East, west, north and south
All I see is injustice
Unacceptable excuses here and there
A plot and conspiracy against the poor
Even when it is not spoken
Their actions speak volume of their scheme
The poor must die
The poor must not rise
The government, the rich, and the influential in our society
They have all in unison swore an oath against the poor
Victimising their victims with the state apparatus
Unleashing terror using the poor against the poor
They cause schism in the camp of the poor
They persecute, prosecute, and humiliate the poor
They thwart all their effort to rise and be somebody
They break their resistance
They humiliate and multiply their sorrows
Vindicating their actions hiding behind the constitutions made for the rich
The law against the poor but for the rich
They break and flaunt the law and turn around to judge us with what they break
They make laws that can’t protect the poor but destroy the poor
The law that can’t make rich but can make poorer
The law that rob Paul to pay Peter
Nothing for the poor but all for the rich
They steal our nation dry
And still blame the poor for the corruption in the land
The poor is always at the receiving end
Bearing the burden of their consequence’s
What have we done to deserve ill treatment?
Why must the poor die for them to live?
Where is the government that is mindful of the poor?
Tell me what exactly they have done for the poor
All their laws are tailor to benefit the rich while crippling the poor
What have they done to alleviate our suffering?
All promises without actions
They all lie in the public and turn around to cause us more woes in practice.
They promise us change
And we work and voted for change.
We gave them change on a platter of gold.
Today, where is our change
We have been short change
We have been deprived of a true change
Their change is just but to worsen our life
Their change take away food from our table
Change that only deplete our purse is not change at all
What have the poor get from change?
Yet change have taken everything away from us
As parent we cry, we grown as our innocent children suffer
We are dying daily because of their future
The future our leaders have mortgage and sold to their yet unborn generation
We were told there will be change
When exactly will change arrive my nation?
Indeed, nothing have change for better but worse
Corruption still loom large in all federal, state and local government agencies
Cheating and looting everywhere in the land
Gang tsarism multiplying day by day
Open extortion by the law enforcement agency on the increase
Sponsor rogue gang and cultism terrorising our communities
Change means nothing to them in reality
All they understand as change is their share of the national cake
They keep persuading us to endure and persevere while they satisfy themselves from our resources.
None of them indeed care for the poor
That is why they put the nation to shame by their actions
That is why it is always self-first and Nigeria later
They take oath to serve Nigeria but denied her by their actions
They are all fake leaders and deceiver
Who will save Nigeria from their hand
Will there ever be change in Nigeria?
When will our change come?
By: ODEYEMI M. MAYOWA