This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For November 28, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Why does Nigeria continue to keep our Biafran heroes, members of MASSOB, in jail? Brave and courageous men such as Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB, and others, are yet to be released from Nigeria's dungeons mislabeled, "jails." Why? As you all recall, several months ago, Nigerian courts claimed that some of them have been granted Bail. What a dirty trick: granting them bail while deliberately setting the conditions too high for their reach, for our reach, by demanding sureties whose stipulations our people could not meet, for fear (genuine) of being picked up by the SSS and slapped with the same charge as our unjustly treated MASSOBians. The rest of the brave MASSOBians are being held in different jails in Nigeria for reasons, and on the same charges, that were dismissed by earlier Nigerian courts in belated but rare moments of legal candor and justice. The charges of “Treason” and "Intimidating the President of Nigeria" are entirely ridiculous at best, as is the reason that “MASSOB is a banned organization.” Nigerian government prosecutors have repeatedly demonstrated that they have neither the stomach nor the interest to litigate these cases; all they want to do is argue against bail wherein the Nigerian judges are too happy to oblige them. Their other tactic is to request for court adjournments repeated—and get it, too. For over two to four years, in some of the cases! This is cruelty of the first order. This is injustice with a capital "I".
Ndi Biafra: anyi e kelee unu.
Anyi na a ju si: kedu ihe mere Nigeria ka jiri jide umu nne anyi nde MASSOB na nga Nigeria? Nde di ka Uchenna Madu, otu na ndi ndu MASSOB, na umu MASSOB ndi ozo, ka no na mkporo di iche-iche na ime Nigeria, taa. Maka gini? O wu kwa ndi ulo-ikpe Nigeria si na ha nyere umunne anyi bail: ma otu a wughi ezi. Ihe Nigeria choro maka bail ahu a kariala ihe ndi anyi nwere ike i me; maka a sidi na otu onye na ime anyi puta mee ya, nde SSS Nigeria ga a nwude onye ahu, maa onye ahu otu ikpe ahu a mara nde MASSOB. Ebubo Nigeria boro ndi anyi ndi MASSOB ya, "Treason" na ebubo ndi ozo, wu asi na ebubo egwuruegwu: ndi okaa-ikpe Nigeria a tufula ebubo ya na ezi mbu. Ma ndi Nigeria a naghi a nu nti; ha a e nweghi ike i muta ako: ha ka na e jide ndi MASSOB, ka na a tu umu nne anyi mkporo. Maka gini?
We ask our jailed brethren to take heart, for they have not committed any offense. The Survival Imperative, arguably the strongest natural instinct, commands that one, individually or collectively, act to get out of danger, either by confronting and neutralizing the danger, or by removing oneself and or the collective from such danger. It is common and public knowledge that Nigeria is toxic to us, a veritable danger devouring us with a voracious appetite, and with relish. It is therefore unnatural and immoral to sit in the path of such danger and allow it to overtake us. We must, and do, obey the laws of Nature; we go with Nature's way when we act to leave Nigeria: we break no laws and commit no crimes. Even the United Nations through its General Assembly Resolution A/61/295 of September 12 / 13 2007 agrees that Ethnic Nations have a right to Self determination. The exercise of such a right is therefore in agreement with the expectations and rules of conduct of Humanity, especially when subjected to the type of torture and viciousness that we, Biafrans, have been subjected to by Nigeria. So, brethren: be of good cheer; you are doing the correct thing. By seeking and actualizing Biafra, we are in fact on the correct track, in God's eyes and in Man's eyes, too. There is no understandable reason or acceptable excuse to do other than what you do, what you are doing. We pledge to continue our efforts to obtain your full release.
Anyi na a rio umunne anyi ndi MASSOB di na mkporo Nigeria ka ha jisie obi ike; mara kwa na o nweghi iwu ha dara. Onye na a cho ndu ya, na ndu Umuibe, na ndu Oha, ebe naani onwu na ogbugbu cheere ha, o wu uzo Chineke kere anyi dum ka onye ahu na e so. Na ihu Chukwu na Mmadu, o nweghi iwu unu dara na unu na a cho Biafra—ebe ndu anyi ga a di. Ma owughiladi ndi UN e kwere la na ndi Mba owula nwere ike choo i noro onwe ha—ihe a na a kpo "Self Determination"; i me otua a wughi i da Iwu Uwa. Jiri unu nkea mara na o wu ihe di mma ka unu na anyi na e me na i cho uzo anyi i nweta Biafra. I weputa unu na nga Nigeria oso-oso ugbua, wu ihe di anyi na obi na na mmuo.
If it is any consolation, remember that what you do for Biafra in this effort will also benefit Nigerians, even though they cannot see it yet, or would not admit it. When we return our Biafra to its sovereignty and independence, as a consequence, the Yoruba will be set free too, as will the Arewans; as will other Nations currently forced to live a bitter and fruitless existence under unworkable and lethal so called "one-Nigeria." Thus unyoked, each Nation can evolve and develop at its own pace and in its own direction to fulfill its own true destiny—whatever that is. That has got to be infinitely better than the current horrendous “mis-arrangement” which still leaves the North the poorest and most illiterate group in the world today, after all these years; and at the same time, buries the Yoruba in retrogression, resulting in their culture marching backwards since the 60's, for the first time in Yoruba history. For, Nigeria is not good for anybody or any group, even those who think they might be getting something out of it. Any person or persons or acts or processes which hasten the day of liberation for all Nations from Evil called Nigeria, is in fact, Godsend. We shall be free; we will be free, and you, our MASSOB brothers, what you do and how you do it, is bringing this reality closer and in focus.
Ya wuru kwa ra unu ihe nkasi-obi na otu mgbe ahu unu nwetarala anyi Biafra, ndi Yoruba na ndi Awusa ga kwa e ri uru si na ya puta: o wughi sooso nde Biafra noro onwe ha ka ihe ga a diri mma. Mba na ile e jiri ike jigide na ime Nigeria, mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra, Mba ndi ahu dum ga e nwezi efe na ike i ga wara onwe ha, mezie onwe ha otu o soro ha. Onye ga e chefu urah mara ndi Awusa; ma o wu i la azu mere ndi Yoruba, kemgbe ihe aru na uru, ihe njo ahu a kporo one-Nigeria? Eziokwu wu na o nweghi onye, ma o wu Mba, Nigeria diri mma: naani njo na onwu ka o wurula Mba dum, na ndi mmadu na ile. Onye owula, ma o wu ihe o wula, ga e me ka Mba na ile, na ndi mmadu na ile, site na Oku-Mmuo ahu a kporo Nigeria puta, wu Onyinye Chukwu jiri aka Ya Onwe Ya nye anyi: o wu iheoma! Otu ubochi, anyi ga e siriri na Nigeria puta: ihe unu, umunne anyi ndi MASSOB, mere, ihe unu na e me, ga e me ka ubochi ahu di nso. Ndewo!
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) continues.
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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