“Abuja Was Not Built On A Stolen Land, Your Claim About Nigeria Is Idiotic” – Nigerian Blasts BBC’s Alex Preston

Oct 19, 2013 – “Abuja Was Not Built On A Stolen Land, Your Claim About Nigeria Is Idiotic” – Nigerian Blasts BBC’s Alex Preston

This article is in reply to BBC writer Alex Preston‘s controversial article about Abuja being an unfinished capital of Nigeria and how it was built on a stolen land.

Alex Preston

If you missed the initial article written by Alex, read it here.

Check out what Nigerian writer Stanley Nwabia wrote in reply to the aforementioned article:

The real question is, can a city ever be termed as being ‘completed’ or ‘finished’? Talk less of a 35 year old Abuja built from scratch by Nigerians-a city without any colonial heritage unlike the coastal, unplanned and exploitative West African cities that the British left behind as at independence.

Abuja built on ‘stolen’ land?

Are the Gwaris not Nigerians, located and residing in the hinterland of Nigeria? Surely there may still be issues but to the best of my knowledge majority of the original settlers of Abuja were compensated and resettled.

In spite of all this, the Gwaris (as Nigerians) still have unlimited access to Abuja city and have not being discriminated against or treated to any form of APARTHEID unlike what the BBC’s home country did to indigenes of her conquered territories.

As for the BBC going further to paint Abuja (and Nigerians) in a derogatory manner, I’d like to know what their motives are. Is the BBC trying to instigate the Gwaris against the Nigerian government?

Like we don’t already have enough problems with Boko Haram, Niger-Delta Militants…and ASUU.

Nigeria should in fact be commended for being one of the first black African countries to build a modern landlocked city from scratch. If it’s that easy to build a new African city take a trip to Yamoussoukro, the imaginary capital of Ivory Coast, conceived almost same period as Abuja.

Abuja is not yet heaven; it is in fact a massive construction site with scary infrastructural challenges caused by population explosion. But unlike the lies told by BBC’s Alex Preston, Abuja does have many MANY finished inhabited world-class structures…with many more nearing completion.

This piece does not in anyway exonerate Nigeria’s past or present crop of leaders for their failings in many areas of Nigerian socio-economic life. Truth be told, most of Nigeria’s leadership since independence (especially military rulers) have behaved like chronic idiots over the years. But in fairness to them, they created Abuja and put it on the map as one of Africa’s fastest growing international cities.

The only ‘idiot’ I’m concerned about today is BBC’s Alex Preston. My opinion of him is that of a typical western journalist keen on impressing an ignorant western audience with perverted and biased news reports from ‘the Dark continent’.

Abuja remains a work in progress; SHE’S JUST 35 YEARS OLD for crying out loud.

How old is BBC’s London?

Even the Sheikdom of DUBAI was formally established in 1833.

[Report by Stanley Nwabia]

19 thoughts on ““Abuja Was Not Built On A Stolen Land, Your Claim About Nigeria Is Idiotic” – Nigerian Blasts BBC’s Alex Preston

  1. I perceived someone paid him to write the article
    His look worries me. He looks like a typical western racist that hates black.
    Brilliant write up Stanley

  2. this is a paid propaganda,if not for our heartless leaders..naija go beat u.k hands down from infrastructures to technology..we have our resources and brains..

  3. To me this alex of a guy is a fool who received warm reception from Nigerians.
    Here is a warning to all Nigerians who see whites as gods
    They re nothing but mere human being. You re even better than most of them

  4. look should pls inform that ” Idiotic Idiot” of the BBC house that he should mind he own business Or ells the he will step his feet into this nation ‘we will make Smoke out of water’ I say Smoke out of water. You came here and cos militancy, Boko haram just to distract us then keep steeling from us through the back door with Truller Boat off the shore as if you are catching fish but beneath the Boat is a sucking tank, we kept quiet for so long now let start the madness with you. IDIOT. u will soon report in your grave……

  5. these white people are afraid of africa that we are growing stronger everyday.am not nigeria but am an african and am proud of NIGERIA.only a fool wil believe the foolish reports.I SAY BIG UP NIGERIA!!!!!

  6. I don’t blame u alex ignorance has eaten deep into ur system, if abj is a stolen did we steal it frm ur father? U ar jus a confirm racist. God help ur soul if we c u in dis socalled stolen Land

  7. The question that needs to be asked of the British punk-ass is: was Abuja stolen from their Queen or the British as a whole? How can a City claim to have reached completion. Even the developed world including his country can never lay hand to such claim. We see these countries going through periodical transformation and that’s what is called development. I’m sure part of his country is still living in shamble as of today. Didn’t he see anything wrong with that? Of course he cannot, he dare not write such a derogatory report about his government and country without his journalism license being revoked. I don’t blame him, I blame the “Bastard called Atta” that uses left hand to point at his Father’s house by showing him what is wrong with the City. Someone like him, if he’s paid to commit blunder against his government would not think twice before doing so. When Abacha was in power why don’t they come out and write such report, the world would have witness what will become of their sorry life. Awon omo ale meji.

  8. AS I ALWAYS SAID, THAT THE SLAVE MASTERS DO NOT WANT ANY BLACK COUNTRIES TO PROGRESS, SO THEY USE THEIR CONNIVING TO MAKE ALL AFRICANS COUNTRIES BE A DARK CONTINENT, THEY WOULD CREATE ALL SORT OF EVILS ,THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR US IS TO BEGIN SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT OURSELVES AND OUR COUNTRY NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON, AND LET THE INDIVIDUAL HELP EACH OTHER TO PROMOTE WHAT WE HAVE.

      • may i know your problem .mr OKOBO. PLEASE TELL ME YOUR REAL NAME MR IRON , PLEASE IRON MY SHIRT FOR ME BECAUSE YOU A SLAVE , AND YOUR NEW NAME IS ERUDIRAN , ERUDOLAPO AND YOUR FAMILY WILL REMAIN SLAVE FOREVER. MR BAR DRUNKER

  9. Nigeria gav him d cue ball, & he used it 2 pot his balls. He is no fool! He’s merely shrewd. Dis is a lesn 4 our leaders.

  10. Abuja is a stolen land what an insult, Gwaris people are they not Nigerians? Alex U are not happy about d development in FCT? Alex preston or whateve u cal urself, pls mind ur business. WE SAY NO BH!!!

  11. Must we alwz deny d truth wen it’s told? Wen Idris sang Nigeria Jaga Jaga, OBJ told him ‘na ur papa house jaga jaga’ & den ran him in2 exile. It was an opportuinity 2 make things right, but sadly, our OBJ chose 2b ‘patriotic’. Dis same patriotism is wat u all hav exhibited so far, denying d obvious. Where is dis going 2 take us? Patriotism, 2me, entails admitting d truth about ones country. And if dis truth causes discom4t, one endevours 2 correct it. All of u who attack Alex should review ur ideologies.

  12. @metu nyetu, 4get about niger jaga jaga, les face d issue at hand. Alex is totaling wronge dat is d fact period.

  13. @CoCo…..God bless you!
    If you live in Abuja, you will know the guy was telling us what we don’t know. The real owners of Abuja have been short changed. They have nothing to show for being a local. The bright lights don’t tell the true story. Nigerians are very passionate,but we need to stop being sentimental about facts and embrace the truth.

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