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Nigeria needs You.

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Nigeria my beloved,
Dear Nigeria,
The land of my father,
Nigeria.
Nigeria, the dream of our heroes past and unsung.
Nigeria, a land of plenty.
The land of green field and black gold.
Nigeria, hope of Africa.
Nigeria, hope you are well?

I am worried about you, Nigeria.
I contemplate, if you achieved your dreams.
I had thought to write to you,
But I was confident on our last conversation.

What is this rumour I hear,
That you are in an economy recession,
Your children go to school on bear foot,
Oh! Nigeria, that your schools have no roof,
Radio says your child pick up food from dunghill,
I don’t see, but I heard about what Boko-haram has done in Chibok,
Dailies say corruption has destroyed and collapse your house and you are homeless now,
I am bittered and sad, but still treat this as a rumour.

I rhetorically question our last conversation,
Our dream, our vision, our aspiration, our hope….
Please, find time to write me and dispel all this rumour.

We dreamt of a land of justice, equity and equality.
We dreamt of a land of hope,
We dreamt of land of grandeur and excellence,
We dreamt of a land for all Africans,
A land of unity, faith and love,
A land united in strength and living in Peace,
A joy of the coming generation,
This our land, Nigeria!

How did you get here?
How did you turn rotten?
How did you become a shame?
How did you get into total and gross darkness?
How did you become a disappointment to us?

But we still believe in this dream,
But we still believe in this nation,
But we still believe in your potential,
But we still believe in this nation, Nigeria!
We still believe in Nigeria’s greatness.

But to achieve,
Nigeria needs you,
Nigeria needs you to think right,
Nigeria needs you to do right,
Nigeria needs you to love unconditionally,
Nigeria needs you to stand in and for truth,
Nigeria needs you to be a better driver,
Nigeria needs you to be a better conductor,
Nigeria needs you to be a better lawyer,
Nigeria needs you to be a better doctor,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Politician,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Youth,
Nigeria needs you to be a better father,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Mother,
Nigeria needs you to be a better teacher,
Nigeria needs you to be a better civil servant,
Nigeria needs you to be a better sweeper,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Leader,
Nigeria needs you to be a better role model,
Nigeria needs you to be a part of Nigeria,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Nigerian.

Then the future is near,
The vision will not tarry,
The hope will not differ,
And a great Nigeria is emerging,
Because Nigeria has you.

Happy 56th Independence day celebration to all Nigerians home and abroad

Poem written by Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba