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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For January 30, 2009
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
As you all know, it is the custom of our people to pay a lot of respect to our elders, and most especially, to the elderly. That is an excellent tradition which we are proud of, and quite glad to honor, to practice and to sustain. However, in their collective wisdom (which we must label as “legendary”), our people also single out a group of elders who are mean, deceitful, hypocritical, malicious—the type that will not only tell lies, but carry on as if such lies are true; the type that will play one family (member) against another, doing so with great relish and for personal gain; the type that sees obvious “dark” and yet calls it “white,” and vice versa. None of this subgroup’s deception and subterfuge could be related to natural senility, which our people recognize very well and make accommodations for; nor is that subgroup otherwise infirm, a natural visitation of the elderly. These elders are just perverts, liars and pernicious individuals. They are the ones who go against the expectations of the elderly exemplified in one of our proverbs roughly translated as: “When an elderly is present, even a pregnant goat is not allowed to labor and deliver in tethers.” This subgroup of elders will deliberately look the other way while the hapless goat writhes with the pain of labor and gives birth to kids while still leashed to a post. They are really mean. They are not to be extended the customary respect due our elders: that’s what our customs call for in this regard.
It is within this context that we mention some mean elders in Biafraland, who by their acts or public statement leave no doubt as to why they are so categorized, These men and their ilk deserve no traditional respect from us; rather, they draw our loathe, our contempt and disdain. The ugly five are: Iwuanyanwu, Ralph Uwechue, Joe Irukwu, Joe Achuzie, and Edwin Clark. We start with:
1. Iwuanyanwu, who recently made news by telling the World Igbo Congress delegates declaring, this past Christmas season, that: “(1) the interest of Ndigbo would be more protected in Nigeria than through secession; (2) that this could be proved by the achievements of Ndigbo since after the civil war, and (3) If God had wanted Biafra as a separate country from Nigeria, Biafrans would have won the Nigeria/Biafra war...”
Even an unborn baby knows that for 40 years, the interests of Ndigbo have not been protected in Nigeria; in fact, such interests have deliberately been attacked, destroyed or suppressed by Nigeria. Moreover, everything we know and see now proves that the future will be even worse for the Igbo regarding Igbo interests in Nigeria. Remember: Education for our Youth—gone!. Job opportunities for our people—gone!. Lack of infrastructural development thus denying technology, employment, funds and recognition to Igboland. No Health Care for our people. Banning of business trade items and industrial parts preferentially victimizing Igbo businesses and tradesmen. Deliberate neglect of transportation system in Igboland—land (roads and rail), water and air, to the point of disgrace. For example, the travelling Igbo who represent the majority of Nigerian travelers do not have an international airport in Igboland to start and end their trips directly; but most use Lagos, Abuja, Kano, etc. This is what Iwuanyanwu claims is protection of Igbo interests in Nigeria? Regarding Igbo achievements, during the 3 short years of Biafra’s existence, the Igbo and other Biafrans accomplished more then with much less, than the entire Nigeria has accomplished since the end of the War 40 years ago. What Igbo achievements can Iwuanyanwu point to under one-Nigeria post war? Sure, an Igboman built the first all-made-in-Africa car back in 1991-2; but the Nigerian government made it a special point to, rather than promote it, kill it outrightly. Ask Engineer Izuogu: because Nigeria’s success in repressing this feat is total—few Igbo are aware of it. What a big fat old liar Iwuanyanwu is!
As though he was not convinced by his own lies, Iwuanyanwu had to drag God into this. It is the same Iwuanyanwu who was elected the Committee Chair in OHANEZE to find and elect an Igbo President of their Nigeria back in 2002. While holding that post, Iwuanyanwu went and accepted money from Obasanjo to promote Obasanjo as the president of their Nigeria, thus becoming Obasanjo’s campaign manager in Igboland and the East. He never even had the decency to apologise to Igbo people, rather, bragged about his new Yoruba paymaster to our people, while maintaining his OHANEZE committee chair. Is it the same Iwuanyanwu who now wants to bring God into his barefaced lies? All we can say is, “May God deal with him accordingly.”
2. Ralph Uwechue. Uwechue granted an interview to the newspapers recently where he tells of switching sides from initial support for Biafra in 1967 to becoming anti-Biafran and a full time one-Nigerianists, helping Nigeria prosecute the genocide against our people—his own (presumably) people. In the interview, Uwechue practically blames the war on our people, while singling out Ojukwu as pushing for Biafra. He refuses to admit the role the unforgivable, unconscionable massacre of Igbo in an ethnic cleansing exercise in Nigeria by mostly Northern Nigerians and some by Western Nigerians in 1966 played in the Igbo and other Biafrans wanting a safe place in their own fatherland called Biafra, for security and existence. Uwechue conveniently forgets that the same Ojukwu he blames for Biafra was the architect of the Aburi Accord of 1967, which would have allowed a confederation-type arrangement for Nigeria while tempers cooled, and confidence-rebuilding would be allowed to take place. Uwechue expediently forgets that it was Gowon of Nigeria who reneged on that plan. Following the Igbo and other Biafrans being dragged back into Uwechue’s one-Nigeria after the War, it is common knowledge that Nigeria continues to wage a one-sided war against the Igbo, and have made no secret of it. But, to hear Uwechue say it, Nigeria has not hurt the Igbo and is not hurting the Igbo since (even before and) after the Biafra war; not even today. He has no regrets about fighting on Nigeria’s side against Biafra; today, he continues to defend Nigeria’s bloody mistreatment and humiliation of Igbo people. At over 73 years or so, isn’t Ralph Uwechue the most deceitful Igbo elder alive? He is mean and malicious, a toxin happily threatening his own people.
It is no coincidence that Uwechue (current president) and Iwuanyanwu are of the OHANEZE stock. Other elderly Igbo efulefu came from there, too. Joe Irukwu (#3), a past president of Ohaneze, got Ohaneze to support Obansanjo’s third term bid at a time when Obasanjo was peppering, depriving, riding and humiliating Igbo people. Irukwu wanted and dragged Igbo people to go with Ohaneze on this, and acted like our people had. Meanwhile, a onetime Biafran War Hero, Joe Achuzie (#4), at the time, a so-called secretary-general of Ohaneze, turned crusty, crafty, greedy and Sabot, going public on behalf of Ohaneze to declare his / their opposition to the release of MASSOB members and their leader being held unjustly in Nigeria’s jails without substantive charges. Achuzie’s stated reason then? That it would jeopardize Obasanjo’s now futile third term bid. But we all know that the real reason is so that the contracts promised Achuzie and Irukwu and the rest of OHANEZE leadership by Nigeria were too lucrative, by their standard, to forego, even if it meant turning against their own people.
From Niger Delta Biafra comes another efulefu elder, Edwin Clark (#5), a man whose hatred for Igbo and Biafra cannot all account for his ongoing actions, actions which are totally devoid of common sense, talk less “elder’s wisdom.” Recently, Clark went and invited Northern Nigeria leaders to the Niger Delta—again—to beg them, again, to accept the Niger Delta’s demand for Niger Delta’s own rights in Niger Delta’s own land. This is well after Niger Delta made great and bold progress by refusing to kowtow to Obasanjo and refusing to beg the Northern Nigerian parasites any more, demonstrated during Obasanjo’s ploy and failed so-called National Political Reform Conference where the Delta delegates refused to accept Northern Nigerian parasites condescending attitude, as well as withering Obasanjo pressure. In so doing the Niger Delta people established themselves as principled and courageous, earning them the full respect of all. Historically, it is the Northern Nigerian leaders who have been responsible for killing and or hanging Delta sons who are leading their people in demanding justice for the people. Presently, a leading Delta son and activist handed over to Nigeria is incommunicado: his whereabouts and fate at the hands of Northern-controlled Nigeria are unknown. Yet, this Edwin Clark would now go back, purportedly on behalf of Niger Delta, to invite and start begging Northern Nigerians: for what, and to do what? Shame! on Edwin Clark for trying to drag the already abused and subjugated Niger Delta people back to their predators, after the people had earlier successfully stood up to and put the marauding parasites in their place.
Fellow Biafrans, we have exposed these 5 elderly Biafrans who are no longer worthy of the customary respect we pay to our elders. There are more. Judge them—all—the same way, and treat them as malicious elders. Ostracize them, ignore them. Waste neither time nor energy nor effort on them—they are passé: the burden of their own lies and hypocrisy will remove them from the abode of entirely decent, though currently struggling and suffering people of Biafra.
We call on Nigeria to release all MASSOB members currently being held in Nigeria’s jails. We hear that bail conditions have been made less impracticable by a Nigerian appeal court for only Uchenna Madu and seven others or so. So, we ask, why not all the others, including another 300 from Enugu / Awka, mindlessly jailed by out-of-control Nigeria Police and agents since just last year? And, in any case, we are yet to see Uchenna Madu outside of the jailhouse. They must all be released, today, by Nigeria.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so. This year, 2009, WE MAKE it really 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.
Unu ma na Omenala anyi wu na anyi na a sopuru ndi okenye na ala Igbo, na ala Biafra. Ma, o nwere ndi okenye otu Omenala ahu e kwughi ka anyi na a sopuru: ndi okenye wu ndi “okenye-uruh,” ndi okenye na a tu asi oge na ile, ndi okenye ihu-abuo, ndi okenye na e zu oshi, na a ru uruh; udi okenye ga a no nga ahu “ewu a muo na obu.” O nweghi nsopuru diri ndi okenye-uruh di otu ahu.
Kedu nde wu ndi okenye-uruh na ala Igbo ala Biafra taa? Madu-ise anyi ga a kpo aha ha: Iwuanyanwu, Ralph Uwechue, Joe Irukwu, Joe Achuzie, na Edward Clark. Onye uru a na a kpo Iwuayanwu, nke ka na e kwu na ihe ka a diri ndi Igbo mma na ime Nigeria karia na ime Biafra. Ya wu okenye-uruh Iwuanyanwu zi nu anyi ebe ihe diri ndi Igbo mma na ime Nigeria taa? Ralph Uwechue wu okenye-uruh ozo: o na a si na Nigeria a naghi e megbu ndi Igbo, a naghi e gbu ndi Igbo; na ndi Igbo doro ogu Biafra; na ihe kara ndi Igbo mma na ime Nigeria. Onye hu ru udi a si di otu ahu mbu? Ndi okenye-uruh abuo ya—Iwuanyanwu na Uwechue—si na otu Ohaneze bia, dika ndi okenye-uruh ibe ha a na a kpo, Joe Irukwu na Joe Achuzie, ndi jiri maka nkwa ego na contract Nigeria kwere ha ga ree Ndi Igbo, resi Ndi Igbo Obasanjo na Nigeria na ndi Awusa. Chetekwa unu na Achuzie na Irukwu gara kwuo na Newspaper na ha e kwetaghi ka e weputa ndi MASSOB na ndi isi ha na mkporo Nigeria, hapu ha aka. O nwere onye Igbo isi di mma ga e me udi ihe di otu ahu, ma o wu kwuo ihe di otua, ebe o wu ndi MASSOB wu ndi na a zota ndi Igbo ndi Biafra, zoputa anyi na aka leper Nigeria?
Na Niger Delta Biafra, Edwin Clark wu okenye-uruh, ebe o gara ga kpota ndi Awusa ozokwa, bia na ala Delta-Biafra, ka ndi Delta huora ndi Awusa ekpe, ka ndi Awusa nye ndi Delta ihe ndi Delta na a cho, nke di mbu wuru ihe ndi Delta! O wu kwa otu ndi Awusa ya na e megbu ndi Delta, na na e gbu ndi isi ndi Delta na a cho odi-mma ndi Delta? O wu kwa otu ndi Awusa ya na e rigbu ndi Delta, jiri aghugho na ike were Mmanu ndi Delta na ego a kpatara na mmanu ahu, jiri ya na e mezi ala Awusa, ebe a na e metosi ala Delta? Ihiere mee nwokem ojoo ahu, okenye-uruh a na a kpo, Edwin Clark.
Ndi Biafra, onye e ghokwala ndi okenye-aruh ndia onu; onye a tupuru kwa ra ha onu. O nweghi nu otu anyi ga e ji e nye ha nsopuru o wula, ruo mgbe njo na aru na ugha nke ha onwe ha ga e tinye ha na Oku-Mmuo.
Anyi na a gwa Nigeria taa ka o kpoputa umunne anyi ndi MASSOB site na mkporo ojoo ya puta. Anyi a nula na e wedala ihe bail ka Uchenna Madu na mmadu asaa nweta bail. Nke mere anyi ji na a ju: kedu kwanu maka ndi ozo, ndi MASSOB ka no kwa na Mkporo Nigeria? Anyi na kwa a ju ma o nwere onye jiri anya ya abuo hu Uchenna Madu mgbe o si na mkporo Nigeria puta? Nigeria: weputa ha dum ugbua, hapu umunne anyi ndia na ile aka.
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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