This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For January 14th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We are holding a vigil in support of Ralph Uwazurike, Leader of our beloved MASSOB—MASSOB, of which we are in fact essentially members, since we want and support the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra using non-violent means, same as the MASSOB agenda. We hold vigil for him and six other members of MASSOB: Benedict Alakwem, Ambrose Anyaso, Augustine Ihuoma, Chibuike Nwosu, Chimankpa Okorocha, and Kelechi Ubabuike, whose trial comes up on January 17th 2006.
At the time of the broadcast, the outcome of the trial of the remnant “MASSOB 53” scheduled for January 12 was not known to VOBI. The fate of our other brethren is still unknown and unclear. They are:
It is pathetic, though instructive, to see that these brethren are undergoing trial in Nigeria based on charges by the State of Nigeria that they have committed treason because they represent our desire for Biafra to become actualized as a Sovereign Nation independent from Nigeria, using non-violent means. While the kangaroo court proceedings are going on, Nigeria is actually being torn apart by the deliberate dictatorial policies of General Obasanjo, the brazen undemocratic actions of his sycophants, and the unbelievable, unimaginable, brazen hypocritical manipulations and maneuvers of his party, the PDP—all this, in the foreground of an atmosphere of continuing harsh occupation of Igboland / Biafraland, resulting in daily casualties of our people, perpetrated by, and as a result of, the armed agents and forces of Nigeria.
Unless Nigeria is that stupid, why should it come as a surprise or unexpected that our people want to actualize Biafra now? Nigeria should accept what it already knows: Biafra is here to stay. We are here to make sure of that, and as long as any Igbo or Biafran is still left alive, Biafra will be actualized. It is only a matter of time.
We want to use this opportunity to warn all Igbo / Biafran collaborators with Nigeria to desist forthwith. We are aware, for example, of one Ohazulike (not to be mistaken for Ralph Uwazurike) who styles himself as “Eze Ndi Igbo” in the Lagos area. This efulefu personally pointed out Igbo people and MASSOBians to the Nigeria police and agents for arrest, torture and imprisonment. The same saboteur tried to prevent a recent Igbo / Biafran protest in Lagos from going on. Efulefu Ohazulike ought to know that we shall hold him personally responsible for any Igbo or Biafran and or MASSOB member who was touched in any way by the Nigeria police or SSS or other agents or agencies of Nigeria; because, each of his victims has a name, a face, family and friends: we are in fact the family and we are the friends. There is not a chance that we will forget. Another example is the institution official who made his students attack and capture Rev. Linus Iwuanya in Okigwe during our Biafra mass protests and then, hand him over to the Nigerian police for arrest and imprisonment: just how and why should that efulefu expect our people to forget? He will be held accountable to our people for the injury he has caused to the Reverend and his family and congregation, but, also, accountable to our people of Biafra. Good thing we have witnesses, reports and records.
From now on, we will bring to you what you can expect from Biafra actualized, a sovereign and independent nation where people can expect, and find or create the opportunities they need to fulfill themselves in life and in so doing, validate that Biafra is indeed our promised land.
First and foremost, our nation, Biafra, is founded on our own age-old principle—“live and let live.” We are not an aggressor-nation, and will not be the initiator of aggression against any other nations. Our people love peace, and love to live peaceably with our neighbors, among our neighbors, and within our neighbors. However, self-defense for us is a moral imperative and duty. We will always spread our services and talents far beyond our own national borders, to every corner where humanity finds itself. But first, and always, we start with our nation and from our nation, and our ties to our nation is always strong and unbroken.
Second, our nation of Biafra will be a country of opportunities--opportunities dutifully and methodically created by us, nurtured by us, maintained by us, multiplied by us, so that each can find his or her own niche and spread his or her wings to the fullest, soaring to any heights whose limit can only be the extent of his or her own imagination and capabilities. Our nation is founded on the understanding that anything Man can achieve, Biafrans can, too; and then, some. Thus we will produce and nurture world-class participants competing at the world-class level in every aspect life.
As soon as we actualize Biafra, we will build roads, install and operate infrastructure such as transportation, potable water and dependable power supply, control land erosion, by such, creating jobs quickly for our people. We will restore our tradition of farming and re-invigorate agriculture using modern methodology and using our traditional crops like yam, cassava, maize; and tropical fruits; poultry and meats initially, thereby not only creating more jobs but also providing self-sufficiency in food for our nation, preparatory to export-level production. Schools will reopen at all levels, teachers will be compensated adequately, and a policy of best-of-breed and free education through graduate level will be instituted. The Health care sector will be revived; basic hygiene, general and specialist care, hospitals and clinics will be nurtured back to life immediately with the goal of excellence soon after. Electronic and communication technologies will be instituted and studied, and made a core national industry, using it to at once stimulate technological advancement and facilitate development and success in every aspect of our national and personal endeavors. Our national expectation will be: originality, diligence, excellence and honesty.
That is the Biafran Nation that beckons us. We must do everything that we can now to arrive therein and meet it. We can’t wait to get there and begin our life as Biafrans officially.
Biafra alive! Biafra is the answer. 2006 brings us Biafra actualized—Amen. For, God makes it so.
That’s the News Analysis for the week.
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 America, na a bia ra unu na abali a.
Anyi na e che nche na ime mmuo anyi, na kwa e kpe ekpere maka ubochi court na January 17, nke Ralph Uwazurike na ndi mmadu isii ndea:
Benedict Alakwem, Ambrose Anyaso, Augustine Ihuoma, Chibuike Nwosu, Chimankpa Okorocha, na Kelechi Ubabuike;
na January 12 ubochi court nde MASSOB-53 ndi a ka e kpebighi bee ikpe ha, na ndi ka no na nga;
na ndia ndi ozo nde anyi a maghi ubochi court ha ga a wu, ma o wu ihe ndi police ji ha e me:
Rev.Linus Iwuanya na mmadu itoli si ebe Okigwe;
Vincent Ekwazu na ogu mmadu si ebe Enugu;
Stephen Uka na mmadu iri-na-isii si ebe Akwa;
Amaechi Obialor, Maxwell, na Joe Chinze si ebe Kaduna;
Mazi Uchenna Madu, MASSOB Director of Information
ndi MASSOB ndi ozo ndi e ji ebe owula na nga na ime Nigeria
ndi Biafra ndi ozo ndi e ji eji na nkporo ndi Nigeria maka ozi ihe gbasara Biafra.
Anyi na a rio Chineke anyi ka o hu na ihe ahu nke nyiri mmadu dirila Ya wu Chineke oke nfe, ka O jiri otu ahu gbaputa umu nne anyi na nkporo ndi Nigeria.
Anyi na e kwu na nzuzu ka Nigeria na e zuzu o wuru na o na e che na ndi Biafra ga e kwe i no na ime Nigeria ozo, maka ihe aru na ihe ojoo na ile ha mere anyi.
Anyi na a gwa ndi efulefu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra na onye o wula na ime ha aka ya no na ndi uwe-ojii Nigeria i kpatu onye Igbo onye Biafra ma o wu onye MASSOB aka, na o nweghi ike ka anyi chefuo aha ha. Anyi a marala oru ojoo efulefu a na a kpo Ohazurike na a ru na Lagos i ji megide umu Biafra na Lagos. Anyi ma kwa onye efulefu nke si umu akwukwo tie Reverend Iwuanya ihe na Okigwe, mgbe anyi mere ngaari-iwe, wu. Mgbe oge ruru, ndi abuo ya na ndi efulefu ibe ha ga a gwa anyi ihe kpatara ha ji na a meru umu Igbo umu Biafra ahu.
Oge e ruo la mgbe anyi ga a gwa unu otu Biafra ga a di mgbe anyi nwetara ya, maka Biafra ga a wu oke obodo, ndi bi na ime ya a wuru nde na a cho ka oga-na-ihu na ihe oma na ndu oma wuru nke anyi. O nweghi obodo ozo Biafra ga a cho okwu ma o wu baa ogu, ma anyi ga na e che onwe anyi nche oge na ile.
Anyi nweta haa la Biafra, anyi ga e bido ozugbo-ozigbo ruzi wa uzo anyi, ruzie ala anyi ebe anyi ga a ku ji na ede na jiapu na ihe ndi ozo nke ga e nye anyi nri, nye kwa ndi mmadu oru ha ga e ji a kpata ego. Na Biafra, anyi ga e weta mmiri oňuňu, oku eletriki; ghuo ulo-akwukwo nke umu anyi ga a ga na efu na a kwughi ugwo-school rue University. Anyi ga e wu ulo-ogwu, na a gwo udi mmekpa-ahu na ile nke na e mesi ndi mmadu anyi ike.
Na Biafra, o nweghi ihe oma ma o wu ihe ukwu ma o wu ihe puru iche nke a na e me na ebe owula na ime uwa a nke Biafra a pughi ime: Umu anyi ga e nwe ako na uche na ogugu isi i ji mee ihe owula ndi ibe ha na ime uwaa na ile nwere ike ime. Biafra ga a wu obodo di ebube!
Na ihi nkea, anyi ga ejide sie Biafra ike: o nweghi ebe ozo anyi na a ga; anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra.
Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!!—na ndu anyi kwa. Maka Chineke nonyere la gi—nonyere kwa ra anyi!
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