Once in a while something comes to stop you mid-step in your day ---- to startle you; to shock you; to appall you; to overwhelm you with grief and disbelief. While we spotlight such big stories as the “Easter Egg Run” speech and photo opportunity at the White House yesterday on CNN this morning, did you know that innocent people committed to non-violence are dying --- no being murdered and abused --- routinely in a seemingly systematic genocide?
I was reminded today. This message arrived for me this morning:
Chronicle of MASSOB Casualties:
Victims of the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Armed Security Agents
Dear Members of the Human Race:
It is the year, 2006. You won't believe this, but it is happening. It is factual. This chronicle is based on fact. It is real. The names are real--they belong to real persons. It is ongoing.
This is a small part of what is happening to Biafrans who are currently forced into living in Nigeria. This is a partial account of what is happening to members of MASSOB (Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra), a non-violent organization whose goal is the exercise of the choice of Self Determination for the people of Biafra, leading to Independence and Sovereignty for Biafra and her people. MASSOB has the full support of the people of Biafra.
History of Biafra.
Who would have thought that in the year 2006, this level of cruelty, viciousness and abuse of basic human rights and the violation of basic human dignity would be occurring, with such brazenness, directed against a specific nation of defenseless people, Biafra, by a relentless and remorseless tormentor, Nigeria, while the world looks the other way?
2006, yes. Unbelievable!
How do the people and countries of the world turn our heads?
Below is an excerpt of the full report of the Report of Casualties of the people of the MASSOB movement.
Thursday 16th Feb. 2006
100 MASSOB members were arrested in Onitsha on Thursday 16th February 2006, Many residence of Onitsha were wounded following the stampede during the police raid OF MASSOB offices in Onitsha. The Onitsha Police Area Commander Mr. Dennis Anyagafu while speaking to the press admitted that his men arrested MASSOB members. He accused them to be armed robbers. This is a latest plot by the Federal Government to blackmail MASSOB in order to intimidate, and implicate members of the Movement. Since MASSOB made its opposition stand on the 2006 census known, there been unusual movement of soldiers/Mobile police in Eastern Nigeria. Watch out for more details on harassment, intimidation, killing and detention of MASSOB members and Igbo traders by the Nigerian security agents, see Daily Champion Monday 20 February for details.
FEBRUARY 2006, OKWE
A joint team of State Security services, police and soldiers has routinely raided the home of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike since he was arrested and detained. The security Agents have Incessantly invaded the MASSOB secretariat looking for arms and any item that could implicate the MASSOB leader for involvement in violent activity, but in each raid they found nothing. The latest raid occurred in January 19 2006, they invaded the Umunamu Village, ransacked the neighbour hood, destroying personal properties, and properties of members of MASSOB. They arrested some bus drivers who conveyed MASSOB members to the meeting. The meeting scheduled for the day was disrupted as members ran into the bush to avoid being mowed down or arrested by the security agents.See Daily Champion page 7 February 18, 2006 for details of police/ SSS and Army raids according to mother of chief Ralph Uwazuruike Ezinne Monica Ugochi Uwazuruike for verification. Also see letter of petition forwarded to United Nation Headquarters Newyork on Human Right violation and the use of live ammunition on defenseless MASSOB members and police/ Soldiers brutality on innocent Igbo Civilians , see, Daily champing page 6, Thursday December 29, 2005.
MONDAY 16, JANUARY 2006 ONITSHA,
12 MASSOB members who were arrested by the police/ SSS on or after December 5th 7th 2005 in Onitsha Anambara were granted bail by the Onitsha Chief Magistrate court on Monday 16, 2006. the MASSOB members were charged for unlawful assembly and disturbing of public peace during the sit at- home protest organized by MASSOB. The accused person are Chinedu Chukwuemeka, Emeka Nwobosi, Chima Amafor, Chibuzor Ekeibe, Okanandu Nwachineke, Chinedu Ozoude, Amuche Ucha, Chukwudi Nkana. Charlse Ogbonnaya, Stephen Uka, Sunday Chukwu and Mathias Ikedi all male. They appeared before the presiding Chief magistrates Mrs. Ma bel M,bakwe who granted them bail on condition of #10,000 with one surely for each person. The case was adjourned till April 11, 2006. Mr. Anya Anthony was the defense counsel to the accused MASSOB members. The MASSOB members were arrested at Inland town Onitsha during the protest and taken to force headquarters Abuja, before they were finally brought back and charged in Onitsha magistrate court. See daily champion Newspaper page 3 Thursday January 19, 2006 for details and verifications.
Perspective from Oguchi Nkwocha, M. D., Igbo visionary from Biafra/south-eastern Nigeria
Dr. Nkwocha enlightens us with his deep conviction and knowledge of the state of south-eastern Nigeria and how our collective consciousness and action can be a catalyst for change and survival for many innocent people.
Your consciousness and action can make a difference. Inform yourself!
Founder, Global Dialogue Center