Maybe not Maybe (Part 8)

We need to choose leaders who understands where we stand
Though we don’t have great options like in the past
When Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe held the flag for NPP
And Chief Obafemi Awolowo for UNP
Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim for GNPP
Mallam Aminu Kano for PRP
These were a quartet of men with character and vision
And armed with the know-how to accomplish the Nigeria mission

Today we still have same men that have led us astray wanting another chance
But together we can use our vote to make a choice
Or shall we give chance again to Buhari?
Or let Obasanjo decide and give us another presidential sorry?
Or hope that an Atiku will mature to lead us?
Or wait for Abdulsallam to grow a heart and direct us?
For with any of them – we are not on a path to nationhood
With them democracy remains a case of stolen goods

We have seen the Yoruba’s in power
And have had enough Hausas’ in power
The Jonathan administration has given teeth to Boko sect
And paid crimes in billions among the militants
We have seen the best he can offer
For we can’t be indifferent and yet suffer
With over a 100 million people
We shall not submit to the insufferable

What is wrong with giving Chris Okotie of Fresh Party a chance?
For over time has shown he knows what to do if given a chance
A failure of his marriage will give us the chance to rid the nation of the unconstitutional first lady position
For that has brought us much disgrace and dishonor especially in Jonathan’s led administration
Yes he is unknown in field of politics and the corridor of power
Shall we for the fear of the unknown give power continually to misfits and hope they will turn good with prayers?
If not him – we do have men already tested
Men who to some extent can be trusted

From the land of the trinity we have man for freedom – Adams Oshiomole
Who as NLC chairman never slept because of the people’s cry
From the city that never sleeps a man for justice – Raji Fashola
Who has remained strong and fought continually even when in opponents’ molars
Or we go with men who with some won’t fly
The nation’s outcasts Nuhu Ribadu and Mallam El-Rufai
So we can say enough to the evil that parades
And a stop to thieves charades

I shall again call on the words of wisdom from the son of the soil
Professor Wole Soyinka who has been from the beginning of the nation’s toil
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism
For without it grace is given to tribalism and nepotism
Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie
For power given without responsibility will make the governed cry
And gradually they are beginning to recognize the fact that there is nothing more secure than a democratic, accountable, and patrimony form of government
If we all can come together in 2015 to create a epic movement

Democracy has sunk in only in theoretically terms
It has not yet sunk in completely in practical terms
Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth
Especially in men who over flowing regalia and suits
For their ways has made men enemies of each other – giving a world with no friendship
But when you are deprived of it for a lengthy period then you value human companionship
But you have to survive and so you devise all kinds of mental exercises and it is amazing
If we don’t let things remain as they have been because we are afraid or lazy

There is only one home to the life of a river – mussel
There is only one home to the life of a tortoise
There is only one shell to the soul of a man
There is only one land that belongs to the Nigerian
There is only one world to the spirit of our race
For we can only live within our days
But if that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter?
Where else do we go to and not be called refugees and receive shelter?

Looking at the faces of people,
One gets the feeling that there is a lot of work to be done for the people
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny
For good deeds doesn’t require any ceremony
I can define in fact the evolution of human society
The summary of our humanity
The evolution of human society is a contest between power and freedom
For life has gone too far in reverse to be able to combine power and freedom

I grew up in an atmosphere were worlds were an integral part of culture
But now we take another man’s culture as foundation for our structure
The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail
But the ultimate lesson is just sit down and writes – that’s all
I found when I left, there were others who felt same way
We would meet; they would come and seek me out – not for fame
We would talk about the future and how it spans out – for it wasn’t fine
And I found there depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine

Not to respond to the nation’s plight
To close our heads and run away from this fight
Not to come to the nation’s solitude by offering them a spark of hope
Not to help generation’s unborn cope
Is to exile them from human memory
To give them the gift of a bad ancestry
And in denying their humanity – we betray ours
For even if we live in high towers we are but cowards

Indifference is not only a sin, it is a punishment
Maybe I am wrong in my assessment
Maybe I am too young to get the picture
Or maybe I’m lost and confused since future doesn’t feature
Maybe we have a country we deserve
One we wish to keep this way and preserve
Maybe I am delusional – the future and not now knows
Maybe not delusional – tomorrow and not today knows

One thought on “Maybe not Maybe (Part 8)” by Ogbole Samson (@ogbolesamson)

  1. I like the structural arrangement of the first stanza… nice!

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