A one-time colonial civil servant, Mr. Harold Smith, has confessed how the British colonial administration in Nigeria conducted fraudulent census in the country.
Harold Smith, now in his 80s, last Thursday on a Ben TV programme, revealed what went behind the scene before the independence.
The Oxford University graduate had this to say about his role in Nigeria’s pre and post independence era.
He said that 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. 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 lifestyle, great hope and aspiration.
“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. 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 believed 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 Action Group (AG). It was a great party too much for African standard. We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikiwe, 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 had 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 Nigerians being accused of fraud and from what I saw on the streets of Lagos; the British were worst fraudsters.”
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 was of the opinion 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 readily.
He finally submitted that the colonial masters had caused havoc while they were in Africa, and planted time 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’s 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.”