This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 25th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
MASSOB, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, offers a non-violent alternative to the solution of the problem of Nigeria, that solution being a peaceful separation, with other related aspects also peacefully negotiated among other ethnic nations which are currently not getting along together at all under the current forced non-working, exploitative, inequitable and parasitic relationship. Instead of studying and accepting the MASSOB plan and agenda, Nigeria has chosen to blindly defend this awfully flawed and murderous concept of one-Nigeria. Today, we see the results: violence, more violence, more bloodshed, reprisal, retaliation, pursuit…on, and on: even hostage-taking.
Today, we also see the results of MASSOB’s determination to stay the course—to stick with the agenda of non-violent actualization of Biafra, no matter what. First off, we must re-state unequivocally our vehement opposition to all forms of crimes against MASSOB, and the persecution of MASSOB by Nigeria because of MASSOB’s agenda of non-violent actualization of Biafra. Second, we are firm in our stipulation that MASSOB members in jail, from rank-and-file to officials and leaders, to the head of MASSOB himself, Ralph Uwazurike, must be released from jail, as should other Biafrans engaged in the cause of Biafra actualization. In the same vein, and third, we warn all Igbo and other Biafrans who are instrumental in any way in the ongoing repression, persecution and dispossession of MASSOB members and other Biafrans, that there is in fact no doubt at all that we are holding them responsible for whatever Nigeria does to those our brethren. The Biafran people know you: there will be no place for you to hide or to run to.
Yes, we see MASSOB’s resolve, and it is inspiring. Through MASSOB’s bravery and courage, we have proved what we told Nigeria: you can kill MASSOB members until you run out of nerve and bullets—that won’t stop MASSOB: it won’t stop us. And, it has not. So, Nigeria tired of the killing, at least, to some degree, and started doing less killing of MASSOB members, and instead, started throwing them in jail. Word from MASSOB was the same: “you can throw us in jail until your hell-pits and cells and jails and camps are jam-packed and over-flowing with MASSOBians: that will not stop us; you will eventually get tired of imprisoning us, and yet, our resolve will GROW ever stronger.” Judging from the most recent incident where the police and other Nigerian security outfits shot up and dispersed a MASSOB general meeting, it appears that Nigeria has understood that aspect of MASSOB’s message: arresting MASSOB members could not, and will never, stop MASSOB. One would think that Nigeria understands the full message: “ongoing harassment of MASSOB including the use of live-bullets and other munitions to disperse and forcefully terminate MASSOB meetings will do no good: MASSOB is here to stay until we accomplish Biafra actualization. Nothing Nigeria can or will do could ever change that: as long as there is a single Biafran left alive, whether born or unborn, MASSOB’s agenda will be carried out.” For this, we salute MASSOB and its membership. We salute all Biafrans who support MASSOB and lessen MASSOB’s ordeal by standing by them, come rain or shine.
Often, one cannot help but pity the tormentors of MASSOB like the Nigerian Police. The Nigerian government which the Police says it is defending does not even pay the police the salary due the police when due; instead, that government and the police leadership use and misuse this money for their own selfish and personal ends. The Police are then reduced to paupers who must mortgage their conscience by descending so low—to extortion, armed robbery, robbery and murder—in order to survive and raise their families. When the police threaten Strike action, they themselves are blackmailed and forcefully stopped by their leaders and by the same government, yet their obvious complaints and plight are always ignored by their same leaders and by the same Nigerian government. Next time a policeman participates in hounding and killing MASSOB members, when he gets home, he ought to take a good look at himself in the mirror. He ought to sit down, look his family in the eyes, and explain to them that he has just returned from, as his duty, killing and dispossessing MASSOB members—unarmed and non-violent human beings—posing no threat to him. That policeman, bearing in mind his own treatment by the government of Nigeria and the police leadership, should then tell his family exactly what offense MASSOB really committed by MASSOB looking for, and going for, a better system in reaction to an oppressive and malicious government and environment called Nigeria.
It has been said that those who make peaceful change impossible only guarantee a violent revolution. That is the reality of Nigeria today. We pursue avidly MASSOB’s non-violence agenda for Biafra actualization. Biafra threatens no other nations, only remaining firm that each nation has a right to choose and pursue its own God-given destiny, in whatever configuration it so pleases. We of Biafra choose, with finality, Biafra. In choosing Biafra, we have not in any way foreclosed on any other nation’s choice of what that nation ought to be. Nor do we declare that Biafra is an island unto itself, instead emphasizing that Biafra, as an independent and sovereign nation, will be party to mutually satisfying and agreeable pacts and relationships as is customary and normal between and among other sovereign independent nations of the world today.
We once again declare that nothing can, and nothing will, stop MASSOB from carrying on to a successful completion of the agenda of Biafra actualization using non-violent means. Nigeria can kill us, jail us, scatter us, harass us, oppress us: in the end, it is Nigeria that will tire. For those Igbo and other Biafran efulefu who are assisting Nigeria in its evil and malicious mistreatment of MASSOB and other Biafrans, there is no escape for you, because we know who you are.
MASSOB offers Nigeria a chance for a non-violent change. But Nigeria has thus far made this impossible, and the consequences are obvious for all to see today. Nigeria has a chance to learn and to choose again. We have made our own choice: Biafra: Biafra actualization using non-violent means. Nothing will change that.
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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Unu a marala na MASSOB ji uzo nke udo na a cho ka e bie nsogbu dum di na Nigeria taa, maka nweta Biafra wu ihe ga e biri anyi njo na nsogbu ndia na ile, bie kwara ndi mba ndi ozo bi na ime Nigeria nsogbu ndia na ile; maka ha ga e nwe efe i norola onwe nke ha, chia kwa onwe ha. Ma ebe MASSOB na e so uzo nke udo, Nigeria na e ji egbe na mgbo na bombu, na ike na e gbu na na e mesi ndi MASSOB na ndi Biafra ndi ozo ike.
Ma anyi na ndi MASSOB gwara Nigeria, ha choo igbu anyi, ha gbue nu, sote sote, ike ga a gwu ha, ma nkea a gaghi a kwusi MASSOB ma o wu kwusi ihe MASSOB na eme na nweta Biafra na uzo nke udo. Ike ogbugbu ndi MASSOB a gwu wa la Nigeria nwa ntinti; ha ga na e ji mkporo na nga na e mesi ndi MASSOB ike. Anyi na ndi MASSOB ga a gwa kwa ha naani otu ihe ahu ozo: MASSOB ga a di, na e me ihe o na eme, owurugodi na Nigeria tinye anyi na ile na ulo-mkporo Nigeria; o wu Nigeria ka ike i tinye anyi na nga ga a gwu. Ugbua, odi ka ike nke ahu a gwu wa la ndi Nigeria nke ntakari, otu anyi huru na ihe ha mere ebe ha wu ndi Nigeria jiri uda egbe mekasia nzuko ndi MASSOB, ma o nweghi onye ha jidere tinye na nga. Anyi na a gwa kwa ha: kposasia nzuko ndi MASSOB ndi Biafra taa, ma o wu echi: ike ga a gwu gi, ma na ndi MASSOB ka ga na e me ihe ha na eme. Nigeria kwesirila i muta ako: MASSOB e nweghi nkwusi; i nweta Biafra e nweghi nkwusi, ma Nigeria o mere elu ma o mere ala. O wu Nigeria ka ike ga a gwu. Ihe anyi ma wu na Nigeria ga a hapuriri Ralph Uwazurike na ndi isi ndi MASSOB na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo ndi Nigeria ji na nga aka.
Ndi na e kwu okwu si na onye ahu a naghi e kwe ka e mee mgbanwe na udo, onye a hu e mee la ka e ji ogu na mma nweta mgbanwe ahu. MASSOB na e so uzo nke udo na i nweta mgbanwe; ma na Nigeria a naghi e kwe nkea, kama ya wu Nigeria a na e gbusi ndi MASSOB, na e tinye ha na nga, na e mesi ha ike. Nigeria na a kwachi uzo nke udo; Nigeria e jiri la otua meghee naani otu uzo: uzo nke ogu na agha, uzo ogba-ahara, uzo obara na onwu-ike. Unu lee anya, unu ga a hu na o wu ihe di otua wu ihe na eme na ime Nigeria taa. O di zi na aka Nigeria: mgbanwe na uzo nke udo, otu MASSOB na e kwu; ma o wu mgbanwe na uzo nke obara na ogu na ogba-ahara. Anyi wu ndi MASSOB, ndi Biafra ga na e so uzo nke udo. O nweghi ihe ga e me ka anyi ghara i nweta Biafra.
Ndi efulefu ufodu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra nde na e nyere Nigeria aka i gbu ndi MASSOB ndi Biafra ma o wu na i nye ha nsogbu na i mesi ha ike, anyi na a gwa unu na anyi ma ndi unu wu; anyi ma aha unu, mara kwa ezi unu siri puta. Unu ga a kwu ugwo ihe o wula dakwasiri ndi anyi ndia na aka nde Nigeria. Uwa ga a gbara anyi aka-ibe na anyi a gwala unu otua taa.
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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