This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For April 7th, 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Information reaching us states that, following the recent successful peaceful protest / rally by MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, a non-violent organization) at Ladipo Mushin in Lagos last week, a protest against the continued unjust jailing of Ralph Uwazurike and other MASSOB members, therefore calling for their unconditional release, the Nigeria SSS / Police have arrested the Chairman of Ladipo Traders Central Committee, Nze Celestine Okonkwo, for allowing such a rally; and have also declared wanted some of MASSOB leaders in Ladipo. This action is at best preposterous and totally ridiculous. Nigeria SSS / Police, if they are really serious and are looking for something to do, should find and arrest General Obasanjo and his cronies who are single-handedly completing the total destruction of their Nigeria, and doing so for personal, selfish, egotistic reasons and gains, and clearly and openly in violation of their Nigeria’s own constitution, and in contempt of their Nigeria’s courts—with brazen impunity to boot! Scapegoating and victimizing innocent MASSOBians and supporters of Biafra engaged in peaceful rallying, is a misdirected effort; it is also an unconscionable, malicious and criminal act.
Moreover, neither the Nigeria SSS nor the Nigeria Police should think for one moment that they can get away with this anymore: this is 2007, and the World, also, is watching. They must release the MASSOBians and our people now. The Nigeria SSS and the Nigeria Police do not care that today, the world and the peoples suffering in Nigeria view both government agencies as serving the personal interests of the person in power in their Nigeria at the time, rather than serving the collectivity of the peoples, or even the interest of their Nigeria itself. It’s all about their serving Obasanjo and his personal interests. They may not be concerned about what the World and the peoples forced to live in Nigeria think of them and their activities as such now, but there comes, surely, a day of reckoning, ultimately. On that day, the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria SSS will take the stand in a court of law to tell us why they allowed Obasanjo to use them to commit heinous crimes against our people. They must release the MASSOBians and all our people now: we will certainly hold them accountable for this gratuitously oppressive act, and or should anything else befall our people.
For the information of Nigeria, Obasanjo, the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria SSS and everyone else who cares to learn the facts, the right of Self Determination for a people is a legitimate right recognized by the UN. In Europe, that right has been exercised frequently, and when the right is resisted, the UN and the International Community have lent their support to the peoples engaged in the Self Determination exercise. In the recent past, a region of Canada exercised its right to Self Determination: no one was jailed or charged with Treason against the government of Canada: the peoples allowed, and participated in, a peaceful and civilized process to determine the outcome of the exercise and arrive at acceptable solutions; the Canadian government never interfered—never stepped in with force or coercion.
And, right now in the UK, the Scotts are considering Self Determination. The British government has not jailed Scottish leaders or branded them “Treasonable felons.” Rather, a civil and peaceful process is going on now in the UK as the peoples engage in a serious discourse to decide the outcome—whatever it is going to be. Let’s not forget, then, that it is the same British government which insists that Nigeria must be kept one, going as far as providing the means and the support for Nigeria to forcibly squelch even the mere mention of, never mind a public debate on, Self Determination; even when that means killing millions of Biafrans and or locking them up in jail on charges of Treason, in order to stop the process. So, the British government will not interfere with Self Determination process among its own tribes within its own country, the UK; but the same British government will go to any extent, including incarceration and war, to stop such an exercise among the Ethnic Nations residing in the Nigeria geo-space. Talk about Colonialism with a capital “C”! Talk about Hypocrisy with a capital “H”! Talk about Double Standards! Apparently, the British government must believe that the Ethnic Nations caught in the Nigeria web are unworthy of the same Natural, Moral, Political and International rights which British Tribes enjoy and exercise without as much as a thought.
MASSOB is a non-violent organization delegated and supported by our people to champion and lead the exercise of our right to Self Determination. We have always been ready and are ready, even now, to enter into dialogue with the other Ethnic Nations in Nigeria and with the government of Nigeria, to peacefully negotiate all “negotiables.” This is how it is done in those countries of which many of us have aimed to imitate their civilized and peaceful civil processes. What we shall never do is relinquish our Natural, Moral, Political and International Right guaranteed under the UN’s Self Determination principles, to choose and to become our own independent Sovereign Nation of Biafra. Biafra is our right, and we retain it.
For these reasons, the Nigerian government, the Nigeria SSS and the Nigeria Police must release our people whom they have just arrested and detained because of our recent MASSOB peaceful rally in Lagos; and they must stop harassing the others involved with the rally: unconditionally. By the same token, Ralph Uwazurike, the Leader of MASSOB and other MASSOB officials, all MASSOB members, and all those in the struggle for Self Determination of our people, including Asari Dokubo, ought to be released from Nigeria’s jails—now; unconditionally. Self Determination is not a crime: it is the Law.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so.
That’s the News Analysis for the week. Thank you.
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Na ihe gbasara ngaari-iwe MASSOB Lagos mere na izu gara aga, anyi a nula na ndi ojoo ahu—ndi SSS na ndi Police Nigeria—jidere Nze Celestine Okonkwo, onye isi ndi Ladipo Traders Central Committee; na e kwu kwa na ndi ndu nde MASSOB soro mee ngaari-iwe ahu wu zi nde ndi Police na a cho a cho. Nke mere anyi ji na a si Nigeria na ndi Police na SSS ha, na ihiere mee ha: o nweghi iwu ndi anyi dara na ha i me ngaari iwe na uzo nke udo. Ha hafu kwa umu nne anyi aka. Ndi Police na SSS choo i zi anyi na ha nwere ike, ha gaa nu ga jide Obasanjo na ndi otu ya, ebe onye owula ma a ma na o wu Obasanjo na ndi otu ya na e me ka onwu Nigeria diri nso. Ha mara kwa na ihe o wula mere umu nne anyi ndea, o wu na isi ha na Nigeria ka o di.
Nigeria muta ako mara na ihe anyi na MASSOB na a cho—nweta Biafra—na o gbasara iwu ndi uwa—UN—“Self Determination” nke si na ndi mmadu nwere ike i kewapu site na otu obodo ga nodiri onwe ha na obodo nke aka ha, na a chi kwa onwe ha. Onye na a cho Self Determination, o nweghi iwu o dara. Anyi a hu kwala na obodo Oyibo di ka Canada, na oge gara a ga, ndi mmadu mere Self Determination, government Canada a nochirighi ha uzo; o nweghi onye gbagburu ha, ma o wu tinye ha, na ndi isi ha, na mkporo, ma o wu maa ha ikpe nke i dogbu ha: mba! Ma ndi mmadu na oha Canada noro la odu, kpaa ya a kpaa, na udo, me zie ihe na ile.
Ugbua, anyi a hu kwa la na ala UK, na o nwere ndi na ime ha (Scottish) choro i me Self Determination ka ha ji otua ahu si na ime UK kewaputa onwe ha, na a chi zi onwe ha. Ma, government ndi UK (British), o nweghi onye ha turu mkporo ma o wu gbagbue: kama, ha ji uzo nke udo na e kwu okwu gbasara Self Determination ya. Cheta kwa unu na o wu otu government British ya nke na a kwado Nigeria i gbu onye o wula mepere onu ya kwuo ihe gbasara Self Determination na ime Nigeria. O wu kwa nu mkpaari ka government British na a kpaari anyi, ebe ndi oha Britain nwere ike i me ihe na ala ha, ma na ime a la nke anyi, otu government Britain ahu a gaghi e kwe anyi i me ihe ahu.
Ihe anyi na a kowara ndi Nigeria wu na o nweghi iwu nogidere Self Determination; obodo ndi ozo ndi anyi na a sopuru na na e je ejije na e me Self Determination na uzo nke udo, na o nweghi mmadu a turu mkporo ma o wu e gburu e gbu maka Self Determination. Na ihi nkea, Nigeria hapu kwa umu nne anyi no na Lagos aka. Ha kpoputa kwa Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, na ndi ndu MASSOB, na ndi otu MASSOB, na mkporo ndi Nigeria; ma Asari Dokubo kwa, maka o wu njem Self Determination anyi nde Biafra ka ha na e du anyi. Biafra ka anyi na a ga: Biafra ka anyi nwetara.
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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