A Nigerian professor, Uju Anya, has reactions from people after she took to her twitter page to comment on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Uju happens to be an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating”, she said a while before the death of the queen was announced.
In another tweet, she made mention of the rumored role of Queen Elizabeth in supporting the civil war which happened between 1967 – 1970 and led to the death of many. She said, “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”.
The executive chairman of Amazon was one of those who reacted to her tweet, he said “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.” Uju Anya did not let his response go unattended to. She replied tweeting “May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonisers.
Twitter has deleted the Nigerian Professor’s tweet and the university which she works at has also denounced culpability for her statements. “Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster.”
“We do not condone the offensive and objectionable message posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account”. They said.
Other responses include that of the presidential aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmed who said “Don’t know that Uju Anya until I saw some of her tweets for the first time on my timeline this evening, her tweets about late Queen Elizabeth II were so unfortunately unnecessary.”
However some tweeters have stood by the statements of Uju Anya. One of which is @philosophiero 1, “I stand with Uju Anya. The level of sympathy Queen Elizabeth who died peacefully is over, leveling the sympathy given to Africans who died as a result of colonialism because there was no social media,”.