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ONE NIGERIA by Victor Igiri

(written in absolute dislike for Nigeria’s splitting…)

Paint me White, not RED;
Green, I beseech thee still
and entomb every dark desires that
kings your soul.
Paint me Green, not Black
so I can war with strength
these old-new foes
that crushes greenness.
…and laborious a starless Yesterday we beheld:
intercoursing discordant vibes at the start of things
that paved smooth paths
for black days, and nights, crimsonly ‘red.
silence lived large; Yes,
fear and misery our lot,
empty streets we dwelled,
gunny Dirty air we fret,
woes and shattered dreams
till today pants us –
Our green dark earth!
And long after, the casualties are not only
the bones in the coffin, but all who breaths
the Giant’s air to the newest of generation’s;
perhaps, more to come I pray not
Yet I behold us,
like sixty-sevens eve and before,
snaily, slowly and rapidly chanting diVORCE
when true sons and daughters She seeks;

Peace, not war
for sharing brotherhood from another mother;
Biafra or Arewa who shall laugh in strife?
Love, not hate
for by its fruits can this war be won
that jails our flowering.
Nigeria for ALL,
oneness for everyONE;
TRIBEless a people
who at every tick-tock desires mating with
our sweet old Queen of ethereal splendor
and resurrects her from shatters
…and I wish we can lend Peace a voice!
I wish we are White.

Author: Victor Igiri

Victor Igiri Adirahu is a Graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a published poet, with the popular poems, ‘My Dreams for Nigeria’, and ‘Red DEATH’ published by Independent Newspapers, Lagos and and other websites. He is also an author with a book titled: “Birth the Jewel Within. A guide to becoming Relevant in life.”
He is creative, innovative, dedicated and passionate in everything he does. He aims to “die empty” leveraging on his skills and talents to create positive marks on earth and in every sphere he finds himself.
He is the administrator of Purpose Driven Youth Network, a website and Facebook page that is aimed at inspiring people, especially the youths and teenagers in making impact in life.
Victor Igiri is also a Graphics Designer.

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