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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For December 26, 2008
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
This New Year, 2009, we want Biafra: we have to actualize Biafra.
As we get ready for the New Year, let’s revisit yesterday, Christmas day, with our pre-Christmas statement from our last broadcast...
“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.”
And now, let’s move on to what we must do this new year, 2009. Let’s not waste our time making usual New Year Resolutions if we are not willing to work to actualize such resolutions. Let’s stop making New Year Wishes unless we are willing to forego the childishness of idle traditions, and instead, will do what grown men and grown women do, what serious people do, which is to act—to work very hard and sacrifice whatever in order that they may attain their heart’s most pressing desire.
Yes, 2009 must be the year of action to actualize Biafra. We have now heard people talking about the years, 2011, 2015, even 2019, referring to Nigeria’s possible change of regimes, as possible points of hope for a spineless, beaten, comatose populace. What stupidity, befitting only those whose cowardice knows no limits. When previous regime-changes in Nigeria have brought nothing but unfathomably more misery for the people, each successive “loot-ocracy” and “idiot-ocracy” incredibly outdoing the previous one in evil—when that’s the case, as we all know it is—isn’t it rather unforgivable crass and lame for anyone to place their hopes on such dates and implied events?
In the same vein, we have watched as most initiative to actualize Biafra frittered away, even when our masses are willing to act en masse on our request. The Nigerian court system has learned to dribble us with their indefinitely postponed judgements where the legal fate of our organizations and our ardent activists is at stake. The Nigerian so-called governors in Biafraland have teamed up with our oppressors—the Nigerian Military, the Nigeria Police, Nigeria’s armed agents and other Nigerian institutions, collectively known as Nigeria and the Nigerian government—to physically and psychologically intimidate, harass, and maim our people and the pro-Biafran activists in Biafraland, such as MASSOB, who are leading and urging our people to action. The Biafran elite, even though Nigeria humiliates them constantly and gives credit for their work to non-Biafran riffraff, continue to sabotage our efforts by their blinded shoring up of one-Nigeria, although they have history against them, history which proves that all efforts by the Igbo to keep Nigeria one has been at great cost to the Igbo, and has never worked, and will never work. We won’t even mention the other glaring disappointment known by “Biafrans in Diaspora.”
We also hear our people talking of US President-Elect Obama’s inauguration later on in the year, now preparing, basing and postponing our plans for pro-Biafra activism around that event in faraway America. No doubt, Obama is a world-phenomenon; but we tend to forget that that “world” we refer to is a world where persons fight, even beyond the best of their ability, with more than the very last breath and with more than every last resource and effort, to get what they desire, as Obama himself exemplifies. If we, as a people, do not understand this, then, that world is not for us—we are not part of that world. Because the world has neither respect nor sympathy for those who fight for their own rights only half-heartedly or not at all; those who cry for others to come and do for them what they should be doing, what they must do, for themselves. If we use Obama’s inauguration as an excuse to postpone pro-Biafran actualization activism today, we prove that we really do not understand; as such, talk of Obama’s inauguration by our people is only a joke—on our own selves. If any Biafran, Biafran organization or you, want to participate in Obama’s inauguration, stand wherever you are now and deliver Biafra now. Anything else is foolishness, of which we do not have the luxury at this time. In 2009, let us act like smart people; let us be real members of the world. Let us focus on the real task, from which there is no running away. Actualize Biafra!
We must make worthy the ongoing sacrifice of especially MASSOB and its membership in this struggle for Biafra actualization. We have received sad belated news of the death of Uchenna Madu’s father—Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB, held in Nigeria’s jails with other brave MASSOB members. What sacrifice! Other MASSOB members in Nigeria’s jails have also lost parents, spouses, siblings, family members and close relatives. The leader of MASSOB, Ralph Uwazurike, himself, lost his own mother while he was held in Nigeria’s jails last year. We dedicate this 2009 New Year broadcast to all our brave pro-Biafran activists, especially those in Nigerian jails, especially MASSOB members, who have suffered such human losses. We commend their loved ones to the Bosom of the Almighty; we commend them themselves to the Love of All Love. Our greatest response, our best commendation, our best prayer, our best consolation, remains the actualization of Biafra. This year, let us do just that. For their sake. For our sake. For God’s sake.
This New Year, resolve to actualize Biafra, in 2009. Follow through with action. Action, action, action, more action: nonstop action.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so. This year, 2009, WE MAKE 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.
Ka anyi mee afo ohuru ya, 2009, afo anyi ga e nweta Biafra. Naani nkea ka anyi choro na 2009—Biafra.
Anyi na e jikere i gba Afo Ohuru, afo 2009, ka anyi chetara unu ihe anyi kwuru maka Christmas echi ya gafere a gafe.:
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 gaa 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.
Ka anyi kwu wa zie okwu Afo Ohuru. Naani otu ihe ka anyi ga e kwu:
Nwetara unu anyi Biafra na afo 2009 ya!
Anyi a choghi ogologo Emume. Anyi a choghi ogologo okwu. Ihe anyi choro wu mgbali, i ru oru—ru sie ya ike, i me ihe kwesiri i me ka anyi nweta Biafra na afo ya..
O wughi ka ndi iberibe ndi Nigeria si na ha na e che afo 2011, 2015, ma owudi afo 2019, mgbe ha chere na ihe ga a di mma na ime Nigeria. Olebee mgbe ihe diri Nigeria na ndi bi na ime ya mma? O wughi ka ndi efulefu ndi Nigeria mere governor na ala Biafra, ndi gara kpoo Army na Police Nigeria ka ha gbue ndi anyi maka anyi na a cho Biafra. O wughi ka ndi iwhoriwho Biafra ndi mmuta-oke-akwukwo, ndi na a cho one-Nigeria; nke ziri na ha wu ndi nzuzu, ebe onye nwere echiche ga a hu na ndi Igbo-Biafra e mee la elu, mee kwa ala, ka Nigeria wuru otu, ma nkea e mebe; o nweghi otu o ga e si e me.
Ihe anyi ga e me a wughi ka ndi si na ha na e che Nrigo-Okwa (Inauguration) onye isi America, Diopka Barack Obama, na mbido afo, tutu anyi e mee ihe anyi kwesiri i me i nwetara anyi Biafra taa. Onye na ime anyi ihe Obama na America mere masiri (nke wu onye owula na ime uwa ya), onye ahu tinye obi ya, ahu ya, na mmuo ya na ile, na nweta Biafra na afo 2009.
Ka anyi zi kwanu uru o bara na umunne anyi, e ji ha na mkporo Nigeria. Mgbe e ji ha na nga ahu, nne na nna na umunne ufodu na ime ha a nwuo la. Uchenna Madu, otu na ndi ndu ndi MASSOB, ka no na mkporo, nna ya nwuru na onwa gara aga. Na afo gara a ga, nne Ralph Uwazurike, onye isi MASSOB, nwu kwa ra. Naani na aka Chineke ka anyi tinyere umu nne anyi ndi ya, ma ndi nwuru a nwu, ma ndi no na mkporo Nigeria. Anyi si ha: Ndo unu oo! Ma, anyi mara kwa na o nweghi nkashi obi, ma owu ihe ozo anyi ga e mere ha, ga a di ha mma karia kwa nweta Biafra. Nwetara unu ha na anyi Biafra, na afo ya!
Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi. Na afo ohuru ya, 2009, ANYI ga e me ka o di 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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