The man Harold Smith is not new in Nigerian history. He is one of the architects of colonial
foundation that midwife Nigerian independence in 1960.
I met him in a meeting three weeks ago where he opened up a bit about the lingering problem in
Africa especially; Nigeria unbalanced protracted social political situations. We asked if he could
make this known to the media. 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
northerner. 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 African standard. We planned to destroy Awolowo and Azikwe well, the west and
the east and sowed a seed of discord among them”. We tricked Azikwe 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 theI 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 been 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 Nigerians 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 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 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.


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