This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 24th, 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We will address three items: the unconditional release of Ralph Uwazurike and other MASSOBians from Nigeria’s jails; the boycott of Nigeria’s planned and already rigged (s)elections of 2007; and the insufferable attitude of some of our people in continuing to support oppressive but dying Nigeria.
We start with the issue of our principled plan to boycott Nigeria’s fraud called elections if they ever hold. Yes, there is no change in our commitment to boycott those elections: we shall boycott them. A significant news item reported this week is that “the United States has threatened to withdraw its "financial, moral and material support" for the April elections, if President Olusegun Obasanjo does not stop "using the institutions of government to coerce opponents of his government," a threat handed down by no other than the chairman of the influential United Senate Committee on the Nigerian Election, Sen. Ross Finegold. It is good that the US has finally formally acknowledged the wrong which is going on in Nigeria, and threatens to act accordingly. We already beat the US to it—as we should: our lives are more impacted by Nigeria’s fraud, a constant oppressive injury perpetrated on our people all the time, on a minute-by minute basis; therefore, we had already moved beyond “threat” to actual, active BOYCOTT of the planned fraudulent elections. That is the only moral thing to do. Both the US and we know that Obasanjo will not stop his crimes; and, even if he does stop now, the damage has already been done, and it is too much damage at that. Whether or not the US eventually follows through and carries out its threat if Nigeria’s elections are held, we Biafrans know with certainty that we are boycotting such elections. We appreciate the validation of our boycott-bent which in our judgement, the US threat signifies.
Nigeria is the problem; Nigeria’s manipulated elections are one more rotten process to uphold fraudulent and faltering Nigeria-structure. We can never support such processes any more than we could support Nigeria itself. Biafra is the complete and effective antidote to Nigeria. As Biafrans, we naturally have nothing to do with Nigeria, and in this case, nothing to do with Nigeria’s elections. That’s why we boycott the elections. As the US today threatens to withdraw its support for these elections, we Biafrans have already withdrawn any support for such elections: it is a moral and principled stance now being validated and vindicated. So: the word—the Moral word—still is: BOYCOTT Nigeria’s elections.
Next, in a related matter, we look at the pathetic and clearly pathologic clinging of some of our people—mostly from the political and Diaspora class—to Nigeria, even as Nigeria continues to bruise and humiliate our people while itself on its way to its own grave. We all know that it is a huge and unnecessary mistake for any person to advocate that our people continue to stay in one-Nigeria. Therefore, to find camps trying to enjoin us to the Nigerian political process frays the fabric of our collective tolerance and patience. We do not understand how these persons fail to comprehend what is going on. Against our principled advice, our beloved Dim Ojukwu just re-entered the Nigeria political process again, only to be thoroughly humiliated (again), not just by Nigeria, but now, by even Igbo such as cheeky Chekwas Okorie, Obasanjo’s boy. This surely hurts us so much. And speaking of Obasanjo, he was able to stand practically in Dim Ojukwu’s backyard to denigrate APGA, and by extension, Dim himself, likening APGA to a parochial Igbo tribal Party. With official INEC Voters Registration figures reducing all of Igboland and Biafraland to lesser than a couple of precincts in desert-barren Northern Nigeria, adding to that the Nigeria’s rigged recent census which consigned Igbo to a small minority in Nigeria, the rendering of the Igbo and the rest of Biafra to inconsequentiality in Nigeria is complete. When one considers the fact that even Obasanjo himself admitted that our region is “the lifeblood of Nigeria”; the fact that we provide over 95% of Nigeria’s revenues and at least 85% of actual, delivered services in Nigeria, the madness and sickness of these Igbo and Biafran groups clinging to one-Nigeria which is deliberately rejecting them is made more obvious.
Fellow Biafrans: we won’t waste time and energy fighting these efulefu Igbo and wayward Biafrans any more than one fights darkness: we will continue our efforts to actualize Biafra—to turn on the light, as it were, so that all can see. To achieve Biafra is our goal—that’s our whole effort; not reminding folks of what they already know or what they should already know.
Lastly, we have been joined in our strident calls for the unconditional release of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu and other officials; and rank-and-file members of MASSOB, from Nigeria’s jails by no other than Wole Soyinka. Prof. Wole Soyinka called for the immediate release of Ralph Uwazurike, and Asari-Dokubo, the leader of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force, “in the interest of justice and equity.” He described the continued detention of both men by the Federal Government under Obasanjo as an act of lawlessness and illegality on the part of the government, arguing that the detainees had the right to freedom, a right which must not be subjected to the whims and caprices of the government in power, and which should not be subject to the Federal Government’s “magnanimity.” Prof. Soyinka stated what we already know: that the government is acting outside the domain of the law by the continued detention of these men. He also condemned the manner the government has been handling the court-cases of the ethnic leaders. Soyinka stated: “I am in total support of Asari Dokubo and Ralph Uwazurike’s freedom." We ask: Is there any right-thinking person who is not? We are in full agreement with Prof Soyinka. We want our people out of Nigeria’s jails—the sooner the better!.
Fellow Biafrans: things are closing in fast on Nigeria as the countdown to its demise accelerates: it is up to us to hasten the actualization of Biafra. It is a Moral duty and a Divine Mandate.
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.
Uzo ihe ato ka anyi ga a ri tu aka na oge a. Nke mbu, wu na ndi America e kwue la na ha ga a kwusi i nyere Nigeria aka na ihe gbasara election Nigeria o wuru na Obasanjo a kwusighi omume njo na omume ojoo na aru o na e me maka election ya. O na a to anyi obi uto na ndi America a hula, na kweta na, ihe ojoo nke anyi huru mbu na election ndi Nigeria, nke mere anyi ji si na anyi ga a boycottu riri election ahu. Onye na ime anyi na a da-mba, ka nkea nye kwa ya obi-sie-ike na Boycottu anyi ga eme election ndi Nigeria, na o wu ihe ziri ezi ka anyi na e me; maka anyi ma na Obasansjo na Nigeria e nweghi mgbanwe, nke mere anyi ji choo so-o-so nweta Biafra. O nweghi ihe Biafra na election Nigeria nwekoro onu. Anyi wu nde Biafra. Boycottuo unu election nde Nigeria!
Nke ozo wu na ike ndi efulefu Igbo na Biafra a gwu la anyi. Ndi efulefu ya a marala na o wu naani ighiere, njo, aru, mkpari na mmegbu ka Nigeria na e butere anyi, ma ha ka na e kwu okwu anyi i so Nigeria mee election na politics Nigeria. Ha ka na e chefu na o wu maka otua ka Nigeria jiri kparia Dim Ojukwu, ebe Dim choro i soro Nigeria mee election ha? Efulefu di ka Chekwas Okorie, nwa “boy-boy” Obasanjo, na “Nna ya Ukwu,” Obasanjo, ji kwa ra otua kparia kwa Dim Ojukwu, rie ya ariri, na ihe gbasara APGA. Onye ga e chefu na INEC na Voters Registration, na Census Nigeria, nyere ndi Igbo na ndi Biafra onu-ogugu nke mere ka o di ka otu obodo ma o wu obodo abuo na ala Awusa ka anyi dum ghie nne? Nkea wu nu oke mmegbu na oke mkpari Nigeria na a kpari na na e megbu ndi Igbo ndi Biafra. Ma ndi efulefu ka choro i no na “one-Nigeria.” Anyi na a si ha: Mba nu! Ma, kama anyi ga a lusi ha ogu, anyi ga e dobe anya anyi na Biafra—na nweta Biafra—were ike anyi na ile gbalia ka anyi nweta Biafra, nke ga e meriri: Biafra ga a wuriri nke anyi na oge a dighi zi anya. Ka anyi gbachi ndi efulefu ya nkiti.
Che ta kwa unu na anyi na e kwu na oge na ile na Obasanjo na Nigeria ga e weputariri Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, na umu MASSOB ndi ozo, sita na mkporo ndi Nigeria. Ihe ikpo-azu anyi ga a kpa wu na Prof. Wole Soyinka e kwue kwa la otu ihe ahu. Prof. Soyinka si na Nigeria kwesiri i weputa Ralph Uwazurike na Asari Dokubo na nga; na o nweghi ihe ojoo ndea mere. O si na o wu Obasanjo na onwe ya, na government Nigeria, wu nde dara iwu, ndi na e mebi iwu na oge dum—o wughi Uwazurike na Dokubo. Prof. Soyinka si na ya kwadoro Uwazurike na Dokubo i puta na mkporo. O wu otu ihea ka anyi kwado kwara, nke mere anyi jiri na kwa a ju: “O nwere onye isi na ahu di mma onye a kwadoghi ya?” A ga a hapuriri umu nne anyi ndea, weputa ha na mkporo Obasanjo na Nigeria: ugbua!
Umu Biafra: Nigeria a da chaala a daa. Jisie zi unu ike ka anyi nweta Biafra ugbua! Ike Chukwu nonyere la anyi na 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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