This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For July 27th 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
The cost of occupation of our land and space—Biafraland—by Nigeria, is very high: we are the ones who bear the entire burden. The price that we pay daily for the destructive ongoing occupation of our land, Biafra, by Nigeria, takes many forms. Keep in mind that contrary to common sense, the cost-burden is not limited to those of us living, suffering and dying now, but is extended to our children and their generations unborn. And that’s not just in Biafraland, but anywhere else in the world, other places where our people are known to thrive.
A major and obvious area where we pay dearly as a result of finding ourselves forced into Nigeria, is Security—or lack thereof. Starting right from our houses and homes, there is no security at all. We live in anxiety in our own houses, wondering not if, but when, armed robbers will attack and pillage. Windows are double-barred and doors triple-locked—God forbid there be a fire, wherein entire families would perish for not having easy escape routes from their burning house. Proceeding from there, moving around is also risky and extremely dangerous. The Nigeria Police which has an open license to loot and kill Biafrans in Biafraland are ever willing, happy and eager to dispossess our people as a policy and kill them for good measure: no one can challenge them, no one can stop them. If you walk, you are not safe. If you drive, you are not any safer: if armed car-jackers don’t get you, the poor condition of the roads will destroy your vehicle and more importantly, cost you life and or limb in unnecessary vehicular accidents. Travelling to and around Biafraland has become a high risk and prolonged ordeal which discourages movement of any type—be it for personal, business, or social reasons, or just for pleasure.
As you all know, anyone travelling back into Biafraland from abroad is subjected to unbelievably “sharp” practices and criminal harassment. It matters not whether the traveler resides abroad and is just temporary visiting home, or lives at home and just returned from a temporary visit abroad. Starting from the airline trip itself where our people are exposed to insulting treatment (and even chemical fumigating agents which could be dangerous when inhaled, for example, by triggering an asthma attack), to arriving anywhere else in Nigeria, but not in Biafraland (because the International Airports are deliberately sited outside of Biafraland), the ordeal is almost unbearable. Travelling from any part of Nigeria into Biafraland to complete this trip exposes our people to armed robbery, swindling, loss of personal effects and possessions, serious accidents, unduly long delays and constant, repeated nasty encounters with the Nigeria Police checkpoints, there to be extorted, threatened, and even killed. Then, the weary traveler, having finally straggled home, has to sneak in quietly and lie low for a few days, because, when the “Boys” learn that the traveler is home (as they are bound to), they will pay the traveler the dreaded visit demanding “their share”:—God help the traveler if he or she has no “gift” for the “Boys,” because, not even the routine practice of Diaspora travelers hiring bodyguards for the trip and for their stay at home will save the traveler from bodily harm or even death.
What a way to live—or suffer—and die! in fear and an anxiety-ridden life! What a price we Biafrans and our land pay for being force-occupied by Nigeria! There are other ways that we continue to pay. For example, recently, our people have been compelled to go into a “Self-Help Only” mode by the anti-Biafran and pernicious policies of the government of Nigeria against our people. Consider that the government of Nigeria has been engaged in the Desert Reclamation Project in Northern Nigeria, spending lots of money to plant trees and groundcover, while supporting the effort with sturdy water-supply and irrigation. In so doing, a significant part of the usually arid Northern Nigeria has been turned into a belt of arable land. Thus, with Nigerian government spending and help, even professional and commercial White farmers from South African and Zimbabwe have relocated to Northern Nigeria to take advantage of the new government-created and supported farming land. Elsewhere, the government of Nigeria has constructed a Northern Nigeria-to-Niger Highway designed to provide Northern Nigerians with access to the Atlantic Ocean and or the Mediterranean Sea. Contrast that with what the same government of Nigeria has done in Biafraland—or, has not done. Federal Nigeria roads in the region are either not constructed, not completed, or not serviced at all. The crucial Onicha Bridge has not been repaired, never mind, rebuilt. There is a concerted effort on the part of Nigeria to actively deny the region functional International airports while other parts of Nigeria are practically littered with such airports, even when it is a known that local flying clientele are scarce. So, how do our people respond? “Self-help,” they call it. We are supposed to tax ourselves—and will, in fact do so, in order to build in our land what the Nigerian government is supposed to provide. For example, the Erosion Problem in the northern parts of Biafra territory is a problem of inter-National and inter-Regional magnitude with its epicenter in Biafraland. This is a problem so massive that only governments can tackle. But, not the government of Nigeria! and not while Biafraland bears the worst of it. As such, we lose lives, lose property, lose real estate for farming, for habitation, and lose ecological systems, our so-called Self Help efforts completely dwarfed and rendered a joke by the size and complexity of the problem that confronts us. But, that’s not even all we are paying for this. We also pay every time Nigeria favors other regions with government projects: we fund Nigeria’s expenses, directly, to the tune of 95%, through Biafra’s Delta Oil.
When actualized, the Sovereign Independent Nation of Biafra with its autonomous groupings will finally and completely put an end to such endless headache, bellyache, and expensive exploitation of our people. Enforced laws (laws made by the people, in the first place, and, for the people) and a law-abiding citizenry who participate directly in, and are in charge of, their government and governance, will bring security back to our Biafraland. Our known Culture of Honesty and Hardwork, once restored by Biafra actualization, will provide the erstwhile missing context and environment permissive of honesty, accountability, and respect for the people, respect for property and for property-ownership and respect for the law. The government of Biafra knows and understands its obligations to the people of Biafra, and will discharge those obligations with full commitment and excellence; else, be charged with contempt and malfeasance and replaced right away, should she fail the people. One positive thing comes out of our sour experience in Nigeria: Biafra will never be like Nigeria; there is no chance that Biafra will come out like murderous Nigeria. For, Biafra is the antidote to the sickness called Nigeria.
For this reason, we appreciate the efforts of (members of) MASSOB and its leader, Ralph Uwazurike, who re-introduced Biafra to us in 1999 in order to salvage us from corruptive, corrosive, leprous Nigeria. And for this reason, we continue to demand their release from Nigeria’s prisons—the unconditional release of Ralph Uwazurike, Uchenna Madu, other MASSOB officials, and other MASSOB members, along with all those imprisoned because they are doing pro-Biafra actualization work. There is no Moral justification in stopping someone who wants out of a murderous relationship which one did not consent to in the first place, but was forced on the one. It is only those without a conscience—an ungodly bunch—who will find fault with a move away from unwanted, unjustified, unnecessary and continuous injury and exploitation. Uwazurike et al have committed no crime: they have done what Nature herself commands us to do in a situation such as we find ourselves. And, that’s what we will all do: seek and actualize Biafra, that we may live. And seek the release of leaders of Life and Light—MASSOB members and their officials and all of us followers of MASSOB, for such they are who seek Biafra.
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.
Mara kwa unu na oni-no anyi wu ndi Biafra no—oni-no e jiri ike mee ka anyi noro—na ime Nigeria, na o wu ibu di oke anru e bo ro anyi ndi Biafra na isi. O wu oria nke na e ri anyi ahu, na a cho i gbu anyi piam-piam. Ma o wughi na a ka ji anyi ndi Biafran na ime Nigeria, udi ndu nke ohu ya anyi no na ya taa a gaghi a di otu ahu.
Ihe Nigeria mere anyi ndi Biafra di njoo ukwuu. A si na anyi e bighi na ime Nigeria, o nweghi nu otu anyi ndi Biafra ga e bi ndu ujo, na ndu ume-e-rughi-ala, ma o wughila di na ulo anyi—na ezi-na-ulo anyi. Ujo di anyi nke ukwuu maka ndi oji-egbe-a-ga-oghi; ujo ndi Police Nigeria na a tu anyi; ujo i ga na uzo, ma o wu i gba moto na a tu anyi maka ihe ike nwere ike i me. Ujo umu “Boys” (ma a na a kpo ha “Thugs”) na a tu anyi, ma anyi no na ime ulo anyi, ma anyi no na ezi anyi, ma o wu na ama na ogbakoro anyi. Nkea wu kwa nu ibu obi nke Nigeria mere ka o na a nyi anyi. Nkea na e nye anyi ume-erughi-ala, na e me ka ahu na a ma anyi ririri oge dum mgbe anyi no na ime ulo nke anyi.
O wu kwa otu ibu ojoo ya Nigeria boro anyi ndi Biafra na Nigeria na a mi Mmanu no na ala Biafra, ree Mmanu ahu, were ego e retere ya ga na e mezi Ala Awusa na Ugwu Awusa, na e mezi ala nde Yoruba, ma Nigeria e mefughi afu-peni na ala Biafra. Ihe o foziri anyi i me ugbua wu i ji ego nke si anyi na akpa puta, were ya ga mee na ala Biafra anyi ihe govument Nigeria kwesiri i me, di ka i ru uzo di ma, i ru ulo odida-ugboelu, ma o wu i lebara nsogbu Gully Erosion nke na e me na ebe Ugwu Biafra anya. O wu zi na aka anyi ka ihe di otua di. I hu la nu? Ibu ya Nigeria boro ndi Biafra maka anyi ka no na ime Nigeria—ibu ya— e bu ka!
O wu kwa nu maka nkea ka anyi ji a cho Biafra. Maka, udi ihe Nigeria na e me, na ihe Nigeria na e me anyi, udi ihe ahu e nweghi ike i me na ala Biafra mgbe anyi nwere la onwe anyi, na kwa a chi onwe anyi. Ala Biafra wu ebe nde mmadu ga na a sopuru onwe ha, na a sopuru kwa ndi ozo, na a sopuru Iwu ala nke ha onwe ha mara. Biafra wu ebe ndi madu na Obodo ha na e me ihe ziri e zi, ka ndu ujo na i ma ririri wuru ihe gara a ga, ihe soro Nigeria laa. Biafra ga e wepu Ibu ojoo ahu Nigeria boro anyi.
Nke mere anyi ka ji a gwa Nigeria ka ha weputa Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, Uchenna Madu na ndi ndu MASSOB ndi ozo, na umu otu MASSOB na ile, site na mkporo Nigeria puta. Uwazurike na MASSOB ya, na anyi, bu ya na isi i nwetara anyi Biafra. O nweghi ihe di njo na i si na Ibu e boro mmadu ka o nyi gbuo ya, na onye ahu siri, Mba! na ya a gaghi e buzikwa ya wu ibu. O wu ihe nweta Biafra wu; o wu ihe anyi kwuru; o wu ihe Uwazurike na MASSOB kwadoro: ozue la; anyi a gaghi zi e bu Ibu Nigeria boro anyi. Biafra anyi e wefuo la ibu ahu. Biafra!
Biafra: biri kwa!
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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