After posting an initial tweet hoping for the Queen’s ‘excruciating death,’ Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Nigerian-born Uju Anya reiterated her beliefs about the late monarch and said she ‘supervised a government that sponsored genocide.’
‘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,’ she posted.
Professor Anya’s anger was over the role of Britain during the Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967-1970 in which over three million Biafrans died, mainly women and children.
But the university has so far refused to punish their professor, and said in a statement posted to Twitter Thursday evening ‘We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her social media account.’
‘Free expression is core to the mission of higher education,’ they said, indicating Anya would not see consequences for her tweet.
‘However, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster,’ they concluded.
In her first controversial tweet – now deleted by the social media platform – the Nigerian-born Professor wrote: ‘I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.’
“That wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have f***** generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she supervised a government that sponsored the genocide my parents and siblings survived. May she die in agony.’
Twitter later removed the posts for violating their rules.
Her sentiment, shared as the Queen was in her final hours, has ignited a firestorm of anger, and cast a light on previous attempts by hundreds of people to get the outspoken academic fired from her teaching job for violent and racist words.
Her Majesty died Thursday at the age of 96. She passed away surrounded by members of the Royal Family at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.