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Activists misplace their anger

David Long

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David Long

13 September 2022

2:18 PM

By now, we have all heard that university professor Uju Anya did not like Queen Elizabeth II and regarded her as ‘the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire’.

What’s more, while Her Majesty was dying, Anya further willed (via Twitter), ‘May her pain be excruciating.’

To be clear, Anya’s comments were not heard by Her Majesty who, at the time, was sleeping. More to the point, the woman never intended her insult to reach the Queen’s ears.

The sole purpose of an insult such as this, directed at a woman of great age on the cusp of the hereafter who holds the adoration of millions of men and women around the globe, is to wound the already vulnerable feelings of those in mourning by provoking their moral outrage at the unfathomable insensitivity.

They are insults also directed at the people of the British Commonwealth, who have shown their affection for the head of the British Commonwealth. (Note the use of ‘Commonwealth’ as a republican euphemism that makes the people sovereign, instead of ‘Empire’ which is a word more suited to a past age.)

There are plenty of historically ignorant people in Australia who blame colonialism for their personal ills. They forget that, unlike other colonial nations, the British government brought laws designed to assimilate diverse ethnicities who, without those laws, were the mere playthings of another tribe’s ruthless chiefs and kings.

Anya has blamed British colonialism in her homeland of Nigeria for all her ill fortunes.

British rule in Nigeria was developed by Sir Fredrick Lugard who devised a system where local government was left in the hands of the traditional chiefs, subject to the guidance of European officers. Native institutions were utilised and interference with local customs kept to a minimum.

Over the years, the Nigerian system developed into a sophisticated form of local government under the banner of ‘native administration’, which became the hallmark of British colonial rule in Africa.

The Nigerian ills from which Uju Anya fled were not the result of British colonialism. Rather, they were the result of Nigerian independence from Britain in 1960.

After the British left, the political institutions in the nation were undermined by differences in power and wealth from rival ethnic groups. This was the cause of both the civil war and an attempted military coup – the very cause Anya attributes to her mother’s flight.

Agitation for independence had been occurring for some time, but was largely the agitation of the few who, like many tyrants, appealed to the people on the principle of self-determination. It was the chaos of civil unrest in Nigeria that led to many fleeing into Western nations such as America.

Given the sentiments expressed by activists who appear to hate the peaceful systems that govern their lives – why have they not returned to Nigeria? Nigeria is exactly as activists describe their Utopia, no longer under the heel of the ‘British colonial oppressor’.

And yet, very few are in a hurry to return to their independent homelands.

Should we sympathise with insensitive activists who verbally attack those millions who adored Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth while they mourn her recent passing?

No! It would strain the very sense of sympathy to do so.

After all, they are the sort of people who ask: ‘What did the British ever do for us?’

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Published by Nelle

I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

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