United States Journalist Shaun King, has blast British Museum over plans to loan Nigeria bronze statues which was taken by the British during a punitive expedition from old Benin empire In 1897.
At the end of the 19th century, the Kingdom of Benin had managed to retain its independence and the Oba exercised a monopoly over trade which the British found irksome.
Recall that it was reported that while other countries, like Greece over the Elgin Marbles, have refused to accept anything other than a permanent return of treasures seized during the colonial era, some Nigerian officials expressed willingness to settle for borrowing back what was stolen from them.
Two hundred of the Benin Bronzes were taken to the British Museum, although some items have also gone to museums in Oxford and Cambridge, and others have ended up in institutions all over Europe and the US.
The Benin Bronzes that were part of the booty of the punitive expedition of 1897.Large quantity of bronze wall plaques to the British Museum;
Others ended up in various European museums, mainly in Germany, and in American museums.
However reacting to this, US Journalist Shaun King wrote on Instagram;
No. @britishmuseum :: you don’t have the power to loan back what you stole. These don’t belong to you. They belong to Nigeria. Apologize and return them immediately – with interest.