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Reflect Nigeria No Rooms to Confine Us…

Heehee… I don’t know which party my wife belongs but eh… she belongs to

MY kitchen and MY living room and the OTHER room…

 

The gravity of unfortunate utterances, sometimes

Echoes the enormity of cataclysmic regression, tragically

Rippling beyond the demeaning configuration of syntax

And sadly reverberating in fervent crescendo through the

Globalization of dissemination of instantaneous news,

Inauspiciously portends the oblique reality of the unfulfilled

Odyssey towards full recognition of all human rights.

 

Thus, a president’s commentaries, otherwise considered as

Conveying the solemnity of the advancement in optimism

By allaying fears, and elevating aspirations of a disconsolate populace,

Rather, diminish a gender, by electing to emasculate any vacillating

Progress, declared in accord with sacrosanct inalienable rights,

Further fragmenting the essence of meager hope, lying prostrate

In the forlorn vestiges residing within certain aspects of a nation.

 

As such, the sardonic words of the Nigerian President…

Paradoxically spoken to his female counterpart, miserably

Communicated to his citizens and the world, no respect,

But censoriously categorized the nation’s First Lady, by description,

To the ignominious equivalency of a belonging, a mere chattel,

Devoid of independence and human dignity, assigned by others, for

Their use to rooms, in which she neither owns nor has any property value.

 

Alas, the bell for social justice loudly tolls; to engage in concerted effort

The quest for reclamation of any tangible progress previously gained, and to

Negate the irreverent milestone propagated by the untoward vituperation

Which in derisive posture, attempts to devalue the essence of humanity and

Self-determination, freely bestowed on all, but is injudiciously circumscribed

By reprehensible might and circumstance; lest the downward degradation

Resonate in permanent habitation to the lasting detriment of all humanity.

 

Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya Esq., Golden Poet ©

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Reflect Nigeria – Demand For Service

While the very hapless existence of the populace is exacerbated, and

Continues to be enormously plagued by the consequences of inept

Governance, which the longsuffering citizens of an otherwise blessed country,

In this century confront and without remission endure, amid the overwrought plight

Of the absence of constant electricity and illusive dribble of portable water

Alongside with the demise of salaries for the long-forsaken government workers,

Necessities, most ordinary, for simple human existence within the shores of a “Giant”,

Compounded now, by the foreboding and alarming escalation of the cost of food

Resulting in the intensified pestilence of hunger insidiously ravaging the erstwhile

Promising fabric of a society, seemingly a distant memory, of a forgotten mirage.

 

And as the beleaguered hope of competent and available healthcare for all

Unfortunately eludes the weary grasp of most of the distressed citizenry…

Then in intemperate, ever conspicuous and excruciatingly painful irony

The chief executive of the nation, a public servant, sworn to serve, not only

Takes inopportune refuge from all that is ailing the country in a foreign land,

No less, than the former colonial power, from which the inalienable right for

Independent government was wrestled from decades ago, to seek treatment

For a simple malady, while his citizens are relegated to the gamble of imposed fate.

Thus, by the very blatant official acquiescence, it signifies in obvious measure his

Unreserved lack of confidence in the regime over which he presides, and confirms in

Tragic and regrettable dimension, the vacuous hope, residing within the bemoaned land.

 

Forsooth, which Nigerian citizen has the ability to deploy the national treasury,

The property of the people, for their personal use, to travel at full expense of the

Demoralized masses, in fleets of jets and with the ubiquitous “per-diem” entourage,

While the burdensome cloak of lamentation detrimentally covers his forlorn people,

Even to the point of an early shroud and untimely grave, due to the atrocious lack of

Access to life-saving and sadly often the most rudimentary of medical care. As the

People languish under the onerous and looming fear of such grievous impediment

And the laboured wails of the public crescendo in desperation, accountability in the utmost,

Is demanded from the highest office with a real commitment to stay within the land towards

Faithfully implementing the remedy for what assails the domain, as glaring example, for

Any that assumes office in the true service of the well-being of the Nigerian people.

 

 

By Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq. ©

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Reflect Nigeria – Encumbered Inheritance

Yet, public servants owe an unequivocal fiduciary duty
To serve, unreservedly as custodians faithful to the people.
But alas, some elected to serve to advance the nation
In diabolical measure violate the essence of stewardship, in
Blatant unabashed indifference to the canons of democracy.

For they, with and in wanton disregard contravene principles
Of oath of office, constitution they are sworn to uphold,
All concepts of morality and fundamental human decency.
When as albatross, on the neck of the populace, and as
Fettered chains, shackle Nigerians, to a legacy of the
Profundity of their ineptitude and voracious gluttony for
The wealth belonging to the masses and not to those who
By virtue of unfortunate circumstance, swarm the corridors
Of infamy, masquerading as an assembly of legislators.

For if it is not but malicious greed, how, when the citizens
Endure the harsh reality of increasing maternal and child mortality,
Diminishing optimism and five decades is the life expectancy;
Can some conjure up the unconscionable scheme of
Looting the national coffers in billions to buy 120 vehicles, in
A country, in 2016 where, citizens are condemned to the
Caricature of public transportation in flimsy contraptions with
No protection on the death traps camouflaging as roads,
The constancy of electricity is but a figment of a mirage,
Flowing portable water is as elusive as the illusion of progress
And education is at desperate and contemptible levels,
Causing the citizenry to lament the protracted despoliation
That has taken malignant root within the boundaries.

Forsooth, if the legislative contingent, in most despicable
Manner, embark upon an reprehensible conspiracy to
Deplete the community’s treasury while further subjugating
The masses under the scourge of oppression, ensuing from
Their seeming confusion, that contemptuous exploitation
Equates the proper discharge of their obligation, and that by
A mere outcome of an election, a custodian transforms into
An Illegal heir apparent, committed as vagabond to plunder
In discordant and unfathomable magnitude the funds of all.
Then the disconsolate and downtrodden masses should in
Concord, demand accountability with commensurate
Incarceration for those who breach the public trust through
Pernicious foolery and as pestilence foist a plague of despair
Upon those, who clutching to the promise within the veneer
Of a representative government, conclude disheartened
That the core assurance in the ideals of a democratic society
Has been violently decimated by the squandered fidelity.

Thus, the citizenry inherently vested with ownership of the
Collective resources and in whom the unabridged power
Of self-governance resides should with vigilance expose
In unwavering tenor, all the shameless decadence of officials
And every treacherous plot threatening the viability of the
Nation’s livelihood, until a crescendo peaks unabated, to revive
Uncontaminated justice, to rise as a refuge for the common people.
Dated this 24th day of January, 2016.

© Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq.
Golden Poet

 

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Chibox Tragedy – The Evisceration of Hope (1)

Amid the darkness of the gloom

Nothing but despair abounds

In the wilderness of the arid

Drought of feigned existence,

Where no hope subsists,

Do the Chibox girls find

The extreme disillusionment

Of persistent hopelessness,

That one year and counting

All hope, has but evaporated into

The disintegrating dust of time,

To where existence is meaningless,

And has the ironical value of the unrelenting

Real and abiding grief of total bondage and servitude.

 

YemilBenjoy ©

 

 

 

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Reflect Nigeria – Accounting Is Mandated By Democracy

The absurdities amidst the raging infernos in Nigeria subsist as the President travels to Germany reportedly for a “medical check-up”. The protracted development of Nigerian Presidents routinely seeking medical care outside the boundaries of the country is disconcerting and sardonically emblematic of the lack of confidence in their own governance. The timing of this particular Presidential trip underscores the glaring and alarming indictment of the status of the healthcare system in Nigeria. Furthermore, it raises many concerns, about the government’s unremitting indifference to the predicament of the masses, that engender contemplation.

What is the status of the kidnapped Chibox girls? Tragically, some were sold as chattel on the market square of human trafficking. Some may be dead, some may be pregnant from the sordid acts of violation, while others may have been married against their will. Most of them are likely condemned to the ignominious status of sexual servitude, aka “sex slaves”. Yet, just over 2 months after the kidnapping and as the contagion of Boko Haram spreads, Nigeria  “wrapped up” the inquiry into the reprehensible abduction. How calamitous it is for the country, that its national treasure, brazenly kidnapped, remains decidedly and conspicuously forgotten within the convenience of the “callous” “ineptitude” of the government. The report from the alleged investigation must be demanded to ensure that the scathing scrutiny of the truth exposes the paucity of findings and subjects them to justified condemnation.

What medical care was provided to Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh in Nigeria? The comparative analysis of the events leading to the outcome in her case and that of the American doctor, Dr. Ken Brantley, reveals disturbing facts highlighting the widening gulf between Nigeria and other countries. One similarity, with a pronounced distinction, is that they were both treated in their home countries. The American doctor was treated at Emory Hospital, in a patient biocontainment unit, a “super-charged” intensive care unit that is specially equipped to handle the most serious cases. The care Dr. Brantley received, in addition to ZMapp, included basic interventions which should ordinarily be available in Nigeria six decades and 3 years following its independence.

Unfortunately, in stark contrast, the reports of the deplorable conditions at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), where Dr. Adadevoh was confined, are reminiscent of the unconscionable leper colonies, where patients afflicted with disease were isolated without access to adequate care or no care. Consequently, many succumbed to the depredation of the disease. In 2014, in the context of reports that Nigeria’s GDP for 2013 was “80.3 trillion naira”, the fact that any of its patients find themselves relegated to squalid conditions steeped in the burgeoning of the country’s lamentable infrastructure is utterly irreconcilable. Where is the money?

The ensuing national consternation resulting from the tragic loss of Dr. Adadevoh must not dissipate within the turbulent winds of pitiable governance commingled with chaotic and erroneous reports. Rather, a full accounting by the government, through the dissemination of the unvarnished facts concerning the conditions at IDH, and the treatment rendered to the patients must be mandated.

While the President travels in the comfort of the presidential plane to receive care outside the country, at the expense of the citizens and largesse of the national coffers, he validates the lack of confidence in the state of affairs in the country over which he presides. The blatant insensitivity is unconscionable. There are many questions percolating in the aftermath of the tragedies. How safe are Nigerians from the insidious threat of Boko Haram? Whose sons or daughters will be killed or kidnapped next? How many Nigerians can afford the exorbitant price of an airplane ticket to seek medical care elsewhere? Can Nigerians rely on their government to make their welfare a priority? When will the standard of care that the President desperately seeks outside the country be made available to all Nigerians?

The disconcerting conclusion from the incidents is that the government ascribes no value to the lives of Nigerians. The illusory response of the government, to kidnapping, sex slavery, the contemptible resources available to patients and the sustained and harrowing plight of the populace, constitutes wanton disregard for the lives of its citizens. Indeed, posthumous accolades may have virtue. However, intrepid attempts to save life must be the paramount obligation of the government, and must be embarked upon when the living are living, for they are of no benefit to the dead.

It is excruciatingly heartbreaking to realize that the nature of a person’s citizenship may unkindly dictate the outcome of an illness or an abduction. Yet sadly, that is the miserable reality from these perplexing events.

Even amidst the suffocated democracy, how many more calamities must ensnare Nigerians before there is a full accounting by the government.
Dated this 24th day of August 2014.

Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq.

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Reflect Nigeria – Failure To Rescue Chibox Girls – Who Should We Blame?

Let us consider the equation of democracy. The government of the people by the people for the people.  Thus, the government of the people is accountable to the people. Lest the government obligated to serve the people forget their responsibility because they inhabit the intoxicating corridors of power, they must be reminded, that they are stewards of the people and have a sworn obligation to protect and serve. Therefore, who should be blamed when the country’s children are kidnapped from their school in the middle night, especially when the kidnapping was a foreseeable event, communicated unequivocally in advance by the captors. Who will be blamed when the apparatus of the government, in the wake of the kidnapping, proclaimed that the kidnapping was a hoax thereby squandering valuable time, which otherwise, could have been employed towards a rescue mission. Who will we blame when an international ridicule is made of the country through the spectacle purportedly lamenting the kidnapping of the children.

Should we blame the mothers who lament the loss of their children,

Should the blame be that of the fathers that gnash their teeth,

Or the communities, devastated by the carnage of brutality

Violently uprooting innocence and hope from their midst.

Or should we lay the blame at the feet of the children, who in innocence

Sought advancement through education and the pursuit of dreams,

And now, violated, alienated from hope, are haunted by grim despair.

Nay, we will and should blame the government for the colossal ineptitude.

And how, with callous irony, lies the audacity of the machinery of power, that

Fails its people and then criticizes its people for seeking accountability.

YemilBenjoy ©

Imagine this:

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL6N0P135P20140620?irpc=932

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Reflect Nigeria – Vacant Noise

The hollow platitude by the government about how
Malevolent the abduction of the Chibox girls was …
Is yet but a meaningless mirage of feigned solace
To the girls in the clutches of utmost despair, their hopes
Their families, the nation and the world, and
Wretchedly cause more consternation and anguish.
Without a doubt, the issues of import are thus,
What has been done by those who proclaim they govern
And what will be done forthwith by the Nigerian government
To return to their communities, prior lives and innocence
The young girls kidnapped from within their school and country.

Alas, the national query about the safe passage of the girls
Back to their abodes in safety, must incessantly without pause,
In loud and unyielding refrain, drown out the puerile
Statements that advance, neither cause nor even weary hope,
That our girls will be returned home without further delay.

As the adage goes – talk is cheap!
Tell us something new, show us progress and bring back our girls.

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