This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 17th, 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra), a non-violent organization, continues to lead the way for our people, not only by insisting on the exercise of our Natural and Divine Rights in pursuing Self determination for people, but also, by demonstrating great courage in the face of active, resident danger and by redeeming our collective honor.
In the latest act, Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, along with Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB, and eight other MASSOB members currently being held (on Obasanjo’s orders) in Nigeria’s jails since October of 2005, on ridiculous but serious charges including Treason, were arraigned in a Nigerian court for the umpteenth time, this past week. There, a patronizing legal counsel from the “Federal Government Committee on Prerogative of Mercy and Decongestion of Prison” announced that she was taking over their representation on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria who had mandated the Committee with the task of decongestion of Nigeria’s prisons. Ralph Uwazurike, Uchenna Madu, Chibuike Nwosu, Benedict Alakwem, Chimankpa Okorocha, Kelechi Ubabuike, Ambrose Anyanso, Augustine Ihuoma, Vincent Ekwuazu and Arinze Igbani—the MASSOB prisoners—all refused to have their case taken over by the Federal Government counsel whose apparent line of defense is given away by the interest in “decongestion of Nigeria’s jails”; and the gratuitous “mercy” of the Nigerian government.
In rejecting the Federal Government of Nigeria’s offer to represent them, Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB and his colleagues, made several points:
1) They are satisfied and happy with their current counsel;
2) They are ready to undergo trial for their actions in pursuit of the MASSOB agenda of Biafra actualization using non-violent means;
3) They are not interested in any face-saving and untrustworthy maneuvers by the government of Nigeria;
4) They are not interested in accommodating the Nigeria government’s fraudulent and corrupt practices and bastardization of the legal and judicial process.
Most importantly, Uwazurike and his MASSOB colleagues are sending a clear message—a strong message which can no longer be ignored—that the government of Nigeria can either release them from jail unconditionally, and in so doing reverse its original illegality of imprisoning them in the first place; or proceed with their trial, a process which is currently almost frozen due to the government’s deliberate lack of court and legal performance.
Biafrans at home and all over the world, while demanding the unconditional release of Uwazurike and the rest of the MASSOB members in Nigeria’s jails, hail the MASSOBians for their principled stand. We see in this latest act of MASSOB not just a defiance of Evil and immoral oppressor-system, but also, a redeeming example of:
· Unshakable conviction
· Sound leadership
· Focus on a singular goal
These are qualities not to be found in the current crop of Nigeria-foisted so-called Igbo and other Biafran “leaders”; nor in the political class steeped in one-Nigerianism, nor in most of the Diaspora Igbo and other Biafran groups. These are qualities and traits which the generations of Biafrans born right before the war, during and after the war have no acquaintance with, no memory of, or no demonstration of, until MASSOB came along. For this, Biafra—we—thank Uwazurike and MASSOB immensely. This validates history again: the very few doing very much for very little personal gain equipped with next-to-nothing for the very many. We salute you, MASSOB!
Knowing, thusly, that we Biafrans still possess these qualities—thanks to MASSOB and our MASSOB brethren for the latest demonstrative acts—it is now up to everyone of us to follow MASSOB’s example. Join MASSOB, if you can; otherwise, give MASSOB your full support: we have and we do! Emulate MASSOB: your interest in Biafra should arise out of a soul-deep, Spirit-fired personal conviction, so that the rhetorical question, “What can take me away from Biafra?” becomes applicable to you.
Fellow Biafrans: we shall continue to demand the unconditional release of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, and the other MASSOBians in Nigeria’s jails, and any other Biafrans jailed for pro-Biafra actualization activism. They must be released—all of them—without conditions.
In the meantime, our one remaining desire and prayer is that God grant that we have in us this steely commitment to Biafra that MASSOB has, and that we demonstrate this level of unusual courage shown by MASSOB, by acting according to our conviction that Biafra must be—Biafra will be—actualized.
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.
Obi di anyi ezigbo uto maka ihe mere na ulo-ikpe ndi Nigeria na izu a, ebe Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na Uchenna Madu, otu na ime ndi ndu MASSOB, na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo e ji na mpkoro ndi Nigeria—ebe ha—gara ikpe ha. Aha umunne anyi ndi MASSOB ndi ozo e ji na nga wu: Chibuike Nwosu, Benedict Alakwem, Chimankpa Okorocha, Kelechi Ubabuike, Ambrose Anyanso, Augustine Ihuoma, Vincent Ekwuazu, na Arinze Igbani, Na ulo-ikpe ya, Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na umunne anyi nde MASSOB ya, ju ru a ju na loya ndi government Nigeria zigara ka o wuruzie loya ha wu ndi MASSOB. Maka, loya ndi Nigeria si na ya wu onye otu “Federal Government Committee on Prerogative of Mercy and Decongestion of Prison.” Ma Uwazurike na ndi MASSOB a choghi ka e si na okpuru weputa ha na mkporo. Ha choro ka Nigeria hapu ha dum aka na ighie, kama i me ya na nzuzo, maka o nweghi njo ha mere; ma o wughi otua, ka Nigeria bido i kpe ha ikpe, ka ha zoo onwe ha na court.maka ikwukwe ha kwere na MASSOB na na nweta Biafra.
O wu nkea wu ihe nyere anyi obi uto na aňuri: na Uwazurike na ndi MASSOB kwe siri ike na Biafra, o wurugodi na ihe o putara wu na ha ga a ga ikpe, ebe government Nigeria nwere ike jiri wuru-wuru maa ha ikpe, tu ba ha na mkporo lufue key, ma o wu dogbue ha a dogbuo maka ha na a cho nweta Biafra.
Udi obi-sie-ike di otua wu ihe anyi choro ka nde Biafra dum nwee. Anyi na a cho ka ihe gbasara nweta Biafra, ka o si na ime obi na mmuo onye owula puta; ka o wuru na o nweghi oge ihe gbasara Biafra ga e me ka anyi nwee olu-i-ma-jijiji, ma o wu ukwu-i-ma-jijiji; kama, ka anyi kwuru chim na oge na ile, na ihe owula, na Biafra.
Ka ihea Uwazurike na MASSOB mere, ka o wuru ihe nkuzi di ri umu Biafra nde a muru na oge Ogu ma o wu mgbe Ogu biri, ka ha mara na ndi Biafra nwere udi obi na udi mmuo di otua. Anyi na a kpoku nde Biafra, ma ndi ukwu na ime ha ma ndi nta, ka ha jee Uwazurike na MASSOB ejije, were zie otua gosi na obi-sie-ike di na obara anyi. Umu Biafra: kwado unu MASSOB na ndi otu MASSOB, na ndi ndu MASSOB, na onye isi MASSOB, Ralph Uwazurike: baa unu na otu MASSOB o wuru ma i nwere ike i me otua; ma i gaghi a ba na otu MASSOB, nyere ha aka i nyere Biafra aka.
Anyi ka na kwa a si na a ga a weputariri Uwazurike na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo site na mkporo Nigeria—ugbua. O nweghi njo ha mere.
Ka Chineke nye anyi obi-sie-ike o nyere ndi MASSOB, nye kwa anyi Mmuo ahu ndi MASSOB nwere: anyi ga ha e 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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