Professor Uju Anya, a Nigerian-born American scholar, has announced that Carnegie Mellon University has no plans to fire her as a result of her outburst on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Anya disclosed this in a tweet posted on her Twitter page on Tuesday, claiming that even though the university administration obviously disapproved of her remarks, her career at the institution was not in danger.
“From what I’ve been told, there is no plan to sanction or fire me, and my job is not in jeopardy. My university leadership showed very clearly they did not approve of my speech; however, they stand in firm support of my freedom of expression on my own personal social media,” the U.S.-based professor said.
“I am not in a battle with Carnegie Mellon University. As the letters of support from the students, faculty, staff, and others in my university community clearly show, I am wanted and I belong here,” she added.
Recall that the University had previously distanced itself from the professor’s wish for the Queen to pass away in excruciating pain, asserting that her perspective did not in any way reflect the university’s thoughts regarding the monarch’s demise.
Many prominent people slammed Anya for her comments, believing they were insensitive and came at a time when the royal family was mourning the queen’s death.
One of the many critics of the academician was billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos.
“This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow,” Bezos tweeted in response.
Anya had reiterated her position and wished the late monarch an agonising death, referencing the Nigerian Civil War between 1967 and 1970, which resulted in the deaths of over a million people, largely from the southeast region.