Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nigerian critics of Nigeria

Nigeria has dynasties of bad leaders,
but suffers more from an over-abundance
of horrible critics of bad leaders.

These voices,
pure pestilence, are not themselves
blameless credible alternatives.

We will never know if they can be better
than the targets of their verbal fire
their names never get on ballot papers.

Facebook and Twitter are fertile grounds
breeding these driving instructors
who cannot or will not drive,

so things in Nigeria will remain the same
or get worse - unless these bright men
and wise women come forth -

away from Facebook and Twitter
to change Nigeria in deeds,
not just words,

to liberate the nation
from the old grist clogging her mill -
all ‘sais’ will be sighs indeed.

- Nnorom Azuonye