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

For January 23 2009

You have heard the news; now, the analysis…

Fellow Biafrans:

We join in the celebration of Barack Obama’s rise to the post of the President of the US. We join in on a personal level to celebrate the reward for his hard work in becoming the most powerful man on Earth today. On a Cosmic level, we rejoice with President Obama and the US for being the true bearer of the torch of the real “New Age” / “New World Order,” lighting the way of (further) enlightenment and fulfillment of Humanity.

In celebrating the Obama phenomenon, we really also necessarily acknowledge and celebrate the power of Vision and Faith. Forty years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in one of America’s darkest hours, unequivocally stated his Vision in the “I have a dream…” speech. His clear and powerful vision then, movingly articulated and presented, thought by many to be mere childish wishful thinking or idle fantasy at best, has been fulfilled in Obama, only a “quick” forty years later (no doubt an eternity to a few).

We are saying that Visions work. It is said that: “...Without vision, the people perish.” Visions work; it may take a while, but Visions do work. We are saying, while celebrating a successful event such as Obama, you have to remember the vision behind it. “Impossible” visions do really work. We are saying that it would be only half a celebration if we forget, in the joy and success of the moment, the vision and dream which drove the event to manifestation. We are saying: celebrate fully; celebrate both the vision and the fulfilled result. We are saying: cultivate Vision. Use Vision. Learn from Vision. Know how things—good impossible things—happen: be guided by Vision.

Biafrans joined in the celebration and inauguration of the Obama’s Presidency by holding rallies and marches in Biafraland and the region. We want every single one of those who participated, those who planned to but could not, and those who didn’t, for any number of reasons—we want you all—to pause and take in the Dream, the Vision of Martin Luther King Jr. as well. You have to, because, we don’t want you to miss out on the total picture—the fullness of the event, starting right from the subtending Vision. Especially because, it applies to us Biafrans. We will be inspired by it; we can learn from it; we will be re-invigorated by it; we will learn to react to it and to act on it. If you ”think Obama,” you must think, “Martin Luther King Jr.;” then, you can’t help but must think and know that impossible dreams do come true, and seemingly unattainable visions are in fact, fulfilled in the end.


Just as Rev. King’s Vision is the solution to centuries of injustice and denial of rights due to Minority Blacks in the US, our Vision of an Independent Biafra is the solution to over 100 years of injustice and denial of rights due to us, Biafrans. Just as Rev. King’s Vision seemed impossible, even merely a year ago, so the attainment of Biafra’s independence may seem, today, to many.  We all now know otherwise: President of the US, Barack Obama, living and breathing among us today, and ever to live and breathe in our cherished history books, is the proof.

Like Rev. King, we, Biafra, have only asked for what is ours—what is ours by nature, by God’s creation. We ask for no one else’s land. We ask for no one else’s resources. We have not asked anyone to serve us or be our slave. We have not asked for, nor taken away, anyone else’s loyalty or allegiance. Nor do we ask anyone to renounce his or her identity; neither force a new identity on him or her. We do not have a fight against anyone, nor do we covet anyone else’s holdings or lot. All we have asked for is to be our own natural selves in our own natural place and, the Master thereof. And, we had to ask for this because our survival as individuals and as a people is not just threatened: it is hanging—barely—on a thin, frayed thread being continually gnawed on by relentless Nigeria. Our Right to Exist in our own Land, as Master of our own collective Self and Land: that is our Vision. It is a wholesome Vision, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s, which Barack Obama becomes the fulfillment of.


Rev. King chose his Vision and worked for it. We must consciously do so, too. Just as there were those (even Blacks—American, African and other Blacks) who worked against this Vision, just as there were extremely powerful institutions, traditions, and principalities refusing to countenance this Vision, we have to learn to accept counter-forces in our midst. But, just like that “righteous” Vision succeeded in spite of tremendous odds, so will our vision bear fruit, today’s unbelievable opposition notwithstanding, to be defeated at last.


As an example of such opposition, we read the interview given by Ralph Uwechue the so-called president of OHANEZE. We see how he opposed Biafra since the age of 33, when the Hausa-Fulani were busy massacring us and driving us out of Nigeria. At 73 or so, he still opposes Biafra, but he, in his own mind, believes that he is fighting for and protecting Igbo interests. How, we may ask? Is it by Uwechue’s full support for Nigeria today? Is it in the way Uwechue defends Nigeria in this interview, acting as a champion of and a shameless apologist for one-Nigeria? When asked in the interview about the glaring ongoing brutalization of Igbo-Biafrans by the Nigerian government, Uwechue is quick to respond something like, “...things are generally bad for everyone in Nigeria, anyway, not just the Igbo...” Hello? Uwechue thinks it is okay for the Igbo to keep staying in Nigeria, even when Nigeria has destroyed all opportunities for Igbo-Biafran, especially, for our Youth and posterity.  Education is destroyed—we know and see that. Health Care is destroyed—we know and feel that. Job Market is destroyed: we know it. Politics is destroyed—as you can see, it’s politics as usual, the Nigerian way, that is—now that Atiku has gone back to Obasanjo and PDP, and Yar’Adua continues in indolence and nepotism; what has proven more lethal to the Igbo and other Biafrans than the Nigerian government and the politics that sustains it? Economy is crushed; before that, Trade was selectively squeezed out because that was and is the commercial specialty of the Igbo in Nigeria. So, how is it that the 73 year-old Igbo man, Ralph Uwechue, who should know better, is still sticking to a costly and grave mistake which he made 40 years ago? It is an indictment, justified by facts and actions, of OHANEZE, that OHANEZE should pick such a supporter of clearly anti-Igbo Nigerian dispensation as its president. For sure, OHANEZE is consistent in this, always picking as its leaders those who openly promote the interests of Nigeria, one-Nigeria and Nigerians even when such interests clearly hurt our people and damage the Igbo.


The other point of this is to note that supporting Evil for expedient, ideological or personal reasons, even wasting a whole lifetime doing this as Uwechue and OHANEZE are doing, could not stop the fulfillment of the Vision—of Biafra independence, a Dream based on equity, justice, propriety and right. As we can now see, opposition and even demonization of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and denigration of his “right-eous” Vision by even fellow-clergy (who then believed they were doing the right thing by dissuading King from his Vision and his path), first, did not stop King, and more important—second—did not derail the Vision: it still came to fruition, and in President Obama, with President Obama, we all come today to partake of that fruit. So, we leave OHANEZE and Uwechue to their own unconscionable path of support of Evil and Destruction, injustice and inhumanity, and to their unjustifiable rationalizations and spin, in this matter of Igbo interests and survival. Because, WE WILL WIN, in the long run; BIAFRA WILL BECOME INDEPENDENT. That Vision is strong and powerful: it is just and it is right. It will be fulfilled. That’s why we celebrate Obama today; that’s why we celebrate Obama daily. Visions work, no matter how impossible; Rev. King was right—is right: thus, we honor him always. We have a compelling Vision in Biafra’s independence: it, too, shall come to pass.


We call on Nigeria to release all MASSOB members currently being held in Nigeria’s jails. That includes our brothers like Uchenna Madu, the Information Director of MASSOB. Their continued unjust imprisonment by Nigeria has become intolerable to people of conscience, decency and dignity all over the world; intolerable, particularly, to the people of Biafra. They must be released today.


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 ( 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.

Anyi wu ndi Biafra, sooro Dike Barack Obama na ndi America na ndi Uwa na ile, na Emume nňuri-oňu na i chii ya okwa President America. Emume ya ziri anyi na ihe oma ka na e me na uwa ya, ihe di mma ka na e me na Obodo America.

Mgbe anyi na e to President Obama na ndi America, anyi na kwa e to, na a kwado, ihe dutara Emume ya. Maka, cheta kwa na Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dike ozo, onye Ojii America, na a cho ka mmegbu na ogbugbu a na e megbu ndi America Ojii, na ime ala America, ka o kwusi. Reverend King kwuru okwu di ezigbo egwu, ogu-afo-abuo gaara a ga, ebe o si na “…Ubochi ahu na a bia mgbe onye  America owula—ma o wu onye Ojii, ma owu onye Ocha—ga e nwe ike i chi America. Mgbe o kwuru okwu ya, ndi mmadu chere na o nweghi ike i me; ha na a chi ya ochi. Ugbua, Barack Obama—President Obama—e mezuela okwu ya.

Otua kwa ka anyi na a gwa unu taa, na o ga e me, maka anyi a hula ya na ubochi ahu na a bia mgbe umu Biafra ga e zukota na otu na ala anyi, nwere Independence, ala Biafra, mgbe na e teghi zi anya. Unu gee anyi nti, otu ndi America na Obama jiri gee Reverend King nti. Unu chefuo ndi di ka OHANEZE na onye ndu ohuru ha, Ralph Uwechue, ndi na e kwu na Nigeria diiri ndi Igbo mma: unu a tufurughi la ha onu.  Uwechue gwara anyi na kemgbe o gbara ogu-afo-na-iri-na-ato, mgbe ndi Awusa gburu ndi Igbo na 1967, na kemgbe ahu, na ya wu Uwechue, choro, na na a kwado, ka ndi Igbo ka noro na ime Nigeria. Uwechue a gbaala okenye ugbua, ma o ka na e kwu na ndi Igbo-Biafra nodu na ime Oku-Mmuo ahu a na a kpo Nigeria, ebe o huchara mmegbu na ogbugbu ndi Nigeria na e gbu anyi. Uwechue na Ohaneze ya gawara uzo nke onwe ha, ma anyi ndi Igbo-Biafra sooro uzo nke nweta Biafra, nke anyi ga e nweterari, maka anyi a hula otu okwukwe na nchekwube si e me: Rev. King a kuzie la anyi okwukwe na ihe oma, ihe di mma; Obama e zi anyi na ihe oma na e me e me. Biafra wu ihe oma; Independence Biafra wu ihe di mma. Ka anyi je wa Rev. King na President Obama ejije, jiri otua nweta Independence Biafra.

Anyi na a gwa Nigeria taa ka o kpoputa umunne anyi ndi MASSOB site na mkporo ojoo ya puta. Uchenna Madu, otu na ndi ndu MASSOB, na umu MASSOB ndi ozo, ka no na Mkporo Nigeria, nayi si Nigeria weputa ha ugbua, hapu ha 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!


Ndewo unu


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