This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For July 15th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
It is only logical that we would focus on the benefits of having our own county, Biafra, and leave other nations of erstwhile and residual Nigeria to work out their own individual destinies and fulfillment, because, as a people, we would never arrogate to ourselves to speak for other nations. However we must also point our that a free Biafra—Biafra actualized as a Sovereign and Independent Nation—offers many positives to the entire region (including those other nations), and to the entire world.
A free Biafra today offers not just hope for stability in this region of Africa, but the actual thing: concrete stability, by restoring peace and order in the region. A free Biafra prevents further and ongoing loss of Igbo – Biafran lives at the hands of Nigeria in what is definitely a Genocidal operation, as defined by International Conventions and Criteria. A free Biafra accomplishes this by keeping the Igbo and Biafrans out of the reach and operational radius of Nigeria’s murderous anti-Igbo anti-Biafran policies. This denies Igbo-Biafran tormentors the opportunity for easy and senseless Nigeria State-sponsored attacks; which obviates the reflex restiveness and anxiety of the victims, and stops the natural build-up to a backlash or reprisals which would otherwise be certainly counted on to occur. In this manner, the cascade of violence and social unrest is stopped, leading to increased stability and increased peace. Without free Biafra coming into existence, there is nothing to alter the ongoing dysfunctional sociopolitical and bloody terrain: things only get worse in Nigeria and for Nigeria, as the last 40 years of Nigeria have proved.
A free Biafra definitely provides the fertile grounds wherein the vaunted traits of the Biafran people will bear and nurture fruits of ingenuity and entrepreneurship. A short but ample demonstration of such was seen in Biafra during the 3 years between 1967 and 1970 when Biafra was first declared. The recovery of Biafrans, by sheer will and industry, under externally imposed despicable conditions, following the total personal and collective ruination of a lost war, was so complete and so dramatic (with even somewhat of a definite overshoot), that Yakubu Gowon, the Military Head of State of Nigerian then, was alarmed to the point of instituting new State policies aimed at slowing down or stopping postwar Biafrans. This is Biafra ingenuity which the world needs to witness again; it is ingenuity which is good for Africa, not just as a symbol and as proof that an African country can be prosperous and self-sufficient, but also, as an example worthy of emulation by other African countries. We predict that free Biafra’s neighbors—remnant Nigeria or other (by now) freed nations—will also come to blossom, of their own, in their own gardens, so to speak, free from the hate and violence, envy and perceived vulnerabilities which led to constant Genocidal hostilities, retardation and regression. For, the same process which frees Biafra also frees these other nations, allowing for natural national energy to be used for positive ends and fulfillment rather than internecine destruction.
In the Delta area of Biafra, the ecosystems have been destroyed by Oil exploration and production activities. Decades of malicious neglect, malignant incompetence and vindictive indifference by Nigeria have reduced the area to a toxic and barren land inhabited by our people whom the rest of the world, and most of all, Nigeria, has forgotten, until some of them were forced to choose to make the world take notice of them. Neither their activities now nor the uninformed, fake and hastily put together late reaction of Nigeria can restore the ecosystems or even prevent further and ongoing damage. A free Biafra subtending this entire region, like the original Biafra of 1967, has the best chance of securing, protecting, formalizing and institutionalizing a stable, informed, progressive and modern management of Oil and Oil production activities in the area, devoting most of the resources (which are now being squandered by Nigeria or spent elsewhere) to guaranteeing the repair of already documented serious ecological damages; and to giving clout to national laws preventing further eco-degrading industrial practices. Such management is based on respect for, and recognition of, local / community ownership of resources; it is focused on the rehabilitation of the erstwhile victimized indigenes and their way of life; and provision of opportunities for upward mobility and alternative pursuits.
The benefits of a fair, proper and efficient management of Oil resources does not stop at the national community level. A thus well-managed Oil institution also means, and leads to, the security of this commodity, a commodity on which the world depends to a considerable extent today. The result is a secure and stable international, regional and local Market-access and Production-access to the Oil. This is what a free Biafra guarantees; there is also the opportunity to explore more Biafran territory, beyond the Delta, for Oil and other Energy sources such as coal.
Therefore, support for MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra) whose goal is a free Biafra, should be universal—support by us (as we are fully doing), by even Nigerians, and by the rest of the world. Because, MASSOB, with the full support of the Biafran people, is using a non-violent paradigm, which, when it succeeds, will have proven to the world and to Africa in particular that there is a viable alternative path to national freedom which does not involve wars. MASSOB is also embracing the UN-framework of Self Determination, and this is an opportunity for the UN to prove that Self Determination is not a procedure reserved for just Europeans and non-African Nations to gain their freedom from tyrannical States, of which Africans are not human enough to benefit from. Hence, MASSOB deserves the support of the world-community because of MASSOB’s support by its own people, its non-violence modality; because it is using a tried-and-true UN framework for Self Determination; and because the result—a free Biafra—is in everyone’s best interest: both the Biafrans, Nigerians, the UN and the world.
A tangible manifestation of this support is the release of MASSOB members and other Biafrans from Nigerian jails where they are being held on the orders of General Obasanjo. We therefore urge the world to join us in insisting that Obasanjo and Nigeria release Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB; Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB; the other leaders, and members of MASSOB, from Nigerian jails. We reiterate that a free Biafra is in everyone’s best interest, and as such, must be a universal goal.
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 ma a ma na obodo Biafra, obodo nke anyi, wu ihe ga a di anyi ahu na obi mma, ihe ga a e nye anyi ndu oma—anyi ma nke ahu a ma. Ma na anyi mara kwa na Biafra i kwuru onwe ya ga e bute iheoma nye ndi West Africa, ndi Africa, na ndi Uwa na ile; na nye kwa ihe ga a fo zi na Nigeria mgbe Biafra puru ga nooro onwe ya, ma o wu obodo di ichie ichie dika obodo Yoruba na obodo Arewa.
Mgbe ndi Biafra nooro onwe ha na obodo Biafra, nkea ga e me ka ogbugbu a na e gbu ndi Biafra na ime Nigeria, na nsogbu na ile ndi ozo so ihe aru ya, ka o kwusi. Urho na irho na anya-ukwu di na etiti ndi mba na ile bi na ime Nigeria ga a kwusi zie, maka o nweghi otu onye Awusa ma o wu onye Yoruba ga e si e kwu na onye Igbo ma o wu onye Biafra nochirila ya uzo, ma o wu, napuru la ya oke rurula ya aka. Ndi mba na ile ga e bizi na obodo nke ha, ebe ihe mbu ha ga e tinye obi ha na isi ha na ya, wu otu ha ga e si e ji aka nke ha mezie obodo nke ha. Otua ka nsogbu Nigeria ga e si a gwu.
Ihe nkea na a gwa anyi wu na nweta Biafra ga e bute udo na mpampa akuku uwa ya nke anyi bi na ime ya. O ga e bute udo na etiti umunne na umunna anyi na ile, ka anyi nwe zie oghiere bie ndu, mezie ezi-na-ulo anyi, zu o umu anyi. Otua ka anyi ga e ji ako-na-uche na ike-oru nke Chineke anyi nyere anyi we re ruo Obodo nke ndi uwa na ile na ndi Africa ga e ji a ma atu ihe oma; obodo nde mba ndi Africa ndi ozo ga na e je ejije; obodo a ga na e nye nsopuru nke o nwebeghi obodo e nyere udi nsopuru ahu na Africa mbu.
O wu nweta Biafra wu otu anyi ga e ji e mezi ala nde Delta Biafra, ebe i gwu mmanu mebisiri ma mmiri nke oñuñu ma owu na i gbu azu; na aja na ala maka iko-ubi; na ufere na elu maka nkuku-ume, na e me ka umunne na umunna anyi i bi na Delta na a ra oke ahu. Kemgbe ogu-afo-abuo-na-iri, Nigeria e nweghi ike i kwusi udi mmebi ya; o naghidi a ruzi nke e mebiri e mebi. Ma anyi nweta haala Biafra, anyi ga e ji ego e retara na mmanu ya mezie ihe dum mebiri e mebi; kwusi kwa mmebi ohuru owula ga e me na oge na a bia na ihu. Nde Delta Biafra ga e ji ego a retara na mmanu di na ala ha were mezie ala ha, na ndu ha, otu o jiri soo ha. Nigeria e nweghi zi kwa ike i ji ike zuru ego mmanu nde Delta, were ya ga mezie ala Awusa na ala Yoruba—mbaa! Mgbe nde Delta Biafra ji aka ha legide mmanu ha anya, na e ri uru mmanu ha, mgbe ahu, nsogbu na ile mmanu ahu na a kpata a gwusiala: otua ka Obodo Biafra ga e si weta udo na ebe ya. Mgbe ahu, ndi uwa ndi na e gwu, na na a zu, mmanu, ga zi e me otua ahu na udo, na obioma, maka ogbaa-ahara a nozighikwa ozo. Otua ka nweta Biafra ga e si a bara ndi Uwa dum uru.
Maka nkea, ma ndi uwa ma ndi Nigeria mara kwa na nweta Biafra ga a bara onye owula uru. Ebe MASSOB wu otu na e du anyi na nweta Biafra, o nweghi ako-na-uche di na i tinye onye isi MASSOB, Ralph Uwazurike, na otu onye ndu MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, na ndi ozo ndi ndu na ndi otu MASSOB, na mpkoro ndi Nigeria maka ha na anyi na a cho nweta Biafra. Anyi na a gwa ndi Uwa na ile ka ha soro anyi gwa Obasanjo ka ya na Nigeria ya hapu kwa ndi MASSOB aka, weputa ha dum na mkporo—ugbua! Ihuoma nweta Biafra wu iheoma nke Uwa dum, na nke Nigeria, na nke Africa.
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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