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Poetry: Nigeria at 55 – Hope rekindled

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nigeria at 55

How hope was rekindled

In and for this great vast blessed land

The bride of African continent

And untapped, non-exhaustive international transactions

Still stumps the senile and sages

More convinced I am in “Ordained Time”

And no time was indeed timelier

When the gentle harbinger – the nationalistic patriot

Simply known by the world as Muhammadu Buhari

Whose veins and arteries in entirety

Flow the Nigeria’s course ad cause

How this nearly lost hope for unity

How this nearly lost hope for peace

How this nearly lost hope for life itself

And how this nearly lost hope for Nigeria’s existence

Amidst compatriots meshed in confusion, confrontations

Remains an act of the non-human

Nay the focused assemblage

A handful of best human membranes

Endowed on this space, for too long

Has strived for survival and greatness

And for growth the struggle had continued

With indefinite direction until 1960

Nay the 1st of Gregorian October

When the white claimed to have left us

In this disguised independence

Then the Owelle of Ontisha, Zik of Africa

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe sat on the throne

With great efforts to integrate us

Our then disunity in diversity

And the struggle through our great men

Great men were they, Nigeria simply complex

Aguiyi Ironsi can and tried

Murtala Muhammad came and tried     

Yakubu Gowon came and tried

Olusegun Obasanjo came and tried

Shehu Shagari came and tried

Muhammadu Buhari came and tried

Ibrahim Babangida came and tried

Ernest Shonekan came and tried

Sani Abacha came and tried

Abdulsalami Abubakar came and tried

Olusegun Obasanjo came again and tried

Umaru Yar’Adua came and tried

Goodluck Jonathan came and tried

And on the 29th Day of May 2015

After such polls marvelous at “Ordained Time”

Against a democratic but burdensome incumbency

The table was turned

And a history was made

On the 31st Day of March 2015

When on the 28th Day of March

Nigerians en masse marched to polling units

For the gentle soft-minded but tough giant

Declared winner by unruffled Nigeria’s electoral umpire

And for the first time the ‘Ordained Time”

After a long scramble in election fallacy

The same name voted Nigerians heard

And here came Muhammadu Buhari

The Master of economy

The Understanding minister of success

The Humble master servant

The Advocate of Nigeria’s wholeness

The Meritorious figure of transformation

The Monumental wall against corruption and indiscipline

The Authority embedded in faith and compassion

The Duty-bound incorruptible sage

The Unity-driven Nigerian cosmopolitan

The Brain-box for economic diversification

The Unlimited gunner for excellence

The Hatrick superstar to contest the fourth, defeat incumbency, less worldly

The Arbitrator for the long oppressed

The Human known messiah for Nigeria today

And the Irresistible liberator of the masses

This is Muhammadu Buhari

Now with Nigerians, for Nigerians and by Nigerians

This is Muhammadu Buhari

Loved by lovers of Nigeria

Feared by looters of Nigeria

And even abhorred by the evil plotters for Nigeria

But alas! It is a tide of change come to stay

To cleanse the iniquities and injustices

To purge wicked minds, strengthen pure souls

In my beloved motherland – Nigeria

The hope has been rekindled

And our maturity at 55

Gradually steadily beckons a reality

From cosmetic theory to leadership exemplified

Even as the fear of the name

But what really is in that name – Muhammad!

Pricks the beginning of wisdom

So we await the Buharization of this land

We await the uncommon transformation ever since

We await the free flow of real fresh air

We await the strangulation of injustice

 We await the termination of corruption

We await the identification of real patriots and statesmen

We await the cancellation of electoral marauding

We await the frustration of political money-hunger

We await the exposure and degradation of treasury looters

And we await the decimation of obsolete laws and systems

How beautiful and greater this land can be!

O how lovely it could be soon!

As we await the integration of our souls in brotherhood

For love to permeate; solidarity to thrive

For justice to prevail; patriotism to overcome

And we begin to fee in our blood streams

Our economic independence without oil and gas

Our educational excellence without truants

Our agricultural mechanism without importations

Our technological exigencies without delays

And our attitudinal revolution without sentiments

Then our groundnut pyramids can resurface

Our cocoa farms can occupy our vast land

Out plantain plantations can be redoubled

And our palm trees can boost our revenue

Then we can also reawaken in us

The spirits of our heroes past

Nnamdi Azikiwe, Herbert Macaulay, Obafemi Awolowo

Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Aminu Kano

J. S. Tarka, Eyo Ita, Denis Osadebe, Ladoke Akintola

And Akanu Ibiam. All set standards of governance

Then we can live together whenever

Within this strip of land and shake hands

Without care to our tongues, tribes or religions

For we should never replay our losses

From our civil war, Niger Delta insurgency

Book Haram terror, kidnapping menace

And the easy fire starter – religion manipulations

Over-exploited in our politics

Hope rekindled, actions and greatness assured.

………

How Nigeria remains 55 still baffles me

When she was born in 1914

We ought to rejoice rather

Not acclaimed elusive independence

Wherewith we have toddled for 55

Or we cheer May 29, 2015

A Nationhood Day, not Democracy Day

 

Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity and good governance. E-mail: mobahawwah@yahoo.co.uk

Nigeria at 55 – Hope rekindled

Muhammad Ajah

How hope was rekindled

In and for this great vast blessed land

The bride of African continent

And untapped, non-exhaustive international transactions

Still stumps the senile and sages

More convinced I am in “Ordained Time”

And no time was indeed timelier

When the gentle harbinger – the nationalistic patriot

Simply known by the world as Muhammadu Buhari

Whose veins and arteries in entirety

Flow the Nigeria’s course ad cause

How this nearly lost hope for unity

How this nearly lost hope for peace

How this nearly lost hope for life itself

And how this nearly lost hope for Nigeria’s existence

Amidst compatriots meshed in confusion, confrontations

Remains an act of the non-human

Nay the focused assemblage

A handful of best human membranes

Endowed on this space, for too long

Has strived for survival and greatness

And for growth the struggle had continued

With indefinite direction until 1960

Nay the 1st of Gregorian October

When the white claimed to have left us

In this disguised independence

Then the Owelle of Ontisha, Zik of Africa

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe sat on the throne

With great efforts to integrate us

Our then disunity in diversity

And the struggle through our great men

Great men were they, Nigeria simply complex

Aguiyi Ironsi can and tried

Murtala Muhammad came and tried     

Yakubu Gowon came and tried

Olusegun Obasanjo came and tried

Shehu Shagari came and tried

Muhammadu Buhari came and tried

Ibrahim Babangida came and tried

Ernest Shonekan came and tried

Sani Abacha came and tried

Abdulsalami Abubakar came and tried

Olusegun Obasanjo came again and tried

Umaru Yar’Adua came and tried

Goodluck Jonathan came and tried

And on the 29th Day of May 2015

After such polls marvelous at “Ordained Time”

Against a democratic but burdensome incumbency

The table was turned

And a history was made

On the 31st Day of March 2015

When on the 28th Day of March

Nigerians en masse marched to polling units

For the gentle soft-minded but tough giant

Declared winner by unruffled Nigeria’s electoral umpire

And for the first time the ‘Ordained Time”

After a long scramble in election fallacy

The same name voted Nigerians heard

And here came Muhammadu Buhari

The Master of economy

The Understanding minister of success

The Humble master servant

The Advocate of Nigeria’s wholeness

The Meritorious figure of transformation

The Monumental wall against corruption and indiscipline

The Authority embedded in faith and compassion

The Duty-bound incorruptible sage

The Unity-driven Nigerian cosmopolitan

The Brain-box for economic diversification

The Unlimited gunner for excellence

The Hatrick superstar to contest the fourth, defeat incumbency, less worldly

The Arbitrator for the long oppressed

The Human known messiah for Nigeria today

And the Irresistible liberator of the masses

This is Muhammadu Buhari

Now with Nigerians, for Nigerians and by Nigerians

This is Muhammadu Buhari

Loved by lovers of Nigeria

Feared by looters of Nigeria

And even abhorred by the evil plotters for Nigeria

But alas! It is a tide of change come to stay

To cleanse the iniquities and injustices

To purge wicked minds, strengthen pure souls

In my beloved motherland – Nigeria

The hope has been rekindled

And our maturity at 55

Gradually steadily beckons a reality

From cosmetic theory to leadership exemplified

Even as the fear of the name

But what really is in that name – Muhammad!

Pricks the beginning of wisdom

So we await the Buharization of this land

We await the uncommon transformation ever since

We await the free flow of real fresh air

We await the strangulation of injustice

 We await the termination of corruption

We await the identification of real patriots and statesmen

We await the cancellation of electoral marauding

We await the frustration of political money-hunger

We await the exposure and degradation of treasury looters

And we await the decimation of obsolete laws and systems

How beautiful and greater this land can be!

O how lovely it could be soon!

As we await the integration of our souls in brotherhood

For love to permeate; solidarity to thrive

For justice to prevail; patriotism to overcome

And we begin to fee in our blood streams

Our economic independence without oil and gas

Our educational excellence without truants

Our agricultural mechanism without importations

Our technological exigencies without delays

And our attitudinal revolution without sentiments

Then our groundnut pyramids can resurface

Our cocoa farms can occupy our vast land

Out plantain plantations can be redoubled

And our palm trees can boost our revenue

Then we can also reawaken in us

The spirits of our heroes past

Nnamdi Azikiwe, Herbert Macaulay, Obafemi Awolowo

Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Aminu Kano

J. S. Tarka, Eyo Ita, Denis Osadebe, Ladoke Akintola

And Akanu Ibiam. All set standards of governance

Then we can live together whenever

Within this strip of land and shake hands

Without care to our tongues, tribes or religions

For we should never replay our losses

From our civil war, Niger Delta insurgency

Book Haram terror, kidnapping menace

And the easy fire starter – religion manipulations

Over-exploited in our politics

Hope rekindled, actions and greatness assured.

………

How Nigeria remains 55 still baffles me

When she was born in 1914

We ought to rejoice rather

Not acclaimed elusive independence

Wherewith we have toddled for 55

Or we cheer May 29, 2015

A Nationhood Day, not Democracy Day

Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity and good governance. E-mail: mobahawwah@yahoo.co.uk


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