The colonial British Empire fed this ideology to the people who believe in domination, conquering, oppressive rule.
“I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in the country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.” – Speech to the British Parliament attributed to Thomas Babington Macaulay, the 1st Baron Macaulay (1835)
Does this not sound familiar in present day Nigeria?
When will we wake up in the Niger Delta?
Next tomorrow? It will be too late…
Arise free people of the Niger Delta and protect your freedom.
Annkio Briggs is a daughter, servant, and respected leader of the Niger Delta. She is a leading voice in the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in the oil-rich region. Connect with her on Facebook.
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