I pledge to Nigeria
My loving country
To be faithful,loyal and honest
To serve with all my strength.
Generations in existence pledged to this
We're still promising
The future generation gonna do same
Whereas old plight remains the same.
Almost fifty nine(59)
Nothing to show for
No employment opportunities
We lack infrastructures and amenities
I met a bright little girl
She told me she wanna be a pilot
No funds to fulfill her dreams
Things ain't going as she planned.
Giants of Africa
Now turned cretins
Economic recession and insurgencies
Political crisis, we never prayed for this.
Growing up we learnt to lead
And also how to follow
In patience determination and zeal
Hoping we'd be leaders of tomorrow.
All we prayed for
All we hoped for
Yet it's still the same sad story
Just ANOTHER CHAPTER!
Our boys turn fraudsters
Our sisters become prostitutes
Involving in crimes
In order to make ends meet.
Unemployment and nepotism
Greed and favoritism
Becomes the new routine for employees
Many are dead, the living ones are depressed.
The mouthwatering appetite for wealth
Some use their relatives for rituals
Swallow wraps to pass borders
Kidnap and molest little children.
Some give their daughters in early marriages
Girls turned sex slaves in Italy and France
Government officials in latest vehicles
When citizens struggle to fend for their families.
No locomotion in our foreign trade
Some don't help others because,
They feel Crisis haven't reached them yet
Many fight for corruption and dominance
Political and cultural difference?
Causing unnecessary war and sorrow
Police officers wasting lives,and becoming apologetic afterwards.
During elections we become gullible,
Some fanatics in religion
People you vote in, turn against you
Our leaders are hypocrites!
Best positions are given up for VIP's
Mismanagement of our resources
We've been economically recessed
Conditions turn worse daily.
Are things supposed to be like this?
Is coal now greater than crude oil?
We need more schools for the children
Employment opportunities for graduates.
Crystal clear, everyone sees it
We complain but still, fear to speak up
We don't wanna die nothing to live for
Instead, some run away for greener pastures.
After all is said and done
We have a role to play
In bringing our country to sanity
Let's join hands together and refute mediocrity!
© Jason Joshua Chigozie