This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For February 29, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
It continues to be obvious to serious people and even the non-serious that there is no hope for Nigeria. The recent Electoral Tribunal verdict on the rigged Nigeria’s election of 2007 was so laughable that the entire world paints Nigeria in deservedly stupid colors.
Many of you continue to wonder why the world does not pay attention to what is happening here (except when it comes to Oil production). This is precisely why: only in Nigeria can the sort of verdict arrived at by this tribunal be possible; only in Nigeria can that happen and the authorities get away with it; only in Nigeria can that happen and the masses continue to mill around either pretending to be happy or waiting for someone else to deliver them—going about their business as usual. The world reserves only scorn and spite for countries like Nigeria and their “Citizens.” Nigeria and its masses are regarded by the world as non-serious.
It is therefore quite important that we renew and intensify our efforts to get out of Nigeria, not only so we can actualize Biafra quicker, but also, so we can avoid being painted with same brushstrokes and painted into the same picture as Nigeria. Believe it or not, the world has not made the differentiation between Nigeria and Biafra; it is our sacred business to make sure that the world understands that we are not Nigerians, and we do not act like Nigerians. We are Biafrans.
Nevertheless, let us not assume that the sickness that is Nigeria has not also afflicted some of us. Let’s provide some examples. Mr. Ezekiel Izuogu is Engineer Extraordinaire from Biafra. He has invented the first all-made-in Africa automobile. Because he is Biafran and because of Nigeria’s open anti-Biafra / anti-Biafra progress policies, this feat has been deliberately suppressed: the automobile was not promoted or marketed, and the achievement was not even acknowledged. Engineer Izuogu knows all that. What is Mr. Izuogu’s response—what is he doing about it? The Engineer is now running for PDP office because he “wants to make Nigeria better,” and he claims that Yar’Adua is the source of his renewed political inspiration. Can smart Izuogu tell us if anyone has ever succeeded in making Nigeria better (assuming anyone else even tried, except for the Igbo)? Can smart Izuogu tell us how Yar’Adua, the best example of what is wrong in politics and with politics on the entire Planet, has become his political inspiration? When the world looks at a man such as Izuogu, it not only spites him but actually extends and expands the ridicule to all his kin—in this case, Biafrans. Does it take Rocket Science (and Engineer-cum-Scientist, Izuogu, would know) to realize that since Nigeria has maliciously blocked his hard-earned achievements just because he is Biafran, that he should “return” to Biafra where he is not just Biafra’s hero, but Africa’s too, as well as one of the world’s?
Another example is made by the case of our much-revered late Military hero, Aguiyi-Ironsi. He set out, an Igbo man, to “make Nigeria better.” His Hausa-Fulani junior officers of his Nigeria’s Army assassinated him in 1966, murdering him in cold blood, with utter disdain and total disrespect, during the crime and even afterwards. Now, one of Ironsi’s sons took a post with Nigeria’s government; Ironsi’s widow also joined Nigeria’s politics—a system owned and run by those who committed this crime. Just this past week, Theophilus Danjuma, the crusty sociopath representing all that is wrong with the Nigeria military, and with Nigeria’s so-called governments and regimes, in which he also participated, reminded us all of the extent of Hausa-Fulani hatred and disrespect of Ironsi, and by extension, of Igbo-Biafra. His unrepentant outbursts should also remind all of the deep-seated animosity of his kin against Biafrans. Apparently, the late Ironsi’s family failed to realize this, or chose to ignore it.
All over our land today, there are still persons otherwise of repute who talk favorably about Biafra one day, and the next day, they are declaring for one-Nigeria, and doing this in continuous cycles. This is another example of the Nigeria-disease afflicting some Biafrans. Some of them are busy chasing after appointments in Nigeria’s government where they will become sycophants for Northern and Western Nigeria leaders, and where they will join Nigeria in continuing to pepper our people—their people. And, these are persons who ought to know better. While we may tolerate such persons, or worse, still, try to cover for them, the world reacts objectively, firmly and correctly too: the world dismisses these persons as not serious, and along with them, any sympathies it might have for Biafra, seeing that reputed Biafrans are talking out of both sides of their mouth at the same time. Especially, when these Biafrans in so-called leadership roles can see that Nigeria is going nowhere.
So, fellow Biafrans: by association, we Biafrans have been condemned along with Nigeria by the world; and, by their deeds, some of us Biafrans have become the excuse offered for such “mass punishment.” This has only added to our burden, a burden which we must overcome.
Following this February 26 2008 mess-up by Nigeria, one more in decades-old painful and flunky series in Nigeria, we now confirm and affirm that Nigeria is not an option for us, and could never be. We now must face our extraction and extrication from Nigeria with all seriousness and with alacrity. Our motto and goal is Self Determination for Biafra—now. Promptness is called for. We need to prove to ourselves and to the world that we have not been totally assimilated and corroded by Nigeria. We are a distinct Nation, enviably blessed and endowed—Biafra and her people are.
From now until we get there, our only program is Self Determination for Biafra.
We will not forget that MASSOB members are still in Nigeria’s jails—Uchenna Madu, other MASSOB officials, MASSOB other-rank; even Uwazurike himself, their leader, is still a prisoner of Nigeria. We demand their immediate and unconditional release by Nigeria.
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 Uwa a hula na o wu aru na aruru-ala wu ihe no na Nigeria ebe ndi oka-Ikpe ha kpebiri ikpe na a si na Election wuru-wuru nke 2007 nke butere Yar’Adua na ochichi Nigeria e zutara na oghi, na o nweghi ihe di njo na ya. O wu ihe di otua na e me ndi Uwa ji na e me anyi ka anyi wu ndi ara, ndi e nweghi echichie e nweghi ike. Nkea mere anyi ga e ji e siriri Nigeria puta, maka anyi a choghi ka ndi Uwa na e che na anyi na Nigeria wu otu—mba! Biafra a wughi Nigeria; Nigeria a wughi Biafra.
Ma, o nwere ndi Biafra na a kpa a gwa ka oria Nigeria o na a ria ha. Lee nu onye di ka Ezekiel Izuogu, onye Biafra, onye Engineer jiri aka ya ruo moto—nke onye Africa e meghi bee mbu. Nigeria e kweghidi e kwe ka ihea di egwu di otua puta ihe; ma otu Izuogu ya na a zo okwa na ime PDP nde Nigeria taa—na a si na ya na a ga i mezi Nigeria. Juo nu unu ya: kedu maka Biafra, ebe moto ya ga na e wi?
Cheta kwa unu otu ndi Awusa jiri gbuo Aguiyi Ironsi na 1966—Ironsi choro i mezi Nigeria. Ma, otu nwa Ironsi na nwuye Ironsi a gawa ga nara okwa na ochichi Nigeria nke ndi Awusa no na isi ya. Na izu ya, madu ojoo a na a kpo Theophilus Danjuma, onye gburu Ironsi, na a ko Ironsi onu. Ndi ezi-nu-ulo Ironsi ga chebara nkea echiche. Ndi Biafra ndi ozo jiri kwa ire ha guo eze ha.
O nwekwara ndi ozo a na e nye ugwu na Biafra; taa, ha na e to Biafra; echi, ha na e to one-Nigeria. O wu kwa nu aru na iberibe—otua ka Uwa huru ya. Onye a jughi kwala ihe mere ndi Uwa a naghi a bia i nyere anyi aka na ihe anyi na e me: ndi Uwa e rhee la udi agwa di otua, were kwekorita na onye na eme otua—ka Nigeria si e me—na enyem-aka a gaghi e ruta onye ahu aka.
Mara zie unu na uzo ahu anyi na a ga na nweta Biafra, o nweghi zi i tuaghari azu ma o wu i le anya na azu di ya ozo. Maka anyi a gaghi e kwe ka a gukoo anyi na Nigeria: mbanu. Anyi di iche—anyi wu ndi Biafra. Site ugbua gawa na ihu, sooso otu ihe ka anyi ma—ka anyi ga na a cho: Biafra—nweta Biafra. Ma o nweghi ihe ozo, anyi kwesiri i zi na anyi di iche, na anyi a wughi Nigeria. Onye ga e chefu ngozi na onyinye puru-ichie nke Chineke nyere Biafra, na umu Ya nde Biafra? Biafra ka anyi ma, site ugbua rue mgbe anyi ga e nweta ya, mgbe anyi ga e bido bie ndu anyi na ile ka nde Biafra.
Ka anyi na e cheta, na na e ruta na eruru, ndi MASSOB ndi ka no na mkporo Nigeria—Uchenna Madu na ndi ndu MASSOB ndi ozo, na umu MASSOB; Uwazurike na onwe ya, onye isi MASSOB kwa. Anyi ji otu olu kwuo na Nigeria ga e weputa ha, hapu ha aka!
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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