Diane Sare, an independent candidate for New York State in the United States Senate in the November 8, 2022 election has questioned the American government for flying flags at half-mast to honour the late Queen of England.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in the UK, died last Thursday at the age of 96.
However, Sare has taken exception to the flying of flags at half-mast in the US to honour her, describing the late monarch as an advocate of genocide.
She said on her official Twitter handle on Friday, “Why are we, Americans, who had a revolution against the British Empire, flying flags at half mast in memory of one of the great genocidalists of all time?”
Earlier, a US-based Nigerian professor, Uju Anya, on hearing about the Queen’s death last Thursday, tweeted, “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
The microblogging app later deleted her tweet, saying it violated its rules.
Commenting, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos condemned Anya’s tweet, saying, “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better?”
“I don’t think so. Wow.”
Anya has, however, said she is not affected by the western pressures and threats that trailed her reaction to the death of the late British Queen, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary II.
She later revealed that she was on the verge of losing relationships and connections because of her tweet but despite this, she did not feel any regret for her comment.
She said that her tweets had started a discourse and she encouraged everyone to engage their friends so that everyone could “find a strategy to achieve our dreams as African people”.
She said: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a step as rightly put, in the past few days I have being the global topic of discourse not that my assertions were manipulated but because I am a woman of honour, I should shy from the truth.
“It’s pertinent to note that I have received backlash, condemnation, criticism and all sort of attacks because I made an attempt to unravel the hidden truth.
“I am on the verge of losing my friends from the West, my colleagues and associates in the field of research. I have been subsequently condemned and referred to my tweets as unguided utterances from the mischievous scholar but I laugh because they mostly come from a sect that are ignorant of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history of my home country-Nigeria.
“I must appreciate your love and support on the fight against injustice as we all dream for a world of equitable justice and fairness. I am not moved with the pressure and threat coming from mostly my Western associates as “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Engage your friends in the discourse, let’s interact together and find a strategy to achieve our dream as African people. Invite more people.”
“I am very happy over the awareness I’ve created 48 hours ago. The likes of Jeff Bezos and many others have reacted. Questions are now being asked about the “British Empire”.
“Factually, Ojukwu and Gowon had a meeting in Ghana, to avert this sad history. But because the British empire which is now under the leadership of King Charles lll were paranoia, they influenced Gowon to go ahead simply because they don’t want another Japan in Africa.
“The history books are there. “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe is there for facts!. “The Biafra story” by Frederick Forsyth and many others.”
Similarly, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore on Saturday said Nigeria has no reason to mourn the late British monarch
Sowore said this following a Nigerian government directive that all flags at government offices at home and abroad be flown at half-mast on Sunday and Monday to honour the late British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Reacting, Sowore described the directive as reflecting that people in Nigerian government live in the past.
He said, “A bunch of “trousered negroes” from FGN are planning to fly the national flag at “half mast” to mourn the Queen of England, #Queen Elizabethll. These guys don’t represent Nigerians, they’re living in the past. We have no business mourning the Queen! #WeCantContinueLikeThis.”