Happy Worker’s Day and Happy New Month friends. I wish you a great one.
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Parents listen to your children
We are the leaders of tomorrow
Try to pay our school fees
And give us sound education
Oh! What a pity.
Today, I speak with the voice
of a thousand graduates
who sang this song over a decade ago
But are nothing but
degree owning labourers and okada riders
Whose worn out shoes
have been deprived of the ko ko ka sound.
Today, I stand to say that I know
we are the leaders of tomorrow
Though no one ever told us
tomorrow will always be tomorrow
in a Nation where
The beauty of our old men
no longer lives in their grey head
But now resides in their shameless acts of corruption,
a Nation where the glory of youths
no longer abide in their strength
But dwells on dubious thoughts
of means of acquiring without perspiring
Just like our so called leaders.
Today I stand to ask
Why the only infrastructure they care about
is the one that relates to their stomach
And the only amenities they provide
are the ones that benefit them?
We care to know
why promises are hard to keep in this part of the world?
We want to know
why the Government owes Corp members
when their children wallow in abundance
We want to know why graduates are denied jobs
despite passing interviews
while relatives of the wealthy are hired
with just a phone call.
We need to know
why institutions sell a thousand forms
and admit less than a hundred children – who have legs
We need to know what happened to merit?
Did merit die on merit?
They who enjoyed free education
have come to make learning a living hell for us
Our tertiary institutions are filled with fresh stalites
who spent years at home before gaining admission
because Jamb never stopped jamming them
Still, there’s no assurance
of strikes not striking them with extra years.
Sometimes, we wonder
if the tales our parents tell
of this nation are truly true.
Why is our Nation’s report card filled in red ink?
What is the cause of our bad roads?
Why is our health sector sick?
And our education system failing?
Why is our security sector unsecured?
Why is our naira worthless?
Why can’t graduates get jobs?
Why are workers being owed salaries?
Why can’t peace pitch it’s tent amongst us?
Why do we never get answers?
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