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.

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