Anger towards the late Queen of England: Who is colonizing Nigeria now?

The death of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, has sparked reactions across the globe.

While many expressed their condolences and supported the United Kingdom during the transition period, many others, mostly other races, have lashed the Queen for her role in their countries' woes.

At the time of the Queen's death, she was still the Head of state in about 15 countries, and it's obvious that she assumed that role many years ago under uncomfortable, or perhaps, questionable circumstances.

Queen Elizabeth II could indeed have done better. She could have taken the initiative while alive to rescind and, perhaps, apologize to many countries over the years of anguish the United Kingdom put them through. 

Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth III
Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth III, died on Thursday, 08 September 2022.

Mostly, she could have stepped down from these countries where she remained the Head of State until her death, a position now passed down to the new King, Charles III.

A few hours after the death of the Queen hit the public, I received a call from a radio station, KAYA959, with Phemelo Motenein in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss the death of the Queen from a perspective of an African living in the United Kingdom.

The questions were geared toward the anger of many Africans on social media, and the Phemelo Motenein wanted me to spill on Queen's involvement in what happened in Africa. 

This call shows the views of many Africans, irrespective of the country they are currently living. History has taught them what the United Kingdom soldiers did in their country. For example, in my State, Edo State, South-south of Nigeria, the British soldiers invaded us in 1896, killed our king, Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, and looted our arts. 

King Charles III
New King, King Charles III, proclaimed

They dared to take pictures with these arts before being brought to the United Kingdom and are still being discussed to be returned to date.

At the time of this radio interview, it was unripe for me to tag the Queen with whatever disgusting names they expected me to use. It was uncalled for at the time, and I couldn't move beyond the pain and sorrow the country was in and become insensitive. 

It is the perspective of these aggrieved nations whether Queen's involvement in what happened in African nations set us back or exposed us to today's reality.

African leaders had always been sellouts, covetous and selfish. It shows in history how the United Kingdom used them to enslave their people, borne out of the inferiority that white people are next to God.

Nigeria, for example, gained its independence in 1960 and became a republic in 1963, meaning that the United Kingdom's rulership was withdrawn 100% from the country at this time. 

Sixty-two years after, Nigeria is worst off under the leadership of Nigerian leaders. Though the nation is richer after the discovery of oil, the people remain in abject poverty—this time, without the interference of the UK monarchy.

Understandably, someone must be held responsible for the country's woes. Still, Nigerians have ignored the obvious criminals and pointed their accusing fingers at the United Kingdom while protecting the criminals.

What Many Nigerians Should Know About The UK

In 1970, the United Kingdom pledged to support other nations with at least 0.7% of its national income on aid as part of a United Nations pack.

Nigeria Flag
Nigeria Flag

It was followed by pledges from 30 other nations, including Japan and Germany, but the United Kingdom finally enshrined this into law in 2015.

"Investing less than one percent of our national income in aid is creating a safer, wealthier, and more secure world," reads a government website explaining why it spends money on overseas aid.

The United Kingdom first delivered its pledge of Gross National Income as Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2015, making it the first G7 country to meet the commitment.

According to the country's official website, at the September 2015 United National General Assembly that was held in New York, United States, the United Kingdom was the only country with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council to meet a 2% defense budget and a 0.7% aid budget.

According to data released in April, Britain spent 14.5 billion pounds ($20.18 billion) on aid, 0.7% of its national budget as promised, a decrease of 712 million pounds in 2019.

Are Nigerians aware that the five top countries receiving aid from the United Kingdom are Ethiopia - £254 million, Nigeria - £241 million, Somalia - £232 million, Afghanistan, and Yemi, according to September 2020 data?

These aides were channels for the health sector, humanitarian aid, and multisector or crosscutting.

Where is the money? Who gives an account of the huge sums these countries received from their alleged captors? Who thanks them for their assistance? Will history ever focus on how the United Kingdom is helping its former alleged oppressed nations?

Africans and other aggrieved nations will always point fingers at the United Kingdom. They need to blame someone since they cannot hold their leaders accountable; they need to vent their anger, even though they have been welcomed into the country by the country they accused.

These are the narratives of their leaders in an attempt not to take responsibility for their actions. Will they then their people how the UK aides are spent, or what they are spent on? Will they give a details account of how long these monies have been received? 

The United Kingdom, as practiced during that time, invaded many nations and imposed the Queen on the people; over the years, these had changed. The Queen had gradually grown and realized these actions were ill and had fought hard to make up for her atrocities. 

Deal with that and better your country. She is no longer responsible for what's happening in Nigeria today; she is not Muhammadu Buhari, she wasn't Goodluck Jonathan or Olusegun Obasanjo, and she is not going to rule whoever becomes the next President.

So my question is, who is colonizing Nigeria now?

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