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by rawmaterial, Nigeria Jul 21, 2008
Environment , Human Rights , Peace & Conflict   Poetry


Our curse, our cross, our choice Taah! Taah!
Somebody has been shot.
Taah! Taah!
Somebody has been robbed.
Taah! Taah!
Somebody is dead.
Somebody? Who is this somebody?
You, me, him or her.
If it is him today,
It could be her next;
It might even be me,
Or you, the next time.

Did I hear you say impossible?
The reality on the ground says it is possible
Did I hear you say who are the perpetrators?
Your brother, your sister,
Your son, your daughter,
Your neighbour’s son, your neighbour’s daughter

Who caused it?
You, me, him and her.
Lack of care, concern, and assistance.
Lack of equity, justice, fairness and general welfare.

How do we curb this menace?

For individuals,
We should be our brothers’ keepers,
Instruct and care for our children and those of our neighbours,
Show concern, and render assistance within our capacity.

For society,
Egalitarianism, fair play, justice,
And general welfare should prevail.
Perhaps, perhaps then
We can start having some peace of mind.



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Adebayo is the president of Campaign Against Ignorance & Illiteracy (CAII) a Lagos-based NGO devoted to developing ideas on how to promote democracy, good governance and popular participation in public affairs in Nigeria. He was the vice speaker of the Student World Assembly 2007-2008 and spearheaded the organisation's campaign on ending human trafficking world wide especially in the West African sub-region, he in 2007 wrote an essay that was one of the finalist essay for the World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) world essay competition on democracy, he in his essay detailed his experiences as an election observer on what transpired during the 15th April, 2007 general elections in Nigeria. He is the immediate past PRO of the Human Rights Information Network (HURINET) Nigeria 2007-2009 a network of about 100 right based organisations, since 2003 he has been a parliamentarian on PATITO’S GANG, a current affairs television program in Nigeria shown by six television stations hosted by Professor Pat Utomi. Adebayo was the PRO of the National conscience Party (NCP) Mainland, Local Government, Lagos state, Nigeria from 2003-2005 the party under which platform he had earlier in 2003 contested for the position of councilor, an experience which he describes as a participatory research work on the inner workings of political parties and the peculiar nature of Nigerian politics. He was the chairman of the Corpers’ Welfare Association in Geidam, Yobe state while on National youth service in 2002 and was the social- director of the Student Union Government at Kwara State Polytechnic 1999-2001, Ilorin, he is a facilitator and resource person to a number of NGOs

Andrea Arzaba | Oct 3rd, 2008
So true!

Hafiidhaturrahmah | Oct 4th, 2008
nice to read it RAW INSPIRED100% ^_^

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