This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 4th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We acknowledge and praise the action of the judge who dismissed the case of Nigeria / the Nigeria police against our MASSOBians because in fact, as pointed out by the judge, the Police had no case at all, and actually violated the constitutional rights of our brethren by holding them in jail without bringing charges against them and court arraignment. Hithertofore, the Nigerian police and agents have brazenly gotten away with unjustly imprisoning Biafrans and MASSOBians without charging them to court.
The case of the MASSOB-53 is a good example, when it took months of incarceration before Nigeria / Nigeria police would bring charges against them in court; even at that, they were trumped up charges and childish charges, enough to make a mockery of the Nigeria police and the Nigeria courts in the eyes of not just the world, but also, Nigerians even. Yet, as of today, we still do not know the fate and whereabouts of the remaining six of the original 53: Ikechukwu Agbome, Uchechukwu Udecha, Jude Ozoemena, Sunday Nwaibe, Chinedu Ogbuji and Nze Stanley, for whom bail conditions were deliberately set too high, so they have remained in prison for almost 18 months, now.
Then, there is the case of the SSS kidnapping and imprisonment of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, and six other MASSOBians, Benedict Alakwem, Ambrose Anyaso, Augustine Ihuoma, Chibuike Nwosu, Chimankpa Okorocha, and Kelechi Ubabuike, an unconstitutional detention which lasted several days before the SSS brought any charges against them, and during which time they were placed in solitary confinement without access to their family, relatives or friends, and without access to their lawyers. In spite of this, the judge in this case refused them bail, giving a reason that is too inane to even mention here, even while hinting at the weakness or absence of the government’s case, not to mention the government prosecutor’s treatment and labeling of our brethren as de-facto convicts of the charges being pressed against them: whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? While we praise the first judge for courage and jurisprudence, we are disappointed at the latter judge for poor judgment which might not be unconnected with ongoing intimidation and pressure on her from the Presidency and its government.
To our brethren in the thick of these ordeals, we express our fullest support and empathy for you, and we praise your courage. You have shown us and the world that there is no price too great to pay for one’s liberty and freedom. You have also sent a message to Nigeria that not even imprisonment can stop us, this time around, from actualizing Biafra, thus to end a century of unjustified oppression, repression, humiliation and annihilation of our people of Biafra. You have sent a strong signal to God that you will not let what He gave to you be taken away from you by mere mortals, or debased and trivialized. Great for you! Good for us! Great for Biafra. God sustains you!
Fellow Biafrans, while we document and relate the injustices meted to us by Nigeria, and while we have vowed to never allow such injustices in actualized Biafra, we also need to get ourselves ready for what we shall offer the world once our flag is permanently raised and unfurled among the flags of other sovereign and independent nations of the world. To look at us today enslaved in Nigeria, one would be hard-pressed to recall that we are a very entrepreneurial, very intelligent, quite creative, extremely competitive, and obviously capable nation of people. Yet, we are very spiritual and peace-loving, very accommodating and long-suffering; and very sociable.
Biafra, when actualized, will offer to the world a highly skilled and highly motivated, disciplined and educable citizenry who have proved themselves before Nigeria fell apart, during the inexorable decline of Nigeria, and especially, during the Biafra war. In every arena of life and governance, we shall set out, as a matter of course and pride, to take responsibility for making life better for our people and for the rest of the world in so far as the latter depends on what we do. We shall set a good example for other African nations in order to restore hope for Africa and restore faith in Africa, to reverse for good the erstwhile denigration and adverse profiling of Africa and Africans.
Biafra has hard working Physicians to lead and advance the health care sector; together with accomplished scientists and other talented professionals, we will apply research to the age-old scourges of Africa—from malaria to malnutrition, from low life-expectancy to inadequate hygiene, and more; blending current knowledge with new offerings and findings from a wealth of untapped medicinal resources in our own land. Our land, part of the great African continent, offers many natural curatives and many palliatives, as well as natural antidotes and natural anti-infectives in the form of vegetation, animal products and minerals, on land and in the water, huge potentials which thus far have not been studied or catalogued. We shall seek out and develop these resources, making them available to our people, to the peoples of Africa, and to the entire world citizenry at large, as our little contribution in this small area to the planet. Yet, we shall not forget the basic elements of our own culture which teach healthy habits, such as physical, spiritual and psychologic cleanliness and good hygiene: we shall task ourselves, deploy technology and infrastructure to identify the efficacious elements of these cultural practices and then apply them for the benefit of the people. By the same token, we shall expunge elements of our cultural practices which are clear impediments to good health. In all, what we learn, we share with the rest of Africa.
Fellow Biafrans: let us not underestimate ourselves. Even trapped in this evil quagmire called Nigeria, Biafrans are still excelling when placed in positions where their work is not deliberately impeded and their talents not maliciously constrained. You of course know, for example, that the honor of the right of the first all made-in-Africa Automobile goes to a Biafran. Predictably, Nigeria has refused to patronize that car, and the hapless Biafran engineer, who would be the pride and joy of a sovereign Biafra—or of any nation for that matter—is today playing dumb and waiting for Nigeria to accept his monumental achievement, like a despised slave waiting on his master. And, it is a well-known fact that any little spark of light in the total darkness known as Nigeria today, is coming from the work of a Biafran. Just think: how much better and how much more we can accomplish as Biafrans in Biafra! We are blessed.
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.
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Oka-ikpe court nke Ralph Uwazurike na Benedict Alakwem, Ambrose Anyaso, Augustine Ihuoma, Chibuike Nwosu, Chimankpa Okorocha, na Kelechi Ubabuike, ndi MASSOB nke ndi SSS ji na mkporo, gara i nata bail si na a gaghi e nye ndi umunne anyi ndia bail. Nkea ziri na oka-ikpe ya na a kwado mmegbu a na e megbu ndi anyi ya. Na otu aka ahu kwa, anyi a maghi ihe e mere ndi MASSOB-53 mmadu isii foro afo—Ikechukwu Agbome, Uchechukwu Udecha, Jude Ozoemena, Sunday Nwaibe, Chinedu Ogbuji na Ize Stanley—nde ka na nkporo maka ha e nwetaghi bee bail. Ulo-ikpe Nigeria wu ulo-ikpe mmegbu, ebe ihe ziri ezi a naghi e me. Ma anyi na a si na Oka-ikpe ozo nke gwara ndi Police Nigeria na ha mere njo megide ndi MASSOB otu ha siri tinye umunne anyi ndia na nga na o nweghi iwu ha dara—anyi na a si na oka-ikpe ya wu dike, onye ezi-okwu ka di na obi ya. Anyi na a si na o mere nke oma maka o soro uzo nke ezi-okwu. Anyi ka ga na e tinye umu Biafra ndia na ile na ekpere anyi ka Chukwu gbaa ha ume.
Anyi na kwa e ru ihe ojoo ndi Nigeria na e me anyi, anyi e kwesighi i chefu ihe-oma nke di anyi na obi na na uche, ihe-oma nke anyi ga e me mgbe Biafra nodirila onwe ya, na a chi kwa onwe ya. Maka ndi Biafra wu ndi Chukwu jiri aka Ya nye ngozi na onyinye di ukwuu, Nngozi na Onyinye nke puru iche. Ndi Biafra nwere ogugu-isi na ako; ha ma otu e si a ru si oru ike, otu e si kwa a ru ezigbo oru.
Mgbe Biafra kwurula, otu na ime ihe anyi ga e me wu i kpokota ndi Doctor na ile na ndi oke amam-ihe na ihe gbasara Oria na Ahu-idi-mma, ka ha choo uzo ha ga e si e were ihe di na ime ala anyi were ya meta ogwu e ji a gwo oria di iche-iche, ma o wu iba-malaria ma o wu udi oria ndi ozo. Anyi na a tu ililu na a si na “Oku di na mba na e yere ya ji.” Nke a nyere anyi obi-sie-ike na anyi ga a chotariri ogwu na a gwo nnukwu oria ma owu site na ohia na ahihia no na ala Biafra, ma o wu na miri, ma o wu ihe ga e si na anu ohia puta, na ime ala Biafra, mgbe ndi oke ako ya tikotara isi ha lebara ihea anya. Ihe ha ga a chota, Biafra ga a gwa ndi uwa dum maka ya, nyetu kwa ha ihe ahu, ka anyi na ha kee ya, ka o diri ma anyi ma ndi uwa na ndi Africa mma.
Biko unu e chefughikwa la na ndi Biafra di egwu oo! Mara kwa unu na o wu onye Biafra wu onye ruru moto mbu a ruru na ime Africa, nke onye Africa ruru. Unu ma kwa ihe ndi Biafra na a ru na ihe ha mere nke puru iche no oge Agha Biafra. Anyi wu ndi Chukwu goziri a gozi: mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra, anyi ga e ji ngozi anyi nyere nde Biafra aka, nyere kwa ndi Africa na ile aka, na ndi uwa dum. Otua ka Chineke choro ka anyi ji Ngozi Ya mee.
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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