Nigeria at 43, evokes a flood of sadness.
The euphoria generated at independence,
lost forever in the memory of the old,
replaced by anguished reality in the young.
None of the tocsin has been heeded…
Augurs foretell,preachers speak,
but, Nigeria is dumb and deaf,
bedridden with symptoms of acute sickness.
Corruption, Indiscipline, Anarchy, Poverty and Crime are prevalent.
The high class citizens love seeing the hoi-polloi.
All that lip service to poverty eradication,
just a fantasy lived only in their dreams and shared with the people.
They give the masses scholarships to the decrepit and broken down Universities,
while non-payment of salaries and fringe benefits to teachers results in months of strikes;
leading to closure of institutions across the country.
But, their own children enjoy full scholarships to Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford et al.
They return stripped of all veneer of empathy they might have had towards the poor;
purposely to follow their parents’ laid down paths,
of oppression, neo-colonialism and nepotism.
Those in government who want to make a change,
hemmed in, hedged out,
in short, frustrated and disillusioned,
they either join them or leave them.
At 43, Africa the motherland cries for you,
because you are just a whitewashed sepulchre,
tarted outside, full of decay and rot inside.
Justice is not to be found in thee.
Assaying to rise, you can not even crawl; let alone walk.
Infrastructure; at low provision,
Health facilities rare and when present…
Not maintained or even obsolete.
Road network, full of potholes; death-traps for ignorant travellers
Uncountable eminent lives lost to blood sucking roads.
Ah Nigeria… Are you not ashamed?
Giant only in name, dwarf in deed.
Is it Sports, Science, Health field or even in Technical advances?
You are moribund; decay and purulence pervades every facet of your life.
Gone are the days of cornucopia,
the oil boom of the 1970’s, opened this new chapter of paralysis,
with more and more money ,
came corruption, greediness and selfishness.
The end result; this prostate state.
Nigeria! Nigeria!! Nigeria!!! awake from your slumber.
Arise from your sick bed.
Let the waters of salvation cleanse you.
Restoration cometh, says the LORD…
Abimbola Onaoluwa 2003
I wrote this in 2003. This is 2016 and it feels like not much has changed… any changes at all appear negative. I really want to cling to hope… trust in the unchanging nature of life’s renewal…