By: Alabi Muheez Ajibola
Leader’s pockets are the nation’s locket
where valuables must be safely kept
for the supposedly coming unknown generations-
Which deliberately coincidentally, are their own relations.
While this is no way to propel a row
but a way to keep control
So the rich get rich the more
with excess lack gathered for the poor.
Leaders have followed ‘we are what we eat’ policies,
their pot bellied stomach are living testimonies
of their operation of stock ‘n’ store in high size;
when caught, they pay us small cups of big spoonful rice.
One cup today, another cup tomorrow
half cup to pay one previously borrowed
That is how the masses grow fat
in poverty that a good measure of oil can not thwart.
In schools, how lower students get uppers
one would think lecturers are boxers,
with fists clenched like the vintage Rocky
strong enough only to choke students’ hush money.
Yet we point accusing fingers at democracy for corruption;
which with no seen mouth, has eaten deep into the nation
and lives well in lecturers clenched fist, leaders pot bellies, hence
in the masses generous greed and their guilty innocence.
I am Alabi Muheez Ajibola, student and writer from Ifo Local government, Ogun state. I am an ND 2 student in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY). I’ve participated in several contests and I’ve won the Splendours Of Dawn Monthly Competition and the maiden Clash of Pens in 2019.