Nigerian don, Professor Uju Anya, on Saturday criticised Britain’s role in the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967 to 1970.
Newsbreak.ng reports that the United Kingdom (UK’s) supplies of arms — which eventually enabled the Nigerian government (her former colony) to win the conflict — included millions of rounds of ammunition, hundreds of machine guns and grenades, thousands of mortar and artillery bombs, aircraft and armoured personnel carriers.
Recall that Anya has come under fire on Twitter over her comments following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hours before the Queen’s death was announced, Professor Anya wrote on her Twitter page, “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
The tweet has since been deleted for violating “Twitter rules”.
In another tweet, she referenced the rumoured role of the British empire in supplying the Nigerian government with arms and ammunition during the nation’s civil war which spanned 1967 – 1970.
“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,” she wrote, following the announcement of the Queen’s death.
The tweets drew the attention of many including Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, who quoted the post and wrote: “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
“I am very happy over the awareness I’ve created 48 hours ago,” Anya said in a fresh update via her known Facebook page.
“The likes of Jeff Bezos and many others have reacted. Questions are now been asked about the “British Empire”.
“Factually, Odumegwu Ojukwu and Yakubu Gowon had a meeting in Ghana, to avert this sad history. But because the British empire which is now under the leadership of King Charles lll were paranoia, they influenced Gowon to go ahead simply because they don’t want another Japan in Africa.
“The history books are there. “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe is there for facts!. “The Biafra story” by Frederick Forsyth and many others.
“Let me also state it once again that my family was a victim. There is no family in Igbo land who did not had a share of this sad history. Till this day, there’s no apology!!.
“Again, I only dropped a tweet. The Irish people celebrated it with fireworks. You can check #Irishtwitter hashtag on twitter for emphasis.
“We must speak up! The Igbo needs justice!. Africa needs justice!
“The 56 commonwealth countries needs justice!”