This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For May 26th 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Forty years ago, a wonderful thing happened. Our people found a permanent solution to the murderous misfortune befalling us, a crushing, smothering weight on us, known as Nigeria. Our people made a commitment then, vocalized and etched in the stone of time as the Biafra Declaration of Independence on May 30 1967.
Today, we read that Declaration on Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) Broadcast radio. Biafrans: you are going to hear not old words, but the sound of living words, words living in the flesh and in the Spirit, for as long as such exist; words not just carved on dead stone but still burning, flaming out their message and their meaning on Everlasting Rock of Eternal Time.
So, you listen; and you hear your charge today, and get your assignment for life. The Declaration never died with the defeat of brave Biafran soldiers in battle and the death of our courageous compatriots in 1970, no. Instead, the Declaration is just as good today as it was 40 years ago. The Declaration was never, and could never be, withdrawn: it is alive today, living among us. This Declaration is still very much on—for you and for me.
Oh, don’t think that the transition coming to Nigeria in the next few days is about the known death-dance of Nigeria. No; the transition on the 29th, the eve, is all about May 30: Biafra’s own day. May 30 is Biafra Day, and will always be, starting from 1967! Be you renewed: on May 30 2007, we re-dedicate ourselves to Biafra actualization—irrevocably. Just as the Glorious Declaration declares.
The Declaration of Independence Biafra Tuesday, May 30, 1967
Fellow countrymen and women, YOU, the people of Eastern Nigeria:
CONSCIOUS of the supreme authority of Almighty God over all mankind, of your duty to yourselves and prosperity;
AWARE that you can no longer be protected in your lives and in your property by any Government based outside eastern Nigeria;
BELIEVING that you are born free and have certain inalienable rights which can best be preserved by yourselves;
UNWILLING to be unfree partners in any association of a political or economic nature;
REJECTING the authority of any person or persons other than the Military Government of eastern Nigeria to make any imposition of whatever kind or nature upon you;
DETERMINED to dissolve all political and other ties between you and the former Federal Republic of Nigeria;
PREPARED to enter into such association, treaty or alliance with any sovereign state within the former Federal Republic of Nigeria and elsewhere on such terms and conditions as best to subserve your common good;
AFFIRMING your trust and confidence in ME;
HAVING mandated ME to proclaim on your behalf, and in your name the Eastern Nigeria be a sovereign independent Republic,
NOW THEREFORE I, Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called Eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters shall henceforth be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of THE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA.
AND I DO DECLARE THAT:
(i) All political ties between us and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are hereby totally dissolved.
(ii) All subsisting contractual obligations entered into by the Government of the federal republic of Nigeria or by any person, authority, organization or government acting on its behalf, with any person, authority or organization operating, or relating to any matter or thing, within the Republic of Biafra, shall henceforth be deemed to be entered into with the Military Governor of the Republic of Biafra for and on behalf of the Government and people of of the Republic of Biafra, and the covenants thereof shall, subject to this Declaration, be performed by the parties according to their tenor;
(iii) All subsisting international treaties and obligations made on behalf of Eastern Nigeria by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be honored and respected;
(iv) Eastern Nigeria's due share of all subsisting international debts and obligations entered into by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be honored and respected;
(v) Steps will be taken to to open discussions on the question of Eastern Nigeria's due share of the assets of the Federation of Nigeria and personal properties of the citizens of Biafra throughout the Federation of Nigeria.
(vi) The rights, privileges, pensions, etc., of all personnel of the Public Services, the Armed Forces and the Police now serving in any capacity within the Republic of Biafra are hereby guaranteed;
(vii) We shall keep the door open for association with, and would welcome, any sovereign unit or units in the former Federation of Nigeria or any other parts of Africa desirous of association with us for the purposes of running a common services organization and for the establishment of economic ties;
(viii) We shall protect the lives and property of all foreigners residing in Biafra, we shall extend the hand of friendship to those nations who respect our sovereignty, and shall repel any interference in our internal affairs;
(ix) We shall faithfully adhere to the charter of the Organization of African Unity and of the United Nations Organization;
(x) It is our intention to remain a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations in our right as a sovereign, independent nation.
Long live the Republic of Biafra!
And may God protect all those who live in her.
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.
Ogu-afo-abuo gara a ga na ubochi May 30 1967, ka a muru Obodo Biafra: okwu di egwu nke e jiri muo Obodo Biafra a na a kpo “Decalaration of Biafra Independence” ka anyi guru la unu na okwu oyibo.
Unu mara kwa na okwu Declaration ya di ebube, di ri kwa ndu, na kwa a kpa ire. Ihe ahu e kwuru—ihe ahu e mere maka Biafra na afo 1967, ka di kwa otu ahu na afo ya, 2007.
Na Okwu ahu, ka anyi dum kwu taa: o nweghi ihe gbanwere a gbanwe gbasara ya—mba: Biafra ga a di taa, ka o di echi gara a ga, na a di otu ahu kwa mgbe na a bia na ihu. Otu ahu ka o di: jikere kwa unu! Maka, ihe na e me na abali-ole-na-ole na a bia a wughi maka o nwunwu Nigeria na a nwu, nke anyi ma a ma: mba; o wu maka May 30, ubochi ndu Biafra—ubochi kwuru na ndu Biafra di rue mgbe e-bighi-e-bi. May 30 wu Ubochi Biafra—site na afo 1967.
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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