This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For June 24th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
When Peter Obi asked Obasanjo to send the Nigerian Army and more armed police to Anambra state so that they could shoot and kill our people at sight, he helped us make the points which we have been talking about all along:
1) that sending an Igboman or woman or a Biafran into any political office in Nigeria, no matter how low or how high the office, is never going to help us in any way; instead, such an Igbo / Biafran will use his or her position to continue Nigeria’s program of tormenting and persecuting the Igbo and other Biafrans.
2) Nigeria corrupts everything and everyone, no matter how pure or good the thing or the one was to start with.
Earlier, Orji Uzor Kalu had set that bad example in Abia State by requesting and getting from Obasanjo the Military occupation of Aba.
When Peter Obi banned MASSOB in Anambra, an action with little meaning and even less effect with regards to MASSOB itself, he helped us make the point, once again, that even an Igbo or Biafran President of Nigeria (as is being clamored for by the political class and some leaders in Igboland-Biafraland today), would just as soon go to war against MASSOB, deploying all the nasty instruments of the Nigerian State against us. Since MASSOB is doing the will of our people in pursuing Biafra actualization, it means that even an Igbo or Biafran president of Nigeria (something that will never happen, anyway), will use the Nigerian forces to try to stop Biafra actualization.
Hence, for the avoidance of any doubt, we state here again that we are committed to Biafra and Biafra alone. Our interest and concern is only Biafra, for Biafra and in Biafra. We have nothing to do with Nigeria, and will have nothing to do with Nigeria, least of all, “Igbo presidency of Nigeria” plan. We see only pain and persecution and death and disappointment for the Igbo and for Biafrans as long as we remain or continue to participate in Nigeria. We have no confidence in the ability of any Igbo or Biafran politician or public / political office holder operating in or under the influence of one-Nigeria to represent the real interests and desires of our people, nor to carry out our people’s mandate. Thus, we will not participate in Nigeria’s political games, games which are cynical were they not also so bloody—the victim always the Igbo and other Biafrans.
Fellow Biafrans, as you well know, MASSOB has never been involved in violence. What everyone knows is that a while again, the Nigeria Police stated publicly that they were going after MASSOB (“orders from above”) and along with the Nigeria SSS, are going to frame MASSOB for anything that is happening in Igboland-Biafraland, or even Nigeria, for that matter. So, we should be surprised that the news media and even others would blame MASSOB for the carnage going on in Onicha and Anambra, just because the Nigeria Police said so, even when it is pointed out to them that those fomenting the trouble and using violence are not MASSOB members; rather, MASSOB is bearing the brunt of the violence since it is targeted and being victimized. As a matter of fact, it is now clear that Nigeria is using one of their Igbo agents to pay to cause mayhem and violent destabilization in Onicha and Anambra. However, we are not surprised by their gullibility, deliberate false reports and outright lies when they falsely blame MASSOB for something MASSOB has not done. We are used to that, even from the Nigeria press.
Thus, the Nigeria Police and Army have killed many MASSOBians and imprisoned quite a few of them lately using the excuse of the current events in Anambra. Those MASSOBians being taken to jail now join the ranks of Ralph Uwazurike, the MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, the MASSOB Information Director, and many other MASSOB leaders and members who are unjustly incarcerated in Nigerian jails by Obasanjo and his government. We insist that Obasanjo must release them all unconditionally, since it is on his orders that our brothers and sisters of the MASSOB are being thus harmed and their rights violated.
It was not only MASSOB members that the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Army killed and threw in prison in these past few weeks. There are many innocent Igbo Youth who suffered the same inhumane fate: in fact, the Nigerian Police and Army were deliberately indiscriminate in such actions, as they displayed their wicked zeal by drag-netting all Youth in their sweep, regardless of the fact that many were not even MASSOB members, and most were not involved in anything at all. Apparently, their “crime,” in the eyes of Nigeria, Nigeria Police and Nigeria Army, is that they are Igbo Youth, an “offense” punishable by shooting to kill, and imprisonment for survivors.
Given these facts, can you imagine that a so-called Igbo Summit meeting, at the height of this massacre, carefully and studiously avoided any mention of this moral crime against the Igbo, our own people, by Nigeria? The same summit which could not muster the courage to at least recognize the injustice and at least pray for God’s consolation; never mind condemn the heinous acts by Nigeria against our Youth and against our people—that summit—had time to talk about Igbo Presidency of Nigeria for 2007. Can you imagine that? Let us take another look at this aberration. Supposing it was Igbo Youth, instead, holding a Summit at this time, and they ended the Summit without discussing the ongoing killing of our own Igbo Youth or our Igbo Elders on our own streets. What would our adults and elders say to our Youth then?
All we can say for now is that that Igbo Summit did not and does not represent the interest or the will of our people, nor does it address our people’s burning issues, which have nothing to do with Igbo presidency of Nigeria. We can say that, by that summit ignoring an obvious evil, it has committed the Igbo / Oha proverbial offense of “the elder who sees evil and keeps quiet and does nothing.” It is a moral offense which the summit, by its action or inaction, has convicted itself of. We advise all to ignore the communiqué of that summit. We advise our people to collect our dead from the streets and gutters of Onicha and surrounding areas, bury and mourn them; to find ways to get those held in jail out of prison. We ask them to re-dedicate ourselves to the actualization of Biafra, and to the support of MASSOB for its agenda of Biafra actualization. We encourage our Youth to NOT allow themselves to be deceived by any offer other than Biafra, or to be distracted by any other program whose goal is one-Nigeria. While we all have everything to lose by our continued stay in Nigeria, our Youth have the most to lose; our Youth must now be in the forefront of the struggle to actualize Biafra, and shun completely any plan to keep us bottled and cooked up in callous, murderous Nigeria. No struggle for liberation is easy or bloodless—we all know that by now. Therefore, let us do what we must do—our part—in the actualization of Biafra.
Biafra alive! because it is God Who 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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Peter Obi, governor ndi Anambra, rioro Obasanjo ka o zita ndi Army Nigeria na Police ka ha bia gbagbue umu Biafra na Onicha na na e be ahu; otu Orji Uzor Kalu siri mee na Aba. Jiri unu nkea mara na okwa Nigeria o wula ruru onye Igbo aka, o ga e ji ya were megbue ndi Igbo ibe ya: o nweghi ihe ga a bara ndi Igbo uru na ya. Anyi ma ama, na kwa e kwu ya, na Nigeria na e mebi ihe owula na onye owula no na ime ya. O nweghi nu otu anyi ga e ji a kwado ihe owula no na Nigeria: anyi a choghi ya. Naani Biafra ka anyi ga na a cho.
Mgbe Peter Obi si na ya “ban”-iri MASSOB na Anambra, anyi ji otu ahu mara na onye Igbo nodu na okwa president Nigeria, otu ahu ka o ga e si a lusi MASSOB ogu, nke putara na o ga a lusi ndi Igbo-ndi Biafra ogu, maka o wu Biafra ka MASSOB na e du anyi gaa. Kedu zia ihe ga e me ka anyi kwado onye Igbo i wu president Nigeria? A na a si: “Kedu nke barber na udele?” Kedu nke Ndi Biafra na Nigeria? Kedu nke anyi—nke MASSOB—na Nigeria, ma o wu president Nigeria?
Ndi Police Nigeria na ha e bho la ndi MASSOB ebubo-ugha maka nsogbu nke di na Onicha na na Anambra. Uzo nke MASSOB a wughi uzo ogu na mgba na egbe na mma—mba! Onye o wula a mara la nke ahu. Ma, o wu ndi MASSOB na ndi Biafra ndi ozo ka ndi Police na Army Nigeria gburu na ebe ahu, tuo kwa ndi ozo ndi di ndu mkporo. Mgbe e ji otua na e gbu anyi, ndi si na ha na e me Summit ndi Igbo ndi ma cha kwa ihe na e me, kama, ha e kwutaghi ihe o wula gbasara ya. Nkea wu kwa nu ihe aru: odi ka ihe anyi na e kwu gbasara “okenye huru ihe ojoo, ma o nweghi ihe o kwuru, o nweghi ihe o mere gbasara ihe ojoo ahu.” Maka nkea, anyi ga e lefuru ha anya: o nweghi ihe ha kwutara na nzuko Summit ahu nke anyi ga e ji a kpo ihe. Ebe obi ha di—na onye Igbo i wu president Nigeria—a wughi ihe anyi wu Oha Biafra na a cho; anyi a choghi ihe owula Nigeria di na ime ya, ma o wu ihe owula di na ime Nigeria. Naani Biafra ka anyi na a cho.
Umu okoro-obia na umu agboo-obia (nde Youth) anyi: mara kwa unu na ihe ojoo na ile dakwasiri unu ugbua na ihe kpatara ya wu anyi i di na ime Nigeria. O nweghi kwa mgbanwe nke oma ga e me o wuru na anyi ka no na ime Nigeria. Nigeria na e butere unu na anyi so-o-so onwu, na oria, na ara; elem-anya na ntukwasi-obi e nweghi ike i di na ime Nigeria. Maka nkea, unu e so kwala onye owula na edu ga unu, ma o wu unu jiri aka unu ga wa, uzo na e je na ime Nigeria: mba! Ka anya unu na obi unu na isi unu diri na Biafra, nke Chineke kere nye unu, ebe ndu unu ga a di otu Chineke siri kee unu, gozie kwa unu nke ukwuu.
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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