This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For September 9th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We know that you have not flagged in your resoluteness in demanding a nation of our own, Biafra. We know that you have not slacked off in your determination to follow the agenda of MASSOB in the actualization of Biafra. We have never doubted, nor will we ever have cause to doubt, the fact of your unquestionable and non-negotiable commitment to Biafra actualization. For, besides the fact that it is our God-given and Natural Right to decide and choose to be and stay a nation of our own, besides the fact that Self Determination is a United Nations-recognized Right of the people, we really have no other options and no other choices as to what to do for our selves in the face of a Nigeria determined to crush us to a pulp and death even as Nigeria itself fails as a State and falls.
When we talk of options and choices, we are speaking of viable, workable options and choices. We are speaking of alternatives that will not leave us in the same dire predicament as we find ourselves today forced under one Nigeria—or even worse. When one has been forced by experience, facts and reality to make a choice between continuing slavery and Liberty, it is important that one understands what options and choices there are, and important to understand that there is only one choice and one option to Liberty, while there are many ways translating into many choices and options to be a slave. There are many forms of slavery, and many ways to be enslaved. But, there is only one Liberty, and the only thing one has to do to gain one’s liberty is to GAIN one’s Liberty. We know you understand this, and we know that no one is going to talk you into a compromise: there is no compromise in Liberty: you are either free or you are not. As such, there will be no compromise with regards to Biafra actualization: we shall have Biafra.
Fellow Biafrans: Biafra and Biafra actualization are a matter of life and death for us. If we don’t have Biafra, Nigeria will succeed in wiping us out, off the face of this Earth, entirely. Just this past week alone, you have heard the news where the Nigeria Customs celebrated in the Nigerian newspapers its impounding of goods which it claims are contraband. The items, by their own declaration, except for a few sandals, are all food-consumables and food-perishables. These are items of Igbo-Biafran traders. This is one more senseless, gratuitous economic bullet fired at the heart of the Igbo / Biafrans. Then, we read that Ogun State is building its own International Cargo Airport, and there is no reference to its obtaining permission from Obasanjo or its meeting any preconditions; but Obasanjo has stopped the repair and upgrade of Owerri International Cargo Airport. Next, we read that Awusa leaders are going to operate their Kaduna Refinery which has been unable to operate due to the Niger Delta crisis, by getting Oil directly from Iraq through OPEC, but taking that out of the rest of the Niger Delta / Biafran Oil quota / shipment. All these examples are from just this past week alone; every previous week was like that, and the future promises more of the same. So, every way you look, Nigeria is cheating us, and cheating us with great malice and great relish. Worst of all, we have no protection against this vicious exploitation. Only Biafra can protect us.
Next, we read the Nigeria Inspector General of Police announce in the Nigeria Press that the Nigerian Police “cannot confront armed robbers” because of, according to him, the superior firepower of the armed robbers. “Really?” we ask. But, the same Nigeria Police just finished bragging about how it engaged and captured 12 “armed robbers” in Umuahia recently, even parading them in public. Yet, the following day, all the 12, including the wounded and even a 14 year-old—all Igbo-Biafran boys and men—were found shot dead and their corpses left in a public place. There was no court arraignment and there was no trial. The Nigeria Police refuse to comment on this, up till today. And, this was all reported in the Nigerian Press. Elsewhere, the killing of Igbo-Biafrans, the looting and burning of their property, and their dispossession, by the combined forces of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Military, are going on even as we speak. You know that this ongoing war against our people will continue with no hope of ever stopping as long as we find ourselves under Nigeria.
So, we can all see that Biafra—Biafra actualization—is not a luxury: it is a dire necessity; we must have it, else, we perish, killed by a relentless anti-Igbo anti-Biafra juggernaut called Nigeria and its genocidal campaign. For us, Biafra is a matter of Life, and—without Biafra—death.
When you hear Soyinka and Fawehinmi, two Oodua stalwarts, talk about Nigeria heading towards disintegration, given the current deteriorating environment, you shouldn’t have any problems believing them. They are saying the facts and are making the correct deductions from those facts. What we cannot, and should not, do is to act in any way, say or do anything, which might stop or delay such a fate for Nigeria: Nigeria’s disintegration is long overdue. After all, earlier, we advised Soyinka, the co-Chair of the so-called Sovereign National Conference (SNC), after we found out that Enahoro, his colleague and other Co-Chair, had in mind a “one-Nigeria outcome” for the conference, in direct opposition to what the ethnic nations-representatives had in mind, that their SNC would fail. This is based on common experience and the common observation that the problem of Nigeria—the problem that is Nigeria—is the insistence on one-Nigeria: anything built on or designed around one-Nigeria fails at inception or along the way, even before implementation. Any proposed solutions with the assumption—formally stated or implied—based on one-Nigeria always falls apart. We told both Soyinka and Enahoro that an honest (rather than “one-Nigeria fixed-endpoint”) SNC was the way to a negotiated and peaceful separation of Nigeria with the real potential to preserve goodwill, enough goodwill to allow future re-groupings in equitable and mutually beneficial and discrete areas of inter-National interest. They ignored us. With that opportunity gone, we are not surprised that Soyinka and Fawehinmi are now predicting a violent process--another Civil war--as the path to the imminent disintegration of Nigeria. In any case: know that we are on the right path with Biafra actualization agenda.
We must also support the call by these two respected men for the release of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, from Nigeria’s jails, a call which we have been repeating for almost one year now; and not just Uwazurike alone, but all other leaders and members of MASSOB such as Uchenna Madu and the rest.
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 nu a ma na ike a gaghi a gwu unu na ihe gbasara anyi i nweta Biafra maka o wuru la anyi oso-ndu. A naghi a la azu ma o wu kwusi na oso a na a gba i gbahara onwu. O dighi kwa unu uzo ozo ma o wu otu ozo anyi ga a di ma o wu anyi ga e bi na a wughi kwa nu Biafra. Chineke kere anyi mee anyi ndi Biafra na tinye anyi na ala Biafra: o nweghi ihe ozo ma o wu otu ozo anyi ga a gho na a wughi Biafra. Iwu ndi nzuko Uwa ukwu a na a kpo United Nations (UN) kwe kwa ra e kwe na ndi o wula nwere ike i ji aka ha ghoro obodo nke ha otu o jiri masiri ha. (Ma unu e chefughi kwa la na UN a gaghi a ruru onye owula oru ma o wu luo ro onye owula ogu na ihe gbasara i gho ma o wu i nweta onwe ha: nke ahu wu ihe diri anyi ime na aka anyi.)
Lee kwa unu anya ihe na e me ugbua na a dakwasi anyi ndi Biafra na ime Nigeria. Ndi Awusa na ndi Yoruba na ha e ji la uzo na ile ha nwere ike na a ghogbu anyi, na e megbu anyi mmegbu, jiri aghugho dum no na uwa ya na a rugbu anyi nrugbu. O wu kwa nu ihe nke anyi ka ha na e we, jiri zie ya na a rugbu anyi. Ha jiri otu aka na a rugbu anyi na uru, ha e ji aka nke ozo na e gbu kwa anyi e gbu ka anyi wu okuko, na ime ala nke anyi. Mara kwa unu na o wu so-o-so maka na anyi ka di na ime Nigeria ka ha ji e nwe ike na efe ime anyi otu a. A si na anyi e nwetala Biafra, udi ihe a e nweghi ike mee. Maka nkea, anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra. Anyi ga e me ihe dum na ihe owula kwesiri i me i nweta Biafra. Ihe anyi na e me na i cho Biafra na na i nweta Biafra wu ihe ziri ezi. Nnweta Biafra wu ndu anyi taa, na mbge na a bia na iru.
Unu nu kwara na madu abuo ndi ndu ndi Yoruba a na a kpo Mazi Wole Soyinka na Mazi Gani Fawehinmi, na ha e kwu kwala ya na ogbakoro na na Radio na newspaper ndi Nigeria, na oge nkewa Nigeria a dighi zi anya, o wuru ma Nigeria na e me ihe ka o si na e me ugbua. Onye owula ma na ihe a naghi a gbanwe a gbanwe na ime Nigeria, o gwula ma o wu i kari oke njo. Nkea mere ka anyi mara na Nigeria ga e kewariri e kewa na oge a dighi zi anya. Ka o nweghi kwala ihe anyi ga e me ma o wu ihe anyi ga e kwu nke ga a kwusi nkewa Nigeria—mba! Nkewa Nigeria wu ihe anyi na a cho: otua ka anyi ga e si e nweta Biafra. Wole Soyinka na Gani Fawehinmi na kwa a gwa ndi Nigeria ka ha kpoputa Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na mkporo maka o nweghi ihe ojoo o mere; anyi na e tinye olu anyi na a kwado ihe ha kwuru, na e kwu si ya ike ka anyi si e kwu ya kemgbe otu afo, na Nigeria ga a kpoputariri ya wu Ralph na Uchenna Madu na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo na mkporo ojoo ndi Nigeria.
Jisie unu ike: oge na ha e ru anyi i nweta Biafra!
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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