American University Distances Self From Uju Anya's Tweet Wishing Queen Elizabeth ‘Excruciating’ Death

By Damilare Adeleye
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Prof. Uju Anya

An American University, Carnegie Mellon, has distanced itself from the tweet shared by its employee, Professor Uju Anya, wishing Queen Elizabeth excruciating pain before her death was announced.

Uju through her verified Twitter page, on Thursday, had rebuked the British empire and the influential role played by the late Queen of Elizabeth II in the Nigerian civil war which left over three million Igbos dead in the 1960s

Her tweet read: ‘‘I heard the chief monarch of a thieving genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating”.

Uju’s tweet generated outrage online before it was deleted.

In its reaction, Carnegie Mellon University in a statement on Twitter expressed reservation over the professor’s tweet.

The university management acknowledged that the tweet was shared on Uju’s personal Twitter account, stressing that free expression is core to the mission of higher education.

The institution added that the views of its employee do not represent the values of the institution nor the standard of discourse they hope to foster.

The post reads: “A statement regarding recent social media posts by Uju Anya: We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account. Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the value of the institution, nor the standards of discoed we seek to foster.’’