Legendary Harold Smith Speaks about Nigeria

Written by Olufemi Adefolaju – Aug 24, 2007

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 stupid 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 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 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 evil done to Nigeria. I can’t say sorry enough……

Source: Conscience Daily International

  1. #1 by Scholars For Justice on March 9, 2015 - 7:05 pm

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  2. #2 by Israel A. on June 7, 2013 - 7:37 am

    These are not lies and the truth is the hausa/fulani still think southern Nigeria and her people’s exist for them, to exploit and lord over. All the cries about presidency must come to them in 2015 is designed to prolong the evil in perpetuity. Until they change the way they think, we as Nigeria will make no progress.

  3. #3 by Yaqoob Jibril on December 5, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    “Despite seeing vast land with no human but cattle in the north, we still gave the north 55 million…” So how did Obasanjo’s census still give the “cattle” a majority?

    “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”, now that is insulting to the persons of Zik & Awo by potraying them as some lame inexperienced school kids who could easily be deceived by bribing them with a chocolate bar! This also gives too much credit to the colonialists, alot of whom were run-of-the-mill clarical & admin staff who were less educated than Zik himself.

    “According to him, they believe that the south may attend western education, but future leaders will always come from military background” I take this to mean that the british originally orchestrated a plan 4 the country to be run by the militatry, if so why do they have to rig election to put the northerners in power. In any case, we all know that the 1st militatry coup was staged by southern officers – are they, by any chance acting a british script?

    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”. Keep deluding urselves, no nerthern leader had any agenda 4 the north. Nigerian rulers, north or south have an agenda only 4 their pockets. The reason why african countries don’t progress is not because of any colonial mistakes, it is because africans like u fail to think of our to confront & change their situations at individual levels & then collectively forge ahead by uniting with like-minded progressives across all ethnicities against the currupt ruling elites. Keep bickering over ethnic nationalities while ur mates in Asia advance into developed economies.

  4. #4 by johnson on September 29, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    The loyalty of the northerner is still working on him(illiterate) God help him.

  5. #5 by osesua daniel on May 2, 2012 - 7:56 am

    Nigerians we need to be unite in order to correct this mistake of our past and selfish rulers. God bless Nigeria.

  6. #6 by chuxy003 on March 13, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    its not what happens to a man that counts, they say , but what the man makes out of what happens to him, the British might have sown so many destructive seeds,but we still have our will power to correct them.
    regardless of what was done, we have no business remaining where we are today.

  7. #7 by Ngozi Nkemjika on March 12, 2012 - 8:08 am

    It is not only what our hateful colonialists did to Nigeria that is holding us back, but that some
    northern leaders, feeling very comfortable with the current unbalanced political structure of the country, are not ready to allow for a restructuring which is bound to acelerate the much desired social and political development accross the country. A house devided against itself cannot stand.Rather than look inwards and tackle curroption which was institutionalised during the military era, we are still blaming Britain for our woes after over 50 solid years of independence, and 41 years after the civil war.The sins of the military against Nigeria’s socio-political development is far worse than that of the British colonialists against Nigeria. It is high time we put our past behind and forge ahead.

    • #8 by tattodoc on September 26, 2012 - 6:15 pm

      Typical of your slavish type to attack your own while worshipping foreigners. For your information the Nigerian rulers did ten times more for Nigeria than Britain EVER did. In 1960 we had ZERO universities in the country after 70 years of British rule. Illiteracy was at 93%. Meanwhile, Britain had evacuated resources – iron, cocoa, groundnuts, timber etc for 70 years from our shores.

  8. #9 by ibrahim suleimAn on March 6, 2012 - 6:08 am

    Stupid and fantastic lies

  9. #10 by Tope fawehinmi on February 1, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Now that we know the truth, we now knw where the source of our numerous problems lies. As it is now very much crystal clear that lord luggard and his co-horts forcefully and cunnightly joined us, we also in our own interest and that of our children yet unborn should find a way of liberate ourselves from the shackles of the devilish and self-centred imperialists.

  10. #11 by Gabriel on January 15, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    I often heard similar expressions from people but never took it seriously as reading this. It was unfortunate in a way. Laying a faulty foundation always affect the upper structure even when an expert is involved. But trying to undo the faulty foundation can be very taxing for us at this time.

    But the British left us with some undeniable influences. The outstanding ones include Christianity, Western Education, and so on. .

  11. #12 by Surv Ebisintei B Awudu, mni on February 3, 2011 - 5:49 am

    For me, it is not new as an mni and as I worked with the British as my bosses for almost ten years in the Oil and Gas sector. I wanted to know from him of Pa Smith comments on the Ijaw Tribe who the British even signed an agreement with us to belong to Nigeria for 30 years and to review our condition thereafter. Every one can now see that God rules in the affairs of men and His ways are not our ways. Despite their plan for Nigeria, God has a different agenda and God’s own agenda is working.

  12. #13 by Tayo Oloyede on January 31, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Wow! If this is true then what Hitler did to the Jews is nothing when compaired the tow evil but,Nigerians have to pull together to reverse the current .

  13. #14 by funmi oriola on January 29, 2011 - 9:52 am

    This is the revelation of the century. Nigerians wake up and let’s make our great nation great again. Its possible.

  14. #15 by funmi oriola on January 29, 2011 - 9:51 am

    This is the revelation of the century. Nigerians wake and let’s make our great nation great again. Its possible.

  15. #16 by Rev. Femi Ige on January 24, 2011 - 9:45 am

    At least the truth has come out from the horse’s mouth. I thank God that the gentleman made peace with his God, rather than go to his grave with such negative content.

    • #17 by sheddy on September 27, 2012 - 7:36 pm

      R u trying to say that’s why we r still where we are..let’s forget what the colonial masters did and do our own thing..Nigeria wasn’t the only country that was colonised and some of them are doing better than Nigeria today..so for me,this is jst history..our destiny lies in our hands Nigerians.is it the british that’s making ibori,gudluck and the rest steal money..abeg,leave matter..we knw we’ve got the resources and potential to do great but we haven’t got the conscience and respect for human life cos that the only time one person will embezzle money meant for millions of people..God bless Nigeria

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