Queen Elizabeth US-based lecturer, Uju Anya spoke out of emotion – Ohanaeze. The leading Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has appealed for compassion on a tweet made by Prof. Uju Anya a few hours before the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England.
A US professor named Anya who was born in Nigeria tweeted that she wished the Queen “excruciating suffering.”
The offending tweet, which has been long since removed, is stirring up debate.
Jeff Bezos, the second richest man in the world, has also criticized the tweet in addition to Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, where she lectures.
“This is someone who is purportedly trying to improve the world?” Bezos asked. In my opinion, no. Wow!”
She was not spared either by President Muhammadu Buhari’s advisor Bashir Ahmad.
I was unaware of Uju Anya until I came across a few of her tweets on my feed this evening. Her statements regarding the late queen Elizabeth II were regrettably pointless, Ahmad said on Twitter.
Prof. Anya has gone farther to defend her tweet, though.
In a subsequent tweet, she claimed, “If anyone expects me to express anything other than disdain for the monarch who oversaw a government that supported the genocide that massacred and uprooted half my family and the effects of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
In response to the controversy, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, national president of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, pleaded with people criticizing the professor to recognize that her words were influenced by her emotions.
He remarked, “We sincerely sympathize with the entire people of Britain on the passing of their Ruler, the Queen of England, as well as we welcome the new monarch, King Charles III.
Ndigbo do not wish anybody harm, but according to Okwu, “it will be difficult for the people to forget the civil war atrocity.”
“Anya’s choice of words was one driven by passion, comparable to that of millions of Ndigbo who are still struggling to heal from the impacts of the civil war and the subsequent genocide,” he added.
It is well known that Ndigbo do not wish anyone harm, much less death; as a result, we are quite tolerant and accommodating.
“But the reality is that Ndigbo have not yet fully recovered from the effects of the civil war, as they continue to endure overt discrimination and exclusion in all facets of national life.
Therefore, while we unite in mourning the passing of the Great Queen Elizabeth II, we implore those clamoring for Prof. Anya’s dismissal to maintain caution.