Nigeria!, a poem by Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

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Nigeria, Nigeria,
have you any peace?
yes here, yes there,
we have breached,
full of Boko Harams,
Fulani herdsmen,
kidnappings, killings
reign everywhere.

Nigeria, Nigeria,
where are your leaders?
Constitution, Policies
no longer reach.

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Nigeria, Nigeria,
have you any trifles?
yes here, yes there,
we have rifles
full of Politicians,
uniform men,
assaults, impunities
reign everywhere.

Nigeria, Nigeria,
where are your voices?
Painful, daunting,
no longer rise.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for literature (2017).  He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin and can be reached via Email: benezeohagwu@yahoo.comwww.africanamericanuniversity.org, 08173175540.

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