Nigeria is in Crisis,
Lord of Heaven, we are in a Crisis.
No Electricity, even in the FCT,
darkness is now part of life,
day and night, at home and at work.
Please, how much is that generator,
Oh, I forgot, it uses Petrol,
so make sure you get on the fuel queue.
I eat by a candle-light
and can’t sleep coz I have to fan myself
as sweat pours down my head in torrents.
while we don’t live in a desert.
Water Board is a useless hype.
wait, theres the Ministry of Water what?
chopping our money, yet we have no water.
The tap’s snout is thick with cobwebs
and I brush my teeth with poorwater
with its plastic smelling of kerosine
let all the waterboys please stand up.
No Petrol for my generator,
with all the refinaries we have
everyday greetings you with a queue,
line up and ahead for 3 days
or go buy a black market,
a litre for a thousand bucks?
cheap, or rush for public transport
and break your leg
stay at home and get fired from work.
Caught between a rock and a hard place
what I can do is what I dont know.
Someone says “be happy for what you have”,
and sorry I forgot,
at least we’ve got corruption,
everywhere and in everything
discovery’s channel “taxicabs and the …..”
we’ve got the most dangerous airport,
bagged second on the corrupt country list,
its a pity we came short of first place.
And 419 is written on the majority’s face,
democracy is now demon crazy,
inflated prices is now the rule of the day,
spend two hours in traffic twice a day,
and pay 20 Naira to oga-olopa.
Primary school teachers – on strike,
secondary school – don’t bother,
have the teacher’s salary being paid?
– the one for last year?
Mr University has been at home since
so many students have changed profession.
If theres no school, go I.T
Armed Robber Information Technology,
“Hello, we’ll visit you tonight”
or rather get the text on your mobile phone.
Be as rugged as rugged can be,
becoz sorry and courtesy are in the negative.
thats how we live in this lawless land.
by John “The Beloved” Ajewole
April 06, 2003