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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts
For May 22, 2009
You have heard the news; now, the analysis…
We present to you the full text of the response by BGIE (Biafra Government in Exile) to the ongoing brutality of the Nigerian Government against the people of Niger Delta and Biafra. This will be followed by a brief analysis.
Nigerian Military Murdering Civilians in the Niger Delta, May 17 2009:
Biafra Government in Exile (BGIE) Position Statement
May 20, 2009
BGIE decries the recent and ongoing military expedition of Nigeria’s Armed Forces in the Niger Delta region starting this past week, which predictably has resulted in the indiscriminate killing of a large number of unarmed civilians, destruction of their homes and property, and the displacement and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of hapless men, women, children, youth, and elderly of the Niger Delta.
BGIE strongly condemns this crime by Nigeria, a crime against the people of Biafra and against humanity. Since the end of the Nigeria Biafra war in 1970 the Nigerian government has habitually and systematically been slaughtering innocent men, women, and children in Biafra and sacking towns and villages using its armed forces. Sadly, the world has kept quiet. The Nigerian government, aware that the world will remain silent and not pay attention and using her lobbying firms to shield these atrocities from the news media, will continue with impunity its genocidal policy and actions against Biafrans.
However, BGIE expects men and women of goodwill of the world to finally take notice of the operative State policy of Nigeria which institutionalizes the rape of the Niger Delta and ongoing genocide against Biafrans. Nigeria Government Decrees: "Petroleum Resources Decree, 1969"; "Land Use Decree #6, 1978"; and "National Inland Waterways Decree #13, 1997," unilaterally and incontestably took away the land, mineral resources and water resources and other property ownership and management rights of the peoples of the Niger Delta and Biafra without consultation or consent. Not only has the State of Nigeria impounded these resources from their rightful owners, but also the Nigerian military and political oligarchs have used the enormous financial resources accruing from these resources to amass huge financial fortunes for themselves while the rightful owners of the land and resources have been condemned to a life of poverty, misery, squalor, and privation. To add salt to injury, whatever is left after the oligarchs have looted the treasury they use to develop other parts of Nigeria while neglecting the Niger Delta, Biafra Region; all to the calculated, pernicious detriment of the Niger Delta and Biafra. The Niger Delta problem is not a "development problem." It is a "justice problem." Restore the land, mineral and water resources to the rightful owners and, the Niger Delta problem will end very quickly.
BGIE expects courageous and practical people of the world to acknowledge the fact that the UN has adopted a principle that will be the centerpiece of the goal of restoring peace, security and stability to the region. In adopting Resolution A/61/295 supporting Self Determination of nations, races and peoples, the UN provided a mechanism for oppressed peoples and those, like the Niger Delta and Biafra, who are threatened by a failed and brutal State such as the State of Nigeria, to regain control of their respective destinies and dignity.
While still reeling from the shock of the current Nigeria’s bloody attack on innocent and unarmed civilians of the Niger Delta, BGIE hereby dutifully offers a practical and effective way out of the quandary: the UN Self Determination resolution ought to be applied to the situation in Nigeria. We urge the peoples and nations in Nigeria to take this UN Resolution seriously and press their respective Self Determination agenda. We urge the people, governments and institutions of the world to respect and support this Self Determination agenda for the people of Biafra and for peace in the Niger Delta. Thus, we can all invest in, and harvest, peace and stability in the region, while saving the lives of innocent humanity; thus, we can stop the ongoing second wave of genocide on the people of Biafra by Nigeria.
Signed by Dr. Emmanuel Enekwechi, Prime Minister, BGIE.
BGIE thus condemns this calculated brutality against our people by the Nigerian government, and the murderous pattern it fits into. BGIE is also offering the means to a lasting solution: the real way forward. It is only those that, out of fear, intimidation, personal gain, mischief, sycophancy or outright denial, want to indulge in playing games, who still would recommend any solution which continues to place the fate and fortunes of the Niger Delta and Biafran peoples in the hands of Nigeria / one-Nigeria. Isn’t it clear enough to all that such a "solution" never worked before, is not working now, and could never work out in future? It is for this reason that BGIE advances the Self Determination agenda. This is the agenda which will nullify Nigeria’s noxious decrees aimed at completely dispossessing us, enslaving us and killing us all at will. The Self Determination agenda is supported by the UN Resolution A/61/295 and will lead to our freedom from malevolent Nigeria. Every one of us ought to support, adopt and uphold the BGIE’s position. We strongly trust that the Niger Delta people will agree and act accordingly.
On a different but related note, we continue to insist on the release of Uchenna Madu and our other Biafran brethren who remain in Nigeria’s prisons. We insist that their welfare shall not be jeopardized. We insist that there will be accountability for their treatment and status. And, we will not relent until all of them are released.
Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so.
That’s the News Analysis for the week. Thank you.
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Ndi Biafra, ekele e o-o! Anyi e kelee unu,
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Anyi a guo la, na asusu-Oyibo, ihe ndi BGIE gwara ndi Uwa na Nigeria maka ndi Army Nigeria i gbagbu umunne anyi ndi Niger Delta, na ha i si na ulo ha gbaa oso maka oku ndi Army Nigeria su ru obodo ha. Ihea wu kwa nu aruh nke Nigeria na e me ndi Biafra mgbe owula.
Isi-okwu wu na BGIE si na ihe Nigeria mere na Niger Delta, na na ala Biafra, di oke njo. Na, o wu kwa nu maka iwu ojoo Nigeria jiri ike maa (Decree) ka Nigeria jizi a nara ndi Niger Delta na ndi Biafra ala anyi na mmiri anyi, na ihe na ile di na ime ala na mmiri ahu. Na, ihe ga e me ka ogbugbu na mmegbu ya kwusi, ka e nwee udo na oganaihu nga ya, wu ma anyi kwuru chim na "Self Determination," nke ndi UN di mbu kwado. Ihe Self Determination putara wu na anyi ga a nodu onwe anyi, chi wa kwa onwe anyi, were aka anyi jide ihe nke anyi; e tikota ihea dum, ya a putara anyi nweta Biafra. Mgbe ahu, Nigeria e nweghi zi kwa ike i kpatu anyi—ma o wu ndi Niger Delta, ma o wu ndi Biafra ndi ozo—aka ozo. Ka anyi dum, ma umunne anyi ndi Niger Delta, kweta nu na Self Determination wu ihe anyi choro.
Na ihe gbasara uruh Nigeria na a ru anyi, onye e chefughi kwa la na ihe anyi choro wu ka e si na mkporo Nigeria weputa umunne anyi, umu Biafra, Uchenna Madu na ndi ibe ya, ososo. Anyi a choghi kwa ka ihe gbasara ihe oriri wuru mkpa ha na mkporo. Ihe o wula mere umunne anyi ndia na mkporo, ma o wu site na ihi na ha no na mkporo, ndi owula aka ha no na ime ihe di otua, ha mara kwa na o wu na isi ha ka o di: nkea ka anyi ma. O nweghi nu nkwusi di na mgbali anyi na a gbali i hu na e weputala ha, rue mgbe a hafuru ha dum aka.
Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi.
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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