This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For September 2nd, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We want to address especially our Youth in today’s broadcast. In case anyone has forgotten, let us remind you that a meeting of our Youth in Nnewi on August 26 was disrupted and forcefully aborted by a vicious combination of a combat-ready Nigerian Military unit, armed Nigerian Police and the SSS on “express orders from above.” The combined unit made arrests of our innocent youth, and even an invited guest-speaker-dignitary; their disposition at this time is unclear. The youth-convener of the meeting, Mazi Chris Nsoedo, is reported to be in hiding still.
For orientation and clarity, let us ask a few relevant questions and then, provide factual answers to these questions:
1. What was the purpose of the Youth meeting? To unite Igbo Youth at home and abroad.
2. Was this a secret or clandestine meeting? No. In fact, according to the reports, one of the Igbo State governors was already on his way to address the meeting.
3. Were the Youth armed? Heaven’s, no!
4. Did the Youth notify the authorities before hand? Yes; according the reports, they had sought and obtained the permission of the area Police command who had assigned two constables to the Meeting.
5. Did MASSOB have any hand in this meeting? No.
Hence, Nigeria cannot claim (except when lying, as usual, of course) that these youths were sent by or influenced by MASSOB or Biafra Foundation (BF). Nigeria cannot claim that these youths disobeyed any laws. Nigeria cannot accuse them of bearing arms or disturbing the peace. So, just what offence did our youth commit to warrant the disruption and termination of their meeting? Ask Nigeria. We already know: Their offence is that they are Igbo. They are Biafrans.
In the past, Nigeria has arrested and or killed our youth without any legal or legitimate reasons. The wicked Nigerian perpetrators of such crimes falsely label our victimized youth as “armed robbers,” “miscreants,” “touts” or “common criminals.” Such Nigeria’s lies and liars have already been systematically exposed and debunked. But, this time around, the whole world has caught them right in the act: what trumped-up charges will they bring up against our Youth attending the meeting; and, what throw-down weapons will they plant on our youth to try to fraudulently justify an unjustifiable act?
In the past, efulefu and frightened Igbo pundits would blame our youth for not obeying the laws of Nigeria—the same unjust laws designed to deprive them of their life, liberty hope and legitimate means of succor in the first pace, by the way. Today, we ask these cowards: “How now?” “Well?”
Then, there is the group which accuses MASSOB or other pro-Biafran activists (falsely, of course) of sending out Igbo and Biafran youth to be slaughtered and or arrested by wicked and blood-thirsty armed Nigerian units. In the first place, this group, in its own self-righteousness, conveniently refuses to face the fact that our youth have a heart, brain, mind, and spirit of their own, and that neither MASSOB nor any other pro-Biafran group conscripts members, or forces members to do anything, or prevents members from leaving the organizations. This group is so shallow and insensitive in its pronouncements that it fails to recognize that our youth have feelings and hopes and aspirations and when these needs are deliberately denied and their hopes deliberately and consistently dashed by the evil system called Nigeria, which is specifically designed as such, that the youth will react on their own. Worst of all, this group provides no alternative response for our frustrated youth who are by now past fed-up by their unenviable plight. We ask this group: “’See what the Nigerian armed forces did to peaceful, unarmed, law-abiding (even Nigeria law-abiding) Igbo Youth? What say you now?”
Igbo Youth, and Biafra Youth: no one can tell you what you have suffered at the hands of Nigeria as a subset of the population of Biafra, or as Biafrans in general. If there was any doubt in your mind as to what Nigeria really thinks of you, or how Nigeria plans to treat you or how Nigeria treated you in the past, this incident where Nigeria sent in combat-ready troops, armed police and the SSS—the entire goon-squad and the sum-total representation of all of Nigeria’s security and fighting forces—to disrupt and terminate your planned meeting and to arrest you, with malice and viciousness, even after you obtained the appropriate permits, and the venue was pubic, and agenda, uniting all Igbo youth—this action of Nigeria should remove such doubts. You now know with remarkable certainty and unmatched clarity that Nigeria considers you enemies of Nigeria, and people without rights and without liberty.
No one will tell you how to react to this: when you do react, it is hoped that you will follow your own Youthful convictions, your own Youthful instinct and your own Youthful conscience using your Youthful vigor to put an end to this misery created by Nigeria against you. We are solidly behind you. We support you fully. ‘Not to forget:—Years ago, South African youths faced the same conditions as you are now: they confronted a heavily armed and vicious Apartheid State Security Forces machinery made up of wild animals passing for human beings whose orders came from mean, subhuman, inhuman leadership and society—just like Nigeria today. The blood of these youths, flowing freely and running down in streams, turned the streets red, while creating splashed red graffiti on the walls of the surrounding buildings. Many perished—an otherwise unbearable sacrifice for the more who survived, save for the redeeming and consoling fact that such sacrifice finally defeated South Africa’s Apartheid—the sacrifice was not in vain. Victory, costly though it will be—of which you have already made the “advance-payment”—is yours. Victory is surely yours; and ours.
We continue our MASSOB agenda, a non-violent but potent campaign. We know that this victory—Biafra actualization—is certainly ours. We remind Obasanjo and those carrying out his orders that in vain do they hold our people working for Biafra actualization in their jails. Therefore, we call for the release from Nigeria’s prisons of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB; and other MASSOB officials and rank-and-file membership. It is a travesty that these our people are still being held on Obasanjo’s orders in Nigerian jails. Such travesty must be corrected now.
We also call on Obasanjo to release all Igbo Youth and others who were arrested during the aborted Igbo Youth meeting of August 26 2006 in Nnewi.
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.
Unu a nu la otu ndi Army na ndi Police na di SSS Nigeria ji egbe ga ra na ebe ndi umu okoro-obia na umu agboo-obia anyi choro i bido nzuko nke ha kporo “Igbo Youth meeting” na ubochi August 26; ndi uru nde Nigeria ya a kwusi nzuko ahu, nwude ufodu ndi mmadu gara nzuko ahu; na o nweghi kwa nu ihe ojoo umu anyi mere. Ndi Youth anyi, tupu ha e yie nzuko a gara nata ndi Police akwukwo nkwado nke nyere ha ike ime ya wu nzuko. Ma nkea a kwusighi army na police na SSS ji egbe i ga kpakasia nzuko a.
Ndi Youth anyi jiri kwa ihea mere otua muta na Nigeria na e le ha anya ka ha wu ndi-iro Nigeria. Otua ka Nigeria na e ji a gbagbu ndi Youth anyi, na a gha ugha si na ha wu ndi “armed robber” ma o wu ndi dara iwu. Nke kpatara anyi ji a ju ufodu ndi efulefu: e le kwanu ihe ha ji a kori ndi Youth anyi, na a ma ha ikpe, na a si na ihe mere ndi police ji a gbagbu ha wu maka ha dara iwu? Kedu otu nde efulefu ya ga e si a kowa ihe mere ndi Youth anyi na nzuko ha ya? Ndi ahu na a si na MASSOB na BF na e dufu umu youth anyi si ha gaa lusi ndi police ogu (nke wu kwanu oke asi), o ga a wu na ha ga e kweta ugbua na umu youth anyi nwere ike jiri aka nke ha mee otu o soro ha mgbe ndi police Nigeria na Nigeria kpasuru ha iwe, mee ihe ka mmadu na a wughi osisi ma o wu okwute?
Ndi Youth: unu a mata la ihe Nigeria kporo unu, mata kwa ihe Nigeria ga e me unu na otu Nigeria ga e si e me ya unu. Ihe unu wu ndi Youth ga e me maka ihe ndia dum no zi unu na aka. Cheta kwa unu na ndi Youth South Africa soro qua da ochichi onwu na njo na ochichiri a na akpo “Apartheid”; o dighi ra ha nfe; ndi police na soldier Apartheid gbaburu igwe ndi Youth, dogbue kwa ndi ozo—di ka Nigeria na e me unu ugbua. Ma, mgbe e me chara, o wu ndi Youth nwere mmeri. Otua ka o gadi na nke ayi: e mechaa kwa, unu na anyi ga e nwe mmeri—Biafra ga a wu nke anyi.
Oru MASSOB na a ga na iru. Anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra. O nweghi uru o ga a bara Obasano na Nigeria na ha ka ji Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na Uchenna Madu, onye ndu MASSOB, na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo, na mkporo. Anyi na a gwa Obasanjo ka ya kpoputara anyi umu nne anyi ndea na nga: o nweghi otu ha siri daa iwu owula. Na otu aka ahu kwa, ha hapu kwa umu youth anyi ha nwudere na nzuko Igbo Youth: o nweghi nye ha meruru.
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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