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.
Murder so brutal on open street
Dawn of work, workers afoot
Bukar Suka unleashed
mayhem so vile,
Ramat’s life and many more be lost.
Drunken sucker then declared,
Dawn to dusk curfew for vile act of dawn!
Suka Dimka unleashed,
a can of worms that the top reached.
Bequeathed us he did, angst across the land;
that not even his neck could assuage!
Rest on, Ramat.
Our best revenge – them Hassasins
have long been forgotten!
But you we see everyday, in many ways
in all homes, markets and piggy holes!
Even aluminium tubes fly outta you!
Rest on Ramat!
© 13th February 2017. Adewale Adeniji
There should come a time when the emotion called shame should arrest a man’s attention – when the unthinkable becomes the fashionable!
I am ashamed of being within the same geographical location where impoverished people celebrate certified crooks! Are you not?!
Something must be seriously wrong with our psyche as a people, when we would assault and burn (yes, immolate!) one man for stealing N500, while we bring out the drums for someone not accused, mind, but actually JAILED for stealing millions in US dollars; the common patrimony of the same impoverished who now celebrate his deported ass!
The heavens must wonder what clay this set of humanoids were shaped from! How in Iroko’s name would you eulogize your tormentor? Have we no modicum of shame at all? What message are we sending to our children, to all who serve in little spaces, diligently?
It is bad enough that we cheat our bright children of higher institution admission on the altar of quota system, cheat competent civil servants of deserved promotion because of ‘positive discrimination’; but must we also traumatize victims of hospitals that are mere consulting rooms, able-bodied, employable youth now unemployed in their millions, by now venerating a common criminal whose action and/or inaction contributed all this morass?
I refuse to join that lot. So, I shout it from the top of my lungs, JAMES ONANEFE IBORI, you are a thief! A convicted criminal! If Nigeria were China, your head will have rotted on its stake a long time ago.
I solemnly undertake today, any politician who celebrates this condemned criminal will hear from me. What I can do? I will call them out as larcenous accomplices!
That is me. What about you? Will you celebrate this deported felon? It you do, and you are listed as my friend, I WILL NOT ONLY BLOCK YOU, I will also call you out as as accomplice? You will sue me? I will happily plead justification. A court of competent jurisdiction already judged your hero!
Shame no dey catch us? Haba!
We have been inundated with opinions and counter-opinions on the planned protest against the Nigeria’s government on the economic woes facing Nigerians. As usual, discuss on this has taken a primordial twist, by proponents of either side; pulling as usual the ethnic and religious fault lines of Nigerians.
I have ignored the back and forth till now, because frankly, I am at a loss as to why this should be an issue in the first place.
For one, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees right to gather and associate for specific purposes. There are international charters guaranteeing the same, so what is the problem? So, as long as the necessary preparations are done in line with the law, there should be absolutely why the coming protests should not hold.
For avoidance of doubt, we cannot claim to be a democracy and stymie dissents, protests or even the right to lampoon our leaders. And it is the duty of the state to guaranty the safety of lives and property during the planned protest. So, it baffles me why people are quick to condemn protests and their organizers. This government will be doing itself a disservice if it places a bar on the proposed protest march or any other one for that matter!
So what if the target of the protest is our president, Muhammadu Buhari? As American politicians are wont to say, if you cannot take the heat, stay out of the kitchen! All public office holders must be held accountable for their actions and inactions – and it is not only at election times that we should do so.
Second, I find it hypocritical for some folk to criticize president Donald Trump of the USA and egg protesters against him on, while arguing to shield another president from the protest of citizens of the nation he governs! Pure, unadulterated hypocrisy! And, with respect, such folk should be ashamed of themselves.
I even hear that supporters of the president are planning a ‘MEGA’ march in his support to counter that being planned? That is also their constitutional right, and supporters of the first protest would also be hypocritical to condemn such moves!
Nigerians should loose, once and for all, this big man syndrome that our leaders are immune from criticism. It will not happen again, not with the shenanigans of leaders past! Grin and bear it if you are the butt of jokes and derision, while in power.
I often tell my politician friends who moan about the use of social media to pummel them this: THE BEST REVENGE TO CRITICISM IS TO OUT PERFORM YOURSELF IN OFFICE!
Do that and you’d be ‘venerated’! Simple! You cannot claim the privilege of public office (lucrative one at that!) and wish your citizens to ‘leave you in peace’!
Ko le se le o!
So, for all bent on exercising their rights to freely gather and voice their opinions, which ever side of the argument you belong, WELCOME TO YOUR OPEN SEASON!
Wheels and spanners…
Littered all around.
Oil, all lubricants…
The more you see …
The more is hidden.
Valleys swallow mountains…
Yet caves left all over!
Knee jerk reactions…
Everyone has an idea, none concrete!
What am I saying?
Dig Deep. I’m Cryptic!
© 19th December 2017. Adewale Adeniji
Happy Independence Day Anniversary.
I have absolutely no doubt that Nigeria go better – none whatsoever.
However, let us ponder awhile, these few truths:
1. What do we know that thrives when incessantly knocked down? I cannot see it. Even when things are not working as it should for a child, psychologists counsel parents to keep speaking positives to that child. Not knock him down, for doing so will seal her fate.
So, things currently do not seem to be where we great Nigerians want it to be for our nation, but must we CRITICIZE all and everything? Can we not discover and celebrate the positives, even when few and far between? Would we rather others trample all over us when we mess up?
2. Yes, I know and understand free speech. Yes, we all have a right to air our opinions? But do we really hold the moral high ground to be EVER critical of our nation and its leaders?
Let us ponder and ask ourselves this? Do we as citizens of Nigeria do right by our nation ALL THE TIME? Do we pay our taxes on time, and where we do, are they the fair share we ought to pay? How well do we treat our own neighbors, yes, those we are able to help; not only those living a few blocks away from us?
How do we treat our own spouses, children and family members? If it is akin to the way we conclude our nation and its leaders treat us? If I just touched a raw nerve, let us ask this of ourselves – how should we then be treated by those around us?
3. Not making excuses for our leaders at the local, state and federal levels, but GIVEN THE MORAL STATE OF OUR NATION, would any of us fair better if entrusted with power?
Yes? Well, how well do we treat our workers or employees, or those over whom
we have charge or supervision? Are we faithful with work time, tasks and assignments? Can we say if a truth that if we are trust into the spotlight of local government leadership (not to talk of state or federal leadership) we would fair better?
Now, all these are to show that yes, Nigeria is not where we want it to be; but is it not true that all other nations of the world we hasten to leverage in condemning ours also had developmental problems at this stage of their development? As a student of politics and governance, I know this for a fact.
My fellow Nigerians, our nation is a summation of the moral traits of its citizens and their religious and ethnic biases; and if we do not condemn our selves as its citizens for the ills that manifest even at our street or village level, we really in truth cannot condemn the whole of our small! Because Nigeria mirrors all out lives!!!
Nigeria becomes what we desire only when we become what our own microcosm desires. Unpopular but universal truth.
So, in celebrating Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, I choose to see the positives, Naija’s potentials. Maybe, too late for my generation, but surely possible for the generations of my children and their own children’s children.
My name is Adewale Adeniji; and I say with conviction – NIGERIA GO BETTER!!!
Care to join me?