Societal Injustice

Today, Yaba market shares the sourly fate
Of the once-famous Oshodi and Tejuosho’s
Stalls and shops, wrecked by the KAI men
Ordered by the ‘government’ of Lagos State
Like heroine-maddened bulldogs
They perpetrated their evil boisterously
Oh Yes, I know the government has plans
They always have.
But the unrealistic and fail-bound ones!
Plans! Plans! Plans!
Non-sense plans!
Like THE ARENA in Oshodi.
Where no poor dare go for a lot
Bombarded by the affluent of all sort

Today, I walked by the bend-down-select ‘boutiques’ at Yaba
All my eyes could capture
Were heaps of woods and banana-yellow gravels
The canvassing red-eyed boys went M.I.A.
And my ever-joyful brothers from the east went AWOL

Which ‘government’ would deprive the poor
Of his meagerly daily bread?
No certificate to tender in companies
No handiwork to fetch their manna
Yet, ‘government’ withheld their last resort,
their God-sent haven!

Oh ‘government’! Now that you ‘stole’ their jobs
They will avail themselves one
Masked with black bandannas
Armed with heavy steels
And ‘Atamatasecious’ ‘Jagamus’
They’ll storm your ‘yeye’ homes
Ravage your family
Gangbang your daughters
And kill your sons
From the first to the little last
Their blood will flow like a river
And you shall swim in its torrent
And every of your avaricious possessions
Shall come to ashes before your own eyes
For if the chicken don’t wink at night
What right has the duck to snore?

Shamefully, you’ll beg for mercy
None, you showed ‘em
Nada, shall they give you
But a one-way visa to hell
Your rightful abode

Who’s the government?
The hawking child on the street
The homeless man under the bridge
The fatherless, penniless and nameless
The jobless, faceless and voiceless
They are!!!



13 thoughts on “Societal Injustice” by smartfingers (@smartfingers)

  1. So nice! But the last stanza, I disagree with. All the people you mentioned were not responsible. They ά̲̣яε not the government.

  2. You were a little too harsh at the end. And what’s the meaning of M.I.A?. Each should suffer for his/her misdeeds and not the children. Nice poem.

  3. @Eletrika? too harsh? I agree with this poet o. The only problem’s that, instead of going after the people responsible, they would go after the poor masses. the poor attacking the poor makes the whole ‘justice’ thing stupid.
    agree with @Kaycee…I think the poet meant to say those people mentioned at the last stanzas are not responsible.
    Where did this idea of govt even come from. They should read Plato’s ‘Republic’

    1. Hmm. So it would seem.

      Visited your blog. Interesting.

      Always pictured you as one yellow pawpaw with arms and thighs the size of Ghana bread.

      Forgive my assumptions.

      1. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah, you don start O°˚˚˚!!
        Ghana bread?

      2. LWKMD!
        lol@Seun, Ghana bread?

        1. Exactly.

          Ghana bread.

  4. I think you guys are being harsh. Really.

    The truth of the matter is…no matter what the government does…they’ll end up looking like villians – even governors as ‘achieving’ as Fashola. In the words of Machiavelli;

    “Often, one has to be cruel to be kind.”

    I understand how the whole thing is. I understand how hard it is for people to ekk out a living out of the meagre survival things they have. But seriously, you don’t think Lagos could do with a little less madness?!

    I look at Oshodi; and I feel a lot safer. I doubt you; Smartfingers knew Oshodi when you would buy an electrical appliance and touts just round the corner from where you bought the stuff would ask you to put it down and THANK YOU for helping them get their stuff. Police would be just on the other side of the express and they would ignore the whole thing.

    What about the stories of bags cut open? The people slapped and robbed?
    Let’s not even talk about the rape…

    See…Lagos is looking like human beings live there, and I for one, am grateful. A friend of mine who hasn’t been in Nigeria for over nine years came rushing home last year because she said they had seen/were seeing pictures of Lagos online and they frankly couldn’t believe it. When she came and confirmed it, she was so happy.

    It might mean nothing to you…but it does to other people. Ask the girls who walk Yaba and get grabbed by the hustlers; the same ones you’re so concerned about. Look at the story from all the angles my people, not neccessarily the one that appeals to the public alone.

    Now, on the KIA/market people Yaba fiasco I’m of the personal opinion that the KIA people aggravated the whole thing, and only the market people had to suffer for it. But then, I realise that contrary to what you might have heard, plans had been on place to fell that whole market right after Tejuosho went down. The fight just gave them the ‘excuse’ and moment.

    And seriously, guys, which of you thinks a market should be on/around a railway line?

    I rest my case.

  5. In ethics we call it the doctrine of the greater God. A case were few are hurt for the good of the many. But was that really necessary? You don’t open a dam without making channels for the flood. Am sure there were more pressing needs to be met by the Lagos government. The market should have been at the least relocated. With that market gone all these girls would need to find another place to buy their gbanjo.
    Robbery is going out of fashion because boys have seen other means of making money. Some are Yaba traders, lagos government just increased the number of hoodlums in town.
    @Seun, a market wouldn’t be on a railway line if trains used those tracks.
    The thing is we are so good at destroying. I hear there will soon be a clamp down on private schools. Now if that happens what would happen to Naija school children? Private schools came up because public schools were terrible and inadequate.
    One more thing, who is the government?

    Anyway, none of it is my business.

    1. @kaycee…how well do you know Lagos?

      Up till the market at Yaba was demolished, a functioning railway line ran through it. And the sellers would run and pack their stuff out of they way WHENEVER the train was coming.

      It still happens all along the railway line from Ido through to Ebutte Metta.

      Forget your argument.

  6. I knew this will come out controversial. Anyway, I never meant the poor are responsible, my last stanza WƋ§ ​JU̶̲̥̅̊§τ̲̅ a rhetoric, we are the government not some gray-haired, pot belied politrickcian. Did I hear someone say Ƒǿя the greater good? I see ₪☺ good i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ trampling on people’s livelihood! A̶̲̥̅♏ out!

  7. Thank you for sharing this. The truth is this is that when we have millions of able bodied young men/women roaming the streets jobless, crime will increase. And unfortunately it is mostly the poor more than rich that pay with their lives. I don’t doubt that a lot of evil was done in these markets but tonight an honest hardworking man or woman cried themselves to sleep because their livelihood was wiped out in a matter of minutes without any avenue for re-dress and hope for tomorrow. As smartfingers said, it is societal injustice and it should be our business because without one day without any checks, it will be us or our families standing in front of those wrecking balls.

    1. @Yejide, tie o ni baje, a̶̲̥̅♏ glad ♈̷̴̩‎O̶̲̥̅̊U̶̲̥̅̊ know where a̶̲̥̅♏ coming from. I don’t have any family i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ the said area but iku ton pa ojugba eni owe ni npa fun ni! An injustice τ̅☺ one, I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ an injustice τ̅☺ all!

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