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Questions of Balance: A Jeremiad

QUESTIONS OF BALANCE: A JEREMIAD Why is it at 70 politicians are still underage To assume political offices And at 30 youths are overage to begin a professional career? What divine strength hath a leader at 75 When a mandatory retirement awaits civil servants at 65? Why should the government empowers the youths with $75 in 2 years And expects them all to have own businesses But civil servants who earn over $300 per month in 30 years Are finding it difficult to own a garden or store? How is it our politicians could expend billions To defect, campaign and give kickback But would wait until the World Bank borrows them some millions To provide a borewell drinking water? How can they say the national treasury has collapsed to employment Yet billions are looted and millions wasted on foreign fantasies? Why should the achievement of our political endorsement Be signed to MOUs as though we lack understanding? Why should our lawmakers make laws that hound the masses And not against their own chronic excesses and excuses? Why should the wealthy politician vote a project for the poor Assigned the project to himself and loot the funds? Why do our lawmakers never make laws to free the masses From poverty and political swindlers? Why should the agency that fights corruption be corrupt? Why should gluttons preside over the meager meals of the masses? Why should the leader not serve today and the servant lead tomorrow? Why should professional bandits be our bankers? Why should 5% of public servants consume 50% of the nation’s wealth? Why should a politician be a party leader, counsellor, chairman, governor, senator… still desperate to lead And all behind his trails are poverty and anguish? Why should a politician with obscene wealth hidden somewhere Tell his people that their problem is Hausa, Igbo, Christian, Muslim, APC, PDP…? And why is our nation over-laboured by multiplets of cultural, social Political, religious questions awaiting caesarean responses? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind The answer is blowing in the wind!

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