Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Fagge

Rookie (14th October,1985 / Fagge, Kano)

Godfatherism: Menace To Democracy - Poem by Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Fagge

Like a tick
On a cow or the
Weed to the crops
Like HIV virus in a
Bloodstream with a weak
Defence mechanism,
Godfatherism in politics
Kills our hard-earned

This menace inhibits
Our democracy and anchor
It from progressing. It became
A hitch or hurdle that makes the
Pathway to sustenance democracy
Frictionful, as rough as the road to
Success in one’s struggle of life

No matter how good one is
Even if one is a camel renowned
For its patience, or a dove in terms
Of gentleness, even if his justice and
Wisdom surpassed that of King Solomon
If he did not have a ‘godfather’ he
Might end up hanging around

Godfatherism is rearing its ugly head
Into the fibre of our democracy like the crazy
Canker worm, it spreads its tentacles and roots in
Every stage of politics; local, state and national
Without ‘godfather’ one might succeed not
In today’s politics, what a catastrophe!

Let’s join hands together to fight
The evil of godfatherism, for,
If it ceases to extinct it
Will assassinate our
Noble democracy.
Let’s spare no
Effort in war
Against this

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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