This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For April 9th, 2005
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Today, we urge all peoples residing in Nigeria to join hands and throw out Obasanjo and his non-legitimate and corrupt one-party dictatorial government. All over the world, people fed up with non-performing governments with insensitive, power-intoxicated, arrogant, fraudulent and hypocritical heads of state have taken to the streets to not just demand a change, but sack such governments and chase the leaders out of the country, if not into jail, for crimes against the people.
Obasanjo pretends to be fighting corruption, threatening and sacking ministers here and there, some belatedly, some reluctantly, some selectively, yet others, without due process; while he himself acts like he is above it all, pretending to be untainted by corrupt and criminal practices—even those involving his own son and his own wife and relatives. But, you all know the truth. By the middle of his first term, Obasanjo was in fact already impeachable, for corrupt offenses involving constitutional and other infractions. But, he pleaded to be allowed to complete the term and then, exit. The peoples showed magnanimity and allowed Obasanjo to continue in office. However, Obasanjo showed his remorse and gratitude by (along with PDP) rigging the 2003 elections, succeeding himself, forcing himself and his government on the peoples; and claiming legitimacy.
Recall, People: we asked, back then in 2003: “if the peoples allow the travesty of Obasanjo’s fraud and acquiesce and live with it without protest, where and how will the peoples find the moral courage to challenge further crimes and wrongs which we were sure would be committed by Obasanjo and his cronies in the coming, usurped term?” Well, present realities bring back that question. People: do not allow yourselves today to make the same mistake twice with Obasanjo..
General Obasanjo committed the first corrupt act in this current term by wholesale, unabashed, arrogant rigging of the 2003 elections. Now that he is pretending to be the apostle of anti-corruption, it is time the peoples demand that he should be the first to be prosecuted. And, since PDP provided the engine and the means, and is benefiting from the fraud, PDP should be sacked along with Obasanjo.
Obasanjo set the example of bribing the legislative branch; he did this in the open. So, the peoples should now summarily dismiss Obasanjo, since he is using the same justification and tactics to sack his ministers and others.
Obasanjo operates a private farm—the Ota farm, which he admits cycles revenues of $30 Million each month, which is most likely 30 million times more than the farm produced just before Obasanjo took over power in Nigeria in 1999. The peoples should ask him to step down from office and then, explain the windfall from his farm.
Obasanjo has just admitted that his wife’s name and those of his relatives-in-law appeared on the list of beneficiaries of the Housing Ministry’s fraudulent handling of government home sales, which earned the sack of the minister. People: it is not enough that Obasanjo says he is embarrassed to find his relatives’ names on the list—of course, he should be; but, since he is running around claiming that he is clean, and castigating others as corrupt, should he not be the first to resign, which is what would have obtained in a decent and honest system? Since Obasanjo fails to see his own hypocrisy (which is typical for Obasanjo), it is the duty of the peoples of Nigeria to remind him of that by removing him from office.
Obasanjo has also shown corruption by his refusal to obey court orders and rulings which do not suit him; by his openly manipulating the judiciary, intimidating judges and rearranging judges to obtain favorable rulings; and by allowing his government to disregard accepted and constitutionally stipulated ways of handling accused persons prior to court arraignment. What are the peoples waiting for? This man is definitely corrupt in all ways and he is out of control. He shouldn’t still be in office; he should be in jail, and only the peoples of Nigeria can put him there.
Obasanjo has also corrupted the legislature by his insisting on appointing the Senate President, and his meddling with the office and function of the latter, engineering their removal as suits him, by direct action and or bribing and blackmailing of members of the legislature. We have learned that even in the current change of office, Obasanjo had stipulated five or six Senators who should not be considered for the office of the Senate President. How brazen! Already, he and his appointed PDP Chairman have already started intimidating and pressuring the just installed Senate President to “cooperate” with ( = toe the line of) the Executive branch. These are actions of a man corrupt with delegated power and authority, a man who is too eager to abuse and misuse such power, without qualms. It is high time the peoples suffering in Nigeria threw out Obasanjo and his government.
People: remember what Obasanjo said recently while visiting Delta State only this past week. He said, in so many words, that only he understands Nigeria and Nigerians, and that only he knows what is best for Nigeria and Nigerians. This type of arrogance is not surprising coming from a man who mounts the pulpit every opportunity he gets to berate the peoples suffering in Nigeria on Godliness, morality and corruption; a man whose pettiness and vindictiveness are common knowledge and only too predictable; a man who will do anything and everything possible, no matter how underhanded, to “win”—even if it is a pyrrhic victory in the end. Obasanjo claims that he knows you better than anyone else, and that only he knows best how to deal with you. Well, Obasanjo, in his power-drunk state, may not realize it, but his fate is now in your hands—the peoples’ hands. We call on you, the peoples, to show Obasanjo the door, and to sack his government. People: prove to Obasanjo that he has taken you for granted one time too many.
Recently, Obasanjo traveled overseas (why does he keep making these trips, and who pays for them, any way?) to open his “Transparency International” agency. Since the outside world knows how corrupt he is, but are willing to play along and humor him, have you asked how much of Nigerian money Obasanjo has spent sponsoring this agency? You, the peoples, should ask because, while the world is willing to go along with Obasanjo’s hypocrisy, the same world would never finance Obasanjo’s hypocritical project. Isn’t it a huge irony that there is no transparency regarding the financial accounting for this Obasanjo’s grandiose project? Find out, People! And hold him accountable.
Speaking of grandiose plans, another example of Obasanjo’s corrupt practices is his plan to build “a presidential library” after he leaves office (possibly 2012, if his treachery is once again allowed by Nigerians without challenge). Obasanjo specifically states that he wants his library to be on the same level and scale and in the same class as those of American ex-Presidents’ Clinton and Reagan. Imagine that! This will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and maintain, which translates into billions of Naira. (We only wish that most of the peoples living in Nigeria really had an idea what 1 million count of money of any currency, looks like.) Obasanjo says that his presidential library will be built with “private funds.” To which we respond: “Yea, right!” We, of course, know that the money is coming out of public funds, one way or another. It is not a hidden fact that any “private” donors are already benefiting, or have already benefited from lucrative, inflated preferential contracts awarded to them by Obasanjo himself; otherwise, it will be a case of quid pro quo repayment arrangements. Even if it is his “own” money, how does Obasanjo go from his known financial status of 1998 to a new height and wealth enabling him to pay out of pocket hundreds of millions of dollars for this his vanity-project, only a few short years later? But the morality of it all is truly hard to swallow. Consider, oh Peoples, that institutions of Higher Education in Nigeria do not have any libraries to write home about. But, here is Obasanjo, planning on spending millions of dollars to build his own personal, private library! Don’t feel depressed, People! Don’t just get mad: get even, by throwing Obasanjo out of office and by making sure that after he is sacked by the people, he sees only the inside walls of a prison, rather than the walls of a library built for his own ego with money stolen from the people.
People of Nigeria: don’t count on the National Assembly to impeach Obasanjo. Like the master-thief that he is, Obasanjo has already outfoxed all of the members, and holds each one of them hostage on his blackmail list. Do not count on Nigeria’s Attorney General to call Obasanjo to order; that is of course part of the responsibility of that office in responsible nations. He won’t do it because he has only turned into the General’s (Obasanjo’s private and personal) attorney. He works for Obasanjo, not for Nigeria, not for the peoples of Nigeria. It is now really up to you, the Peoples, to get rid of Obasanjo. That’s how it has been done in other parts of the world in the contemporary times. Get in the streets and demand Obasanjo’s ouster!
People of Nigeria: don’t count on divine intervention any more. The last time it was done with Abacha, you still allowed the situation to get rolled back to where it was, and then, even much worse—so much so that you now believe Abacha was an angel, next to Obasanjo. Today, you have to stand up for your collective self, and just like other people are doing all over the world, do what only you, the peoples, must do. Kick Obasanjo and his regime out! Find the courage, muster the courage and do it; no other so-called leader or party will ever subject you to the type of humiliation and insult, deprivation and impoverishment which you have known at the hands of Obasanjo, and the previous rulers of Nigeria.
People of Nigeria: do not count on the Military to perform a coup to rescue you from the grips of an egotistic dictator and hypocrite. The military won’t come—they know that they are not welcome by the world, nor by you either, even though the temptation is there now, since you are by now feeling that anything will be better: no, it won’t be better; experience and history have proven that. It is time to grow balls and do for yourself what needs to be done by you, the Peoples. It is your duty and your votes which should put a president in power. In 2003, Obasanjo ignored your votes and rigged himself into power. Today, he, of all people, is running around hitting you over the head with his bible of morality and righteousness. People: show him who really needs a lesson in morality and uprightness. Dismiss Obasanjo from office—today. Otherwise, things will only get worse; and Obasanjo can only get more out of control.
Fellow Biafrans: Biafra is the only viable choice for us. After seeing what is going on in Nigeria, we must actualize Biafra.
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.
Anyi ga e ji oge a gwa ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria okwu. Ndi Biafra a marala ihe ndia na ile.
Ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria, anyi na a si unu ka unu chupu Obasanjo na ndi otu ya ndi o tiri na ochichi na okwa. Anyi na asi unu me e ihe di otua maka Obasanjo na e me ihe onye ihu abuo, na ihe aru, ihe ojoo.
Wefu unu Obasanjo na ndi otu ya na okwa maka Obasanjo so na ndi na enye “bribe.” O nwere otu unu ga esi e chefu na o wu Obasanjo wu onye bidoro i nye ndi National Assembly “bribe” site na afo 1999 mgbe ochichi ya bidoro? Kedu kwa nu ihe unu ji na e le Obasanjo so o so anya maya na a bah mbah, na e kwu na ndi ozo riri bribe ma o wu nyere bribe, were zie otua chupu ndi Minister? Obasanjo wu onye isi na ndi na e nye bribe—ya onwe ya kwesiri nchupu; o wu ndi mmadu ndi Nigeria kwesiri i chupu ya.
E lee kwanu otu ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria ga e si a gbachi nkiti mgbe Obasanjo na a tu ndi ozo aka taa maka ihe o joo di ka bribe nke Obasanjo si na ha mere, ebe Obasanjo na onwe ya jiri oshi zuru vote na okwa na afo 2003 mbge e mere election? Ndi uwa na ile a marala na o wu na oshi ka Obasanjo jiri zuta okwa ya; ha e kwuo kwala ya otu ahu. Ihe kwesiri omume ugbua Obasanjo na zi a tu ndi ozo aka wu ka ndi mmadu ndi bi na Nigeria chupu Obasanjo na okwa, chupu o kwa ndi otu ya.
Ugbu a kwa mgbe Obasanjo jiri onu ya onwe ya gwa anyi na nwunye ya na ndi ogo ya, na e dere aha ha na akwuko ebe e jiri wuru-wuru we e nweta ulo na ihe gbasara i re ulo govamenti, o wu o kwesighi ka Obasanjo rida na okwa ochichi ebe aka ndi ulo ya no na ihe ojoo ihe wuru-wuru ya? Obasanjo a chuo la Minister ihe ulo a di na isi, ma o nweghi ihe o mere gbasara ya onwe ya, ebe nwunye nke ya onwe ya so na ndi aha ha di na a kwukwo wuru-wuru a.
Anyi si ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria ka ha mara kwa na na Obodo ndi ozo di na uwa a, o wuru na onye isi ha na ndi ochichi ha kpa a agwa ka Obasanjo na ndi otu ya si na a kpa na ala Nigeria, na ndi mmadu na a puta na igwe ga wa na ulo ochichi, ga a chupu onye isi ha na ndi ochichi ndi ozo, tinye ha na nkporo, maka ihe ojoo na ile ha mere. O wu otua ka ndi mmadu sizi e me ihe, i ji kuziere ndi ochichi ojoo dika Obasanjo ihe. Anyi na a gwa ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria na nkaa wu ohere ha nwere ugbua i ji wepu Obasanjo na ndi otu ya na okwa na na ochichi maka ihe ojoo na ile ha na e me; na ihu-abuo ha; na nganga ha na a pka, na mmegbu na mkpagbu na mmekpa-ahu ha mere ndi na ile bi na ime Nigeria.
Ndi Biafra, unu a nula ihe anyi gwara ndi mmadu ndi bi na ime Nigeria. Odi ha na aka i chupu Obasanjo na ndi otu ha. Ma, ihe di anyi onwe anyi ndi Biafra na aka wu i nweta Biafra; anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra!
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!! Ma ka Chineke nonyere la gi!
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