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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For Feb 13, 2009
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
Here is first part of the Biafra Charter: we urge everyone to read the Biafra Charter, and or have it interpreted to you if and where necessary. That is the source of our authority and mandate, your authority and mandate (http://www.biafraland.com/BGIE/Biafra%20Charter.htm ):
"The Biafra Charter" is a shortened title for: "The Charter Constituting the Government of the Federation of Biafra." The Charter is described and defined as:
"...the organic and foundational agreement for the establishment of a National Structure, Governance Structure, Governing Authority and a Basic Code of Conduct for the functionaries and peoples of Biafra...a formal instrument which at once constitutes: 1) Authority; 2) Mandate; 3) Contract; 4) Memorandum; 5) Terms of Reference; [and] 6) Reference;
"...The primary purpose of the Charter is to establish an enduring National Structure, Governance structure and Basic Code of Conduct for the people and the functionaries, as directed by the peoples of Biafra; which contribute to and inform a future National Constitution; ...In addition, the Charter mandates the immediate formation of a Provisional Government of Biafra (BPG) to serve the Nation and People of Biafra during the period that Biafra is under the occupation of Nigeria...to function, in the meantime, as a bona fide government of Biafra in the manner of legal, customary and decent governments; to secure the Freedom and Liberty of Biafra and its peoples from occupation by Nigeria, based on Self Determination paradigm and principles, with all haste and by all means necessary; to represent the Sovereignty and Interests of Biafra and its people in the Region and in the World at large; to project the Sovereignty, Independence and Humanity of Biafra and its people at all times; to constitute a Transitional Governance of Biafra (TGB) immediately after liberation of Biafra from Nigeria for a specified and finite duration not to exceed four years, pending the formalization of Biafra State structures post-occupation and post liberation..."
With respect to Structure and Function,
"...The BIAFRA PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT (BPG) shall consist of 2 arms: 1. A Biafra Government in Exile (BGIE), based outside of Biafra; 2. A Biafra Government within Biafra, to be known as "Biafra Shadow Government" (BSG)...Both arms shall function in tight coordination, and in harmony, with the BGIE in the apex role...The sole function of BGIE and BSG is to carry out the Mandate of the BIAFRA PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT as stated in the Biafra Charter Authorization.
1. BGIE shall respect existing laws of International hosting countries in furtherance of this Mandate.
2. BGIE shall respect international laws dealing with Self Determination and Protection of Human Rights and rely in particular on the Geneva Conventions Protocol II.
3. BSG will work with our peoples at home—in Biafra Territory; and in Nigeria (cognizant of the State of Nigeria's occupational forces foisted over our people), to keep alive and project Biafra's Sovereignty and Independence in accordance with the Mandate, and to mobilize, organize and manage our people for sociopolitical activism in order to carry out our resolve for Self Determination.
4. At all times, BGIE and BSG functions are to be well-coordinated, harmonious, complementary and seamless.
5. Following the liberation of Biafra from Nigeria, the Biafra Provisional Government (BPG) (consisting of BGIE and BSG together) shall form the nucleus of the TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT of Biafra (TGB), under the direction of the peoples of the Nation of Biafra, in order to conduct the governmental affairs of Biafra, guided by the Biafra Charter, for a period not to exceed 4 years, during which Biafra puts formal structures in place to continue and to succeed as a Nation under a permanent Constitution of the Nation of Biafra..."
Further, as regards Conduct and term,
"...The conduct of the BIAFRA PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT shall, at all times, adhere to the basic principles and laws of the Biafra Charter...The term of the BIAFRA PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT (BPG) shall last from now, May 30 2007 until Biafra is fully liberated from Nigerian occupation. Immediately after the full liberation of Biafra, the Biafra Provisional Government shall transform into the Transitional Government of Biafra (TGB) during which Biafra sociopolitical and civic structures shall be put in place, a period not to exceed four years. At the conclusion of that period, the Transitional Government of Biafra (TGB) shall, unconditionally, cease to exist; and shall be replaced by a duly constituted Government of Biafra, following a Constitutional Conference..."
Fellow Biafrans: we want you all to understand that the Biafra Charter is not an arbitrary document, no. There was thorough and adequate representative consultation reaching far, wide and deep, leading to an agreement, before the Charter was finalized and formalized. For security reasons, we do not publish the names of the signatories. However, today we feel compelled to announce, in our sadness, that one of the signatories to this Charter, has just passed away. Chief Moses Ekuma, an uncompromising Biafran activist and a husband and father of five children, died at the age of 55. Chief Ekuma of Abi LGA in Cross River State of Biafra, was the Secretary-General of Great Commonwealth of Niger Delta (GCND), and a member of the Joint Action Committee of MASSOB/GCND. In addition, Chief Ekuma was also a signatory to the MOU signed by MASSOB and GCND on May 8, 2004. May his soul rest in peace, there, where for sure, we know that he can clearly see Biafra actualized in our own mortal time frame and place.
As you all know, we already have a functioning BGIE. It is now up to home people to form the Biafra Shadow Government. From the mandate above, it should be clear that there is a gulf of difference between Organization (as in pro-Biafran organizations) and Government (BSG, BGIE, etc.). Nigeria is an example of a place where people do not know the difference between government and organization. Nigeria is always practically run by one person, like the personal property of that person, the same way the so-called leader of a Nigerian organization such as PDP, for example, runs it. Incidentally and sadly, we have pro-Biafran organizations that are now tending to function that way. It is the responsibility of the membership of such pro-Biafran organizations to change the organization, or failing that, to withdraw their membership and join new organizations run on the principles of democracy. More importantly, we want our people to understand that Government is not an organization; its structure, function and conduct, in our case, are defined in the Biafra Charter; and to understand that It is most crucial now to form the mandated Biafra Shadow Government in our land. Good government is representative: it is local in basic color and reflects local qualities. Good government is cooperative, in that individual local governments work well with one another for the greater good, for all of the Nation’s peoples, to forge a representative national government, a national government whose color is necessarily Rainbow, exhibiting both the commonality and especially, the diversity, of the collective population.
In Nigeria, the so-called governments function in and from Abuja. Nigerian politicians spend most, if not all, of their time in Abuja, having no clue about, and showing no interest at all in what, is happening in the locality—at home. Today, if anyone tells you that he or she is travelling outside of Biafraland to go and organize pro-Biafran groups, pay no mind to that. Our task and our duty today is to get Biafrans to organize themselves for pro-Biafran activities right there in Biafraland; in fact, this means that each activist group needs to start working right there in the area where they reside. This is how they will form the local governments we speak of—not in London or Washington or Johannesburg, but right there on our own Biafran soil. BGIE, per the Biafra Charter mandate, handles matters outside of Biafraland, and it is doing its duty. We like to see all existing pro-Biafran organizations function as Self Determination groups, with strong local chapters where membership integrates with the local government, sending delegates to representative centers. We like to see new pro-Biafran organizations functioning purely as Self Determination groups with an eye on contributing in the building of sound local governments serving the local people, and with a will for cooperation and coordination among all Biafrans and their groups, for the sole purpose of Biafra’s Independence and National government.
We cannot overemphasize the fact that it is only in producing results and effects on the ground locally, coordinated and multiplied in different localities over the entire Biafraland, that we can attract any attention from the outside. If you can stop just for one moment and think about it, how is it that world attention is now drawn to Biafra’s Niger Delta? It’s only because of local activism. There is probably no more effective local power or tool than a people’s own functional, active local government, even when it is a "shadow government." With an underpinning local government, pro-Biafran organizations can now work more efficiently and more effectively, not just in our homeland, but also outside Biafra’s shores.
We have thus read from segments of the Biafra Charter and we understand the mandate. It takes human Will to implement what our Charter calls for, the Biafra Shadow Government at home, having already started a functioning Biafra Government in Exile: we have the will. We have explained how pro-Biafran organizations should work with respect to the Biafra Shadow government. We have explained to you why local action is important, and at the same time, how it is that a local government is the most powerful and effective thing we can establish in our own land today. Now, let’s go do it!
Where are Uchenna Madu and all the other Biafrans and MASSOB members still being held in Nigeria’s jails? Why? Nigeria: release all MASSOB members currently being held in Nigeria’s jails. Now.
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.
Ihe anyi kwuru na Okwu-Oyibo taa wu ihe Biafra Charter na a gwa anyi. Anyi gwa ra unu otu Biafra Charter siri kwuo na anyi ga e bido government nke ndi Biafra, na e cheghi mgbe Nigeria ga a nwu, ma o wu hapu anyi aka. Na ihe gbasara Charter ahu, anyi a gwa kwa unu na ndi tikoritala isi dee ya, wu ndi anyi na a sopuru na ala Biafra dum, nde anyi nwere ntukwasi-obi na ha. Onuma di anyi na obi taa na otu Dike di otu ahu, soro gbaa aka na akwukwo Biafra Charter anyi, Chief Moses Ekuma, a hapula; ka Chineke nye ndi ezi-na-ulo ya nkasi-obi, nye kwa nu Chief Ekuma ezum-ike na ime Ala-Eze.
Isi-okwu wu na anyi ga e bidoriri Biafra Shadow government na ulo—na ime ala anyi nga ahu. Government ahu a wughi Otu, ma otu ndi Biafra o wula ga e tinye isi ha na anya ha na i bido government ahu. Mara kwa unu na o-chichi government wu ihe na e site na nga oha guzo (local government), pu wa, a bia zie ziga ndi nnochite-anya anyi na ebe etiti. O wughi ka Nigeria ebe o-chichi ha no na etiti, ukwu a kpaghi ha na ulo ebe Oha mmadu bi, na a ta ahuhu. Na Obodo Biafra, Oha ga a chi onwe ha nga ha bi. Otu ndi Biafra muta kwa nke ahu: "Oha wu isi, o wughi otu onye wu isi"; o ga a ka mma ka otu ndi Biafra na a di ka government Biafra ebe Oha wu isi.
Anyi gwa kwara unu na o nweghi ihe ka local government—o-chichi Oha—ike, na anyi i nweta Biafra, na na anyi i mezi na i dozi ala anyi; otu aka ahu o jiri wuru na o nweghi mkpotu na oru anyi na a ru maka nweta Biafra nke ga a ka ihe anyi mere na ime ala Biafra ire. Onye si na ya ga e si ala Biafra gawa na ala Oyibo i ga i me mkpotu anyi i nweta Biafra, oye ahu na e gbu oge: naani mkpotu ihe anyi mere na ime ala anyi wu ihe na e ru uwa nti. Na ihi nkea, o di oke mkpa na anyi bidoro government Biafra na ime ala Biafra.
E lee ebe Uchenna Madu na ndi MASSOB ndi ozo no na mkporo Nigeria no, ugbua? Nigeria: hapu umunne anyi ndi MASSOB aka. Taa.
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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