This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For July 1st, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Disturbing news of ongoing, unconscionable cold-blooded murder of our people, including MASSOB members, in our own land, continue to pour in hourly. We have received direct accounts from our people on the ground, along with write-ups accompanied by heart-rending pictures. We have also seen the news reports of some Nigerian Newspapers which for the most part confirm the substance of these accounts while deliberately shying away from showing pictures.
We see that there is no level to which Nigeria will not sink in its determination to humiliate and exterminate our people. Withering, armed occupation of our land is not enough for Nigeria. Extortion is not enough for Nigeria. Raping our women is not enough for Nigeria. Shooting us in the back—shooting our fleeing unarmed Youth in the back—is not enough for Nigeria. Killing us in the streets in broad daylight is not even enough for Nigeria. Apparently, Nigeria cannot get enough of spilling Igbo – Biafran blood.
We have received calls from Onicha reporting that Nigeria is now using a Helicopter gunship to bomb parts of the city, resulting in the burning down of over 30 buildings in Feggae. A caller reported the use of chemical weapons. At the same time, the Nigeria police is looting; and robbing our people and businesses. The police first surround a business or home; break down the door and break open the windows; force the occupants—our people—to lie face down. They will then proceed to loot our people’s belongings while pretending to be looking for MASSOB members. Casualties are mounting and the city is dying. All productive activity has halted in most parts of, if not the entire, city.
As we know, the heat in Onicha only makes Aba seem cool. It is evident that Aba has been ruthlessly and severely subdued by the combined army and armed police sent in there by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the connived request of the efulefu, Orji Uzor Kalu, the so-called governor of Abia State.
The same Kalu has turned Umuahia into an emirate of his friends, the Northern Nigerian Muslim Caliphates, who have rewarded him with “turbanning.” Okigwe is under armed occupation by Nigerian forces. An uneasy, deceptive calm is evident in Owerri: soon, it too, will explode or implode, as Nigeria intensifies its killing spree of our people.
The Igbo political class has kept silent, in cowardice. We know them to be so—no surprises there. The so-called Igbo leaders who are good at convoking summits have remained silent, too, a predictable move based on their known spinelessness and sycophancy. Igbo in Diaspora, known for showy, wordy jamborees and pontifications, are so interested in taking their turns at picking off the crumbs off the floor falling from Nigeria’s high table that they do everything but question the significant events happening in their own land while trying their utmost best to be more one-Nigerian than the non-Igbo non-Biafrans.
Fellow Biafrans: today, only MASSOB at home is trusted to work with our people and lead our people. Our people at home have given their full support to MASSOB, in spite of the risks, the real dangers, and the certainty of ongoing persecution and destruction by Nigeria. Outside of Biafraland, Biafra Foundation (BF) is the representative of our people and of MASSOB, working tirelessly with limited resources to do right for our people—that is, to actualize Biafra. With the help of the sister organization, Biafra Actualization Forum (BAF), we can definitely say that there are staunch Diaspora Igbo and Biafrans pushing our cause for Biafra actualization, especially considering that there also other committed pro-Biafran groups all over the US and Canada, Europe, UK, African and Asia all pulling for us, for Biafra.
Our voices and the plight of our people have been transmitted to the rest of the world through the good work of Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS); we thank them immensely. In a News Alert published on June 29, 2006 on their website
and publicized all over the world, under the title, “NEWS ALERT! EMERGING GENOCIDE IN NIGERIA, the CWIS alerts the world; we quote:
“What is now rapidly unfolding in Southeastern Nigeria is the intentional and widespread murder of Igbo people, both men and women, that mimics the early stages of ethnic cleansings in Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and the Darfur in Sudan. Government sanctioned killings of Igbo peoples are developing into a form of genocide.
“The Government of Nigeria has instituted a shoot to kill policy in the city of Onitsha, specifically those who are members of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) by the Security Forces of the Nigerian Government. Nigerian Government officials have recruited and deployed individuals to masquerade as MASSOB supporters and then encouraged them to commit violence against property and individuals and to and undermine the credibility of the Biafran Nation, which seeks a non-violent political transformation of the Southeastern region. Such tactics have given security forces and police justification to attack and kill non-violent MASSOB supporters, which is now occurring with impunity.
“Members of the Biafran Nation and of MASSOB are non-violent and have always followed such tenets. It is expected that such violence and murder will escalate to surrounding states within Igbo land in the next days and weeks if international attention is not made…”
MASSOB and BF efforts have not gone unnoticed. The world will hear us—and act like God’s creation, which the World is.
Besides our goal of Biafra actualization, we also demand the release of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, and Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB, and other MASSOB leaders and members currently being held in unmentionable conditions in Nigerian jails on the orders of Obasanjo and his government. We will never rest until all our goals are accomplished.
We will never waver from our path of non-violence to which we are irrevocably committed, as we pursue our goals to a successful end.
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.
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.
Anyi e ji la anya abuo anyi hu otu Nigeria si na e gbu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra na ndi otu MASSOB—umu nne anyi—na ime ala nke anyi taa. Na Onicha, o gbugbu ya e rue la ebe ndi police Nigeria na e ji zi ugbo-elu “helicopter” na a tu oha nde mmadu bomb. Na ala, ndi police na a ga na ulo–obibi na na ulo-oru ndi Igbo ndi Biafra ga e be ahu gbuo na meruo ndi Igbo ndi Biafra ahu, mekasia ulo ahu, zuru ihe soro ha na oghi, si na ha na a cho ndi MASSOB. Ha na e jide umu nwanyi ayi me ruo ha.
Na Aba, otu ihe ahu kwa: ndi army na ndi police Nigeria nogidere oboda ahu ka ha si a nogide obibi ndi ohu. Efulefu Orji Uzo Kalu kpotara ndi aru ya na Abia; otu o siri mee Umuahia ka o wuruzie ala Awusa na ime ala Igbo ala Biafra. Nsogbu di kwa na Okigwe; o ga ha a di na Owerri.
Ebe o wula anyi lere anya, ndi Nigeria na e gbu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra na ndi MASSOB. Ndi Igbo si na ha na e me politics a naghi e mepe onu ha si na ihe di otua di njo. Ndi Igbo si na ha wu “ndi ama-a ma” na ndi Igbo bi na mba-uwa a gbachila nkiti mgbe ihe aru di otua na a dakwasi anyi. So-o-so MASSOB na Ndi Ulo anyi—Oha Igbo-oha Biafra—na otu BF (Biafra Foundation), na BAF (Biafra Actualization Forum), na ndi otu ndi ozo na a cho Biafra, wu ndi na e me ka onye o wula mara na ihe a na e me ndi Igbo na Nigeria taa wu ihe ojoo; na o dighi mma, na o ga a kwusi riri. Anyi na kwa a si ha na o wu so-o-so Biafra ka anyi choro; na na o wu na uzo “non-violence”—na a wughi uzo egbe na mma na ogu—ka anyi ga na e so, na nweta Biafra.
Otu-uwa ndi enyi Biafra a na a kpo CWIS (Center for World Indigenous Studies) e werela akuko anyi, akuko ogbugbu ndi Nigeria na e gbu anyi, na photo esere ozu umu Igbo umu Biafra na ndi MASSOB nde Nigeria gburu na Onicha, zikesia ra ya ndi uwa na ile, na a kpotee ndi uwa ka ha mara kwa na o wu “Genocide” ka ndi Nigeria na e me ndi Igbo taa. CWIS kowa kwara la ndi uwa na MASSOB di “non-violent,’ na o nweghi otu MASSOB jiri mee onye o wula ihe ojoo na ala Igbo – ala Biafra, ma o wu na Nigeria. Anyi e kele ndi otu CWIS na oru ha na a ru na ihi Biafra na na aha Biafra.
Umu Biafra: ndi Uwa na ha a nu olu anyi. Chineke a nuna olu anyi. Jisie unu ike.
Anyi na a gwa Obasanjo na Nigeria ya na ha ga a kpoputariri ndi anyi ndia na mkporo: Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, otu onye ndu MASSOB, na ndi ndu ndi ozo, na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo, ndi Nigeria ti nyere na nga. Ugbua! Weputa ha na mkporo ugbua!
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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