His response was “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.
Brothers and sisters; on Ben TV last Thursday, Harold Smith was on a
program to reveal what went behind the scene before the independence.
The Oxford University graduate had this to say about his role in
Nigeria pre and after independence era.
‘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
northerners. 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 !
Harold Smith confessed that 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
We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikiwe well, the west and the east
and sowed a seed of discord among them”. We tricked Azikiwe 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 .
However, Harold Smith
justified the British agenda of colonialism in
Nigeria , which he believed was originally to help build Africa after
the ruins of slave trade, but lamented that the British only looked
after themselves and not after Nigerian interest. The British really
let Nigeria down. When I see Nigerian’s been accused of fraud and from
what I saw on the streets of Lagos ; the British were worst
Looking at the northern leaders now he said, “If they have any agenda
in Nigeria at all, sadly it is only for the north, and nothing for
Nigeria . He stated that the British look after the British people
and this is so all over the world. He said the time has come now to
see people of intelligent minds with an open and inclusive agenda for
all Nigerians in power.people who will really look after Nigeria’s
large population.but “I still curiously and sorrowfully see now that
the British has not let go of Nigeria.her
wealth,. her potentials, her
future. He opined that the Caucasian people now assert themselves as
the keeper of the “New Age” keys. He therefore said that it is only
logical for Europeans to maintain their position of power, scientific
superiority, economic exploitation, they must continue to perpetuate
their lies and falsehoods and this is the most unkindest cut of all in
relation to Nigeria’s situation!
According to him, Nigeria , a great nation was crippled not because of
military juntas or corrupt leaders alone but by the British and
American fear of Nigeria’s great future. He confessed, “The fear of the
place that will be our ‘dumping ground’ really occupied our minds”.
Some of the things he said were not new to Nigerians or to the whole
world but hearing it from the horse’s mouth is quite revealing and
established more reality zones. He finally submitted that the colonial
masters have caused havoc
while they were in Africa , and planted
timed bombs when they finally left. What we see since independence,
the administration of new internal colonial masters by fellow
Nigerians holding sway in power is doing more damage to Nigeria .
Instead of detonating the time bombs planted by the British, the north
is planting mines.
He added that ‘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..”
Are u lost trying to understand the above confession? Let me explain. Lets retrospect back to the elections of 1954, there were 162 seats in the Nigerian National Assembly. Out of this, the South has 83 seats and the North has 79 seats since this was
based on population. But because Ahmadu Bello was afraid that his kinsmen would not be able to effectively compete with the rest of the country and dominate it the way he envisaged, he refused to allow Nigeria to have independence. After the West and the East received self governance, the British overlords, in order to assuage his fears and put Nigeria in his control, created in 1959, 312 seats for the Nigerian National Assembly without any election or new Census. Out of this 312, the North was allocated 174 in the anticipation of the Parliamentary Political System being put in place for Nigeria’s independence. This effectively put political control of Nigeria in the hands of the North.
In 1962, the Balewa government organized another census “by headcount.” Preliminary results of that exercise gave the South a clear majority. A supplementary count was immediately taken in the Northern region. This turned up additional 9 million persons
reportedly missed in the first count.
The questions are: (1) How could such an exercise miss 9 million persons?
(2) How could there be supplementary headcount in one part of the country to the exclusion of the others?
The North is the beloved child of Britain. During the colonial era, indirect rule system was introduced by the masters. Warrant chiefs were used. This system of administration produced 3 different results in the three major tribes in Nigeria:
North: The system suceded in the North because the North is already used to that kind of system of governance where one man dictates. So to them, indirect rule was not a strange kind of governance.They were very obedient to the colonial masters.
West: It suceeded partially in the West. Partially because even though the Yorubas were also used to monarchs, they can pass a vote of no confidence on a monarch and depose him. The Yoruba traditional system is
parliamentary. The people can hand over a clabash to a recalcitrant Oba. When a calabash is handed over to the Oba, they are invariably telling the Oba he is unpopular and should commit suicide.
East: indirect rule failed woefully in the East. This is because the Easterners are not used to paying allegiance to any man or groups of men imposed in them.The Igboi traditional system is highly democratic- It is recognised in what they say, ‘Igbo enwe eze’- meaning- Igbos have no kings.
Are u still wondering why power belongs to the North? Are u still wondering why people must die for Buhari to be president? — with Yinka Erinfolami and 95 others.