History is the foundation on which any society is built. Societies come together to make a nation state. For a given nation state to ban formal teaching of the subject of history in its school education curriculum connotes tomfoolery of the highest order. All human societies have a beginning. What are today’s rulers of Nigeria afraid about Nigeria’s early beginning that could have compelled them to outlaw the teaching and learning of history by the country’s youths?
Could it be the shame of learning that Nigeria was hustled away by an enterprising Englishman named George Taubman Goldie and then sold to the British Crown for a whopping sum of £865,000 more than a hundred years ago? Inhabitants of the Lower Niger territory whose ancestral lands were sold to the British crown by George Goldie for thirty pieces of silver were, only sixty short years after the evil transaction, subjected to the most gruesome genocide ever recorded on the African continent.
Is the policy of banning the study of history in Nigeria the subliminal implementation of Islamization agenda which proselytizes unmitigated loathing for indigenous peoples’ history before becoming Islamized? Islamic states of the Middle East, including the ISIS and Taliban, go out of their way to target ancient historical sites and artifacts that predated the arrival of Islam for total obliteration. Could the other reason be to keep future Nigerians from truly understanding the true evolution of the unitary nation state that is currently being jammed down their throats?
The more one takes the time to research facts about the early history of what has become Nigeria, the more one becomes dumbfounded by the evil machinations wrought on the lives of God’s own children by external intruders whose primary concern is material wealth acquisition and illicit profit?
The Royal Niger Company, the progenitor of United Africa Company (UAC), sold Nigeria to British government for £865,000.
Sir George Dashwood Taubman Goldie (1846–1925), an aristocrat of the Isle of Man, was instrumental to the British colonial administration in Africa. Best known for his dogged stance in holding forth the Niger River area for the British government against France and Germany’s territorial quest, Sir George Dashwood Taubman Goldie was the founding father of Nigeria.
He administered the Niger River area (now Nigeria) as a businessman and British Consul-General for almost two decades through the instrumentality of the Royal Niger Company. In many ways, the role played by Sir George Dashwood Taubman Goldie in the founding of Nigeria was similar to the role played by Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) in the founding of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
However, unlike Cecil John Rhodes who named the territory under the control of his company Rhodesia after himself, Sir George Dashwood Taubman Goldie who equally commanded a similar business strength and authority never named the Niger River area under the control of his company, probably Goldiesia, after himself.