This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For September 30th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We return to the issues of stability and security for our region of Africa and the implications for us and for the world in general. Currently, under the dispensation of Nigeria / one-Nigeria, there is no stability in the region, nor is there security. This situation goes further, above and beyond the well-known, well documented and well-executed policy-driven persecution, repression and forced occupation of Biafra / Biafraland by Nigeria and the attendant instability and insecurity thereby spawned, a policy which has permanently and completely foreclosed any possibility of the Igbo and other Biafrans remaining in Nigeria. Nigeria affects everyone and everything—adversely.
One of several examples of the result of Nigeria’s destabilizing anti-Igbo anti-Biafra policies—“the–example-of-the-week” for this week—is the recent denial by the government of Nigeria of Air France’s request to operate direct International Flights into Igboland landing at the Owerri Airport. For the information of those who don’t know it, and as a reminder for those whose memory on the subject is still rusty, the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri was built with the sweat and tears and resources of the Igbo alone, at a time when the government of Nigeria itself builds and maintains airports in every part of Nigeria, except for Igboland. By the active suppressive and conniving efforts of Nigeria, the Owerri Airport has been forced to function at a much lower operational level than its actual capacity, never mind its full potential. Recently, after MASSOB and pro-Biafra activities compelled a rise in the awareness of Igbo-Biafran international travelers, the Igbo have started questioning why there is no international airport serving their homeland-destination when the facts show that, as a group, they constitute the single largest block of international travelers in the region.
Consider especially that the usual practice enforced by Nigeria is that Igbo / Biafran International travelers are forced to use either the Abuja or Lagos International Airports in Western and Northern Nigeria respectively (and episodically, the Port Harcourt Airport); sometimes, even further in other Northern Nigerian International airports. And, consider that the completion of the trip between home-destination and either one of those International airports alone either by commuter-flights or by road, pose more ferocious hazards for the Igbo-Biafran traveler than their individual combined cumulative lifetime-risk of injury and death domiciling elsewhere. Also, consider that Obasanjo, when confronted with this travesty earlier, indicated that the issue was economics—the profitability and viability of adding direct International flights to Igboland-Biafraland, challenging the Igbo to show that there was enough volume of travelers. Well, Air France gave him the answer by its applying to fly that route, which it didn’t do out of charity, but because of sound economics. What was Obasanjo’s response? “Nyet!” “No!”
So, in broad daylight, Nigeria is found—once more—deliberately singling out, cheating out and denying the Igbo and Biafrans their due, once again; trying to lie about its intent on the one hand, while at the same time, brazenly displaying, with utmost pride, its anti-Igbo anti-Biafran policy. While engaged in this act of hatred and hostility in the execution of its antagonistic policy towards the Igbo and Biafrans, Nigeria, in the utmost show of dishonesty and hypocrisy, insists that it is, can be or must be, one country.
There can therefore be no stability in the region, because there is every reason and every moral justification for Biafrans to do all that is necessary to resist Nigeria and to pull away from Nigeria, and for as long as it takes to accomplish this. There can be no security in the region because the level of brazen injustice is too high and has since crossed the threshold into irresistible resistance and certain conflict between Nigeria and Igbo / Biafra. As long as Nigeria exists, even while going through its death-throes, Nigeria is an example of all that is wrong with the region, with Africa, and with the world. The instability and insecurity spawned by its policies and acts spread like waves all over Africa, encouraging direct State and State-sponsored, brutality and genocide against any hapless groups in susceptible countries, of which there are many such vulnerable countries in Africa.
The lack of security and the instability in Nigeria can be felt all over the world because of increasing dependence by the world on the Oil resources in the region. For sure, the continued existence of Nigeria, regarding which Nigeria, with respect to Oil, acts only as a bully, thief, grabber, usurper, exploiter and colonial power, is the greatest threat to smooth, sustained, safe and secure exploration, processing, sale and delivery of Oil from the region to the world at large; and even within the geographic space of Nigeria itself. The Oil, of course, is for the most part, in the territory of Igbo and Biafra; as such, it is the natural resource and property of the same group which Nigeria’s policies is deliberately designed to punish.
Nigeria is not just a threat to peace, security and stability in this region; it is actually causing strife and conflict, destruction and mayhem, pogrom and genocide while breeding reactive and reactionary self-determination activities, both armed and non-violent, in the region. Nigeria is not just a threat to the Oil—the local, regional and global consumption and economics of Oil—but is actually directly contributing to and producing, the evident dysfunction and disruption of the Oil industry, including the kidnapping and killing of Oil workers, the destruction of Oil company property, and the perpetual sabotage of Oil flow and delivery. Nigeria is well-past the stage of constituting a threat to stability and security in the region, with attendant global implications: Nigeria is already causing such insecurity and such instability in the region extending to the entire world. This is palpable, though unfortunate, reality.
On the other hand, Biafra is the only structure and influence which can effectively restore stability and security and goodwill in the region. With Biafra actualization, the gross injustice meted out to the Igbo and Biafrans will have stopped, eliminating “the war of persecution and repression” on the part of Nigeria; and obviating the need for “wars of self defense and liberation” on the part of Biafrans. Biafra actualization will bring about the reconfiguration of the nations currently forced to suffer through an unworkable “union” called Nigeria, allowing them to take direct charge of each its own national destiny, such that collective and individual energy will be focused on Nation-building, and on the strengthening and the humanizing of the citizenry. Each nation will be better off; and better able to groom and produce its own leaders directly, leaders directly accountable to the people, and leaders whose only responsibility is to carry out the people’s electoral mandate. This is the foundation of stability and security, and of progress, as well as internal and regional peace.
Biafra also guarantees that the natural owners of the Oil will keep and manage their Oil and other resources, thereby eliminating the condition which has produced armed resistance in the Oil-producing areas for almost forty years now; and also, thereby providing the sensitivity, awareness, and concentration of funds and wherewithal to deal with and repair the unconscionable environmental degradation caused by erstwhile exploitative, negligent and irresponsible Oil procurement activities. Nigeria has been causing all these problems. It’s time for Biafra to come into existence, come on line, solve and resolve the problems for good.
It is for this reason that we totally agree with the groups in Nigeria now calling for the release of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, and other MASSOB members held in various Nigerian jails. MASSOB, in seeking Biafra with the support of our people, seeks justice, along with the security and stability which only Biafra can provide for the region, with complementary and collateral benefits for the world at large.
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 choro i gwa unu na ndi uwa taa, na iheoma ga e si na nweta Biafra bia hiri nne. Ugbua, ihe Nigeria na e me wu i buta ogbaa-aghara, na obi-erughi-ala. Ndi Police Nigeria na a gbagbu ndi MASSOB na ndi Biafra ndi ozo. Ndi Army Nigeria na a gbagbu ndi Biafra bi na “Uzomiri.” Ndi ogbu-mmadu ndi na a ruru Obasanjo na PDP na Nigeria oru ojoo na ha a kwado maka ndi ozo ha ga e gbu.
Mmegbu Nigeria ma-uma na e megbu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra mere ka o nweghi otu udo ga e ji a di na etiti Nigeria na ndi Igbo ndi Biafra. Nkea ahu me kwara ka ya a wuru na ndi Igbo ndi Biafra ga a kwu chim na nweta Biafra, nke na e bute i kpo mpi na etiti Nigeria na ndi Biafra site ugbua rue mgbe anyi ga e nweta Biafra.
Otua ka Nigeria jiri mee onwe ya mba ukwu e sighi ike na ala. Otua ka Nigeria jiri aka nke onwe ya me ka nkewa Nigeria a wuri ihe mechara e me. Na ihi nkea, o nweghi onye nwere olile-anya na nzoputa ga a diri ya na ime Nigeria—ma o wu ndi Biafra ma o wu ndi Nigeria, ma o wu ndi Uwa: onye owula na e che zi ka Nigeria daa, ka Nigeria nwuo. Ma owughila di ndi uwa: ha e nweghi zi ntukwasi-obi na Nigeria. Aru na njo ndi Nigeria na e me mere ka Mmanu a na e gwuta na ala Biafra, nke soro debe ndi Uwa ndu, ka Mmanu ya e rutaghi la ndi uwa aka otu ndi uwa siri choo ya, maka nsogbu ndi Delta na ndi Biafra ndi nwe mmanu ahu na e nye onye oshi ahu a na a kpo Nigeria.
O nweghi otu owula e siri lee ihe ndia na ile anya hapu i hu na o wu Nigeria butere nsogbu na ita-ahuhu di otua. Nke mere o jiri di nfe ihu na nweta Biafra ga a gbanwe ihe ndia na ile. Biafra ga e weta oga-niru, na udo, wepu ihe dum na a kpata ogba-ahara, ihe na ile na a kpata i kpo-mpi madu na madu ibe ya, ma o wu madu na mba madu bi na ime ya. Mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra, ndi Mmanu no na ala ha ga e nwe mmanu ahu—o wu mmanu ha; ha were ya mee otu o soro ha. Otua ka anyi—Biafra—ga e ji a kwusi ogu ndi “Uzomiri” na Nigeria, nke ha na a lu maka mmanu ya kemgbe ogu-afo-abuo. Biafra ga e mezi ihe na ile Nigeria mebiri, jiri otua wuru mba a ga na e jee e jee na Africa na na ime Uwa ya. Nweta Biafra ga a wuru ndi uwa ihe oma ukwuu, na ihe ga a bara ha na anyi dum uru.
Maka nkea, anyi kwere ekwe na ihe ufodu ndi Nigeria na e kwu taa na Nigeria kwesiri i weputa Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi nde MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo Obasanjo tinyere na mkporo ndi Nigeria—kpoputa ha na nga. Maka ihe MASSOB na ndibeanyi na a cho—Biafra—wu ihe oma diri la anyi na ndi mba dum, diri kwa la ndi Africa na ndi uwa.
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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