This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For April 23rd 2005
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Today, we shall use the utterances of efulefu-Igbo to remind our people of exactly what it is that is going so wrong with Igbo so-called leaders; and to reinforce the only remedy which every Igbo-Biafran other than the above group and their cronies know quite well. Obasanjo’s conference provides us with the opportunity to point out the deficiency, since this is the major magic-mirror that Obasanjo and his fraudulent government are using to hide their ongoing anti-Igbo / anti-Biafran war today.
Try as they might, very few Igbo persons attending Obasanjo’s conference (those few who at least understand what is really going on there), are unable to make the point that Igbo attendees should focus on and push for the interest of Igbo and for the Igbo cause. Of course, there is an element of hypocrisy here: these few Igbo also know that Obasanjo’s conference is for Obasanjo’s agenda, which is personal to Obasanjo; and, in the final analysis, revolves around the suppression of Igbo-Biafra interests. These few know, and they are still at that conference. We had warned all, and them, about this, even the conference started. Therefore, no one would be expected to take these few serious in their half-hearted and weak-sounding lone-voice plea for Igbo delegates to advance Igbo cause, focus on and defend Igbo interests there at that conference.
So it was that when prominent Igbos were attending a recent forum in Abuja, the aforementioned sub-group was talking about “securing Igbo interests,” while at the same time (and in the same space), Mr. Joseph Irukwu, the so-called president of Ohaneze, who claimed he was overjoyed by the caliber of persons in attendance, continued to push an exactly opposite agenda for the Igbo, an agenda that Irukwu is well known for—one Nigeria. This, then, meant that either Irukwu failed to hear what the other group was saying, or he actually heard them, but decided to rubbish their counsel for Ndigbo. It is to Mr. Irukwu’s great shame that he failed to hear the expressions, “Igbo interests” and or “Igbo cause,” for he proceeded to tell the forum that it is best for Igbo delegates at Obasanjo’s conference to seek what is solely in the interest of one-Nigeria (rather than what is in Igbo’s interest), even while acknowledging that all other attendees to the conference were only interested in their respective ethnic welfare, ethnic interests and ethnic benefits.
This, then, is what is wrong. Mr. Irukwu knows very well that every other ethnic group attending Obasanjo’s conference is fighting for what’s best for its own ethnic group. Irukwu also knows fully well that there is no way those other ethnic groups are going to give up their demands for what is best for their respective ethnicities. Yet, the same Irukwu sees fit to brag that only the Igbo delegates abandoned their own ethnic needs in strict pursuit of what’s best for the entire Nigeria. And, as if under the influence of drugs, Mr. Irukwu re-charges Igbo delegates to fight for the interests of one-Nigeria, rather that Igbo interests. Now, imagine that!
It’s not only that. Consider that there were other Igbo so-called prominent people attending that forum. No one else saw fit to challenge Mr. Irukwu to get him to think about what he was saying and doing. Not even the few who earlier made feeble statements in support of focusing on Igbo interests. And, he, Irukwu, is supposed to be the president of Ohaneze—which is supposed to look after Igbo interests?
So, you get an idea of the gravity of the situation. When Ohaneze, under its president, Irukwu, claims to be looking after Igbo interests, it is actually lying and deceiving everyone. Ohaneze’s agenda, going by Irukwu’s direction, is a one-Nigerian agenda, even in the face of the recognized fact—recognized and acknowledged by Irukwu himself—that all other ethnic nations are pursuing only their respective ethnic agendas.
Irukwu goes as far as calling the other ethnic groups’ focus on what’s good for their respective peoples, “selfish.” This is sheer stupidity on the part of Irukwu. What the other ethnic groups are doing is REALITY—the only reality of Nigeria since inception: it has never changed. It is Mr. Irukwu and the delegation he leads to Obasanjo’s conference who are not only naďve, but actually foolish and stupid; Irukwu and his delegation, and Ohaneze for that matter, have refused to face reality. Isn’t it a madman whose lot it is to not live in the real world? That is Irukwu’s lot. That is Ohaneze’s lot. That is the lot of the efulefu-delegation which was selected by efulefu so-called Igbo leaders to represent Ndigbo in Obasanjo’s conference, of which we advised against. Of course, we rejected such representation outright, even before the conference started, for these obvious reasons.
So, we ask you, Ndigbo and other Biafrans, today: will you follow Irukwu in this madness? No way! Of all the things we are and we have been accused of, madness is not one of them. We cannot live in Irukwu’s dream world of illusion—one Nigeria—there to pretend that we can actually benefit anything by propping up Nigeria when we can clearly see that other ethnic nations are only interested in what is good for their own ethnic nations; and that they will surely get it, at our own very expense, just like Irukwu has arranged it.
We ask you, again: will you follow Irukwu’s foolishness and stupidity, when he calls ethnic groups looking after their own respective peoples’ interests, “selfish,” while pushing you to abandon your own interests and work for the interest of one-Nigeria? Neither stupidity nor foolishness is a collective or even individual trait of our people, the people of Biafra; hence, the answer is of course, a resounding, No! No way. Irukwu is wrong. Ethnic groups working for their ethnic interests, is the name of this game, Nigeria, and the reality of Nigeria: that has always been so. It is only Igbo leaders and Ndigbo who have in the past tried to play the game differently, and each time, it is the Igbo who have lost big. We are not about to repeat the mistake in this epoch, in this generation.
By the way, who really benefit from one-Nigeria? The Igbo? No way! Biafra? Not in the least. Biafrans? Far from it. Yet, Biafra’s natural resources provide today 90% of Nigeria’s “national” revenue. Yet, the Igbo and other Biafrans provide at least 80% of needed human services for, and in, Nigeria today, doing so under deliberately repressive, humiliating and spiteful conditions in Nigeria. Hence, you can feel how much salt is being rubbed into our collective injury by the likes of Irukwu who ask us to uphold Nigeria’s interest while knowingly and purposely sacrificing Igbo-Biafran interests. He and his ilk want us to shelve Igbo-Biafran interests—imagine that!
Fellow Biafrans: the answer for us is Biafra. Biafra actualization agenda is the only agenda worth working for today. We have MASSOB, Biafra Foundation (BF), BAF (Biafra Actualization Forum) and numerous other pro-Biafran groups actively pursuing this agenda. As you have seen and heard, MASSOB members are paying even with their own lives and sacrificing their well-being for the sake of achieving Biafra. We look up to MASSOB leadership, at the helm of which is Ralph Uwazurike himself, and other committed leaders and members of the aforementioned pro-Biafran organizations, for guidance and headship, while upholding our faith in God to deliver us into the Promised Land of Biafra. Join us: all, look to Biafra! Never look back again until we get there!
Biafra alive! Because God Who created Biafra and Biafrans Is a Living God.
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.
Nkea 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.
Taa, anyi ga e ji okwu ndi mmadu ufodu ndi Igbo kwuru were mee ka unu e chefughikwa la ihe mere o jiri di njo na ndi Igbo-ndi Biafra ka no kwa na ime Nigeria. Anyi ga e ji kwa otua mee ka unu na e cheta na o wu naani nweta Biafra wu ihe ga e mezi ihe na ile mebiri e mebi—ihe dum Nigeria mebiri—na ndu ndi Igbo-nde Biafra ta.
Na nzuko ndi ama-ama ndi Igbo nwere na Abuja na izu gara-aga, onye isi Ohaneze a na a kpo Josef Irukwu na a si na ya a hu la otu ndi mba na ndi ala ndi ozo bi na ime Nigeria jiri na a cho, na na a zo aka-abuo-aka-abuo, ihe ga a diri naani ha mma na nzuko Obasanjo anyi na a kpo “National Conference” nke anyi na a kpatu aka oge na ile. Irukwu si na obi di ya uto na o wu so-o-so ndi Igbo gara nzuko Obasanjo a wu ndi na a zo odimma Nigeria, kama i zo odimma ndi Igbo, ka ndi mba ndi ozo mere, ebe ha na a zo ihe ga a diri nde nke ha naani mma.
Ihe a Irukwu kwuru wu aru, wuru kwa nzuzu. Ihe Irukwu na a cho, nke wu ka ndi Igbo hafu i zo ihe ga a diri ndi Igbo mma, kama, ga a na a zo ihe ga a diri naani Nigeria mma, ebe o marala amara na ndi mba ndi ozo na a zo nke naani ha, na a wughi nke Nigeria—ihe di otua nke Irukwu na a cho ziri na Irukwu na a yi ara, maka o wu so-o-so onye ara wu onye na e me ihe ka o maghi ihe ziri e zi, ka o maghi ihe na e me na uwa nke o no na ime ya.
Oge na ile ka ndi mba ndi ozo bi na ime Nigeria na e megbu ma na egbu ndi Igbo, na e nye kwa anyi oke mmekpa-ahu. O wu kwa onyinye nke Chineke nyere anyi ndi Igbo na ndi Biafra ka Nigeria ji baa cha uba, were ya mezie mba ndi ozo, na o nweghi ihe Nigeria jiri ya mere anyi wu ndi Igbo-ndi Biafra. Kama, Nigeria na a kpari anyi na oge na ile, na e mesie anyi ike, na a chi anyi ochi. Josef Irukwu a mara chala ihe ndi a na ile; ma na obi di ya uto i gwa ndi Igbo ka ha chefuo ihe ga a diri ha wu ndi Igbo mma, gawa na e me naani ihe ga a diri Nigeria mma. Nkea wu ezigbo aru na nzuzu; nke wu udi ihe onye efulefu na e me.
Umu Igbo, Umu Biafra: anyi na a gwa unu na o nweghi ike otu anyi ga e si e soro uzo Josef Irukwu na ndi otu ya, ndi Ohaneze, uzo na e duga na ime Nigeria. Mba! Anyi ga a si ha, “Mba: unu wu ndi Ekwensu, ndi iro ndi Igbo-ndi Biafra.” Naani Chi Ukwu ka anyi ga e so na uzo ga e du anyi ruo Biafra, nke wu obodo Chineke anyi kwadorola anyi.
Ndi Biafra: le e kwa unu ndi wu ezigbo ndi isi unu na ndi ezigbo otu unu, nde na e kwu ezi okwu na ihe ziri ezi. O wu nde MASSOB, na ndi na edu ha, na onye isi ha, Ralph Uwazurike; na ndi Biafra Foundation (BF); na Biafra Actualization Forum (BAF); na ndi otu ndi ozo nde kwere siri ike na nweta Biafra. Maka ha a marala na o wu naani Biafra wu ihe ga e mezi anyi, mezie kwa omenala anyi, na ndu anyi; na otu anyi na Chineke anyi siri diri na mbu. O wu so-o-so nweta Biafra ka ha na a cho; ha ga a chotariri Biafra: anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra.
Chupu unu Irukwu na Ohaneze. Tinye unu ntukwasi obi na Chineke anyi na ndi Chineke anyi na Onwe Ya weputarala anyi ka ha du o anyi ga a ruo na ala Biafra.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!! Ma ka Chineke nonyere la gi!
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