This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For July 23rd, 2005
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) will use this medium to address the other Ethnic Nations also living and suffering in Nigeria by this ongoing forced and unholy arrangement, and we shall address them collectively as “[Ethnic] Nations and Peoples living in Nigeria.” Many are tuned in to our broadcasts and read the transcripts.
Nations and their peoples residing in Nigeria, we ask that you look beyond the propaganda and lies of the principalities and personalities who run (and ruin) Nigeria; and beyond the fear they have been whipping up in you against Biafrans, especially against Igbo-Biafrans. Neither the average Biafran nor the collective nation of Biafra, for that matter, has ever, or will ever, formulate a policy, not to speak of even carrying it out, of singling out any other ethnic nation(s) for killing and murder, annihilation, dehumanization, marginalization, colonization, exploitation, dispossession and destruction, as has been dealt to Biafra / Biafrans. You ought to know; you have all witnessed Biafrans at work: the natural and national trait of Biafrans and their single most distinguishing characteristic is the drive to competitively market their intellectual, technical, commercial and resource-related services, wherever such services are needed, be it in Nigeria, Africa or the world for that matter. What really differentiates Biafrans at this, is that they love to physically go to, and settle in, the places where such services are needed to be provided, no matter where—as individuals. Common sense therefore should tell you that Biafrans are no trouble-makers, rabble-rousers, enemies or sociopolitical destabilizing influences, in the communities where they reside while in pursuit of their natural penchant and passion, because that would be very contrary to the Biafrans’ way of life and philosophy, and would work against the fulfillment of their natural abilities. Hence, any information given to you to the contrary is quite untrue; demand proof, and share with us any facts to that effect. We believe that there are none.
As for the Igbo ruling Nigeria, we advise you to “bury that thought!”: have no fear of that, because it will never happen, and we will give you the reasons why in a minute. That is not, however, to say that the Igbo are lacking in capacity and or skills to rule Nigeria, because, in the first place, it wouldn’t even take much to best the performance of the best leading contenders of “good governance” in Nigeria—an oxymoron—today. What we know too well, and understand quite clearly, is that the same thing about Nigeria which corrupts even the few honest promising candidates, will also afflict any such Igbo leader, and the result and marks will be the same:—“worse than the predecessor.” But, there are other reasons why you never have to worry about an Igbo ruling Nigeria or ruling you. First, we know that YOU would NEVER vote for an Igbo—any Igbo—to lead Nigeria, anyway (let’s—you and we—be honest about that). Even if the Igbo got the votes at all by some cosmic miracle, YOU would gladly allow the rigging of the elections in order to supplant the Igbo; and, failing that, as odious as the idea is, a military coup will still be more acceptable to you if it will get rid of the elected Igbo. But more important, it will not even come to that. You all now know that the current so-called Igbo leadership is compromised and vulnerable—of its own making. Thus, you can bribe these contending Igbo leaders with huge sums of money; or promise to give them “oil blocks,” or release their assets and property under your control, or un-ban their businesses, or provide new business opportunities to them. Should the Igbo candidate resist, you can get tough, threaten him or her with death and destruction (and actually follow through, and no one can stop you from doing it or question you after the act). You will blackmail him, threatening to expose his or her other crimes, or membership of some shrine or other feared secret societies; or threaten him or her with destroying their business or property under your control. In the end, the Igbo candidate will succumb, and just “yield”: YOU know very well that these things have happened to the Igbo in Nigeria, and that you have been witnesses to this.
None of these reasons, though, is more important than the fact that we, the people of the nation of Biafra, are not going to participate in Nigeria as an integral sociopolitical or demographic entity any longer. We have a right of Self Determination, and we are exercising it, in pursuit of the independent sovereignty of Biafra, using the agenda of MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra), an agenda of non-violence and principled dialogue among all concerned—that is, YOU and us. We have no thought or intentions of quitting our agenda: our goal is the Sovereign Nation of Biafra, and we are divinely, morally, humanly, and legally duty-bound to this goal, for our survival and our children’s future.
So, Nations and Peoples living in Nigeria: there is no reason to think that an Igboman or woman is going to rule Nigeria. We are not even going to participate in elections in Nigerian any more, should Nigeria even still be around by 2007. We are not going to participate in anything Nigeria, period. We have opted for Biafra—our sovereign, independent nation. We DO want to have a dialogue with YOU, the different Ethnic Nations, on issues of mutual concern and or interest and or benefit.
We also wish you good luck, and sincerely hope that each one of you will take back your own ethnic sovereignty and ethnic nationhood which were forcibly taken away from you, in the first place, without your consent, by the colonial masters a century ago; while now, the clueless so-called Nigerian leaders have perpetuated this unconscionable robbery, and act like they don’t know that this robbery and its ongoing protection is the real and root cause of the problems of Nigeria—the problem that is Nigeria.
Fellow Biafrans, it is unfortunate that our neighbors of the other Ethnic Nationalities will actually take serious any plans of any Igbo running and succeeding for the presidency of Nigeria come 2007. They must really buy the nonsense that the Nigeria-Caliphate-PDP-Obasanjo-foisted Igbo leadership over us will once again sell out and deliver our people into the jaws of these tormentors of Igbo and Biafra by efulefu-Igbo leadership legitimizing rigged and fraudulent Nigeria’s self-succession exercise. They are mistaken; they have nothing to fear, because it will not happen. We will not participate!
Take Orji Uzor Kalu, the self-declared Igbo frontrunner for Nigeria presidency, for example. Just what has Kalu done for our people? Let’s hold off on what he has done, and look at what he has not done. Whenever did Kalu speak up against the ongoing brutalization and killing of the Igbo and other Biafrans—young and old, men and women, all over Nigeria, and even in Biafraland? When did Orji Uzor Kalu speak up against the ongoing exploitation of our people, as our resources are siphoned off to other parts of Nigeria, used to improve other parts of Nigeria, and all we get is blame and scorn and collective insults, while our infrastructure is left to decay? Remember Onitsha bridge? Onitsha highways (non-existent by now)? International Airport in Enugu (where)? Meanwhile, Obasanjo is building 4 new seaports in his kins’ land, plus at least another international airport; a “presidential” library, Oil and Gas company; Kidney Dialysis Center, University and other significant edifices of sociopolitical, commercial and economic importance, all within Western Nigeria—with money from Oil—oil from Biafra territory, no less.
It is the same Orji Uzor Kalu who declared publicly and officially that allegiance to PDP, his party, the anti-Igbo and anti-Biafran party, also Obasanjo’s private party, is more important to him than listening to, caring about and representing our people and our issues. It is the same Kalu who might start off on the right track, but when Obasanjo speaks—not even barks—he jumps in to the bush and turns tail; or, when the Caliphates pull his strings, he abandons the trail completely.
Why would any person with any intelligence or memory or even common sense at all, believe that our people would vote for Kalu, or, even if he got there by any other means, that he, Kalu, would care about our people? It’s a good thing that we are not even going to participate.
What we say about Kalu, we also say about all the other governors and government officials in Igboland and Biafraland, and all the current politicians and other aspirants. Why is it that, as reported in the newspapers, "...Ebonyi State has the highest member of [MASSOB] detainees with 120, Abia, 54, Lagos, 53; Imo State, 34; Awka and Onitsha prison in Anambra State 47 and Kaduna, 17..."? That's over 300 innocent Igbo-Biafrans held in jails in Biafraland, with the active connivance of those state governors and their functionaries. What is the MASSOB members’ crime, any way? How many OPC members are in Nigerian jails, or in jails in Biafraland? How many Arewa Peoples Congress members are in Nigeria jails, and how many in jails in Biafraland? How many Nigerian Taliban members are in Nigerian jails, and how many in jails in Biafraland? How many Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force members are in Nigerian jails, and how many in jails in Biafraland? Do you get the picture? And yet, MASSOB is a truly non-violent organization, while all the others have a lot of blood on their hands. Yet, 600 MASSOBians have been reported killed, and almost all of them, in Biafraland, under the supervision and acquiescence of these so-called political and other leaders of Igbo-Biafra. Why would anybody, with any senses left, willingly entrust anything of significance to this cadre of no-good Igbo-Biafran efulefu’s?
We extend the same observation and condemnation to Ohaneze, WIC, Ohaneze Youth Wing, Igbo Stakeholders (whoever they are), and the leadership and active, acquiescing membership of these organizations. Without shame or remorse, Iwuanyanwu of Ohaneze, tasked with electing an Igbo President in 2003, instead declared for Obasanjo and campaigned for Obasanjo. He was later rewarded by the same Ohaneze with another committee Chair. And, they, Ohaneze, confused and corrupted our youth. The current leader of Ohaneze, Joe Irukwu, personally led and instructed the Igbo delegates to the recently failed Obasanjo’s conference, to not raise any issues of significance to Igbo people, but to instead work towards the best interest of one-Nigeria, thereby returning home with nothing to show for it, while the Northerners and the Westerners got everything. Then, he, Irukwu, along with the so-called Stake Holders, had the temerity and poor judgment to declare the failed conference a success—for whom, we ask? For him, Joe Irukwu, or for our people? Meanwhile, WIC holds its annual jamborees in the USA to which they invite the Nigerian Caliphates and other tormentors of Igbo-Biafra who lecture us and insult us some more; while WIC leadership angles for crumbs from Obasanjo’s table of power and perquisites. Always, they refuse to consistently and or seriously challenge the dehumanizing treatment of their own people—in fact, they do not even acknowledge such atrocities against their own people.
Biafra actualization—Biafra—is the enduring answer. We trust that other Ethnic Nations will accept the same handwriting on the wall and make their own moves, too. But, we are not waiting around. The stakes are too high. The indefensible weakness and collusion of our so-called leaders and organizations with our persecutors demand the immediate action of Biafra actualization. We don’t have the luxury of time, and so, we do it now. Thank God for MASSOB and the MASSOB agenda, membership and leadership; and like-minded organizations such and Biafra Foundation (BF), Biafra Actualization Forum (BAF), and a host of other staunch pro-Biafran organizations in Biafraland, Nigerian and all over the world.
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 wu akuko nke anyi na a kpo News Analysis si na Voice of Biafra International Radio, di na Washington DC, na ala America, na a bia ra unu na abali a.
Umu Biafra: VOBI ga e ji ohere a gwa ndi mba ndi ozo anyi na a kpo “Ethnic Nations” ndi na kwa a ta ahuhu na ndi bi na ime Nigeria. okwu. Ndi Ethnic Nations: anyi na a si unu na obi na ndu Ndigbo-ndi Biafra a dighi na mmegbu ma o wu na ogbugbu ma o wu na ochichi ndi mba ndi ozo. Na ihe gbasara onye Igbo i wu president Nigeria na afo 2007, anyi na a si unu, chefuo nke ahu, maka o gaghi e me. Anyi ma na ndi iro Ndi Igbo-Biafra na e menye unu ujo na a gwa unu na onye Igbo ga a chi unu. O wu ugha ka ha na a gha, jiri otua menye unu ujo gbasara Ndigbo-Biafra.
Maka anyi wu Ndigbo-Biafra a gaghi e so ndi Nigeria me e election Nigeria na 2007; so-o-so Biafra ka anyi choro. Nke ozo wu na o nweghi onye Biafra ga a turu onye dika Orji Uzor Kalu votu, maka o nwebeghi ihe oma ma o wu ihe puru iche Kalu mere la Ndi Biafra. Naani one-Nigeria na PDP na Obasanjo na ndi Awusa ndi enyi ya ka Kalu na a ruru oru. Mgbe owula ndi Biafra na e be akwa maka ogbugbu na mmegbu Obasanjo na ndi Awusa na e gbu anyi, Kalu na e ji ugbo-elu fega na ala Awusa ka ya na ndi Awusa na e ri na na aňu.
Otu Kalu di, ka ndi governor ndi ozo di na ala Igbo-ala Biafra di, ma ndi Ohaneze, WIC, Ohaneze Youth Wing, na Igbo Stakeholders kwa. O nwebeghi mgbe ndi ya zotara ndi Igbo, ma o wu me e ihe ga a diri ndi Igbo ndi Biafra mma. Unu amarala na otutu ndi MASSOB ka e tinyere na nkporo na ala Biafra (na na obodo ndi ozo na ime Nigeria). Ufodu ndi MASSOB ka e gburu egbu. Aka ndi governor ndi Igbo-Biafra na ndi na a kwu ha na azu, dicha kwa na ime onwu ndi MASSOB ya. Onye nukwaranu olu ndi Ohaneze ma o wu WIC na ndi efulefu ndi ozo ndi na a zo okwa, maka ihe aru ya na ile? O wu kwa ha a marala amara na ndi OPC, ndi Arewa, ndi Niger Delta, na ndi Nigeria Taliban, na e gbu ndi mmadu, na alu si ndi mmadu ogu, ma o nweghi kwanu onye na ime ha e tinyere na nga; naani ndi MASSOB, ndi ji uzo nke udo na a cho Biafra.
Nde Biafra: so-o-so Biafra ka anyi choro. Anyi na a kpo ndi “Ethnic Nations” ndi ozo ka ha bia ka anyi kpaa uka, otu anyi na ile ga e si e bi na udo ka nde agbata-obi mba nde nwere onwe ha, noro onwe ha, na a chi kwa onwe ha, ka o siri di na uwa na ile. Chefue unu ihe gbasara 2007 na Nigeria, maka anyi e nwereghi Nigeria efe. Biafra wu ebe anyi na a ga.
Biafra ga e mezu ihe na ile, maka otua ka Chineke jiri kee Biafra.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!!—na ndu anyi. Ma ka Chineke nonyere la gi!
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