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Decolonization: British Path Of Honour For Living Off On Stolen Resources

 Decolonization: British Path Of Honour For Living Off On Stolen Resources It all started since 15th November 1884 to 26th February 1885 dur...

 Decolonization: British Path Of Honour For Living Off On Stolen Resources

It all started since 15th November 1884 to 26th February 1885 during the Berlin -  Germany, conference. The conference agendum was centered on sharing African resources. Its significance and historical facts are clear indications of Africa as being a conquered continent. It is important to note that the people that made the subject of the conference, do not forget the aim of that very event, which is being practically realistic of the time. According to Professor Chinualumogu Albert Achebe, it is essential to know the root of a problem because it will give a window, a guide and a road map to how  tension-prone in  modern states emanated.  It is a bridge also that  link to the post-colonial behavior of the ruling class. Albeit, how ill-prepared and incapable of leadership they really are.

It has been generally proven that Britain decolonized Africa not on its volition but on the prodding of the United States of America. A terrible injury handed the indigenous people by the Berlin conference was the right of absoluteness bestowed on the colonialists. British purchased Nigeria as a Royal Niger Company with such a right right emboldening Britain. It is now widely known that Britain had a special interest in Nigeria as it would be the only colony with incomplete decolonization. Since Berlin shared Africa without their input, it gave Britain the right to confiscate their commonwealth. Nigeria was the only colony with a British Governor-General at the eve of the independence. That speaks volumes!

Britain was used to getting its way and calling the shots. The prospect of independence presented a dangerous and unacceptable circumstance: negotiating with Biafrans to access mineral resources especially oil and gas. Biafrans intelligence and negotiating skills scared Britain to death. Hence, they choose the most dishonorable path; a shameless interference in the formation of a new country. The propping up of the Fulanis was not accidental. That would give Britain some leverage to deal with a usurper than the owners of the resources. 

The crux of the matter bedeviling Nigeria today is the basic understanding of the British interest and how their alliance with trespassing jihadists fund terrorism. This has become a source of daily mourning and lamentation for the indigenous people.

Recently, it was reported by Cable News Network (CNN), that the Cambridge University is due to return a Nigerian artifact looted when Britain raided its country of origin. The report also pointed out that the move is a historical feat. While the gesture is commendable, it should be noted that it was not a raid but the evil of colonialism precipitated by the Berlin conference. It is hoped that going forward, Britain will cease to meddle in the affairs of the indigenous people as a follow up to this historical feat.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is first and foremost, a Biafran. He is also a British citizen who was abducted in Kenya and brought illegally to Nigeria. He has been in the dungeon of Department of State Sevices (DSS), receiving torture. His crime is for asking for fairness, equity, justice and freedom for all the indigenous peoples trapped Nigeria. With this bold step taken by Cambridge University, it may be that Britain is finally waking up to reality: that a determined people cannot be suppressed. It is not too late for the British government  to make restitution. It is the right thing to do. It is their only path to redemption for all the carnage they have caused.

Written by Chibueze Daniel

Edited by Onyebuchi Eucharia O.

For Family Writers Press International

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