The world’s third richest man, Jeff Bezos, and an American-based Nigerian professor, Uju Anya have traded words over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Recall, that Queen Elizabeth who had ruled the United Kingdom since 1952, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022, aged 96.
Earlier on Thursday before her death, her doctors had raised concern about her death which generated many reactions, especially on social media.
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, critical sociolinguistics and critical discourse at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Uju Anya who reacted to the concern on the Queen’s health, in a now-deleted tweet said; ”I heard the chief monarch of a thieving molesting genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
Uju also accused Queen Elizabeth II of sponsoring the “genocide” that led to her family being displaced.
In another tweet, she referenced the alleged role of the British empire in supplying the Nigerian government with arms and ammunition during the nation’s civil war which spanned 1967 – 1970.
She said: “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, who came across her tweet and thought it was distasteful, made reference to her being a lecturer that is supposed to make the world a better place.
He quoted her tweet and wrote; ‘This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
But in response, Uju rained insults on the Forbes billionaire, both in Igbo and English language.
Otoro gba gbue gi. May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers,” she tweeted.
However, the varsity where she lectures had expressed reservations over Uju’s tweets.
The university, in reaction to the development, said although it believes in “free expression”, it does not condone the views expressed by the professor.
“We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account,” the post reads.