Sunday, 15 December 2013

Britain's Hidden Agenda During Colonial Rule in Nigeria...Words from Harold Smith

I love my brothers from the east. I love my brothers from the north...I love my brothers from all over the country. As long as we are all Nigerian's, we are one. But sometimes I stop and think...maybe we were never meant to be. I remember back when I was in Unilag, I was finishing up my project, and had to go and see my supervisor at the senior staff club. On the same table with me, out of not finding anyone to listen to his stories, a Linguistics Professor spoke to me about how the western part of Nigeria extended to most parts of west Africa (Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana...). And also how the powerful northern part of the country also covered some parts that has been cut-off. He spoke extensively on how all the regions operated independent independently, and could have stood alone as individual countries The bottom-line of his discussion was that Nigeria was not meant to be; the colonial masters put together different people, of diverse cultures, religions, and beliefs and made them one. It is only natural that conflict will prevail after a while.

Yesterday, on twitter, a lady activist by the name Ronke Kosoko, put up a couple of tweets about an old interview with Harold Smith (Past colonial officer), which exposed the hidden plans of the British Colonial masters during their time in Nigeria. I did some digging after reading her tweets, and found excerpts from the interview she got the quotes from. Read this revealing revelations below-

“I am in my 80s now; I have agreed but in the past ‘they’ did not want me to say anything, but now I don’t want to go to my grave without telling the truth about the atrocities perpetrated in Africa by the colonialists...

"...Our agenda was to completely exploit Africa. Nigeria was my duty post. When we assessed Nigeria, this was what we found in the southern region; strength, intelligence, determination to succeed, well established history, complex but focused life style, great hope and aspirations… the East is good in business and technology, the west is good in administration and commerce, law and medicine, but it was a pity we planned our agenda to give power “at all cost” to the northerner. They seemed to be submissive and silly of a kind. Our mission was accomplished by destroying the opposition at all fronts. The west led in the fight for the independence, and was punished for asking for freedom. They will not rule Nigeria..."

"...the Census results were announced before they were counted. Despite seeing vast land with no human but cattle in the north, we still gave the north 55 million instead of 32 Million. This was to be used to maintain their majority votes and future power bid. He stated that the West without Lagos was the most populous in Nigeria at that time but we ignored that. The north was seriously encouraged to go into the military. According to him, they believe that the south may attend western education, but future leaders will always come from military background. Their traditional rulers were to be made influential and super human. The northerners were given accelerated promotions both in the military and civil service to justify their superiority over the south. Everything was to work against the south. We truncated their good plan for their future. “I was very sorry for the A.G; it was a great party too much for African standard. We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikwe well, the west and the east and sowed a seed of discord among them”. We tricked Azikwe into accepting to be president having known that Balewa will be the main man with power. Awolowo has to go to jail to cripple his genius plans for a greater Nigeria..."

"...‘It was my duty to carry out all of the above and I was loyal to my country. Nigerians should try to be loyal to their country leaders and followers alike. Love your country. You have got the potentials to be great again and the whole world knows this’.

I am sorry for the above evil done to Nigeria. I can’t say sorry enough……"


Harold Smith past on in 2011. Below are some words from his wife carol, at his funeral.

‘It wasn’t a difficult decision for Harold.  He was there in Nigeria to serve the interests of the Nigerian people.   He knew what he was being asked to do was illegal.  There was never any doubt in Harold’s mind that he could do anything other than what he did.’

Watch the full interview here

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