This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For January 18, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Tomorrow, we eulogize Ezinne Uwazurike, the contemporary “Mother of Biafra”: we mourn and grieve over her death even as we celebrate her Courage. We will not hold back on any rites and rituals or related traditions or on details and technicalities befitting of a brave Biafran such as of our beloved Ezinne Uwazurike: we go all out and all the way.
Nevertheless, the great Symbolism of this Funeral Service must not be interred with the body. This “Death” event is also a “Birth” event: the Birthing of the opportunity for Nigeria to come to terms with its true nature as an impossible, cruel non-union, hence to bring itself to reconcile with the reality of Biafra, so to start healing and stop wasting human lives, resources and potential. This is a Death Event which is at the same time giving birth to the opportunity for Biafrans to steel up our resolve to actualize Biafra where and if it was lacking before; another opportunity to challenge Nigeria, with full self-confidence based on our understanding and acceptance of the certainty that to actualize Biafra is a foregone conclusion.
For, by now, no one in Nigeria can deny the fact that Nigeria is a total basket case, a hopelessly failed “Nation.” Everyone knows that there is no cure for what ails Nigeria, and there is certainly no hope of recovery for Nigeria. Nigeria is in a state of coma: that’s the best that can be said about Nigeria; but, you all know that it is worse than that. Nigeria actually has zero chance and no hope of recovery from such coma; only degenerating more into deeper coma. Nigeria should see in the circumstances of Ezinne’s death its own wickedness; Nigeria should see in the response of Biafrans to Ezinne’s Wake Service its own rejection by Biafrans determined to leave the smothering corpse of one-Nigeria. Most importantly, Nigeria should, at this time, be able to understand that in fact, Biafra is the only answer—the right answer—to the state of hopelessness, helplessness, inertia and rot in which Nigeria resides, in perpetuity.
From today, the eve of Ezinne’s Wake Ceremony, onwards, if Nigeria can still claim any bit of God’s presence at all therein, then, Nigeria should allow itself to feel the Touch of God in order to find and make peace with Biafra. Regarding sense and sensibility, if such can still be found therein, Nigeria should be supporting Biafra actualization efforts, because, that is the only purposeful and life-giving, life-redeeming activity in an atmosphere of death and despondency otherwise, a fact which is clear to Nigeria. For, what remains for Nigeria in the unlikely scenario where Biafra actualization activism is not happening now—what then, for Nigeria, other than the current eternal languish and lament?
From today, the eve of Ezinne’s Wake Ceremony, onwards, Biafrans should celebrate the fact that it is the action to actualize Biafra which has rekindled the hope of our people; and it is the actualization of Biafra which restores Life itself to our people. For, if we Biafrans were not working with purpose now in actualizing Biafra, what else is there for us in Nigeria—die slowly, miserably, and in humiliation, in Nigeria and with Nigeria?
Think about this.
And, while we discuss Ralph Uwazurike’s late mother—the contemporary collective Mother of Biafra—we also are discussing Ralph Uwazurike himself, MASSOB, of which he is the leader, and MASSOB members in Nigeria’s jails, including Uchenna Madu and other MASSOB officials. If anything we have said so far has gotten into Nigeria’s ears, Nigeria should know to release these brethren of ours immediately, unconditionally, after dropping the unsustainable charges propped up against them. In fact, if Nigeria has understood anything we have said thus far, Nigeria would thank MASSOB for starting a life-saving activism when all otherwise was bound for certain death. For sure, if Nigeria correctly reads tomorrow’s Funeral Event, Nigeria will release our brethren immediately.
Biafrans, and Nigerians: Nigeria has been weighed in the balance and found wanting:—
“…mene, mene, tekel, upharsin...” —that’s the message God is trying to get us to understand. It really should be a clear message, and it is. Anyone pretending not to hear or not to understand this message is doing just that—pretending, and merely deceiving himself or herself. This includes those false and visionless, un-Godly self-styled prophets and groups soliciting more prayer and more fasting and more alms from peoples who do nothing else now than pray and fast and sacrifice incessantly. “To obey is better than sacrifice…” and certainly practically preferable to deafening, dumbing and numbing senseless incessant praying. It is time for Nigeria to go—it’s way-past time. Get out—or perish! This is Biafra-time. So may tomorrow’s Event remind you all.
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.
Echi na a bia a bia, anyi ga a qua Ezinne Uwazurike, “Nne–Ukwu Biafra”: anyi ga e be akwa, si ndi ulo ya, “Ndoo!”; anyi ga a e to Ezinne, jaa kwa obisie-ike ya ajija. Anyi ga e mezu omenala na ile di na ime o ququa Ezinne.
Ma, anyi a gaghi e li kota ihe di ichie, ihe puru ichie, oququa ya putara, na ozu nke anyi na a qua. O wu na ezi na anyi na a qua “Onwu,” ma emume ya wu kwa “Omumu”—emume ya mutara oghere; o nyere Nigeria oghere i ji mara na “one-Nigeria” e nweghi isi; na Biafra a kwuru la, ka Nigeria kwuo eziokwu, ighiere mee ekwensu, jiri otua kwusi mmebi ndu ndi mmadu na mmebi Ala ya wu Nigeria na e mebisi. Emume ya muru oghere nye ndi Biafra ka ha maa obi ha chim na nweta Biafra, jiri otua kuziere na zi Nigeria na o nweghi ihe e metara ya, Biafra ka anyi na ala.
O nweghi nu onye a maghi na Nigeria a nwu chala a nwucha, otu Nigeria di ugbua a wuru “odi ndu onye nwuru a nwu ka mma.” Anyi ma nu a ma na ihe na a ria Nigeria e nweghi ngwota. Na onwu Ezinne, Nigeria kwesiri i ghota aka ojoo ya di na ime ya, kworo otua cheghaaria. Na otu ndi Biafra si a qua Ezinne, Nigeria kwesiri i ghota na ndi Biafra a jula Nigeria. Ma, o di oke mkpa ka Nigeria ghota kwa na o nweghi asisa ozo di mma i sa Nigeria na a wughi kwa nu Biafra.
Site taa, na echi, na ubochi ndi ozo na e so Emume Oququa ya, Nigeria wuru obodo Aka Chineke ka na e metu, ya wu Nigeria ga a cho udo na etiti ya na Biafra. Nigeria kwesiri i kwado ihe anyi na e me na nweta Biafra, maka o dighi zi nu ihe ozo ga e welite ndi mmadu elu site na ime ogwe Nigeria tinyere ha. A si di a si na Biafra a noghi ya, elee kwanu ihe ozo foro la Nigeria na a wughi onwu onye ojoo?
Site taa, na echi, na ubochi ndi ozo na e so Emume Oququa ya, ndi Biafra kwesiri i ghota na o wu i cho Biafra wu ihe na e nye ha okwukwe na nchekwube; o wu nchota Biafra ga e debe ha ndu, ka o wuru na ha e soghi Nigeria laa na ala-ili. Maka, a si di a si na anyi a naghi a gbali i cho Biafra, kedu kwa nu ihe ozo foduru la anyi, na a wughi i soro Nigeria nwuo onwu ojoo?
Cheta kwa unu nkea.
Anyi na e kwu maka nne Ralph Uwazurike, “Nne Biafra,” anyi na kwa e kwu maka Ralph Uwazurike na onwe ya, na MASSOB nke o wu ya wu onye isi ha, na ndi otu MASSOB ndi ozo ndi Nigeria ji na mkporo, nde di ka Uchenna Madu na nde ndu ndi ozo nde MASSOB, na umu MASSOB ndi ozo. Nigeria mara ihe ga a diri ya mma, ya e weputa kwa ha na ile na mkporo, dobie ikpe ojoo na e bubo ugha ha boro umunne anyi nde MASSOB. Nigeria ghota ihe anyi na e me echi na Oququa Ezinne Uwazurike, o ga a hapu ndi MASSOB na ile aka—ugbua.
Umu Biafra; nde Nigeria: Nke Nigeria a gwula o. O wu kwa nu ihe Chineke na a gwa anyi, na a gwa Nigeria: “mene, mene, tekel upharsin…” Site unu na Nigeria puo. Onye nwere nti, ya nuru; onye ji ugha si na ya e nweghi ihe o nuru, onye ahu na nti ya ga e soro Nigeria nwuo. Kpee kwa elu kpee ala, udi ekpere ahu wu okwu aka gi: o ga a kara gi mma na i gere nti na ihe Chineke na e kwu, mee kwa nu ya, kama gi i vu onu na i tu aja, na i gbu ikpere i kpe ekpere e nweghi isi oge na ile. Ka Emume anyi ga e me echi na e chetara unu nkea, na oge dum.
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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