This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 8, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We will answer some key questions on the minds of most regarding our ongoing march to Biafra actualization. This effort on our part is a response to ongoing concerns of our people, misconceptions, misperceptions, disinformation and outright lack of information.
1. What is the role of the UN with respect to our agenda of Biafra Actualization?
The UN, on September 12/13 2007, passed a General Assembly Resolution (A/61/295) with overwhelming majority recognizing and supporting the rights of all Ethnic Nations to Self Determination. “Self Determination” is the principle and practice whereby a Nation—for example, an Ethnic Nation—is in control of its own people, its own land, its own resources, and its own governance, independent of any other subtending political structure. The power of this resolution is evident from the fact that if it means that such an Ethnic Nation has to establish its own different and independent government from the government under which it currently finds itself, the right of the Ethnic Nation to do so is recognized and supported by the UN. This means that we, the people of Biafra, have an internationally recognized right to establish Biafra, independent and different from Nigeria. All other Nations currently cobbled together into what is now called Nigeria each, as matter of fact, also has the same right. For that matter, all over the world, such Nations abound, and they have this same right of Self Determination.
2. Will the UN grant Biafra independence from Nigeria?
No. It is not the UN’s place or function to grant Independence to any nation or any country. It is not the UN’s business to grant Independence to any country or nation. It is always the People’s responsibility and duty—our own responsibility, in our own case, to work out our own Independence. When the UN passed the Resolution cited earlier, it did not single out a Nation or a people; it did not reserve the Resolution for Biafra alone: the UN works for the collective International structure, not specifically for any one nation or country.
The UN will not obtain Independence for Biafra: that, we have to do for our own selves. On the other hand, the UN will respect its own Resolution which recognizes and supports our right to seek and actualize our independence from Nigeria. The goal of Biafra actualization does not violate any International laws; therefore, Nigeria will have no legal international sympathy should it try to criminalize our goal or should it fight us in this matter of Biafra actualization.
3. What is the attitude of other countries regarding our goal of Biafra actualization?
From all our interactions with the governments and peoples of other countries, especially Europe and the Western countries, we can say with all confidence that every country out there realizes that Nigeria cannot and could no longer stand as one country. What happened (what has been happening) recently in Kenya has nailed this realistic conclusion for all these other countries. Many countries have no stake at all and have no concerns: in other words, they are purely neutral; what happens to our people is of no particular concern to them. Those countries which show concern are for the most part hoping that Nigerians will find the honesty to face the reality of their problem, and the courage to abandon the sick structure called Nigeria so the peoples and their respective nations can go their own separate ways, so to begin to heal. They understand that we (Biafrans) are being severely oppressed, dehumanized and brutalized by Nigeria. These countries praise the Biafra agenda, especially given that it is employing the non-violence method. The countries whose interest in Oil and Consumer-markets initially led them to try to preserve Nigeria longer, even in its ailing status, have now realized that the mere existence of Nigeria in any form constitutes the greater jeopardy and graver danger for them and their interests. They are also beginning to figure out that the Oil market will be stable when the Oil is controlled and managed by the rightful owner; and that the Region will remain a better consumer-market for them if there is peace and prosperity—those conditions that could never be found as long as Nigeria reigns. Finally, there is a group of International players—individuals, governments and corporation—who are getting rich from Nigeria being sick and being in crisis: obviously, this group wants to keep Nigeria in the current state or even worse, because they are making huge financial profits from the agony of the peoples.
The most significant stakeholder-countries have also told us that they will pay close attention only when our people on the ground engage in visible activism—right there in the land, in the region. They are not much impressed by what we do in Diaspora; they will only respect and acknowledge action and activities in Biafraland and in Nigeria. And, such action has to be sustained activity, for that matter. This is also reflected in what we term “the CNN-syndrome.” Many of our people are demanding that “we” make CNN carry news about Biafra: this is laughable, because CNN does not work like Nigeria’s news media where you pay the media house and have your report read as news. CNN is only interested in dramatic happenings and events in our own land, not in Diaspora utterances and offshore acts where local news are even more exciting. In any case, in our experience, sound bites on CNN are just that—they soon are passed over in favor of more active, more “interesting” and recent news—thrown into news bit dustbins, there to be forgotten. We see this every day. Therefore, what is important is sustained action, on the ground—on ground-zero, so to speak—continuous disruptive activism by our people in Biafraland and in Nigeria. That’s what foreigners tell us that they will respect and recognize.
So, armed with these facts and observations, let us resolve to do what is our duty to do, let us fight with persistence and determination that which is our own fight, and let us know where the correct arena for effective action is. Let us understand whose flesh, blood and sweat will purchase for us our own freedom.
In the meantime, we won’t forget that MASSOB members, including Uchenna Madu and other MASSOB officials, are still languishing in Nigeria’s jails; and even Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB, is not yet a free man. We demand from Nigeria their complete and unconditional release and freedom.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so.
That’s the News Analysis for the week. Thank you.
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.
Ka anyi were ohere ya saa ufodu ajuju gbasara ihe na a kpata isi-mgbakasi ma o wu mgbagwoju-anya na ihe anyi na e me na i nweta Biafra.
Otu: Kedu ebe UN kwu na ihe gbasara nweta Biafra?
Nde UN weliri aka na elu na votu kwekorita na ndi Mba owula nwere ike i ga noro onwe ha, chi wa kwa onwe ha, o wuru ma o so ndi Mba ahu. Ndi UN kwadoro ike ndi Mba i me ihe di otu ahu. Nkwekorita ahu, a gbara ya na Akwukwo ndi UN a na e tu “UN General Assembly Resolution A/61/295” na September 12/13 2007. Ike ahu wu ihe di naka Mba owula—ma ndi Biafra na ndi Mba ndi ozo. Maka nkea, i cho Biafra wu ihe ziri e zi na anya ndi Uwa na ndi UN; o nweghi onye nochiri la anyi uzo i cho Biafra.
Abuo: Nde UN, ha ga e nye Biafra Independence?
Mba! Mba nuoo! O dighi na aka UN i nye Mba owula Independence; UN e jighi ike i nye onye owula Independence; o wughi oru UN i me nke ahu. O wu anyi na onwe anyi ga e nye onwe anyi Independence, luo ogu, taa ahuhu na gboo aghighiara di na ime ya. Naka naani anyi ka nkea ahu di. Ma UN a gaghi a nochiri anyi uzo i nweta Biafra, maka ha kwadoro Mba owula i nwe, na i chi, onwe ha.
Ato: Gini ka ndi Uwa na e che gbasara nweta Biafra?
Onu-ogugu ndi Mba kwadoro nweta Biafra buru i bu, maka ha ma na Nigeria na e megbu anyi e megbu. Ndia choro ka nde Nigeria kwuo eziokwu, mee kwa nu ihe kwesiri e kwesi, nke wu ndi Mba na ile di na ime Nigeria i site Nigeria puwa, gaa noro onwe ha, na udo, otu Biafra choro ime. Ha a ghotala ugbua na o wurugodu na o wu Mmanu ahu wu naani ihe ha choro, na o ga a ka mfe ha i nweta mmanu ahu a si na udo di na ebe ahu; ha a marala na udo e nweghi ike i di na Nigeria, tutu nde mmanu di na ala ha e nwere mmanu ahu. Ndi Uwa na e che ka ndi Biafra mee mkpotu na ala Biafra na na ime Nigeria tutu ha e chebara anyi echiche; a ga e me kwa nu mkpotu ahu ka o sie ike, na e me ya mgbe owula, mee kwa nu ya oge tere anya. Ihe umu Biafra na e me na Diaspora (Ala Oyibo), o nweghi ihe ndi Uwa jiri ya kporo: naani nke e mere na ala anyi, na na ime Nigeria wu ihe di ire, na obi na na anya ndi uwa.
Umu Biafra: anyi gbakoo ihea na ile, anyi a ghota na ndi Uwa a nochirighi anyi uzo nweta Biafra; ha si na o wu na aka nke onwe anyi ka o di; ha si anyi mesie ihe ike, ma na o wu na ala Biafra na na ime Nigeria wu ebe anyi kwesiri i me ya, megide ya tee aka. Were zie unu ire unu rhee eze unu.
Onye e chefughi kwa la umu MASSOB, Uchenne Madu na ndi ndu ndi MASSOB ndi ozo, ndi Nigeria ka ji na mkporo Nigeria; ma Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB kwa, maka Nigeria a hapu chaa bee ya aka maka ihe mkporo Nigeria. Anyi si Nigeria: hapu umunne anyi ndi MASSOB aka—ugbua.
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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