This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For August 10th 2007
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Are we surprised that Mike Okiro and his corrupt, inept Nigeria Police are trying to accuse MASSOB of being involved with the kidnap of foreign nationals in Northern Biafran territory? We are not. Because, of all priority and serious challenges facing the flunky corrupt Nigeria State “Agency of Violence and Mayhem,” otherwise known as the Nigeria Police, none was worthy of Okiro’s attention, going by the acting Inspector-General of Police’s maiden speech: all Okiro wanted to do was to go after and annihilate MASSOB. So, why should anyone be surprised that he is cooking up non-existent evidence to pin on MASSOB on this matter?
You all know very well that MASSOB is a non-violent organization which has successfully resisted, with such ease as can only come from a deep moral commitment, sound moral mooring and moral authority, any attempt or temptation to be drawn into violence—even in its own self-defense. All of the State of Nigeria’s armed agencies—from the Military to the Mobile Police to regular armed constables, from the SSS to hired freelance so-called security agents to paid and well-armed thugs, from Nigeria’s paid LGA officials to Nigeria’s governors in Biafraland officially designated as “Chief Security Officers,” all—have, at one time or another, killed, maimed and dispossessed MASSOBians; and even now, are maiming, dispossessing and killing MASSOB members; they are publicly taunting MASSOB members, to boot. Yet, MASSOB, real victim to these real heinous crimes against humanity, has continued undeterred on its path of non-violence.
Recall when the Nigeria Police tried to pin the crime of armed robbery in Nigeria on MASSOB, thus to give the Police cover to shoot and kill unarmed and innocent MASSOB members on sight. After failing woefully to credibly manufacture evidence against MASSOB, the Nigeria Police, through one of its Commissioners, announced to the Press and to the Nigeria public that the Police would thenceforth just treat any MASSOB members they could find as armed robbers—and of course, shoot the MASSOBians on sight, the standing order and treatment of armed robbers by the Nigeria Police. That way, there would be no need for evidence or evidence gathering, no need for arrest, no need for trial: bypass all legal due process and just shoot the MASSOB member and pin him with armed robbery; and of course, there will be no investigation.
In Onicha, the Nigerian government and the Nigeria police paid thugs to claim that they were MASSOB, gave them Biafra flags to wave, and organized them to go on a violent rampage so that MASSOB would be blamed. As predicted, the Nigeria Police blamed MASSOB, using that as an excuse to go on a killing spree which led to the deaths of many MASSOB members and many Biafran innocent men and women who were not members of MASSOB. When the plot unraveled and it was revealed that MASSOB was not responsible for the destructions in Onicha, the Nigeria Police and Mobile Police, joined by the Military, did not even care: they just continued the killing and looting and destruction of MASSOB and MASSOB’s property, anyway, and the deliberate targeting of other innocent Biafrans. Nigeria Police “mop-up” operation is still going on in and around Onicha, even as we speak.
These are only a couple of the major provocations—lethal to MASSOB—engineered and executed by Nigeria, its Police and armed agents and agencies. Through it all, MASSOB never deviated, not even once, from its non-violence stand. These deliberate violent provocations against MASSOB are continuing in various other forms; MASSOB, true-to-type, will never respond to them with violence.
Kidnapping is a violent activity: MASSOB will never be involved in or with such violence; and, it has never been involved in the past. It is unthinkable to MASSOB that it should be associated with violence—any violence at all—by anyone or by any agency.
Oh yes, MASSOB instructed the immensely successful boycott of the fraudulent Nigeria’s Census of 2006: definitely! That’s what MASSOB does. We did it without violence: no one was coerced. The only violence was that coming from Nigeria, against the boycotting MASSOB members and other Biafrans. In spite of that, MASSOB (and our people) achieved our purpose. Without violence on our part.
And, yes, MASSOB definitely instructed the very effective boycott of Nigeria’s fraudulent 2007 elections. That’s MASSOB in action, and we did it without violence, leaving the violence recorded to those who own it, Nigeria’s agents and goons, who did not disappoint, either. We succeeded, and we had employed non-violence methods, as usual. That’s the MASSOB way.
One of the greatest shows of solidarity and power in these times was in August of 2004 when MASSOB successfully appealed to our people to engage in a sit-at-home exercise all over Nigeria. Without coercion, without violence, our people carried out the instructions to the letter and in so doing, shut Nigeria down for the duration. With that act, MASSOB had also united our people in a common action, something that had never been done since the Biafra War 30-some odd years ago. The success was breathtaking: recently, oppressed Nigeria peoples were to borrow a leaf from that powerful tactic. Non-violence works for us. It serves us and serves MASSOB well.
As you can see, folks, MASSOB has no need to resort to violence: we do well without. We have amply demonstrated that. Nigeria knows that it cannot defeat a non-violent movement, no matter how many of us it kills. So, Nigeria is trying to demoralize us, and or tarnish our reputation in the eyes of the World. Well, we are stronger than Nigeria even though Nigeria has all the military and force-gear, because we have Moral Authority and Justice on our side. Nigeria has never succeeded at anything, in any case; any apparent successes—if you can find even one—were already achieved by colonial masters, now only left for Nigeria to ruin and turn into certain failure. Oh, in case Nigeria thinks that the Biafra-Nigeria war was a success for Nigeria, it should think again.
Nigeria Police—known, shameless pathologic liars—are parading persons who allege that they kidnapped foreign nationals as (they claim) ransom for the release of Ralph Uwazurike, the Leader of MASSOB, from Nigeria’s Gulag. Did we not just relay to you last week that Uwazurike himself turned down a plea-bargain initiated by Nigeria’s government for him to renounce MASSOB and Biafra as a condition for release from Nigeria’s jail? Uwazurike has challenged Nigeria publicly to put him on trial if Nigeria thinks it has a case against him. While we continue to demand and press for his release, and the release of Uchenna Madu and other MASSOB members and officials from Nigeria’s jails, we will never compromise on Uwazurike’s own philosophy of non-violence on which he founded MASSOB, and to which we fully subscribe; no MASSOB member will use or support violence. Let the Nigeria Police wallow in their lies, as usual: but, the day and time of reckoning cometh, for everyone—even for Okiro and his Nigeria Police.
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, e kele e o-o! Anyi e kele e 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.
Ndi ugha na ndi ama, ndi aghugho na a kpo onwe ha Nigeria Police, a bia kwa la ozo. Ha a tuo la asi ozo kwa na a si na aka ndi MASSOB di na oji-ji e jigidere ndi oru si China, na ime ala Biafra. Nkea wu kwa nu oke-ugha.
Nkea a wughi mbu, o wughi abuo, mgbe Nigeria Police jiri bo MASSOB ebubo ugha, ka ha kworo otua ahu meruo ndi MASSOB ahu, ma o wu gbagbue ndi MASSOB na egbe. Ma, anyi na ile ma na uzo nke MASSOB wu uzo nke udo, na a wughi uzo i jigide mmadu ma o wu i meru mmadu ahu ma o wu i gbu mmadu: mba!
Uwa na ile, ma Nigeria kwa, a hula ka MASSOB jiri diri ire, na o nweghi mma ma o wu egbe anyi ji, na o nweghi onye anyi jigidere ma o wu onye anyi gburu. Ochi ka anyi chiri Nigeria na police ha na asi ya ha na a si, maka anyi a marala na MASSOB na e nwe mmeri nke di ukwuu site na uzo nke udo MASSOB na e so.
Anyi na a gwa Nigeria ka ha weputa Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, na ndi ndu ndi MASSOB na nde otu MASSOB ndi ozo, kpoputa ha na mkporo Nigeria. Na i cho n’weputa umu nne anyi ndia, anyi ga kwa na e so uzo nke MASSOB, nke wu uzo “non-violence” rue mgbe a ga e weputa ha site na nga Nigeria. Rue mgbe anyi ga e nweta 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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