This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For September 16th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
If the year, 2007, ever comes to Nigeria, and if there are in fact any elections in Nigeria then, WE SHALL BOYCOTT SUCH ELECTIONS. We want to state this again so that there will not be any doubts as to where our people stand on the subject of Nigeria’s elections. WE SHALL BOYCOTT SUCH ELECTIONS. Nigeria has made it Nigeria’s State Policy to cheat our people, to humiliate our people, to subjugate and repress our people, and to kill the Igbo and other Biafrans who are currently forced to live as Nigerians under the so-called one-Nigeria. Nigeria does not hide this fact, and there is no evidence that Nigeria will change its attitude and its meanness towards our people. For this reason, it is our moral duty to boycott elections in Nigeria. It is foolish and stupid to collaborate with an enemy, Nigeria, who has sworn, and has shown that it is determined, to finish you off. We will not participate in the evil council of the wicked, a mean council designed to kill us. Therefore, we shall boycott any and all elections held in Nigeria. We are Biafrans: as soon as Biafra is actualized, we will conduct our own elections.
This is the least we can do in an evil system whose injustice to our people, brutality to our people, and exploitation of our people, has been so brazen and so vicious that pre-eminent Yoruba leaders such as Wole Soyinka and Gani Fawehinmi have raised a warning and gone out to Nigeria to sound the alarm that the level of such injustice and maltreatment of our people is high enough to cause the disintegration of Nigeria if such is not reversed. But, even as they try to alert Nigeria which is pretending to be deaf, Soyinka and Fawehinmi’s message has been ignored by Nigeria as it has continued undeterred in its ongoing exercise of killing our people. There is no reason why we should make a mockery of ourselves and mock the spirit of our killed relatives by our participating in elections in Nigeria. Why should we?
Why should we? Is it for the Igbo political class clamoring for political posts in Nigeria? No way! We have maintained that if any Igbo or Biafran is interested in effective politics, he or she can contest in free and fair elections as soon as we have Biafra, there to truly serve the nation of Biafra. But, this political class is not interested in anything else but their own individual selfish ambitions. It is because of such selfishness that they want Nigeria—which is already tottering—to stand, at any cost, even if we the people perish: just so these few can fulfill their political ambitions. Well, we will not provide a platform for them to do their evil politics; we will not participate in their fraudulent electoral process, and even if there is a “2007-hereafter” for Nigeria, an unlikely scenario, we will maintain the distance between us, the masses on one side, and the political class on the other. We are used to this, anyway, seeing the huge gulf and disconnect already existing between the current political class and its governance on the one hand, and the masses of our people on the other, since 1999. We will boycott all and any future elections in Nigeria.
For sure, any such elections have already been rigged, anyway: everyone understands this. That’s grounds enough to refuse to participate in such a farcical and hypocritical mockery of the electoral process. For sure, innocent people will be killed because of Nigeria’s elections—in fact, the killing has already started, beginning with high profile candidates, and continuing even as we speak with the killing of MASSOB members whom the government thinks will stand in the way of election rigging. (One is also reminded of the extra, unnecessary and senseless bloodshed in Biafraland orchestrated by Nigeria’s election-rigging juggernaut during the 2003 elections.) Given this, why would anyone in his or right mind want to engage in Nigeria’s elections? We refuse to get into the bloody mud-ring and blood-mudslide with an unscrupulous system.
For us, the most egregious issues are as follows:
Why then should our people participate in Nigeria’s elections to cast a vote for a class of efulefu whose only interest and work is the support and continuation of Nigeria’s ongoing tormenting of our people—their own people? We won’t. We shall not participate.
As we speak, this group of Igbo and other Biafrans of the Nigerian political class are already angling and groveling and running around for the winning spots on the Nigerian ballot. They do this by selling out our people—for the umpteenth time; by promising their Nigerian masters that they will kill the active Igbo-Biafran mass movement and its organizations for Biafra actualization such as MASSOB, and should therefore be rewarded with these ballot spots. Some are so brazen and so low that they actually express their tight embrace of Nigeria and its leaders and its parties, for all to behold, gushing at the mouth and lavishly praising a system and its operatives which have been responsible for so much bloodshed in Biafraland, a system which is responsible for untold anguish of a whole nation of hapless Igbo-Biafrans—and these efulefu know it, too, but do not care. They just want to satisfy their selfish desires. So, fellow Biafrans: why should we reward these un-feeling and un-caring beasts by participating in their dishonest, cruel and heartless exercise called the Nigerian elections? We won’t.
Earlier, we mentioned Wole Soyinka and Gani Fawehinmi, two prominent Yoruba leaders who recently demonstrated courage by agreeing with us in asking for the release of Ralph Uwazurike (along with other prisoners held by Nigeria for political reasons). But, how many Igbo – Biafran politicians now running around spoiling for Nigeria elections so that they might be voted for by our people (so to legitimize the fraud and rigged elections if they hold)—how many of them—have the guts to ask that Uwazurike and other MASSOB leaders such as Uchenna Madu, other rank and file MASSOB members, should be released from Nigeria’s jails? None! If anything, Ohaneze leaders such as Joe Irukwu and Joe Achuzie, speaking for Ohaneze, actually publicly opposed their release—and Ohaneze is the nest of such Igbo political class! Are you going to sully and corrupt your conscience by participating in this sellout of our people, a wicked process known as the Nigerian elections? No way! We will continue to work towards the release of Ralph Uwazurike, Uchenna Madu and the other MASSOB members in Nigeria’s jails.
In the final analysis, Nigeria does not need you to vote in order to produce election results: not in the past, not in 2003, especially not in 2007: neither does the Igbo political class. And, they know it. In fact, the list of winners of the 2007 elections is already prepared and being fixed fast, even as we speak. The only reason why Nigeria insists on going through the motions of elections is so as to legitimize the fraudulent, pre-rigged results. This time around—if indeed that time comes around—we won’t give Nigeria and the efulefu Igbo political class that pleasure and satisfaction. We will boycott any and all elections held in Nigeria.
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.
Ka anyi kwuo kwa ya e kwuo, na, kwuo kwa ya ozo: anyi wu ndi Biafra: o nweghi kata ka anyi soro ndi Nigeria ndi oghi na ndi aru, mee election wayo ha na afo 2007, o wurugodi ma a ga a si na Nigeria ka di ndu rue 2007. Nkea wee kwa onye owula anya: anyi a boycottu chaala election 2007 ndi Nigeria a boycottu o.
Maka o ga a wu ihe aru na njo mgbe Nigeria na e gbusi anyi, na na e megbu anyi oge na ile, anyi a ga zie ga soro ha mee election ha: maka gini? O wu ka anyi jiri aka anyi site na votu anyi nye ha ike i ji na e gbu anyi na na e mesi anyi ike? Mba nu! Nke ahu wu aru, wuru aru na ihu mmadu na na ihu Chineke.
O nweghi oke ndi Igbo - ndi Biafra na e nweta na ime Nigeria na a wughi onuma na nsogbu na mmekpa-ahu, na oria na onwu. E lee zi otu anyi ga e soro Nigeria ga mee votu ndi Nigeria? Unu ga e chefu na ndi dum di na ochichi ma o wu di na government Nigeria, na naani ihe ha ma wu otu e si e gbu, na otu e si e megbu, ndi Igbo ndi Biafra:—ma o wu ndi aru ya wu ndi Nigeria, ma ha wu ndi efulefu ndi Igbo—unu ga e chefu nkea? Kedu nnoo ihe ga e me ka anyi gaa tuoro onye owula votu na election Nigeria ebe anyi ma a ma na onye a turula votu ruo na ulo-ochichi Nigeria, ma ya o wu onye Igbo ma o wu onye Awusa ma o wu onye Yoruba, na so-o-so ihe o ga e me wu i cho uzo o ga e si a gbaa ndi Igbo-ndi Biafra oso na anya? O wu onye di otua ka i ga a ga tuoro vote? Mba nu! Maka onye o wula na a cho ka a tuoro ya votu na election ndi Nigeria, onye ahu kwadoro Nigeria; onye ahu wu onye iro ndi Igbo ndi Biafra, maka ihe Nigeria na e me ndi Igbo, aka onye ahu so kwa na ya.
Ihe anyi huru, na ihe anyi ma, wu na ndi Igbo ndi Biafra nde a nabatara na ochichi Nigeria a naghi e mepe onu ha kwuo na ihe Nigeria na e me ndi Igbo ndi Biafra wu ihe ojoo. Lee kwa ugbua mgbe ndi isi ndi Yoruba abuo a na a kpo Mazi Wole Soyinka na Gani Fawehinmi na e kwu na o dighi mma otu Nigeria siri tinye Ralph Uwazurike na mkporo, ka Nigeria weputa ha na mkporo; ma o nweghi onye si na ya wu onye isi ndi Igbo, ma o wu ndi Igbo no na ochichi Nigeria nwere obi-sie-ike i kwu otu ahu; kama ha na otu efulefu ha, Ohaneze, e mechie onu ha, ma o wu kwado Nigeria na mkporo a turu ndi MASSOB. Anyi ga a kuziri ndia na e be o wu Nigeria ka ha na a cho, na ha gaa kwa ka Nigeria tunyere ha votu: ndi Igbo ndi Biafra a gaghi e so na election ndi Nigeria ndi aruruala. Anyi ga a boycottu ya wu election.
Ndi Igbo ndi Biafra ji oghere ya na a gwa Obasanjo na Nigeria ozokwa ka ha weputa Uwazurike na Uchenna Madu na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo no na nga ha.
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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