This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For May 20th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
The postponement of bail appeal hearings by another month in the case of Chief Ralph Uwazurike, the Leader of MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, a non-violent movement), other MASSOB leaders, and MASSOB members, on the trumped up and unsupported charges of Treason by the Nigerian State, follows the same pattern of deliberate, flagrant injustice against MASSOB and against our people by Nigeria and its organs. Even as we speak, this type of injustice which defies reason is being meted to MASSOB members and other Biafrans held in various jails and in various groups all over Nigeria, for no other reason than that they belong to MASSOB and or are Biafrans. Then, add to that, the State-sponsored ongoing search-and-destroy killing and torture and persecution of MASSOB members in Onitsha specifically, a criminal act carried out through the surrogacy of an illegal vigilante group, financed through known and unscrupulous agents of the State of Nigeria.
We demand the freeing of Chief Ralph Uwazurike and other leaders and members of MASSOB and other Biafrans connected with them from all Nigerian jails. We also demand the cessation of the killing and persecution of MASSOB members and other Biafrans anywhere at all in Nigeria and or Biafraland proper. Everyone should have by now realized that, sooner or later, immunity to indictment and prosecution runs out for every committer of crimes, especially crimes against humanity. This includes Obasanjo himself and all his supporters and agents and agencies. They will all face trial; so there will be no protection and nowhere to hide for these persons and groups who have made themselves stand out by the viciousness and wickedness of their crimes against MASSOB and our people. So it is.
We make this demand within the context of the current realities. The MASSOB agenda for the actualization of Biafra and Biafra itself have been recognized as the best thing to happen to Nigeria and to Africa. The ushering in of Biafra, on actualization, actually signifies the return of stability to the region. It is clear that Nigeria has not known stability since 1964, and there are no indications that stability will ever be associated with Nigeria. At best, Nigeria and Nigerians go through very brief periods of respite while the country lurches into the next crises; most times, there is no rest period before another hammer drops, or before several hammers drop, all at the same time. Even today, as the political space and polity take a breather at the collapse of the Third Term crisis, another crisis looms large—succession: the North Versus the South—who gets the presidency of Nigeria. And then, what about the violent pre-election rigging events, and the real chance that no elections will ever hold in Nigeria come 2007 and beyond, not to mention free and fair? All that is even assuming that Obasanjo and his clique will willingly start getting ready to vacate come 2007: everyone knows that he is still plotting something that will allow him stay on, at least, in order to protect himself and his cronies from prosecution for the crimes which he and they are now committing. So, anyone thinking that Obasanjo and his friends are done heating up the system is only dreaming. Instability in Nigeria is a given, it is a chronic problem which cannot be solved as long as Nigeria remains as constituted.
Biafra brings stability to the region in several ways. One of the ways is this: the fact of Biafra being actualized means that the North and the West are also free and unencumbered to form each its own fitting independent political system based on each its own natural sovereignty. When that happens, there will be no “national cake” called Nigeria to fight for and to plunder; and no Nigerian presidency to be fighting and scheming over. There will be no jostling and no jockeying to see who can outmaneuver the other in order to get the one most powerful post—presidency of Nigeria—which can only be used for nepotistic ends and for personal and selfish reasons and gains. Each sovereignty will have its own style of governance, and if elections are the choice and method desired by its own people, then, that will happen, and the people will be in charge of the process; thusly, election rigging and violence and corruption will be diminished, if not totally eliminated. Even an “innocent” process like the census can then be held without rigging, and for once, each ethnic nation can find out exactly what its population is. In this prevailing atmosphere, these different and independent sovereign nations can decide to come together to form other types of regional associations and organizations based on biology, sociology, religion, culture or economic needs, like is done by other sovereign nations in the world, with full consent, equity, mutuality, respect; and most importantly, by choice. Such mutually beneficial associations might include the North with Niger, Chad, and or even Saudi Arabia; and the West with Benin and Togo. Biafra actualization therefore results in the opportunity for different nations currently at loggerheads in Nigeria to restructure and find peace and stability each within its own borders, and or through other consenting alliances with ideological or sociologically compatible neighbors.
Biafra actualization of course brings stability to the former Eastern Region of Nigeria—the original Biafra, where the people of this region who have already proven that they can live in peace and prosperity in the past (before Nigeria erupted in 1964), will once again continue their stable co-existence which is currently being interrupted by Nigeria. Biafra will provide protection against the ongoing exploitation of Oil by Nigeria which has victimized and impoverished our Delta brothers and sisters while causing irreparable damage to the ecosystems in the region. In reaction to this greedy and insensitive abuse by Nigeria, our Delta brothers and sisters have been radicalized into constant reactionary response and challenge of wicked Nigeria, now degenerated into full fledged armed restiveness which threatens to destroy all—the Deltans, other Biafrans, Nigerians, Foreigners, and the entire region. In Biafra, each locale will control and manage its own resources, which assures that there will be no need for further restiveness in oil-producing areas of Biafra (which includes non-Delta regions, too). And, the sovereignty of Biafra gives access to both national and other global resources, skills, expertise and technical support necessary to repair and rehabilitate the seriously damaged and previously neglected ecosystems in the Delta area. For the world which relies on Biafra Oil for energy needs, this stability results in the positive stabilization of oil supply from the region, which is likely to translate into price stabilization and improved availability and affordability.
In this way, Biafra actualization results in the stability of the region. The region has never known stability under Nigeria, and will never. Biafra actualization using the non-violent agenda will also prove that there is another way to resolve sociopolitical disputes in Africa without resorting to arms. What an encouragement and an empowerment for Africans to now honestly face and resolve their issues without succumbing to the blackmail of threats of war should a real solution is attempted; and or even better, without bloodshed. Finally, Biafra Nation, with the industry of the people, their entrepreneurship, and creativity, will be an example which serves to break the jinx of Africa as a failed continent, becoming the model and setting the pace for other African nations to follow.
Fellow Biafrans: it is these paradigms and benefits that Biafra actualization will offer, which motivates Uwazurike and MASSOBians, BF/BAF, other pro-Biafran organizations, to seek the sovereign nation of Biafra. No one should be jailed or persecuted, tortured or killed for that. Instead, all well-meaning people and organization—peoples of goodwill—should lend their support to see this agenda to fruition. That is why our people are solidly behind MASSOB / BF / BAF and other pro-Biafran organizations; that is why an organization such as CWIS (Center for Indigenous World Studies) has declared support for us and our agenda, and recognized our structures and efforts, and the exercise of our right to self determination.
We wish you all Godspeed in this phase of our struggle which will certainly lead to our successful actualization of Biafra.
Biafra alive! because God makes it so.
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.
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Obasanjo, mmadu ojoo ahu, na Nigeria, obodo aruru-ala ahu, ka ji kwa Chief Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi ndi MASSOB, na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo, na mkporo. Ka ma onye oka-ikpe Ulo-ikpe Nigeria ga e nye ha bail, ya e yie aria ubochi ikpe otu onwa ozo. Nkea ziri na ndi Nigeria na ulo-ikpe ha na oka-ikpe ha wu ndi ojoo, ndi otu Ekwensu. Anyi na a gwa Obasanjo na o ga a gbaputariri ha na mkporo. Obasanjo na ndi otu ya mara kwa na ihe mmekpa-ahu ukwu na e che ya na ndi otu ya mgbe o ga a ritu na okwa, Mgbe ahu, ya na ha ga a nata ugwo oru ha.
Unu mara kwa na o wughi so-o-so anyi ka nweta Biafra ga a bara uru. Mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra, ndi Yoruba ga e nweta kwa o chichi onwe ha; ndi Awusa ga kwa e nweta o chichi onwe nke ha. Mgbe ahu, o nweghi zikwa ihe ndi mmadu na-mba-na-mba ga e kwo maka ihi ya luo ogu ma o wu gbu wa ibe ha ozo. O nweghi okwa a ga e ji ogu na egbe na onwu a zo na Nigeria, kama, onye o wula ga a ga na obodo nke ha ga zoro okwa o wuru ma umunna ha e kwe i nye ha ya wu okwa ahu. Nkea ga a kwusi ndoro-ndoro na ile nke na e nweghi isi, nke na a puta ogu na ogbugbu ndi mmadu na Nigeria. Ndi Yoruba ga e ji zi aka ha ga chota ndi wu ndi enyi ha ma o wu umunna ha, ka ha na ha nokoria, mekoria ihe. Otua kwa ka ndi Awusa ga e me nke ha. I nweta Biafra jiri otua bara ha uru.
Biafra ga a bara anyi uru. Maka anyi ga e jikota ndi Biafra na ile ka anyi biri na udo, ka anyi na a rusi oru ike—otu ndu anyi di mbu di—ka anyi nwee oga-na-ihu, ka anyi dozie ala anyi, ma o bulaghi di na ebe ndi Delta, ebe i gwu mmanu mebi chara ala na elu na miri, site na oru ojoo ndi Nigeria. Na ime Biafra, onye owula na nde owula ga e nwe ihe si na ala ha puta—ihe di ka mmanu; otua, nde Delta ga e nwe mmanu di na ala nke ha. Biafra ga a wu ala e ji a ma atu ihe oma, a ma atu ebe ihe na a gara ndi mmadu na ihu, nke oma; ka obodo ndi Africa ndi ozo je wa Biafra ejije ka ha muta ako. Mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra na uzo nke udo, nkea ga a kuziri ndi Afrika na ndi uwa na uzo nke udo di ire—na uzo nke udo na e nwe isi—na i ji gaah ogu na kpezie nsogbu ndi obodo na ime Afrika.
O wu kwa nu maka ihe ndia na ile ka Uwazurike na MASSOB na BF / BAF na ndi Biafra ji a cho nweta Biafra, na a chosi ya ike. O wu kwa nu ihe oma ka nweta Biafra na ochicho ya wu; nde mere otua e kwesighi i tinye na mkporo. O wu ihe mere ka otu uwa di ka CWIS (Center for Indigenous World Studies) jiri na a kwado nweta Biafra na ihe MASSOB na anyi na e me i ji nweta Biafra. Chineke ga a gba anyi ume.
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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