This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For July 18, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We have seen the Biafran Government in Exile (BGIE) in action recently with a series of Press Releases sent to the World media on current issues of relevance to Biafra and to Africa. We must say that we like what we see. Let us reiterate what BGIE has done—and done quite well, too—with these Press Releases.
First, BGIE is representing the people of the Nation of Biafra in reminding our people, and at the same time, announcing to the world, that we as a people and the government we have commissioned to represent us, have certain morals and principles based on our culture and traditions which are consistent with basic human decency and basic respect for humanity. This set of principles we will not go against, regardless of circumstances. We will remain true to these principles, because they are our guide and our beacon in good times; and our collective conscience in the day of murder and mayhem unleashed by hypocrisy and wickedness.
Second, in speaking the collective mind of our people, BGIE is not concerned with political expedience and “political correctness,” practices which have lead to unbelievable hypocrisy with attendant unjust and prolonged victimization of the innocent in Africa and around the world. We are not interested in obligatory or even sympathetic political alignments, whether along neo-colonial lines or in obedience to self-serving directives. We remain informed and guided by respect for humanity and by human decency: that is the only side we will take; that is our only alignment. This is our culture.
Third, BGIE recalls Biafra’s experiences in these issues: these experiences are real to us; we are living examples of the impact of the issues we address in the Press Releases. With living scars as our medal and witness, we are fully qualified to respond to these matters; at least, no less so than any other stakeholders out there. If we do not speak up and speak out, then, who will? The loud and noisy voices we hear thus far are for the most part those of the remorseless perpetrators and hypocrites, and they are back to their old tricks—in fact, they never even took a break. Our voice must be heard, will be heard, so to restore balance and sensibility.
Fourth, neither BGIE nor our people who commissioned BGIE want us to forget what happened to Biafra, where the entire world seems to have developed total amnesia about it and likes to remain that way. We want our people, especially the younger generation, to always remember what happened to Biafra, what happened in Biafra. We also will not let the world forget the fact and reality of Biafra. The subject matter of the Press Releases offers us a ripe opportunity to not just recall Biafra, but also to point out what happens when the events spawning the necessity of Biafra and causing the birth of Biafra are allowed to occur without challenge or protest and without correction. We have an opportunity in this matter to point out what follows when the consequences of Biafra are pretended away by peoples and by a world unwilling to face such reality. We can’t forget: we won’t let you, and we won’t let the world.
What we must not leave out from the lessons of the BGIE Press Releases are that the Biafran people—the Biafran masses—who commission a government such as BGIE, are still very much responsible for seeing that the government reflects the true character, defining principles and best practices of the collective; and that the people have a duty to stop such a government from egregiously erring. In other words, BGIE or any other government of Biafra cannot (just because, for example, other countries are doing the same) start practicing hypocritical politics and the people of Biafra just stand idly by while such is going on—no! The people of Biafra shall not let such a government stand, but must remove it immediately and cause another government worthy, willing and able to demonstrate the real Biafra moral fiber to be formed.
The people of Biafra should not and will not allow a government official to use the office of the government to commit crimes of any nature: the people of Biafra shall rise as one, condemn the official and demand that such an official face summary dismissal, trial and conviction and make appropriate reparations, as stipulated by the law. The people of Biafra should not and shall not countenance electoral fraud by any person or persons or group or party, but shall cause the nullification of such fraud and obtain reparation from whoever is or are responsible for such, after banning them forthwith from future participation. No Biafran citizen or participant in elections in Biafra is to be harassed, made to suffer harm or killed because of his or her participation, intent to participate in, or even abstain from, such elections, whether as a voter, bystander, facilitator, monitor or as a candidate for elected office. This is another take-home from BGIE Press Releases: it is a lesson that we must hold sacred.
The BGIE Press Releases are a statement of standards by which Biafrans live; standards by which any Biafra government functions; at the same time, these Press Releases are a call to action—action by the people of Biafra to vow never to allow anything contrary to our highest principles to be practiced by ourselves, our government or its officials. The Press Releases call on the people of Biafra to act: to live true to our own traditions and principles; to be prepared to swiftly and unequivocally correct, by removal if necessary, erring governments and erring officials.
Let us thank BGIE for this charge, for empowering us and for reminding us and the world. We trust that future governments of Biafra will follow the foundation now being laid by BGIE. We trust that present and future generations of Biafrans will uphold their responsibility to act in the best tradition of respect for human decency and the Human Race, and clip the wings of any institutions and their membership going contrary to this tradition.
Before we end this segment of the broadcast, we must remind the world of, and ask Nigeria to release, the following brethren of ours, members of the MASSOB still being held in Nigeria’s jails purportedly because they cannot meet bail conditions which were deliberately set too high by Nigeria. They are: Samuel Onwuka, Jude Onuasoanya, Sunday Mmadubuike, Chima Okafor, Richard Oko, Isaac Obi, Sunday Agudike, Uchenna Onuegbe, Anayo Nwali, Chukwudi Dennis, Arinze Obodozie, Oko Uru, Emeka Ugwu, and Uchenna Madu. Brethren: we will not stop our efforts until you are fully released.
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 (http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm) now continues in Igbo, one of the Biafran languages.
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 (VOBI) Radio, di na Washington DC, na ala America, na a bia ra unu na abali a.
Ihe “Biafra Government in Exile” (BGIE) (Ochichi Biafra no na mba) mere na i de ihe a na a kpo Press Release, nke wu i gwa ndi o-chu-nta-akuko nke uwa echiche ndi Biafra gbasara ihe na a ga na uwa ya—ihe BGIE mere—di anyi obi uto. BGIE meziri e mezi.
BGIE na e me ka anyi cheta, na a gwa kwa uwa, na anyi wu Biafra nwere ezigbo Omenala puru ichie nke na a sopuru Ndu Mmadu, na kwa e nye Mmadu Chineke keere ugwu. Ihe o wula BGIE ga e me ga e so uzo Omenala oma anyi, maka anyi huru na o wu uzo ziri e zi na anya Chi anyi, o wurugodu na ndi ochichi ndi mba ndi ozo na e me ihe ozo soro ha. Na aha “politics,” ndi ochichi mba ndi ozo na ndi na a chi ha na a gha oke ugha, na e me ihe ojo otu osoro ha, na e chebaraghi ya echiche. Ma BGIE a gaghi e me otu ahu.
BGIE jiri oghiere okwu ya na e me ka anyi na ndi uwa cheta ihe mere Biafra—nke ndi uwa na a cho sooso nchefu, ma anyi a gaghi e kwe ka ha chefuo. Maka, ihe mere na Biafra, ihe e mere Biafra, wu ihe aru nke anyi a gaghi a gbachi nkiti taa mgbe o na e me na ebe ozo, na mba ozo, na ime Africa—mba!
Ma ihe ozo di mkpa si na okwu BGIE ya puta wu na Oha Biafra e kweghikwala ka ochichi Biafra owula mee udi aru a na e kwu okwu ya ugbua. Oha Biafra e kweghikwala ka onye owula no na ochichi mee udi njo ya a na e kwu okwu ya. Oha Biafra jikwara kwa i guzo na igwe i chupu ochichi ojoo ahu na ndi omenjo di na ochichi ahu. Na otu aka ahu kwa, BGIE na kwa a gwa Oha na ndi Biafra dum na ha na onwe ha e soghikwala mee udi aru di otu a—aru di ka i ga gbuo igwe mmadu maka ha wu ndi mba ozo, ihe a na a kpo Genocide. Njo di ka i zuru election na oghi: onye mere ya na ala Biafra, Oha Biafra a gaghi e kwe ka o zotu ukwu na ala Biafra ozo na a wughi na mkporo. Ndi Biafra a gaghi e so mee udi aru ahu.
Anyi kelere BGIE na okwu ha, nke kpotere ndi Biafra na urha na a gwa anyi—ma o wu ochichi, nde no na ochichi, ma o wu ndi Oha Biafra—ka anyi soro Omenala oma nke Biafra, soro uzo eziokwu na nsopuru ndu mmadu—ma o wu ndu nke anyi onwe anyi, ma o wu ndu nke ndi ozo; uzo nke na e nye Mmadu ugwu. BGIE gwara anyi ka anyi e soghikwala na i me aru ma o wu njo, nke ndi mba ndi ozo na e me, na o nweghi ihe ha kporo ya. Nkea wu kwa nu ezi uka!
Tupu anyi e kwushaa, ka anyi cheta umunne anyi ndi MASSOB ka no na mkporo Nigeria, nde Nigeria si na o nyere Bail, ma Bail a di oke elu, ka aka anyi e rughi ya. Nigeria ga a hapuriri ha aka. Aha ha wu: Samuel Onwuka, Jude Onuasoanya, Sunday Mmadubuike, Chima Okafor, Richard Oko, Issac Obi, Sunday Agudike, Uchenna Onuegbe, Anayo Nwali, Chukwudi Dennis, Arinze Obodozie, Oko Uru Emeka Ugwu, na Uchenna Madu.
Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi.
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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