United States-based Nigerian Professor, Uju Anya, has opened up on why she wished late Queen Elizabeth excruciating pain during her last moments on earth.
DAILY GIST reports that Anya, whose mother hails from Trinidad and Tobago had wrote on her Twitter page on Thursday “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving r*ping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
Professor Anya went on to write in another tweet: “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
Anya, who has dismissed condemnations and criticisms that have trailed her comments from across the world, including from the university where she works in the United States, lamented the loss of millions of Biafrans during the Nigerian civil war, even as she blamed the monarch for parts of the atrocities.
The Professor of Linguistics made this known in a chat with Emmy award-winning TV news reporter, Marcie Cipriani.
She said : “I am the child and sibling of survivors of genocide. From 1967-1970, more than 3 million civilians were massacred when the Igbo people of Nigeria tried to form the independent nation of Biafra.
“Those slaughtered included members of my family. I was born in the immediate aftermath of this genocide, which was directly supported and facilitated by the British government then headed by the monarch Queen Elizabeth II. This support came through political cover, weapons, bombs, planes, military vehicles, and supplies the British government sent to kill us and protect their interests in the oil reserves on our land. My people endured a holocaust, which has shadowed our entire lives and continues to affect it, because we’re still mourning incalculable losses and still rebuilding everything that was destroyed.
“Conversations among us today still include who was lost, who was displaced, where people ran, where bodies are buried. They do not include kind, respectful, or temperate sentiments about the people who murdered our relatives and destroyed our lives.”
Speaking further Anya said “Some may not approve of how a survivor of state violence expresses their opinion of those who harmed them, but all should know that “colonizer” is not an abstract word to me, nor is the blood drenched legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and the British monarchy something I’ve only read about in history books.”
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