This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For December 9th, 2006
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We will boycott any elections held in Nigeria from now until we actualize Biafra. For months, we have been stating that we shall boycott the planned 2007 Nigeria elections: we will. Our people will not participate in Nigeria’s fraud called 2007 elections; our people will certainly boycott this and any future elections held in Nigeria.
Recall that in 2003, we appealed to you to vote—to give a Biafra unity-solidarity vote for APGA, but ONLY in the name of Biafra, not for the sake of APGA per se. We always thank you for obliging us then and coming through with that crucial victory for Biafra—a kind of referendum, too, for your support of Biafra. In asking you to vote in 2003, we made it clear that we knew the elections would be rigged; that we also knew that, because APGA is registered as a Nigerian party and will be operating in the corrupt arena of Nigeria, APGA would fail. We were proven right on both counts: PDP-Obasanjo massively rigged the 2003 elections and sidelined lopsided APGA victory; APGA also failed, as predicted. Late in the day when APGA was able to take over the governorship of Anambra following a dogged court process, the APGA Governor, Peter Obi, was soon to issue “shoot-on-sight” orders, an excuse used by the bloodthirsty Nigeria Police and other armed Nigeria Special and Military forces thirsty for Igbo / Biafran blood, to indiscriminately shoot our people, and specifically seek out and kill MASSOB members in Anambra. Earlier, the fractionation and factionalization taking place in / within other Nigerian political parties did not spare APGA either. Thus our assertion that APGA was destined to fail was validated. So, then: 2003 voting for us was an exercise in the name of Biafra: we—you and we—proved that our people will do anything for Biafra and in the name of Biafra. We know that now. No point trying to prove it again by participating in 2007 elections: [we’ve already] ‘…been there, done that…,’ as they say.
Hence, for 2007, there is no reason for us to take part in Nigeria’s elections. We already know that the elections have been rigged. Obasanjo-PDP are busy working the rigging juggernaut today, fixing candidates and positions, spending a lot of borrowed money to be recovered through corruption and thievery when PDP rigs out all other parties and usurps power again from 2007. Most telling—and worst—of all, there is nothing anyone can do about that, least of all, APGA. Elsewhere, the modus operandus is the same: exploitative and corrupt financiers (“godfathers”) are doing what they perfected in 2003. The godfathers offer money to the candidates; winning candidates are bound by oath to repay the debt by siphoning off public funds “at source”; by awarding lucrative contracts exclusively to the godfathers and their designated cronies; and by making appointments strictly based on a list mandated by the godfather. Losing candidates will have to repay the loan—and we understand: “interest-free.” That’s why elections in Nigeria are a life-and-death, winner-take-all matter for the politicians, their parties, and for their “godfathers.” For the people, elections in Nigeria carry the unfailing meaning of certain death at the hands of desperate political thugs working for their unscrupulous masters. Already, 2007, which may not arrive for Nigeria, is proving no different.
As for APGA, it can’t help itself, mired in Nigeria and soaked by the corruption that is Nigeria. Beyond that, APGA has learnt nothing. APGA embraces Nigeria, forgetting that Nigeria’s policies are deliberately anti-Igbo anti-Biafra. APGA forgets how Nigeria snatched away the victory obtained for APGA by our people in 2003: rather than challenge that effectively, APGA officials ended up running to Obasanjo, there to swear loyalty to him—the same architect of the 2003 rigging which denied APGA its prize. APGA purportedly wants to “make Nigeria better,” a task whose futility APGA knows too well; but more than that, APGA refuses to hear the cry and wants and desires of our people for Biafra. Our people want Biafra, not Nigeria. APGA knows that, but has decided to do the cowardly thing, which is to work for the tormentors and exploiters of our people. For this reason, we will have nothing to do with APGA: we will proceed and boycott the elections, as planned, and since APGA loves Nigeria so much, let Nigerians vote for APGA come 2007. We won’t be there, for sure.
APGA and its leadership should really hang their heads in shame. In jail, incarcerated by Obasanjo-Nigeria who have no plans to prosecute because they have no real case against our people, are Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, the Information Director for MASSOB, other MASSOB officials and other MASSOB rank-and-file membership. In many Nigeria Police cells, members of MASSOB are under illegal detention without charge or trial or bail, and are systematically being killed there by the Nigeria Police who are all too proud to advertise such dastardly acts in public. APGA is aware of these crimes by Nigeria against our people, yet, APGA and its leadership are still talking about one-Nigeria and about “building up Nigeria.” We have not heard APGA take a strong stand—any stand at all—against the sheer injustice of it all. Just what does it take to speak up against obvious injustice? Apparently, APGA and its leaders do not have what it takes. We say, “Shame on APGA and its leaders!”
We have received more disturbing news that even as we speak, these our MASSOB leaders and officials in Nigeria’s jails are being tortured. There can be no justification for this gratuitous cruelty and wickedness on the part of Obasanjo-Nigeria’s agents. MASSOB agenda, the actualization of Biafra, is a natural reaction and action of a people who have been humiliated, persecuted, exploited and marginalized in a brazen, deliberate, hostile policy like the Igbo and other Biafran people have at the hands of Nigeria. Every human being has a moral duty to get out and away from such an environment. The UN recognizes the process of Self Determination for (oppressed) peoples such as we are under Nigeria. Moreover, MASSOB has opted to pursue Biafra actualization using non-violent means, and has demonstrated a full commitment to such a philosophy and practice, all the more highlighted by the heart-rending one-sided un-inhibited violence unleashed on MASSOB membership by the State of Nigeria using its armed agencies. We therefore continue to call on the World to support our demand for the unconditional release of Ralph Uwazurike, Uchenna Madu, and all other members of MASSOB from Nigeria’s jails. Torturing and killing these MASSOB members could never change the resolve of Biafrans to exercise our right of Self Determination leading to the Sovereign and Independent Nation of Biafra. These our people must be released. In the meantime, we hold Obasanjo responsible for whatever happens to them.
Fellow Biafrans: we want Biafra. We will get Biafra. Forget APGA. Forget Nigeria. Boycott 2007 elections (assuming that Nigeria will even get there). We have shown what we can do in past elections in Nigeria in the name of Biafra. So, fan out and talk to our people to boycott and forget 2007 Nigerian elections. Keep up the pressure on Nigeria to release our MASSOB people from Nigeria’s jails. Ignore APGA.
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.
Ihe mbu anyi ga e kwu, taa, wu na anyi a gaghi e so Nigeria mee election ha na afo 2007, o wurugodu na election ya o ga e nwe isi. Anyi ga a boycottu election ahu. Unu cheta kwa na o wu otu ihea ka anyi na e kwu kemgbe afo ya: Boycottu o election 2007 ndi Nigeria.
Na otu aka ahu kwa, anyi na a gwa unu na anyi a gaghi a tupuru APGA onu. Anyi e nweghi ike i kwado APGA, maka APGA na ndi isi ya si na ha ga e so uzo Nigeria—nke anyi di mbu mara a mara. APGA choro one-Nigeria, ma anyi na a cho Biafra. Maka nkea, anyi ga a gawara onwe anyi; ndi APGA a gawara uzo nke ha. Na election 2003, anyi gwara unu ka unu jiri na aha Biafra na na ighi Biafra tunyere ndi APGA votu. Anyi ka na e kele unu maka unu mere otu anyi gwara unu na oge ahu. Ma, anyi a hula na o nweghi ihe APGA mutara na ihe mere na election 2003, na kemgbe ahu.
Anyi na e we siri APGA iwe maka ha ma na o dighi mma otu Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na Uchenna Madu, onye ndu MASSOB, na nde ndu MASSOB ndi ozo, na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo, otu ha siri nodu na mkporo ndi Nigeria, a na e megbu ha na nga ahu, ma o nweghi ihe APGA kwuru gbasara ya; kama, APGA na a kwado one-Nigeria. APGA ma na ihe anyi na a cho wu otu ihe ahu nke anyi dugara MASSOB i chota ra anyi, nke wu Biafra, ma APGA na a cho one-Nigeria, marachaa kwa na o wu Obasanjo-Nigeria wu ndi ji umunne anyi nde MASSOB na mkporo. Anyi na e ji oghiere a na a gwa ndi Uwa ka ha soro anyi i gwa Obasanjo ka ya hapu ndi MASSOB aka, weputa ha na nga, osiiso.
Obasanjo na Nigeria mara kwa na o nweghi ihe ha ga e me nke ga a kwusi anyi i cho, na i nweta Biafra. Anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra. Ihe ahu MASSOB na a cho wu kwa ihe anyi na acho. Unu feere APGA bye-bye—ha gawa Nigeria; anyi a laala Biafra. APGA mewa election ha: anyi a gaghi e so ha, anyi a boycottu chaala election ahu.
Nweta Biafra wu akara aka anyi—o wu ihe Chineke nyere anyi.
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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