Two messages arrived from Chukwuji Ogbonna and Ethelbert Nwobi and I wanted to share my response with all of you. Read my original post and their responding messages.
No one knows the angst of Biafrans except for Biafrans themselves, as my fellow Biafrans, Chukwuji Ogbonna and Ethelbert Nwobi remind us all in their “Lamentations.” It is not just collective anguish with a capital “A”: such torment in fact feeds down the arteries and veins and umbilical cord down to the individual being, yes, through the capillaries down to the individual biological cell. At once collective and personal, such torment of Biafrans is total—systemic, organic: thorough. No one knows the true angst of the unfathomably oppressed. “Unfathomable,” because, there is no conceivable reason why Biafra and Biafrans should remain oppressed by Britain and Nigeria today—nor in the past, for that matter. So, allow Chukwuji and Ethelbert to ventilate.
While hopeful that “…setting the peoples of Africa free is one of the reasons why Great Britain has voted in favour of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples…” (referring to UN General Assembly A/RES/61/295 of September 12/13, 2007; document A/61/L.67; (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2007/ga10612.doc.htm); (http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/declaration.html); http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N06/512/07/PDF/N0651207.pdf?OpenElement, it is rather most likely that GB / UK voted for this Resolution in order not to provoke its own Scottish Nation into an accelerated process of political Independence from UK. It is common knowledge that Scotland is engaged in a determined and systematic Self Determination process, a process which UK has not tried stop or to perish: compare and contrast this with the behavior and policies of UK in faraway but still technically British-colonized Africa, especially Biafra-Nigeria. As the British themselves would say, “What is good for the gander is [apparently NOT] good for the goose…” when it comes to the Scots of UK Versus the Biafrans in the Nigeria geopolitical space.
Tony Blair, the past leader of UK, is quoted to have once said that:
"The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world."
"But if the world as a community focused on it, we could heal it."
"And if we don't, it will become deeper and angrier."
Source: BBC News Tuesday October 2001 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
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Consider the hypocrisy? oxymoron? naivete? flippancy? Or, just sound-bites? You be the judge:
1) Does the world have a conscience when it comes to Africa? (Hint: China has just stepped into the same pernicious colonial jackboots introduced 300 years ago by Britain in Africa; UK is carrying out the same colonial policies in Africa—she never really stopped nor left).
2) Whose conscience, really, if there be such—the world’s or UK’s? (Hint: the original injury was caused by Britain. Today, Britain / UK is still the lead-State supporting colonial African puppet and unworkable governments, when such governments would have since died a natural death to allow for the indigenous Nations—Nations such as Biafra—to evolve into their own.)
3) “’World-as-a-community’ focus”? (Hint: the World “Powers” have partitioned the unfortunates [including entire hapless Africa] into “areas of influence”—actually, “possessions” wherein each Power does as it pleases with its own possession, without scrutiny or challenge. There is no world “community”—just fiefdoms. Who can forget US Nixon’s soliloquy [revealed in declassified US government documents] as Nixon literally wrung his hands in utter helplessness while Wilson of UK starved Biafran children, pregnant women, old men and old women, to the tune of mindboggling 2 million or so, in 1968-1970?)
4) “…Heal…Africa…”? (Hint: how can you heal Africa when you are busy causing and sustaining further injuries in Africa, as a matter of policy, while refusing to listen to the pleas of the suffering people?)
5) "And if we don't, it will become deeper and angrier." This one is self-commenting, seeing that Africa’s injuries have indeed “become deeper and angrier”—thanks to the author of these statements who also led his contemporary government in UK’s ongoing malicious policy in Africa.
Tony Blair’s metaphor of “scar” regarding Africa reveals genius. By genetic predisposition, many Africans form “bad” scars: the scars are called “Keloids.” I should know: I am African (Biafran, to be precise); and I am a Physician. Keloids, in a sense, may even be regarded as a form of Skin Cancer. They won’t kill you, but they are grotesque; if you cut one out, an even larger, uglier one regrows in its place—same for if you irritate it. Yet, many African cultures master this invasive skin scarring and deliberately inflict and exploit it while skillfully turning it into a beautiful, desirable, appealing live-skin art. Genius: Africa’s or Blair’s? Think about it.
In the modern times, Tony Blair represents that which is completely wrong with UK’s Africa policy, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of Biafra-Nigeria. Nowhere is the result as destructive and as catastrophic as in victimized Biafra. Sadly, even Nigeria, used by the UK government as the ribbing-point of this malevolent policy against Biafra and Biafrans, is in ruins, as a result. As such, if we are talking about “conscience,” allow us to tickle the conscience, not of the world, but first, of Britain / UK.
The question which should be on everyone’s mind, as we return to Chukwuji’s and Ethelbert's apt and shared “Lamentations” is this:
“Just what of Biafra would threaten or jeopardize the British Government’s interest, or the interest of the people of UK?”
Why is the British government, with relish and apparent determination, directly and indirectly killing the Chukwuji’s and Ethelbert's of Africa—the Biafrans? Talk to the World, Chukwuji and Ethelbert. Talk to Great Britain. Where there is conscience, it can be tickled. If there is a conscience…
Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
A Biafran Citizen
On behalf of the Nation and People of Biafra
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