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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For January 9 2009
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
This is what we need this year in order to actualize Biafra in 2009.
1) Principled approach. We need to understand that:
a) it is our right to seek and actualize Biafra, Sovereign and independent of / from Nigeria. We really must understand this and be willing and ready to act on it all the time. Why is it our right? First, God created us Biafrans and put us in Biafraland. Our ancestors inhabited the Bight of Biafra for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and we have lived in this land continuously since then; well before Nigeria was cobbled together. We do not claim Yorubaland, including even Lagos, even though our people may be residents there. By the same token, we hold no claims to Northern Nigeria territory (and would never even as much as entertain such), because that is not part of our ancestral property or heritage, even though many Biafrans and former Igbo leaders and their families owned and continue to hold property there, and many more were born and or grew up in Northern Nigeria. Biafra is our only land and our only country. We have a natural and moral claim to our own land.
Second, in September 2007, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed Resolution A/61/295 wherein the right of every ethnic group to Self Determination was formalized, is supported and upheld. The practical meaning of this is that efforts by nations, such as Biafra, at Self Determination will not be contested, stopped or frowned upon by the UN; rather, the right to Self Determination by any nation, including Biafra, will be respected and upheld by the UN. There is no stronger international empowerment or endorsement for our struggle for Biafra actualization than this. So, let no one say that the UN is not helping or did not / has not come to our aid. The UN has given us and other ethnic nations the diplomatic weapon, shield and cover to do what we must do—but must do by our own selves. The use of these facilities to claim our own right is entirely up to us.
b) This is OUR struggle—the actualization of Biafra—and ours alone. It is foolish to expect the UN or anyone else to come in and engage in the struggle with us or on our behalf. It is we who will bruise and die in order to get Biafra. By the same token, no organization or State will “grant” us Biafra—not Nigeria, not the UN. Rather, we will take back our own country by our own selves, with success, regardless of how long it takes—or how many of us are doing the work. It is only fruitless and frustrating to look at your side or behind you to see who else is carrying the load of Biafra actualization. You face forwards, just do your part, and keep doing it until we get to Biafra. Whether or not others are doing any work is not really your concern; all your focus is on you doing your own part in the matrix of the struggle. That’s how it has always been done, when accomplished successfully. Blame no one for not doing something to contribute positively; if there is to be blame, heap it on only those who actively oppose your efforts at Biafra actualization.
2) Activism. This year, Biafrans should act like they are in a war—we are. Nigeria has not stopped warring against us: Nigeria has not stopped persecuting us or killing us. As we all know, it is all “business-as-usual” for Nigeria and in Nigeria; and, as we all also know, the major part of Nigeria’s business is to cheat, to cheek, to humiliate, to dispossess and to kill Biafrans—in Biafra homeland as well as in Nigerian territory. We need to carry about us such a consciousness, an awareness which enables us to always conduct ourselves as activists in a war which we are certain that we are going to win. We have to engage in civil disobedience, especially when called for en masse. Nigeria is keeping us miserable while she goes on trying to exist in comfort—at our own expense: we say, No! to that. We will find every way to show non-cooperation and make life hot for Nigeria. We are not interested in giving Nigeria any ultimatums; what we know is that we do what we do when we do it, and we will continue to do such until we get Biafra—any time, every time and at all times.
We must not stop to see if the world is watching or if the world media is reporting on our activism; we must not play to the world gallery in our activist business: no. Whether or not the world takes note, whether or not the world shows interest, we continue to do what we must do, without relent, our only cue to cease action being the actualization of Biafra.
We have to engage all Biafrans, at least in discussions, refusing to let them off the hook while Nigeria mauls us all. We need to engage all the Nigeria’s political stakeholders appointed by Nigeria in our own land, reminding them that they are all Biafrans, and cannot escape the bruising collective fate of Biafra at the hands of Nigeria today, or the glorious destiny of Biafra tomorrow when we shall have actualized Biafra. Nigeria will always see them as Biafrans, and will always treat them as Biafrans. Talk to them. Talk with them, Tickle their conscience. Challenge them. Allow them no free ride on our backs; allow them no comfort at all. They are part of the equation, and we must set their feet on fire until they respond correctly to our collective pain.
Be prepared for ongoing casualties in this struggle for Biafra actualization: that next casualty or victim could be YOU. We have no solutions for this, and not enough condolences befitting our Biafran brothers and sisters who will be jailed or injured or killed or dispossessed; and those who will most certainly suffer many other types of losses, including loss of cherished relationships, as a consequence of this struggle for Biafra. Somewhere in your mind, you have to weigh the alternatives and arrive at a resolve, no matter the personal cost. In this vein, we remember our other Biafran brethren such as Uchenna Madu et al, who are still being held in Nigeria’s jails though Nigeria claims it has granted them bail, but will not let them out of prison. How does one condole with fellow Biafrans making such sacrifice—except by actualizing Biafra?
In the final analysis, only Biafra can afford us the freedom that we deserve by nature, restore Hope and restore our dignity, while protecting our human rights, our life and property. That’s why we do what we do at whatever the cost to actualize Biafra. And, actualize Biafra we must!
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 kwuo ihe gbasara otu anyi ga e doba obi na mmuo anyi ka anyi were chota Biafra na afo ya.
Ihe mbu wu ka anyi na a kpa agwa ka nde ma na o wu ike ha i horo i bi na Obodo nke ha. Kedu ihe o ji wuru ike anyi i nwere Obodo nke anyi, Obodo Biafra? Osisa nke mbu: o wu Chineke keere anyi, kee ala Biafra, tinye anyi na ala Biafra ebe ndibeanyi bi kemgbe oge gboo. Anyi a naghi a zo ala Yoruba (ma o wu di Lagos), ma o wu ala Awusa—nke ahu wu ala ndi ahu. Naani ala anyi, Ala Biafra, ka anyi choro, ka anyi ma. Nke abuo o jiri wuru ike anyi i nwe Biafra wu na ndi UN e kwuo la, dee ya na akwukwo nkwekorita a na a kpo General Assembly Resolution A/61/295 na September 2007, na ndi umuibe mba owula (Ethnic Nations) nwere ike i nwere onwe ha, chia obodo nke ha. O wu nu nkwado ka nkea wu—nkwado si na aka nde UN na a biara anyi na ihe anyi na e me i nweta Biafra. O nweghi nu udi i nye aka ozo ndi UN ga e nye anyi: nkea e zuo la.
Nke abuo wu na anyi buru na obi na oru na ogu i nweta Biafra wu nke anyi—o nweghi ndi ozo ma o wu otu ozo o wu oru ha i luru anyi ogu ma o wu i gara anyi ije maka nweta Biafra. O nweghi onye, ma o wu otu, ga “e nye anyi” Biafra—ma o wu Nigeria ma o wu UN, mba! O wu aka anyi ka anyi ga e ji zoro Biafra, weputa ya si Nigeria puta. Maka nkea, onye e leghi kwala nle; onye e leghi kwala anya na akuku ma o wu na azu, kama onye o wula ruo oru nkea ya, ru sie ya ike, rue mgbe anyi ga e nweta Biafra.
Onye e chefughi kwa la na o wu agha ka anyi no na ime ya—naani ogbugbu ka Nigeria choro anyi, ma anyi a gaghi e kwe ka obi na ahu juo Nigeria oyi—mba. Ebe nsogbu ka Nigeria na e nye anyi oge dum, anyi ga na e nye gwara ya nsogbu, site ugbua ruo mgbe anyi nwetara Biafra. Anyi ga a kpatu ndi Biafra na ile aka na obi, site na ihe anyi na e me, ma o wu okwu anyi na e kwu. Anyi ga a gwa ndi Nigeria tinyere na okwa i chi Biafra okwu, gwa ha otu ihe di; anyi a gaghi e kwe ka ha zuo ike. Na ihe gbasara ndi uwa na ndi ochu-nta-akuko ha, anyi a gaghi e chere ma o wu juo ma ha na e ge nti na ihe anyi na e me ma o wu ha na a gbara anyi akaibe: mba! Anyi ga na e me ihe anyi na e me i ji nweta Biafra, lefuru ha anya. Obi anyi na mmuo anyi no na mgbali anyi na a gbali i nweta Biafra.
Jikwara kwa nu maka ihe anyi na e me na nweta Biafra ga a kpata mmeru-ahu na onwu na mkporo na i ta udi ahuhu di iche iche. Ihe ndia nwere ike i dakwasi gi—gi onwe gi—dika umu Biafra nde MASSOB ndi Nigeria ji na mkporo, ndi dika Uchenna Madu na ndi ozo. Anyi a maghi ihe anyi ga e me gbasara ya; “ndo” anyi ga a si onye ahu a gaghi e nye ya udi nkasi-obi kwesiri ihe mere ya; ma, kedu kwanu ihe ozo anyi ga e me, karia kwa i na a ga na ihu na ihu na oru nweta Biafra, ebe anyi ma a ma na o wu nweta Biafra ahu ga a zoputa anyi dum, kwusi njo na uru na aru na ile Nigeria na e megide anyi ugbua? Maka nkea, anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra na afo ya. Ka anyi mee ihe ndea otu anyi siri kwuo ya.
Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi. Na afo ohuru ya, 2009, ANYI ga e me ka o wuru 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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