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Fear’s Intrusion (Part I)

Vicious is the apparatus of fear…

For it descends upon you with such awful might

Either in stealth manner or by insidious descent

Then in persistent measure seeks to erode, should one

Permit it to take permanent abode within one’s essence,

The body of hope that ought to propel each one

Into the absolute realm of possibility and beyond despair.

Reject the albatross!

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MLK Day – Beyond A Holiday

Martin Luther King Day…

Causes the world to pause, albeit it

For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of

The atrocities that were unconscionably and

Violently perpetuated against a segment

Of humanity, just because they were endowed

With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.

Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind

Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards

Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and

Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.

Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,

Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage

To confront the disdainful  scourge of discrimination

Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it

For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.

Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure

Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.

 

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Refocused

Focus not on lost opportunities,

Rather, focus on the new promise

Yet existing in the present, and

The hope still contained in the future.

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Positively Stubborn

Adamantly refusing to give up on one’s dreams

But pursuing them, despite the challenges

Or difficulties, that in unrelenting manner, stand

As sentry to prevent the valiant effort of dedication

On the path forward, and attempt to submerge hope

Within the looming and treacherous valleys of despair,

And yet, refusing to lie vanquished, the determined spirit

Still persistently pursuing that which it yearns to achieve,

Negotiating no alternative but committed steadfastness,

Is a commendable positively stubborn attribute that all must

Endeavour to embrace and strive to earnestly uphold, to

Guard one through the rugged terrain of life, to the victorious

Plains of never giving up for want of those dear and personal dreams.

 

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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 Chibok And Now Dapchi 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.

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Imagine this:

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

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Reflect Nigeria Tragic Fiction 5 – Prayer Of An Abducted Chibok And Now Dapchi Girl

I am weary of this horrendous and feigned existence that I am forced to live
And seek complete deliverance, like some of my comrades in chains before me,
Fortunate to be relieved eternally, from the atrocities of oppression that are
Conjoined with the degradation and unveiled brutality of sexual bondage,
Into the embrace of death, from this unbearable agony that ceases not.
For I understand, that it is a transition through redemption, to eternal peace.
Which is what I seek, like some of us, who have since had the tragic fortune
To escape, from this realm, like birds from the captor’s grip, but forever free.
That respite, is what I urgently need from the endless lashing of the torture,
From the shackles of despair, as all innocence is lost from these forsaken woods
Where neither normalcy nor joy nor hope abound, and evil reigns supreme.
I said my prayers silently, the prayers of my own faith, to remove me swiftly
And instantly, from this place, and for this, I now without patience await.

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