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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For December 19, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We hope that you can find some peace of mind which one must have, in the first place, in order to enable one get into the Christmas spirit so as to celebrate and enjoy the season. We hope that you can get into the requisite jolly mood to allow yourself to be of the good cheer which defines Christmas season. It’s going to be tough!
Pretending that one is happy or content while one is suffering and dying inside is not healthy: it does not solve the pressing problems. Going through the motions, the traditions and lore of Christmas, with attendant hopefulness and anticipation of salvation, while being found in our current and ongoing hopeless situation in Nigeria with no end in sight, is not cause for happiness but for depression.
Today, our land, Biafraland, is ruled by great fear arising from insecurity, oppression and relegation. The Nigerian government and its armed institutions and agents maim and kill us, loot and rape what they cannot take away from us. They are all over us, smothering us. As if that is not enough, some of our own people have turned against us, too, armed-robbing, kidnapping, killing, stealing and causing injuries to us—their own people, often with family member doing it to his or her own family. We cannot travel out, and we cannot come home, for fear of attack; and we are just as uneasy staying back at home. Can there be a worse curse?
Today, schools and education are out of the question. Employment: Jobs—decent or not—are an impossible dream. Entrepreneuring work is no longer heard off: there is no infrastructure to support that, only a punishing, suppressive and malignant environment designed to sink any initiative. Honesty is a rare trait anymore; corruption and unspeakable vices are the order of the day.
Oh, do not think that these awful times, caused and brought on us by Nigeria, are about to get less terrible. When the Nigerian Supreme court or whatever it calls itself upheld the blatantly fraudulent foisting of Yar’Adua as Nigeria’s president at the same time that other courts elsewhere in the world were dishing out blinded political justice, the signal of “business as usual, the Nigerian way,” was sent: it is a clear signal. When Nigerians are now leapfrogging and talking about years 2011 and 2015, never mind that ninety-nine percent of them barely survive the present day, you get the feeling—you know the feeling too well—they are willing to take whatever the current administration dishes out, no matter how bad, until regime change. All the while, the part of their memory responsible for past events, experiences, history, attendant lessons and their mental integration, seems to have been erased. Why can’t they realize the obvious point that each successive administration has performed worse than the one preceding it—regime change or not—enough to make the previous truly evil administration smell like Angels? This is all part of the mind-boggle and quagmire called Nigeria. Nothing gets better: everything gets worse, and Nigerians forget.
And while this goes on, there is a screaming shortage of courage: people are ever more willing to endure the unendurable and unmentionables even after there is nothing more to lose and nothing else to lose. They have not reacted like human beings who are fed up, who have had enough, a point which was reached and passed over ten years ago. Except for MASSOB members and some pro-Biafran groups and other supporters of Biafra who actually make tangible contributions to see Biafra actualized. They, especially MASSOB, have demonstrated bravery in the face of this brutal war of annihilation against our people. And, even as we speak, Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB, and many other MASSOB members are still in Nigeria’s jails, unconscionably held therein by Nigeria, proof of their uncommon courage. We maintain vigil for their safe and immediate release. But, how can MASSOB and this handful of organizations and individuals alone wrest Biafra out of the leprous clutches of Nigeria—all by themselves?
So, let’s not pretend this Christmas. We are dead—dead to ourselves, dead to the world, dead to the human race, dead to our Moral responsibilities. The fact is that no piece of our mind is free to meditate on, and embrace the promise of the peace of Christmas. No part of us is healthy enough to show cheer, never mind sharing goodwill with the rest of humanity, as occasioned by Christmas. But, let us all today commit to the principle that, “No Biafra, no Christmas; since Christmas will be, then, Biafra must be.” For, it is for such as we are today that Christmas is especially redeeming, especially meaningful and especially fulfilling.
If you want Christmas, then, actualize Biafra. We want Christmas: we must actualize Biafra.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so. This Christmas, be it tangibly 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.
Anyi ma na oge Christmas a di la nso, ma, e lee kwanu otu anyi ga e ji a gba Christmas na afo ya mgbe obi na ume e rughi anyi ala? Anyi na a tu ilulu na a si na “obi na a di nu mma utu a maa”: kedu kwa unu ihe ahu merela anyi na ala-mmuo ya a na a kpo Nigeria, anyi ga a si na o wu ihe oma?
Kedu kwa nu ihe Christmas wuru onye ahu ya na onwu na oria na urah na a gba mgba na oge na ile? Mmegbu Nigeria na e megbu anyi, nkugbu Nigeria na a kugbu anyi, o gbugbu Nigeria na e gbu anyi, a si di na nkea e shighi nne, gbako nye ya nke ufodu ndi umu Biafra na onwe ha na zi e me ndi Biafra ibe ha, na ala Biafra nke anyi. “Kidnapping,” oghi e ji egbe e zu, uru, aru; nwa nne i ghogbu nwanne ya; otu-nne-ji i ji anya-ukwu gbuo nwa nne ya—udi uru na aru anya a hughi bee mbu, ma o wu nti a nughi bee mbu. Ihe ndi ya na e wi zi na ala Biafra taa. Gwa nu unu anyi otu obi anyi ga a di na Christmas?
Nke kacha di njo wu na mgbanwe a dirighi Nigeria: mba! Njo na aru Nigeria ka di ukwuu; o ka ga na e me, rue mgbe Nigeria ga a ga na ala-ili ya. Nke kacha nke a wuru na ume a dighi ndi mmadu ndi Nigeria i bilite oto si Nigeria, “mba! ozuola gi!” Kama, ha a nodi nge ahu ka ndi nwuru a nwu. Ujo e kweghi ndi Biafra ka ha guzoro oto si ndi Nigeria, Mba! O gwula nde MASSOB na ndi otu Biafra ndi ozo, ziri na ha wu dimkpa, otu ha jiri kwuru chim na nweta Biafra. Nke mere ka nde di ka Uchenna Madu, otu na ndi ndu MASSOB, na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo, ka Nigeria jide ha na mkporo. Ma, nke ahu a kwusighi MASSOB na ihe ha na e me na nzota Biafra. Kedu kwa nu otu naani MASSOB ga e si e nwetara anyi Biafra, ma oha Biafra e nyeghi aka?
Onye si na obi, ma o wu ahu, di ya mma na onodu anyi na ime Nigeria taa, na ahuhu anyi na a ta maka ya, nke i ji gba wa Christmas na obi oma, ugha ka onye ahu na a ghara onwe ya. Ma, o wuru na Christmas o na a so anyi uso, ka anyi nweta nu Biafra, were hu kwanu otu e si a gba Christmas, gba zie ya ofuma. Bia unu ka anyi nweta Biafra; mgbe ahu, bia zie unu ka anyi gbaa Christmas na ezigbo obi oma.
Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi. Na oge Christmas ya, ka o diri otu ahu.
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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