Carnegie Mellon University won’t fire me over comments on Queen Elizabeth – Uju Anya

Uju Anya

Nigerian-born American academic Uju Anya has said that her job at Carnegie Mellon University in the US is not in jeopardy after she wished dying Queen Elizabeth “excruciating pain”.

Anya got the world’s attention with her tweet: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.” She got lashes in some quarters and commendations in others.

The university also reacted, saying that although it believes in “free expression”, it does not condone the views expressed by the professor.

“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 values of the institution no the standards of discourse we seek to foster,” the university said.

Anya took to Twitter on Tuesday morning on her return to the platform to say that she will not be sanctioned by the private university for her comments.

She said, “From what I’ve been told, there is no plan to sanction or fire me, and my job is not in jeopardy. My university leadership showed very clearly they did not approve of my speech; however, they stand in firm support of my freedom of expression on my own personal social media.”

Anya added that she was not in a battle with the Pittsburgh-based varsity.

“As the letters of support from the students, faculty, staff, and others in my university community clearly show, I am wanted and I belong here,” she wrote.