effort and industry, but all to no avail. Nigeria rejects us—that is a good thing, in fact, because we need the motivation to move on to Biafra where we can fulfill our divine potential.
God created Biafra and created us Biafrans. Thus:
Biafra alive! Because that’s how God intends it; God also intends for Biafrans to live—as Biafrans, in that land.
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 (VOBI) broadcast continues (http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm) with the summary of the News Analysis in Igbo language.
Ndi Biafra: anyi e kele e unu.
Nke a bu akuko nke anyi na a kpo News Analysis si na Voice of Biafra International radio di na Washington DC na ala Amerika na a bia ra unu na abali a.
Na mbido, anyi na e wetara unu okwu si na onu Chineke anyi na a si na Ya a gaghi e kwe ka okike Ya, nke unu dum bu, la na iyi site na ighi ihe ojo o ahu a na a kpo Nigeria. Chineke na e kwu si na Nigeria ga a nwu, ma na okike nke Chineke, nke bu unu dum, ga a di ndu, ma na e ri kwa ndu, bie kwa ogologo ndu. Nde Biafra: O wu onye nzuzu na a si na ime obi ya na Chineke a naghi e kwu uka.
Anyi na a si unu e chefu kwa la aha ndi mmadu ato ya:
Otu) Alex Amaechina, onye isi SSS di na Owerri;
Abuo) Oguchienti, onye chairman of Oru west local government council; na,
Ato) Ugoha Mbaike, onye chairman nde traditional rulers of Oru west local government council.
Ihe o wula mere ndi otu MASSOB na Owerri, o wu ndi mmadu ato ya ka o no na isi. Onye SSS na agwa nde MASSOB ka ha si na otu MASSOB pu o tupu na ngwucha onwa ya wu November; o na a si na ma ha e meghi otu a, na ya ga e mesi ha ike. Oguchienti na Mbaike si na ha ga e nyere onye SSS aka i jide ndi otu MASSOB—ha ga e de da aha ndi otu MASSOB na akwukwo, we re ya ga nye onye SSS, ka o were zie ya ga meruo ndiotu MASSOB ahu.
Anyi na a do ha na ile a ka na nti. Ndi Igbo-Biafra—ezigbo Ndigbo-Biafra—a naghi e re umu nne ha na umu nna ha otu a. O wu kwa nu aru ka ha na eme. Onye SSS na a gha ugha na a si na ndi MASSOB na a kwado i zu nde agha. Anyi a mara la na ndi MASSOB a naghi e ji ogu ma o wu mma na egbe na ihe nweta Biafra, nke anyi wu nde Biafra na ha, na e me.
Ma cheta kwa unu na nwoke a na a kpo Asari Dokugbo ji ndi agha na a lusi ndi Nigeria ogu maka ha na acho ka ndi nke ha, ndi Niger Delta, chiwa onwe ha. Ma o nweghi nsogbu ndi SSS nyere ha; ka ma, Obasanjo na onwe ya na e ji ugwu na a nabata Asari, ka Asari o wu zi onye Eze. Ma SSS nu ha a la aha MASSOB, ike afu o ha.
Anyi na a si Oguchienti na Mbaike kwesiri i mu ta ako si te na otu ndi Niger Delta si ri nabata Asari. Ha wu ndi Niger Delta kele re Asari, ja a kwa ya ike, to o ya otuto, si ya na o mere nke oma. Ha na a kwado ya na ihe o na e me. Otu a ka anyi kwesiri i me ndi otu MASSOB—o wughi i re ha ma o wu inye ha mmekpa-ahu.
Anyi ji kwa otu onu a na a gwa ndi Igbo na a si na ha ga e mesi ndi MASSOB ike maka ha chere na MASSOB na a nochiri ha uzo onye Igbo i ji nweta president Nigeria; anyi na a gwa ndi ya na ha wu nde iberibe maka ha e nweghi ogugu-isi i ji ghota na o wu maka ihe ndi MASSOB na e me ka ndi Nigeria ji ri na egho Ndigbo onu na ihe gbasara onye Igbo i wu president na Nigeria. A si na ndi MASSOB a naghi a ru oru gbasara anyi inweta Biafra, kedu kwa nu ihe ozo ga e me ka ndi Nigeria tupu ru ndi Igbo onu na okwu ya? O nweghi kwa nu ihe oma ndi Igbo na a cho i wu president Nigeria mere la ndi mmadu ndi Igbo-Biafra ma o wu ndi ozo. Ma MASSOB, si te na omume ha na i cho nweta Biafra na a gbali na e nye ndi Igbo-Biafra nchekwube na obi sie-ike na anyi ga e nweta nzoputa si te na ohu ndi Nigeria gbara anyi. Ndi ya hapu kwa ndi MASSOB aka.
O wu Chineke na onwe ya ke re ala Biafra, ke e kwa ndi Biafra, tinye ha na ala Biafra.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!! Ma ka Chineke no nyere la gi!
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