This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For January 28th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Our stance and our goal regarding Ralph Uwazurike and other MASSOBians and Biafrans in Nigeria jails awaiting trial and or bail remains the same: their immediate release. We continue to work tirelessly for their release as the major focus at this phase of our struggle for Biafra actualization. Biafra will be actualized: our brethren will be released.
Last week, you read about the chief efulefu called Joe Irukwu who was speaking for Ohaneze castigating MASSOB and saying things such as only true fools would say regarding their own kin. Joe Irukwu, as you know, is Obasanjo’s “boy-boy,” and Ohaneze is Obasanjo’s vehicle for ongoing humiliation of the Igbo and other Biafrans. Ordinarily, we would ignore Joe Irukwu since he, along with his organization, is shunned and ostracized in Igbo-Biafran society; and we are ignoring them both. However, for the record, we want to remind everyone of Ohaneze’s lack of credibility. The reason given by efulefu Irukwu for his stupidity in making unnecessary and uncalled for public anti-MASSOB statements is that Ohaneze is working on the goal of an Igbo presidency of Nigeria come 2007, and MASSOB’s agenda is in his / Ohaneze’s way. So, we ask you all: do you remember Ohaneze’s announced goal in 2003 Nigeria elections? It was to elect an Igbo President. What really happened? Ohaneze’s own Chairman of the committee to elect an Igbo President, Iwuanyanwu, announced, a few months before that election, that he had been paid and bought by Obasanjo to elect Obasanjo as the president. Next, he, Iwuanyanwu, used all the instruments of Ohaneze to campaign for Obasanjo’s re-election in Igboland / Biafraland, including influence and bribery, and of course, Obasanjo’s favorite weapon against the Igbo-Biafrans: intimidation. Four years later, the same Ohaneze says it is working for Igbo presidency of Nigeria, and expects people to believe it? No way! Why should anyone take them seriously? That was not the end of the 2003 story. Iwuanyanwu, who had thus sold out his own people and committed what should have been a betrayal of Ohaneze itself, was soon rewarded with another important Ohaneze committee chairmanship, under Joe Irukwu, confirming Ohaneze’s own complicity in sabotaging its own so-called plan for the election of an Igbo president of Nigeria, for the sake of money and promise of financially lucrative posts by Obasanjo.
Ohaneze never apologized to Ndigbo for this treachery. Neither did Iwuanyanwu. Neither did Irukwu. But, today, these saboteurs and opportunists want to repeat the same thing, except this time, they want to betray our people once again, and even worse, by attacking the only organization trusted and supported by our people, MASSOB, because of the agenda for Biafra actualization. Joe Irukwu is so stupid that he does not realize that even Obasanjo whose gallery he is playing to, is laughing at him in mockery: no one in the world, not even the enemy, shows any respect for anyone who betrays his own people, no matter for what reason, and no matter for what price. Shame on Irukwu! Shame on Ohaneze! Shame on Achuzie!
The total lack of insight of Ohaneze and Irukwu and their clique is appalling. They pretend they are going to elect an Igbo president for 2007, but the PDP party to which they all belong and to which they are slavishly loyal is already working hard to give Obasanjo a third term, even if the constitution has to be fraudulently amended to accomplish that. Fools! Of course, that outcome, too, will suit them: if Obasanjo stays on in Nigeria after 2007, that could only mean more money in the pockets of Irukwu, Iwuanyanwu, Achuzie and Ohaneze. That figures!
To say Ohaneze and Irukwu lack insight is like paying them a complement—yes, that’s how bad. They publicly declare a goal of an Igbo president for Nigeria in 2007. Assume that 2007 will come to Nigeria, and that any elections happen (which are unlikely scenarios). What Igbo candidate will they pick? How do you pick a candidate from a political class whose members have never stood up for anything that is of interest to the Igbo? All you hear from this class are things like “…I am a great politician…,” “I am a great business man...,” “I own the Football Team…,” “…I will unite Nigeria…” All of them witness on a daily basis the injustice selectively meted out to their own people: they say nothing. They watch their kin being humiliated constantly and dispossessed by unscrupulous, malicious rapacious occupying forces of evil Nigeria, yet, they say nothing. Tens of thousands of Igbo are killed in the North: you don’t hear a peep from this political class, rather, they would go to celebrate Sallah with the same Northerners at the same time. Our roads are bad, but these guys will drive in their convoys of all-terrain SUVs and armored cars without paying attention. Our airports are neglected and used as cattle-grazing land while these guys say nothing when they land in the North and in the West where their airports are better maintained—with money from Biafraland of course. Markets and streets are tiny islands sitting in a sea of raw sewage and garbage: the political class does not notice, and does not care. They will build their best houses and best businesses in Lagos and Abuja and Kano, but not in their own homeland. All the best private schools—any functional schools at all—are outside of Igboland / Biafraland, to which they send their own children, while our youth are allowed to wallow in ignorance from lack of schools, and from non-payment of teachers in our own homeland. And, as long as they get their own personal cut, they allow our people to be cheated out of our due by Nigeria. So, here are persons who will not defend the basic human rights of their own people, will not pay attention to the rotting or non-existing infrastructure in their own homeland, do not show in any way that they are even sensitive to the problems and plight of our people—their own people, never mind address such problems; and now, somehow, Joe Irukwu and Ohaneze think that they can just decree an Igbo candidate out of this lot for the presidency of Nigeria, and decree Igbo votes and a win for him or her? To call Irukwu and Ohaneze really stupid is to be too kind to them.
Fellow Biafrans: let’s not forget the example which MASSOB is setting for us—for Biafra. MASSOB will not stand by while our rights are being abused. MASSOB will not do anything which will benefit it at the expense of the people, but rather, strives to help the people with the meager resources available to it. And, recall that years ago, when MASSOB embarked on Community Sanitation and Clean-up exercises, the Nigeria police, called in by the same political class, arrested and jailed MASSOB members for participating in this project—imagine that! And, daily, MASSOB members are sacrificing their own life, limb and comfort for the sake of Biafra and the Biafran people.
On actualization of Biafra, we must have a government which is part and parcel of the people so that it understands what the people are going through, and applies the popular authority and power given to it by the people to solutions and mitigation of pressing needs. Never shall we have a government which is totally divorced from the people, a runaway institution stolen by the political class and used for strictly selfish aggrandizement, for personal power and for accumulation of personal wealth. Everybody participating as an official of the government must exhibit a capacity to single-mindedly serve the people, not himself or herself, or will not hold the job.
In Biafra, we will have a personal code of conduct which emphasizes that we each respect and defend the other’s civil rights and human rights, as a moral duty. For only in defending the legitimate rights of another can you justify your own rights and validate our collective rights. We shall make sure that injustice is not tolerated, and where found, must be dealt with swiftly and decisively. When the people resolve and stick with it, the government will reflect that: so, do not underestimate your power—the power of the people—to do good or bad for their own people, by the example they set for their own governance.
In the meantime, let us make every preparation and be ready to act to boycott 2007 Nigeria elections if it ever comes to that. Then, they can have their Nigeria—Irukwu and Ohaneze—but we, working with MASSOB and MASSOB’s agenda, have our Biafra and do not want anything else. By God’s Gracious Plan, we have Biafra.
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.
Oru ka diri anyi maka i gbaputa Ralph Uwazurike na ndi MASSOB na ndi Biafra ndi ozo ka no na nga ndi Nigeria—gbaputa ha—na “bail”; i zoputa ha na nkporo. Oru ya wu kwa nu otu ihe na ime ndi ozo anyi ga na a ru i ji nweta Biafra.
Onye nzuzu onye efulefu a na a kpo Joe Irukwu si na ya na e kwutara Ohaneze, e mee la aru na ihe ojoo si na onu ya puta gbasara MASSOB na Ralph Uwazurike, ebe o na a si na MASSOB na Ralph Uwazurike nochirila Ohaneze uzo Ohaneze ji a cho i me onye Igbo president Nigeria na 2007. Unu ma na anyi a naghi a tupuru Joe Irukwu ma o wu Ohaneze onu. O wu kwa otu ha kwa si na ha ga a chota, na mee, onye Igbo president Nigeria na elections 2003, ma otu ha kwa gawa ziri nara Obasanjo ego wee na a kwado Obasanjo i wu president Nigeria na election ahu. Ighiere a naghi e me ha. Otu ihe si a ga na obodo ojoo ahu, obodo Nigeria, taa, Obasanjo a gaghi e kwe onye ozo i wu president Nigeria na 2007, na a bughi ya onwe ya; anyi ma na Joe Irukwu na Ohaneze ga kwa a kwu Obasanjo na azu maka ego o ga e nye ha—chefuo na ihe ha ji e so MASSOB okwu na na e nye anyi mkpaari wu maka ha si na ha choro i me onye Igbo president na 2007.
Guo kwanu isi unu lee nu: ndi Igbo na ile ndi ahu ndi Irukwu na Ohaneze si na ha nwere ike i wu president Nigeria na 2007, olee otu na ime ha nyere la ndi Igbo aka, ma o wu welitera olu ya si mbah! maka na a na e megbu ndi Igbo e megbu na ime Nigeria, ka mmegbu na ihe ojoo ya, ka a kwusi ya? Ndia wu ndi naani ihe ha na a cho wu ihe ga a ba na akpa ha, o wurugodi na ego ahu wu ihe e retera ndi Igbo umunna na umunne ha. Tufiakwa! Anyi a gaghi a tufuru Irukwu na Ohaneze onu. Anyi a marala a mara na anyi wu ndi Biafra a gaghi e so mee election 2007 na Nigeria o wurugodi na Nigeria ka no ndu rue mgbe ahu.
Ma anyi ma na MASSOB si na a gaghi e megbu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra ozo, na anyi a gaghi e kwe ka anyi guzoro nge ahu mgbe ndi Nigeria na a tu anyi oso na anya. MASSOB si na o wu naani na ime Biafra ka anyi ga e nwe ndu na olile-anya na oga-na-ihu: anyi kwerela e kwere na ihe ndia ndi MASSOB na e kwu, na ihe ha na e me. Anyi na MASSOB wu otu: otu obi, otu otu, otu oha mmadu, na ihe na ile.
Ka nkea nyere anyi aka i ghota na na ime Biafra, o nweghi onye ma o wu nde a ga e me mmegbu. O nweghi onye a ga a nara ihe ruru ya ma o wu ihe nke ya—ma o wu mmadu ma o wu govument, o nweghi onye ga e me ihe aru di otu ahu. Nrugbu mmadu a gaghi e me na ime Biafra. Ndi anyi ga e ziga ka ha chia Biafra ga a ru oru Biafra, o wughi oru nke onwe ha. Biafra ga a pu iche; umu Biafra ga a pu iche; nde Biafra ga a pu iche, na otu anyi ga e si e me ochichi Biafra, na otu a nyi ga e si a ghoputa ndi ga a chi anyi, ka ha mata na ha ga na a ruru Biafra oru, o wughi Biafra i ruru nde no na ochichi oru. Ezi-okwu ka anyi ga e ji e wu Biafra: na ezi-okwu na ezi-omume ka Biafra ga a kwuru. Na ike Chukwu ka ihe ndia na ile ga e me zu.
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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