This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For March 5th, 2005
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Do not be dismayed that Obasanjo is so confident about his conference rubberstamping his personal agenda reflecting his personal anxieties regarding the problematic evil structure known as Nigeria, that his arrogant deportment is at an all-time high. Nor should you be perturbed that the General, along with the Press, have described the list of his selected delegates to his conference as a list of “Who’s Who in Nigeria” today. But, draw strength, courage and reassurance by listening to the Wisdom of God:
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
—1 Corinthians 1: 26-29
Rest assured that if it is by conferencing that the un-Godly structure called Nigeria—one Nigeria—is to be demolished (and yes, it shall be dismantled in order to rescue God’s creation: the peoples presently suffering in Nigeria), there shall be a proper conference where the peoples (despised by Obasanjo and his machinery, and considered nonentities by Obasanjo and Nigeria), will choose their own representatives to sort out things, under Divine presence, guidance and dispensation. Of this, you can be certain.
That said, nevertheless, the collective Spirit and Psyche of Biafra says:
“Woe unto any Igbo or Biafran at Obasanjo’s conference who would sell his dignity and principles by allowing himself to be cowed into submission by the Northerners’ specific threat to walk out of Obasanjo’s conference if ‘Southeastern delegates bring up the issue of regions’!
"Woe unto you efulefu’s if you again besmirch the collective character of Biafra by allowing Northerners to get away with their arrogance and audacity in this totally uncalled-for attack!
"If you now drop the issue of regions, DO NOT BOTHER TO RETURN TO THE EAST: just stay up there in Abuja with your Northern masters when this foolish and futile Obasanjo’s conference ends.”
By the same token, we are asking the Eastern governors not to retreat like they have in the past, when it comes to their announced stand on boycotting the census should Nigeria and the EU insist on not restoring Religion and Ethnicity data to the census parameters. Here, once again, the Northerners, using threats of boycott, have forced Nigeria into this hypocrisy. It now remains to be seen if these Eastern governors, having for once awoken out of their political naiveté, will follow through. If they don’t, they better not show their faces in Biafraland. They can live in their second homes in Abuja and the North, in that case. We are encouraging these governors now to do the right thing for once, for their own sakes, for the sake of sound principles; because, regardless of whether they fail or succeed, Biafra / Biafrans have already decided that we are not going to be counted as Nigerians—we are Biafrans. We will not participate in a census exercise which we know will be rigged and about which (rigging) we know that nothing will be done. If there was any doubt at all, the manipulation of data collection to eliminate Religion and Ethnicity, on the insistence of the North, the willingness of Nigeria to go along with this inane demand, and the acquiescence on this manipulation of the EU representative to Nigeria for the census project, all confirm and validate our certainty that the census will be rigged and the rigged results accepted unchallenged.
We are calling on our traders and businessmen and businesswomen, and professionals, once again, to bring their business and trade back to Biafraland. We are hoping that if they did not respond to us in the past, and if they did not learn from the past, that they can learn from the present and avoid costly on-going mistakes. We have received the report and grievances of our people whose businesses and property, including even church-buildings, were destroyed in Abuja by government policy. The images of the destruction are disheartening. The report recalls how Igbos were begged to go to Abuja in the 80’s to change it from dust and desert to an oasis. The Igbos responded and did just that, never mind that the Northerners hold 80% of the “Certificates of Occupancy” in Abuja, while the Igbos provide 80% of the services; which means that the Igbos have to lease and rent basic resources from Northerners landlords. Even while working under such feudalistic, exploitative and slave-like conditions, the Igbos managed to do what the Igbos do best—thrive, succeed and prosper—even in Abuja. If that’s what Igbos do best, Nigeria responded with what Nigeria does best: destroy the Igbos and Igbos’ property and Igbos’ accomplishments. We have seen this over and over again in all the major Northern cities and towns, and even in Western Nigeria, and most notably, in Lagos.
Could you then imagine the audacity of Ogun State when it announced recently that it had allocated a special parcel of land (to be called “Igbotown”?) in Ogun State, and invited the Igbos to come live in, and develop, the land? As a matter of fact, it was not “audacity” on the part of Ogun State: it is simply the recognition of the prowess, ability, capability and accomplishments of the Igbos in this area, that led Ogun State to put out such an invitation. Ogun State had done its homework quite well, studying the work of the Igbos, especially in Abuja, which is the latest and also, contemporary history (just in case anybody doubted such propensity in other cities of Nigeria outside Igboland, including but especially, Lagos). Of course, we have no doubt that Igbos will respond positively; nor do we have any doubt that “Igbotown, Ogun State,” will become the Hong Kong of Nigeria in a few years, even though land-ownership will remain 100% in Yoruba hands. But, we also have no doubt that when the time comes, Igbotown, Ogun State, will be taken over by Ogun State, and many of its achievements destroyed to spite the Igbo, and the Igbo driven out—out of sheer envy, jealousy, malice and hatred. And, worst of all, there is nothing the Igbos of Igbotown, or any other town in Nigeria, for that matter, can do about it. So we ask: “Ndigbo, when are we going to learn?”
Fellow Biafrans: how our talent has become our weakness! Yes, because we can, not just survive, but actually succeed and thrive under any conditions, we have grown to pay no attention at all to these underlying conditions—not bothering to insist on the condition being just, equitable, respectable, noble, moral, or even just proper, and if it is not, then, to work to get a correction. So, our opponents and enemies thus exploit our own talents at will against us, and with natural ease, mocking and deriding us along the way. But, the damage to our own self-respect is more immense. It is as if you are locked up in a latrine; instead of finding a way out of the latrine, because you are talented, you adapt to living in the latrine, and you become successful therein, failing to realize that the King of the Latrine is only a king-Maggot. It is as if you are put in a slave-camp and instead of plotting and attempting to break free, you adapt to the inhumane camp conditions and become the most successful and enterprising slave therein: what, but a slave, are you, still? Because you refuse to mind and to protest the dehumanizing, disrespectful, disgusting, depriving, depraved, immoral and a-moral conditions that you are subjected to, though you become the most prosperous inmate of those conditions, you have actually most certainly failed where and when it counts and failed in what counts.
Nigeria symbolizes and actualizes those awful conditions for the Igbo and other Biafrans. It is no longer enough for us to thrive and succeed in the rotting Nigeria system, against all odds: we must get out of Nigeria now. We must get out of the Latrine. We must leave the slave-camp grounds. That is why we must support Biafra and Biafra actualization. Just think: if we are that good in Nigeria—and we surely are—how much better we are as Biafrans in Biafra, or as Biafran citizens residing anywhere else in the world? Do not forget that the only real protection you, your business and your property have anywhere outside Biafraland can only be afforded by your Biafran Citizenship and guaranteed by International laws and diplomatic protocols. Consequently, anyone that messes with you or your property or business will certainly be held accountable—unlike our experience now in Nigeria. That is why we must actualize Biafra.
Finally, we turn our attention to APGA. To say that we are truly disgusted with APGA—which we indeed are—is not to say that we are surprised. We have always stated and maintained that Nigeria and anything operating within Nigeria has one fate: corruption—if not immediate, for a certain, eventually. While claims and counter-claims are being made today about who made or who runs APGA, let us re-state here that, were it not for the people of Biafra heeding our appeal to cast a solidarity-unity block vote for APGA in the 2003 elections (specifically as proof that Biafrans can and will come together to act as one at strategic times), APGA would be nowhere today. As it is, the Biafra unity-solidarity successful demonstration resulted in APGA carrying the entire Biafraland in that election, making it possible to expose the fraudulent rigging machinery of Obasanjo and PDP which usurped power unchallenged, and foisted the current illegitimate dictatorship on Biafraland and in Nigeria. Hence, whoever is boasting this or bragging that about APGA fails to understand what really happened.
Let us go on notice here that:
Biafraland and Biafrans will not participate in 2007 elections in Nigeria, even assuming that Nigeria gets to 2007 or that 2007 comes to Nigeria. If APGA is expecting our votes then, they are dreaming “Nigeria dreams.”
And, speaking of Nigeria dreams, that is in fact all that APGA has done with its status as the fourth largest political party in Nigeria—dreaming Nigeria dreams, rather than Biafra. Except for one brilliant Mazi Onyeagocha who took on the SSS and debated with them and pointed out to them that MASSOB has a right to activities which only the unconscionable conditions in Nigeria can have naturally forced MASSOB into, no other APGA member came out in full and unequivocal support of MASSOB, nor of Biafra actualization agenda. We also recognize Ikemba’s expressed support of MASSOB. But nowhere in any of the activities of APGA otherwise is there any sign that APGA has any credible programs to directly or indirectly support the agenda of Biafra actualization. Rather, APGA slips into typical Nigeria-mentality and shameless intrigue, revealing just how much like Nigeria it has really become. Today, even at Obasanjo’s National Conference, Chekwas Okorie, representing APGA, is running around pushing issues that benefit one-Nigeria, issues which have no significant (even) indirect meaning for Biafra actualization but instead, serve his lord and master, General Obasanjo and the overbearing Northerners. Shame! We say it here:
”APGA, ’You have been weighed in the balance and found very much wanting.’ Biafra/Biafrans will have nothing more to do with you.”
Nor with 2007 elections in Nigeria.
Biafra is all we have. Biafra is all we need. God created us Biafrans and placed us in this land of Biafra. That has to count for something.
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), now with the summary of the News Analysis in Igbo language.
Ndi Biafra, ekele e o-o! Anyi e kelee 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.
Obi a jugh kwa la unu oyi, ike a gwugh kwa la unu maka ihe na e me na nzuko Obasanjo kporo na Abuja, ebe Obasanjo na a kpa nganga, na e che na ya wu “Chineke ndi Nigeria,” maka nde o ghoputara gara nzuko a wu ndi ama-ama, ndi “bigimanii” na ala Nigeria ta a, maka o ma na ha ga e me ihe na ile ya wu Obasanjo choro. Mana unu ge e nti, unu a nu ihe Okwu Chineke e dere na Bible na ekwu na 1 Corinthians 1, 26-29, ebe Chineke na onwe ya na a gwa anyi na na nzuko nke Chineke kporo, ndi a na a kpo ka ha ga ya a wughi ndi ama-ama, ma o wu ndi “bigimani.” O si na ndi Chineke na a kpo na nzuko Chineke wu ndi obi ume ala, ndi ndi am- ama na ndi “bigimani” juru aju; ndi a gughi oke akwukwo ma o wu nwere oke ako. O wu ndi a ka Chineke ga e kwe ka, site na nzuko ha, ka ihe puru iche na ihe di ebube me e, udi ihe ga a zota umu nke Chineke na onwe Ya kere. Nke a mere ka anyi ji na a gwa unu na o wuru na o wu site na ihe nzuko ka Chineke ga e si a zo umu Ya ndi Biafra na umu Ya ndi ozo no na Nigeria, o wu na nzuko nke Chineke ka o ga e me; o wughi na nzuko Obasanjo na ndi otu ya; o wu naani na nzuko Chineke ka anyi ga na e le anya ya ka a ghoputa anyi ka anyi ga a, o wughi na nzuko Obasanjo.
Mana anyi na a gwa ndi Igbo na ndi Biafra zuzurula ga nzuko Obasanjo na o wuru na odi ka ha butere la ndi Igbo na ndi Biafra mkpari na ihe ighiere maka ihe ha kwuru ma o wu e kwughi, ma o wu ihe ha mere ma owu e meghi na nzuko ahu, na aru di otua ga e soro ha; na ha a lotagh kwa la na ala Biafra; kama, ha nodi kwa na Abuja na na ala ndi Awusa. Maka anyi a nu la na ndi Awusa si na o wuru na ndi Igbo welite okwu gbasara ihe “regions” na nzuko a, na ha wu ndi Awusa ga e ji iwe pu o na nzuko a, la wara onwe ha a la Awusa. O ga a wu ihe aru ma o wuru na ndi Igbo gara nzuko a ga a soo ndi Awusa anya, were otu ahu hapu i kwu ihe gbasara “regions.”
Anyi e nwetala ozi onuma si na otu ndi Biafra na a zu ahia na Abuja nke na ekwu na ndi Nigeria e mebisia la ihe ahia ha, kudasia ulo ahia ha. Ha zite kwa ra foto i ji zi ihe mere na ebe ahu. Maka nke a, anyi na e kwu kwa ya ozo na ndi Biafra ndi na a zu ahia ma o wu na eme bizinesi kwesiri i hapu ala ndi ozo we e bute ahia ha na bizinesi ha na ala Biafra. Anyi na a si na “A na e si na ulo maa mma puba ezi.” Anyi nwetahala Biafra, onye o wula kpaturu ihe anyi aka na obodo ozo o wula, anyi ga a hu na ha kwururiri anyi ugwo ya na ulo ikpe ndi uwa na ile.
Ndi APGA a ghola ndi aru na a kpa agwa ka ndi otu ndi ozo no na Nigeria, nke wu ihe anyi ma ama na o ga e me, maka na Nigeria ga e mebiriri ihe o wula no na ime Nigeria. Ka anyi gwa kwa APGA ugbua na ndi Biafra e nweghi ike i turu ha vote ozo; maka na nke mbu, anyi wu ndi Biafra a gaghi e so ndi Nigeria me e election Nigeria na afo 2007, o wurugodi na Nigeria ka di ndu ruo na afo ahu. O nweghi kwa nu ihe ozo jikoro ndi Biafra na APGA; anyi a maghi zi kwa APGA, APGA a maghi anyi, maka APGA e soro la uzo na omume Nigeria, kama i soro uzo na omume Biafra.
Umu Biafra, ka nke a nye kwa unu obi-sie-ike na o wu naani Biafra ka anyi choro; unu a hu kwala ozo otu Nigeria na e si e mebi ihe o wula no na ime Nigeria. Anyi ga a putariri na ime Nigeria gawara na Biafra, nke Chineke kere anyi, otu Chineke kere anyi.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!! Ma ka Chineke nonyere la gi!
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