This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International broadcasts
For January 1st, 2005
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 Word of God is good for all times—past, present and future.
The New Year message is simple, and it is taken from the Word of God as quoted earlier:
there is no way that God is going to abandon His Creation by allowing the peoples of these nations to perish along with the evil structure called (one-)Nigeria. People are supreme—political structures are not; countries are not, in comparison. Structures are made for people, by people; people are NOT made for structures nor by structures. There is nothing sacred about Nigeria: but there is everything sacred about people—the people presently being dehumanized, humiliated, oppressed, tormented and killed by Nigeria on an ongoing basis.
So, gird your loincloth: we are here to stay and finish the struggle until we get to Biafra. It’s a matter of time, but no matter how long it takes, we shall get there—we shall be there. The cost may be high, but doing nothing and or going along with Nigeria, in Nigeria, is definitely costlier: you do not need anyone to tell you that. For this struggle, no one will fight it for us. All we have is God on our side, and “ogu na ofo.”
Remember that we have exhausted all reasonable means with Nigeria: let us recount the ways:
1) Though seriously aggrieved, and the victims of genocide in the 1967-1970 Biafra-Nigeria war, we have done everything to put that terrible injustice behind us and tried to re-integrate into Nigeria. Nigeria, for its part, laughs at us, derides us, mocks us and treats us as non-humans. 35 years later, Nigeria considers unthinkable the notion of a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction. (Not that any true Biafran feels any loss here, because the King of a latrine will still stink, even if he is Igbo). It is that underlying attitude and policy of Nigeria that allows her to customarily dismiss Ndigbo-Biafrans with a mere wave of the hand that hurts.
2) In 2003, we finally got a political opportunity ushered by what was billed as a “democratic election,” to exercise our civil rights. Even though our initial inclination was to boycott the election based on the knowledge that it would be rigged, we persuaded ourselves to participate. We tasked ourselves to cast a vote to reflect our unity and solidarity as Biafran people; against all odds, we accomplished this; thus giving our political mandate to APGA. Predictably, Nigeria, through the agency of Obasanjo, the arch-Biafra-hater; and PDP stole our mandate in broad daylight. They advised us to take our case to the courts; we did, and the injustice was egregious and consistent, as the courts ruled the opposite to what was obvious not just to us, but to the entire world. Even if the Anambra case finally is resolved in our favor, it has come 2 years too late, and our people have suffered immensely.
3) Ever mindful of the negative perception and role of armed struggle, we have diligently walked the path of non-violence in our struggle. But, that has not stopped Nigeria—both civilians, the police, the SSS, the security forces, the soldiers—from meting violence to us. All these institutions of Nigeria have the blood of Biafrans on their hands. Nigeria has been killing MASSOB members and other Biafrans indiscriminately, in small and large numbers, and regularly. Nigeria has filled her jails with MASSOB members and other Biafrans who are regularly detained without trial, or still kept in detention even after the occasional Nigerian court has ruled that the Nigerian constitution demands their release. We have never raised a hand in retaliation against Nigeria.
4) Our civil rights are violated with brazenness by Nigeria: Nigeria disrupts our private meetings at will with lethal force. Nigeria destroys our private property with extreme malice and prejudice, and then, most times, just for the fun of it. Thus we endure the inhuman status of having no civil rights and no property rights in our own land.
5) Nigeria works tirelessly to ensure that Igbo-Biafrans have no security in Nigeria. Nigerian armed forces are proudly used as an occupational force—to occupy Biafraland. As such, these forces kill, repress, exploit and rape our people. They are eager to collude with any other destructive and criminal elements attacking our people and our property, often joining in the blood-sport; or conveniently looking the other way as mayhem is visited on our people and our land.
6) With great malice, Nigeria has waged an open war on Biafrans, attacking the known things and institutions of value to us. Nigeria has destroyed our Education system and educational opportunities. Nigeria is destroying trade and commerce opportunities where Biafrans are known to shine. Nigeria has maintained the destroyed-state of our transportation infrastructure, ensuring that it is worse now than it was forty years ago. When Nigeria finds it impossible to stop our irresistible drive, she appoints idiots to take the credit for our achievements while at the same time relegating us to lowest echelon.
7) As Christians, we accommodate the Muslim living among us in Biafraland. But, we cannot live in peace among Muslim in their own land in the North, where we have no rights of even “Nigerian citizenship.” Regarded as “infidels” by them, we are have no human rights, as they are taught to not value our life, a teaching which they have taken to heart and have too eagerly demonstrated by shedding our blood, killing us, and destroying our property in their land. In the meantime, Nigeria does nothing to protect us or to stop the carnage; in fact, governmental institutions aid the Muslim in all ways possible to carry out this unprovoked religious war against our people.
We, Biafra, are a nation of people totally deprived of our human rights, our civil rights, our legal rights, our social rights, and our security rights, by an enemy, Nigeria, who takes great pride and pleasure in treating us as such and pursuing such a policy. Even our religion marks us for further dehumanization and remorseless violence at the hands of Nigeria’s Muslims in Northern Nigeria, which is strengthened by the government of Nigeria herself.
This—Nigeria—is an evil we cannot accommodate—not any longer. We must confront it. We are not going to fool ourselves—as has been suggested by a few—by pretending that we could, should, and must, stay in the evil called Nigeria and try to thus reform Nigeria. We have to devote all our energy to pulling away from Nigeria, to being ourselves, in our own sovereign nation of Biafra, in our own independent land of Biafra.
To those who have been engaged in the struggle all this time, we have only shone a light ahead on the course. To those who are yet to join, we merely remind you that there is nowhere to run, and you are mired in this, same as the rest of us, and you must wake up now and do your part. To all, we say: do your part, do your part, every day, every minute, until it is done. Don’t stop to look at your watch; don’t stop to despair—none of that will make a difference or help, because there is only way out now:
we do what we have to do until we get to the goal, Biafra.
This is what 2005 holds for us.
Biafra alive! Because that’s how God intends it.
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 kelee unu.
Nke a wu 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 ihi 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: Ihe Chineke kwuru na a di otu ahu na oge na ile.
Unu a tufughi kwa la Okwu Chineke, maka o wu Okwu a wu ihe wu ozi afo ohuru 2005. Okwu ahu si na o nweghi ka e siri me e ka Chineke chefue umu Ya nke Ya Onwe Ya ke re—Mbaa! O nweghi otu Chineke anyi ga a cho ka anyi wu umu Ya soro Nigeria nwuo: Chineke ga a zoputarari anyi mgbe Nigeria na a nwu.
Mana anyi ga e nye aka me e otu ike ha anyi na mgbaputa a Chi anyi ga a gbaputa anyi site na aka ojoo Nigeria. Ahuhu anyi na a ta na ime Nigeria di nnukwu:
Otu) Ke mgbe e siri lu chaa ogu 1967 – 1970 ebe Nigeria choro i gbu si ndi Biafra na ile, anyi a gbahara Nigeria, we re la achi i bi na ime ya; ma Nigeria ka choro anyi ogbugbu na mmegbui. Nigeria a choghi i nabata anyi.
Abuo) Anyi a chola i ji uzo vote mezie ala anyi, ala Biafra, ma Nigeria na PDP na Obasanjo e zuru vote na oghi. Ha si anyi ga wa na cotu ga kpezie, mana nde cotu wu ndi umu boi Obasanjo na PDP ndi zuri vote ya na oshi.
Ato) Anyi na a cho ihe anyi na a cho, nke wu Biafra, soro uzo nke udo, ma Nigeria na e ji egbe na a gbagbu anyi, na e meru anyi ahu, na e nye anyi nsogbu, na e mebi aku anyi kpatara na aka oru anyi, na oge na ile.
Ano) Oge na ile ka Nigeria na e gbu ndi MASSOB na ndi Biafra ndi ozo.na e nweghi kwa nu ihe anyi mere ha. Nigeria na a ku da ulo anyi wuru, na e mebi ihe anyi—na ime ala anyi.
Ise) Anyi e nweghi obi-ime-iru-ala maka na o nweghi ebe anyi ga e zo ka Nigeria ghara ichoputa anyi, bia gbuo anyi. Anyi e nweghi ezumike na ihi na Nigeria e kweghi ka anyi zuo ike.
Isii) Nigeria mara ama mebi e ihe na ile e jiri mara ndi Biafra, ihe di ka i gu oke akwuko; i zu ahia, i ti nye obi na oru mmadu na a ru, ru sie ya ike, ru o ya nke oma, nke ukwuu. Nigeria e mebi sie la uzo no na ala Biafra, ma ju i ru zi ha.
Asa) A bia kwa na ebe ihe gbasara choochi, Nigeria na e nyere ndi Alakuba na ala Awusa aka i na e gbu anyi wu nde na e so Jesu Kristi, ka anyi wu nnama na okuko, ka o nweghi ihe ndu anyi putara.
Unu a hu na otu o siri wuru na ndi Biafra e nweghi ugwu ma o wu nsopuru na Nigeria; kama, Nigeria na e me anyi ka anyi wu ntu na aja, ihe a dighi ndu. Na ihi nke a, anyi ga eme ihe na ile anyi nwere ike i me ka anyi si na ime Nigeria puta, gawara na ala anyi, Obodo Biafra. Oge a gaa la mgbe mmadu ga a gwa anyi ka anyi ka noro na ime Nigeria choo uzo a ga e ji mezie Nigeria. Nigeria e nweghi mmezi; o wu onwu ka Nigeria ga a nwu maka mmeghie na ihe ojoo na ile o mere ndi Biafra. So o so ihe kwesiri anyi i me ugbu a wu ka anyi nweta Biafra.
Chineke a nu la olu anyi, kwuru anyi na ihu, kwuru anyi na azu, noro kwa anyi na akuku, na e nye anyi obi-sie-ike, na na a gba anyi ume ka anyi ghota na oru anyi ga na a ga na ihu na e nweghi nkwusi tutu anyi e ru o na Biafra. Maka anyi ga e ruri na Biafra. Nke a wu ozi afo ohuru, 2005.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!! Ma ka Chineke nonyere la gi! Otua ka Chineke siri cho o ya.
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