Behold, Verily, may the world stop and see,

The “fortunate tragedy” that befell thee!

The former our freedom, gained 1st of October.

The latter our canker, our grime, yet moreover;

Hannatu Musawa

 

It was 1960 our fathers did pray,

For God to release us from the Queen and her say.

And after a struggle we gained independence,

“Oh my” how the stories of Nigeria’s confidence.

Tipped as the nation who´ll Africa lead;

The pivot, the glory of Blackman indeed.

We had all the numbers, we had the resources.

The livestock we had ranged from sheep, goats & horses.

If a nation was ever as lucky as we,

Then it had the hallmark of a superpower to be.

But what´s the reality of poverty; its gravity?

Did our nation maintain a level of sanity?

The answer is known to those who understand,

The cry of the innocents in Nigerian land.

For those who think otherwise in their abode,

Just take 2 minutes, consider my ode.

 

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

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The fanfare in the past started with President’s address.

Followed by a march past to mark our fabulous mess!

Undoubtedly each party will claim “history, victory.”

Oblivious as always of the people’s misery.

Corruption it’s said, has been fought with all might.

Yet the return of the looters is plainly in sight.

The greedy, the selfish with single intentions,

Have raided our society like virus infections!

They appoint their sidekicks, their sons & daughters,

In positions of power. They live in plush quarters.

They have houses abroad. They have watches of gold.

And, may God forgive me, “their souls they have sold,”

To the “Babylon beast” who does nothing but feast,

On the riches of Nigerians from north, west and east.

This business of fighting corruption is a charade.

A farce that government and opposition parties made.

For if everyone was genuine, then why don’t we start,

With those that are known to be at its heart?

But “Oh no,” it is used to accuse the opponents,

Who rub all parties wrongly and mess up their moments.

 

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

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When 15 years ago we were promised democracy,

We welcomed the end of the military hypocrisy.

But little did we know that a democratic dictatorship,

Would smell even worse than a rotten potato chip!

In almost two decades of the possibilities we’ve met,

The armed forces look like a beautiful pet!

One if you see you will shout out with glee,

“You are my savior, you´ve just set me free!!!”

Is that a solution with our histories of past?

But it will be the outcome if this conduct lasts.

The conduct of committing on democracy rape.

The conduct of elections that always leave us agape.

From the conventions and primaries to electoral polls,

Fake ballot sheets in rolls were stuffed in holes.

Contestants will make use of great vigor to cheat,

Because they had sworn they would never be beat.

With NEPA and their stations, the worst of bad nations, Nigerians, I think, may have run out of patience!

Now there’s talk of a single term of just 6 years.

But the argument to & fro has brought many fears.

Because what if this system & governance proposal,

Is really a symbol for some master disposal?

“Gee Whizz,” I don’t know and I shudder to guess.

All will be revealed as the elections progress…

 

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God will bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

 

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In these last few months we have had much to handle;

From worrisome tragedies to disgraceful scandal.

The gloomiest came with the series of bomb blast,

Which kills many innocents & leaves us aghast.

But the shocking aspect of this ghastly death mask,

Is the fact they are done as a suicide task!

Who would have thought a man would be willing,

To fulfilling his life with such un-thrilling killing?

My take on this crisis with the blasted insurgents?

Wipe them out with emergence! No more resurgence!

I no longer say their name; I wont give an identity,

To a bunch of nonentities, committing a heinous obscenity.

They practice faith by murdering other human beings?

Let them feel the deadly force of international marines!

They have no excuse for choosing to kill,

Innocent women & children for having free will.

By using religion, my faith they defame.

While committing atrocities, they act…‪#NotInMyName!

I have never supported any system of death,

But my first waking wish is the insurgent’s last breath!

Using Kalashnikovs because they were brain washed,

Renders peaceful dialogue completely squashed!

We pray for the end of the chaos in the North-East,

So people can feel the effect of what peace bequeathed.

 

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

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Already desperation is clear in the air.

You see, 2015 looks like a “do or die” affair.

Such are the sycophant’s who´ve completely hijacked,

Our political system; the good guys they sacked.

No ill is forbidden… All crime will be ridden.

The bastardization of Nija won´t be hidden!

Because the deck of elections lies with the big wreck,

The nemesis of our nation, Professor’s INEC.

For it’s not a secret that they get their kicks,

From giving elections a mighty big fix!

Once, trying to be part of restoring some order,

It’s sad that my interest died from a disorder.

Now I’m indifferent, unmoved and no longer care,

Of what happens in our pathetic political affair.

If elders and statesmen don’t know when to quit,

It throws all one’s hope into a bottom-less pit!

Nothing wrong in being a leader by standing aside,

And supporting a candidate more acceptable nation-wide.

But ambition can hypnotize with an alluring fume,

Which eats up foresight, our reasoning it will consume.

I stand by my party but my first duty is to Nigeria.

My vote will be dictated by those with the best criteria!

As we glide to an election, many of us will just observe,

The unfolding drama in our nation, as it drives on reserve.

 

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

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It all sounds so gloomy, it all sounds so dark,

45 years of Independence but look at our mark.

I´m glad it’s not witnessed by all our forefathers,

Who lived and died for this nation as martyrs.

One hopes they will not roll in their grave;

For our gain of the hopeless and loss of the brave!

Our cultural structure is a social disaster!

We´re regretting not staying with our colonial master!

Nigerians are downtroden but side with ethnicity

And choose from ones tribe regardless of ones atrocity.

This I believe is the cause of our sorrow.

When will we learn and change for tomorrow?

Our problem´s not tribe, but visionless kleptomaniacs.

Who loot us all blind and fill up their banking sacks.

Nigerians regroup let´s take back our country.

Together we´ll form and make a new visionary.

As one with a stake I state with equivocation,

One thing we shant do is go into disintegration.

Some words to consider for this past celebration.

May God help Nigeria to remain one great nation!

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Nigeria we hail thee,

Albeit thy children fail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee,

Before thou thus derail thee.

 

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Our greatest prayer should be to find a good man;

To rule this nation and do what they can.

Whatever will happen we must look up to God.

He giveth and taketh with merely a nod!

We must increase faith; boost our love and our fear.

Be sincere and revere and adhere to persevere.

We must believe in this nation and love it unconditionally.

Keep our ethos, our culture and our virtues traditionally.

Nigeria is beautiful, our homeland is glorious.

She’s known internationally as somewhat notorious.

Her children are maimed as rather inglorious.

But in truth for 5 decades she has been laborious.

And with help from above she can be meritorious;

So our nation can rise and at last be victorious!

In these fateful times I wish you all well.

From the tone of my ode I hope you can tell.

My wish for my nation is goodness attendance.

To every Nigerian, hope you had a good Independence!

 

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Our tale of independence that comes with a fee.

My heavy heart “Oh Verily!”

Nigeria thy still on bended knee.

The “Babylon beast” laid a snare for thee,

And spread his net with cords of glee.

There´s a storm in the affairs of man.

If taken at its stride it can,

And leads ‘thee’ into deepest sea.

For those of we who weep for thee,

And pray to see thee finally free?

We ponder on the only key...

Rebel and happily set thee free?

But rebellion is a sin of life,

Can nurture freedom, gives way to strife.

(The only victims would be the poor)

Then dark fortune stops ‘we’ giving our life!

Nigeria we hail thee,

In mercy God´ll bail thee.

 

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