The special session of the UK Parliament convened to pay tributes to the Queen was astounding. It was however held against the backdrops of lamentations by persons to whom British Imperial atrocities are alive and well. Nevertheless, in the British parliament it was a gale of eulogies as member after member dug deep into their oratory repertoire to recreate the lifetime of an outstanding Monarch.
The recurrent theme in all the elegies was the Queen’s faith in God, commitment to service and love for humanity. The Queen, steadfastly projected the core values of Christianity – love and forgiveness. Nothing could be more enriching, inspiring and reassuring. Her emotional stability, coolness and elegance permeated the entire kingdom. Listening to the members, you could tell why Britain is what it is: an empire whose sun never sets.
Particularly touching was the tribute by the Muslim parliamentarian from Birmingham. She stated that the Queen’s Christian faith meant so much to those who belonged to other religions. This, she noted, was because the Queen believed that the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of other faiths.
Conversely, the huge outpouring of eulogies could not ennoble the dark spots in the Queen’s 70 years of imperial reign. Leading the cavalry charge here is a Carnegie-Mellon University Professor, Dr Uju Anya who, upon hearing about the Queen’s grave condition wished her “excruciating pain” while she drew her fleeting breath. Her grouse was the “Biafran genocide,” over which the Queen maintained a stoic silence and tacit approval.
According to Uju Anya, “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.”
I may not agree totally with Prof Uju Anya because, according to Igbos, “Madu Abughi Chukwu” (human beings are not God) and such a wish runs counter to my Christian belief. Yet the root cause of her anguish is real and shared by us all, who live daily with the excruciating pain of the evil of British misadventure in Nigeria.
Uju Anya is one amongst many who are outside the shores of their fatherland rejected and hounded out. Many of these brilliant brains are outside giving away their brains to strange nations while hamstrung from home by the structures which were built and perpetuated on the substructure of British Imperial designs.
If the sun could not therefore, set on the empire, it stands to reason that it also would not set on its atrocities. Rather than condemn Uju Anya, the new Monarch, Prince Charles III should devote his time to righting these historic wrongs, or for ever put up with the lamentations and plaintive voices of the victims of the conditions the Brits fostered.
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