Tag Archive | Nigeria

Happy Independence Day, Nigerians!

I have hope …

Hope for a better Naija;

where peace and

justice reign, above all else.

I have faith in

a place called home

for multiple ethnic

and religious groupings.

I can see from Kaura Namoda

to the creeks of Bayelsa

new cities and work places

built, fit for these 21st century.

I trust for a place of

technological advancement,

where talent trumps

when brain power matter.

I see a land of promise

For all irrespective of

creed, culture and calling.

What you see, you get!

© 1st October 2017. Adewale Adeniji.

Our Nation_Funny Nigerians

I always read with amusement the various vituperations about all that is bad about our country – bad governance, bad leadership etc. (take your pick), from when I came of age, and each time this is ventilated, the leader is blamed.

It used to be the Sardauna, late Ahmadu Bello (not even the then Prime Minister – Tarawa Balew; or ceremonial president – Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe!). Then it was the string of military interlopers, then Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, even Umaru Musa Yar’dua (despite his truncated tenure), Ebele Jonathan and now Muhammadu Buhari.

Everything that goes wrong (real and now often made-up through fake news), square on the plate of those leaders. Anything that goes right, it must be DESPITE those leaders!

My fellow compatriots, let us WAKE UP and SMELL THE COFFEE! Nigeria is what you and me make of it! Stop passing the buck. Yes! Stop it already. No leader misleads a vibrant follower-ship.

Stop accepting bribes (yes, that bag of rice, that N500 (🙆🏾‍♂️) to vote for people. Stop supporting anyone because his name is similar to yours, or he has the same ethnic origin as yours. Start paying YOUR TAXES IN FULL. Stop activities that ultimately destroy the economy you dream to enjoy (like importing banned items to make a buck, like selling fake and adulterated products). Stop conniving with foreigners to dupe your country. Let us stop cheating our own workers of their just entitlements. Let us stop all negative confessions about this country because what you see is what you get. Let us stop mistreating our spouses and children. Let us stop being mean to strangers and those ‘different’ from us because of geography.

That is only when we will get a nation that we truly deserve. On this occasion of our 59th independence celebrations, let us first remove the log in our own eyes! Let us stop being funny!

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 1st October 2019.

Our Nation_2018 Independence Anniversary_Commemorative Poem_ “Loud Silence”

Deep breaths

Furtive head shakes

Moaning sighs

Vacant looks.

Breath, breath boy!

What’s gwan?

Darting looks, here, there

Still not a word!

Is it cowrie issues?

No? Oh, a maiden?

Or, or idea troubles

No? Now, what ails you?

That deep sigh again…

And bowed head

With Furrowed brows..

What now in Iroko’s name?

All entreaties done

Silent you remain

No comments?

Or Complaints?

Very loud indeed,

this studious silence.

Birth something, a sign..

Nothing? Oh well.

Come anon, reveal.

Expose the labyrinth

of your mind; thoughts

that a weakling make

of valiant veterans.

That time of the year again.

To look back. What could’ve

been. Well, we press forward.

© Adewale Adeniji. 01/10/2018.

Our Nation_Our Politics. Why PMB Should Be Easily Re-Elected In 2019, Part 1.

If you follow me on social media, you should know my politics by now. If not, let me be clear.

I am, if you prefer categorisation, a centre-left oriented political animal. I believe in government creating an enabling environment to help citizens get a fair shake in life. While that is liberal leaning, I equally believe in fiscal responsibility as a means to ensuring that resources of the state are not unduly wasted . To some, that is conservative. So, I regard myself as a centre of left.

I did not start there though. In my political formative years I was a dyed-in-the-wool communist sympathiser. Beret wearing, lingo speaking comrade! 🙈. But I was weaned of this with the collapse of the communist system and the inequalities it could not cure. So, to my many friends from way-back, ‘life’ happened to my ‘aluta’!😀

I need also to state that despite my love for politics, it is not a vocation I can take up anymore, for reasons I’d rather not go into. So, this series is not about angling for political office (elective or appointive).

But I remain and intend to remain an active voice in the politics of my country – to contribute to the narrative, and hopefully to national development – as a non-partisan voice, but free to make choices as they arise for the development of my nation.

Since the beginning of Nigeria’s 3rd Republic, I have voted in all presidential elections. And since I am putting all my cards on the table, let me tell you how I have voted over the years, because in this series, I want to show why I will be voting the way I will next February, if God permits:

1999 – Olu Falae (APP/AC Coalition)

2003 – Muhammadu Buhari (ANPP)

2007 – Nuhu Ribadu (AC)

2011 – Goodluck Jonathan (PDP)

2015 – Muhammadu Buhari (APC)

So, you can see that with the exception of 2011, I had always voted for the anti-establishment party because I always believed that the establishment party had produced candidates I couldn’t support. So, why did I vote for Goodluck, the establishment party candidate? Because I hoped that with the election of a president who did not come from privilege, may be he will place the under privileged as the centre of his policies. We are all living witnesses to how that panned out!

Enough of my political conviction and my voting background. I needed to put that out of the way to answer several questions I have got in my in-box from readers who wonder why I seem to support PMB now.

In this series therefore, I will be putting across my views of the 2019 presidential elections and why I think President Muhammadu Buhari should win it (please note my choice of ‘should’).

So, please join me for part 2 next time.

Comments are welcomed, even when you disagree. I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. But please if your comments are abusive and are based on premordial sentiments of religion and ethnicity, or pure, unreasonable hatred, I reserve he right to delete and block!

©Adewale Adeniji. 2nd September 2018.

Our Nation_2019 Election Hustings

Weh done o, putative candidates for office. I dey see your moves, your paros! 😀

You go on TV, on social media and yap about all that is wrong with your country, bla bla bla; yet you offer no single solution or alternative route. My friend you at nothing than a clanking cymbal. You are part of the problem.

Without offering plausible alternatives or solution, you offer no sensible reason why anyone who discerns should listen to you.

You have no solution to our issues, you are only trying to ride a justifiable wave of discontent to office.

You will be quite worse than those you want to replace. #ourmumudondo!

Offer me workable solutions, maybe you can change my mind. Rehash what I already know are issues you are wasting your time with me. Why? I can think!

Show me the road map to a better life for the masses of our people, yes I will consider your candidacy. Come to me with primordial, religious hog wash? Repackage what is disguised hatred for a personality you disagree with, I have already moved on from your space!

Anyone ready to join me?

©Adewale Adeniji. 29th August 2018.

Nigeria Go Better!

We were once, all of us,
young and free, vibrant together.
Neither pretense nor grudge.
Then we grew up, and we
became competitors. Nay enemies.
Where has our salad years gone?

But, I cannot hate anymore
You, refuse to fight me any longer.
Even if we all may be hurting …
You may be down, I may be lost.
But together we are not out, not yet.
All we can do is carry each other.

All we must do is fetch for one another.
One for all, our horde for one.
Together … Stronger … Bolder
living, learning, laughing, loving.
That is all that is left to do, as we age.
No more jostling. Let us bare each other.

Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulani, Urhobo,
Bini, Birom, Baruba, Bachama, Anang,
Ishan, Isoko, Ikwerre, Degema, Efik,
Eggon, Egun, Gwari, Gwoza, Nupe
Ibibio, Igala, Idoma, Ijumu, Tiv … and more.
All together, carrying water for Nigeria!

© 14th July 2017. Adewale Adeniji.