“Why have you been silent,
Shouldn’t you lend your voice?”
You should make a stand!
Time and time again,
I look at the persuasive
And sometimes accusing eyes;
“To what end?”
I often end up asking myself.
In the height of my ruminations,
I came to a daunting conclusion-
Nigerians are Nigeria’s problems…
The problems of the world
Stem from the inhabitants.
For a country blessed by God
With numerous resources,
It is pitiable that she wallows,
In such avoidable poverty.
I honestly don’t blame the politicians
And most designated leaders sometimes,
The masses have in their own folly
Relinquished their voice and will.
With whom the true powers
And decision making lies
Have all gone to slumber…
Trading their worth and birthrights
For meagre bags of goodies.
They forget they are not only ruining
But also jeopardising the future
Of and for their offsprings.
We have allowed religious leaders
To use us in their selfish propagandas
And despicable lust for power,
wealth and superiority.
We’ve made ourselves the pawns
And the Bishops, Kings and Queens
We protect blindly, without question.
To answer their questions
In straight terms,
I’ve been silent
because I’ve been ashamed;
Ashamed of my kins and kindred.
I’ve been disappointed in the learned
And those I thought should know better-
The same people I look up to
And I’ve often sought for insights.
It shocks me
That most of the people
We devotedly look up to,
All sway to the beats of polarity
The religious lines they draw
With blood shine brightly each day.
In these difficult times,
The only thing that spells hope
For me especially is that indeed,
God is not dead…