The man Harold Smith is not new in Nigerian
history. He is one of the architects of colonial
foundation that midwife Nigerian independence in
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
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
‘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
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.
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
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
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
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 evil done to Nigeria.