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As they leave
They leave with us nothing but an empty
Treasure to treasure which even Judas Iscariot
The disciple’s Treasure cannot measure
And treasure with pleasure.

As they leave,
They victimize and they seize with impunity
And dishonour students’ union leader’s certificates
Since 2000,for leading peaceful protest
Within and outside campus

As they leave,
They leave with stains of blood of 17 pensioners
And their other colleagues in their hands
While younger colleagues and students mere 
Exist like living corpses
They vindictively sack staff who tell them
The naked truth and seize food from their families

As they leave,
They leave with our monetised vehicles and valuables
Monetisation another coinage for stealing people’s
Goods and properties

As they leave,
They relish and enjoy destroying people’s lives
And careers, giggling, later, dexterously smiling 
And suddenly laughing hysterically like a naked 
Beautifully handsome man dancing to no particular
Beat in Dugbe market

As they leave,
They leave with us fusion of confusion 
Sensational exploitation and victimization
Intimidation and bastardization of the then
Glorious University of Ibadan culture and traditon 

As they leave,
They leave thinking that their evil deeds will
Be buried and buried with them secretly
Alas!!…the wind has blown and the buttocks
Of the mother-hen is exposed.

Alayande Stephen. T

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