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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts

For July 24, 2009

You have heard the news; now, the analysis…

Fellow Biafrans:

People all over the world—from professional to ordinary people, from mature to minors—are looking at what is going on in our own corner of the world where Nigeria is throttling us, Biafrans, to death, and they wonder what kind of UN-SERIOUS people we must be. In fact, the world has passed us by—the world has forgotten us because we have shown no capacity to respond appropriately to basic situations where even dumb animals would excel.

Consider the drivel labeled "communiqué" reportedly issued by the so-called "Traditional Rulers" of Anambra State this past week. In the first place, our people know that traditionally, we have never had such a role as "Rulers." But, we have extraordinary men and women of honor who prove themselves by their demeanor and deeds, and are thus trusted and respected by society. One of the roles they could play is settling disputes—but only when approached—where fair, respected and binding arbitration is required. Such do not "rule," and do not receive any payments or remuneration from the people / or public institutions. It is this sweet memory and role that the modern-day self-proclaimed "Traditional Rulers" thoroughly bastardize.

Let us dissect some of their so-called communiqué:

"1. That we undertook the tour of various projects being executed by the Government, we do state that we are overwhelmed by the number of projects covering all the sectors that are being executed and were very impressed..."

So, it took a "tour" to find out what projects had been "executed"? Even a baby would come to the conclusion that either these "Rulers" are not part of the community where these overwhelming number of projects have been executed, or that the executed projects are not in the communities. Otherwise, why would it take a tour to discover them? Which one is it? 

"2. Following our concern for the security of the state as expressed in Traditional Rulers Council resolution of 9th June, 2009, the Traditional Rulers hereby commend the huge support which includes two brand new Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), and over a hundred (100) security patrol vehicles and various equipment that His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, has given to the Security Agencies in the State. We urged him to do even more by increasing the support with the full cooperation of all the 21 Local  Government Councils in the State, particularly in the procurement of more;..."

Isn’t it rather stupid and pathetic that Mr. Obi is using the people’s funds to equip and supply the Nigeria Police with armaments, "...including two brand new Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), and over a hundred (100) security patrol vehicles and various equipment..."? Consider that the Nigeria Police is controlled and strictly run by their federal government of Nigeria which has vehemently refused the wise call for decentralized Police which favors local and regional Police. Consider that the Nigerian government has a huge budget for the Police, an allocation which the Police leaders and their government mentors quickly pocket for personal enrichment—in public view. Consider that the Nigerian government brags about the sophisticated equipment it purchases and arms the Police with (especially before and during Nigeria’s favorite Fraud called "Elections"). What has the Nigeria Police done with all that? The Police, according to no other than Obasanjo, then "civilian" President of Nigeria—this is a fact—sell their equipment to criminals and to armed robbers! And now, Mr. Obi is donating more to them!

Moreover, consider the record of Nigeria Police in Biafraland. Aren’t they the ones manning so-called police checkpoints on poorly kept un-motorable roads where they harass and manhandle innocent, law-abiding Biafrans for the sole purpose of extorting money? Did not even the same Obasanjo himself, as the President of their Nigeria and commander-in-chief of their Nigerian forces, order the dismantling of such police extortion-points: did the Nigerian Police in Biafraland not flagrantly disobey that order, even while complying in the North and West? Aren’t they the ones that shoot our unarmed, non-criminal youth in the back, and never even bother to take care of the wounded and or corpses properly? Whenever did the Nigeria Police aid the average Biafran in our homeland? Today, these so called "Rulers" are even asking Mr. Obi "to do more—[‘dash’ more equipment]" for the Nigeria Police occupying that part of our homeland called Anambra State by Nigeria. What a shame! What a disgrace!

These fools asked for: "...Modern communication equipment to outwit the criminals; Arms and ammunition to counter the fire power of the criminals; Armored personnel carriers, security patrol vehicles and possibly helicopters for combined ground patrols and aerial surveillance..." This is truly the mark of sub-Neanderthal thinking. And, they would go on to do the predictable: beg "...Mr. President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua GCFR to step up the current efforts of his government in providing lasting solution to the spate of armed robbery and kidnapping ravaging most States in the Federation..." and would add the familiar gratuitous sycophant’s song, "...our dear nation, Nigeria..." and not to be outdone, "...especially in this era of re- branding..." Isn’t this enough to make anyone vomit? Trust the efulefu to try to drape themselves in the poorly fitting (if, at all) one-Nigeria flag. Such foolishness!

Consider this: Okiro, himself the arch-criminal, corrupt, greedy self-enriching current head of the Police, blames our people and the Nigerian Governors foisted over our people for the rise in crime in our Biafraland. The Hausa Police Commissioner in charge of Enugu, again, blames our people "for not volunteering information to the police." It is only the Yorubaman "AIG in Zone 9" who came close to the truth; he said, basically: the Nigeria Police become cowards when confronting robbers. He failed, though, to add that when it comes to extorting money from law-abiding, unarmed Biafrans, such Police become exceptionally bold—enough to shoot Biafrans without provocation, or the hapless Biafrans unable to cough up enough bribe-money.

Why is the crime rate high in our land? Could it have something to do with lack of jobs in our land? Could it be that schools and education have now been made near-impossible, so there is absolutely no way for our children, youth and adult to engage in meaningful and rewarding activities that our people usually excel in? Could it be that the Nigerian government deliberately makes sure that homegrown industry cannot be supported or thrive in Biafraland, by selectively withholding power, selectively stifling commercial transportation, purposely denying foreign exchange, selectively banning goods and trade items favored by our people, and by extorting every last capital from our people? Could it be that the few of our people in Nigeria’s political class, like these so-called "Traditional Rulers," steal the little money allocated for public welfare, and share it among themselves, as such live tempting lavish lifestyles in the midst of the robbed and deprived? Could it be that top Nigerians like Okiro himself (who can forget Obasanjo?), loot the public treasury dry, spend it on their families and themselves, turn around to show off to a famished public, and then, actually try to blame the same public for trying to find a way to survive? Could it be that Religion, in the past the "always-ready salve" for the people, has joined in robbing the people, exploiting and extracting the people’s widow’s mite for the enrichment of the Church leaders who have no qualms showing off their wealth in this the land of the parched? Could it be that the real criminals, and the real criminal systems as above, responsible for this blighted condition of our land, are getting away with it, with impunity, and not a chance for accountability today or in the future? Who, in fact, are the first criminals, what, the real original crimes, before copycats and desperate permutations?

What if the self-promoting "Traditional Rulers" each actually got to know his own community, and got the people in his community to come together to get to know one another in order to foster a true sense of neighborhood and community, with the additional implication that he would pass on to the community their fair share of funds? What if he then got his community to engage in community self-help activities, including the management and maintenance of whatever "projects" where "executed" in the community? What if the "Traditional Rulers" asked Mr. Obi to give the money he is using to equip the Nigeria Police in futility to the various communities—as it should be; after all, the money is not Mr. Obi’s private funds but belongs to all of the people—perhaps, to use that money to provide free Primary and or Secondary Education for all eligible children and youth there, even for a term? What if the funds allocated to the LGA’s could be spent on the community and their needs, rather than being shared by the Governors and the LGA officials? Can they understand the concept of "root-cause"?

Forget the "Could it be’s" and "What if’s" for a moment, and ponder that: No thinking or feeling person anywhere in the world would ask an occupation force with a track record of killing innocent and unarmed civilians, to deploy and use helicopters, armored carriers and such, against his/her own people. Only the Nigerian "Traditional Rulers" of Anambra State of Nigeria; certainly no true Igbo or true Biafran would do so. Such a show of shame!

This is why we must have Biafra, why we need Biafra right now.


Nigeria: release our courageous Biafran people from your filthy Nigeria’s jails.

Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it 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 ( 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.

Oke iwe di anyi na ndi kporo onwe ha "Traditional Rulers" ndi Anambra na e to Peter Obi, na o zuru ngwongwo-agha nye ndi Police Nigeria, ka ha jiri na e gbu ndi Biafra na Anambra: o wu ha a maghi na o wu naani oru ndi Police Nigeria i gbu ndi Biafra? Isi o di kwa ha mma i che na ndi Police Nigeria no na ala Biafra, na o wu i jide ndi na e mebi iwu wu oru ha? Onye o wula a mara la na ndi isi ndi Police Nigeria wu cha ndi oghi na e zuru ego e ji a kwu ndi Police ugwo; ndi na e re kwa ngwongwo-agha ndi Police.

Ndi "Traditional Rulers" ya, ha ma ihe na e nuba umu okoroobia na umu agboobia Biafra i zu oshi na i me njo na aru, na i mebi iwu ndi Nigeria? O wuru ma ha a maghi, ezigbote ndi iberibe ka ha wu. Mgbe Nigeria gbochiri umu anyi i ga ulo-akwukwo i guta akwukwo, ma owu i nweta oru; kpochie ra anyi uzo oru-aka na i zu-ahia i kpata ego, o ga a gba mmadu gharii na oshi na njo ndi ozo a di la ukwuu na ime ala Biafra?

Ma, oshi ya a na e zu, o wu kwa nu ha ndi na a chi Nigeria ha, na ndi di ka "Traditional Rulers," na ndi Police, ma ndi isi church, wu ndi na e zuru ego oha, were ya mezie onwe ha na ezinaulo nke ha, bia zie na a kpara nde mmadu nganga; ebe ha ma na o nweghi nu ihe a ga e me ha. Ma, ya a tu ha na anya na oshi akariala na ala anyi?

O nweghi nu ihe ozo ga a kwusi aru, aruruala, njo na iberibe dum di otua karia kwa nweta Biafra. Anyi ga e nwetariri Biafra, ka nzuzu ya kwusi; ndi Uwa na a chi anyi o chi maka ya.

Nigeria: weputa umunne anyi ndi Biafra site na mkporo Nigeria puta: ugbua.

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!

Ndewo unu


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