The tale is told
Not by a few
Of days of yore
When our land was covered by dew
And by milk and honey
The days when money
Was not our problem but how to spend it;
When a few Naira flew you to New York and back
The days when students were fed three square meals a day
And our students abroad gave cabbies eye-popping tips
The days when mid-level graduates got high level jobs
When hospitals dispensed medicines and not hopelessness
The good old days when brothers were brothers’ keepers
And not gatekeepers
When women were clothed with virtue
And ladies did not wear but ate spaghetti
When taps gushed out drinkable water in nooks and crannies –
The days when pure water was not bottled in impure vessels……
Then the hard-nosed locusts came;
Garbed in camouflage
Wielding weapons bought by the sweat off the brows of the bowed and bent
Presenting a façade of salvation
Only to ravage the fruits of redemption
Planting in their stead seeds of division, of corruption, of deception, and of vaulting ambition
Igniting in due course embers of resistance
Championed by true patriots
Whose members comprised the likes of –
‘The best president Nigeria never had’.

 Then some of the haunted and hunters
Mutated into political vampires
Mortgaging the lives of their kith and kin
To build obscene economic empires
Propping retired forces as born-again messiahs
To lead the people on a march to an amorphous Promised Land
Only to land in the wilderness of recession
Where a rebellion is brewing amongst disgruntled disciples
Murmuring their desire for a mega messiah.
Now, I hear a voice crying in the wilderness:
Whither and to whom shall we turn?
For our withering Paradise to be regained!
(From Random Thoughts: A Collection of Essays & Poems by Tony Ekata)

 

This poem is dedicated to Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Professor Ambrose Alli

What are your recollections of the good old days?

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