Oga Lawyer For Naija - Poem by ENOCH AANU OJOTISA

Why have you neglected your conscience?
Why have you so soon not to abreast yourself
With the sacrifice of years and blood,
With which these 'comrades',
have given to generations of students in Ife.
Why are you subservient to conservative exploitation?
and continuous suffering of a common man's child?
Why? That you can afford those expenses?
that you are guaranteed of your security,
by any means,
does not imply the assured security of all.
That you are in a hurry to leave the university is good.
In which academic welfare would you hope to finish with good grades?
That you even finish with any grade
and you're sure of even having a good white-collar job,
is not an assurance that others will get a good job like you.
Why are you saying this?
Remember the nation's anthem...
are you going to forget your heroes' past in your fatherland?
Oh! Kunle Adekunle,
ah! Arogundade,
the first martyrs of the Students' movement in U.I,
our own dear George Iwilade Afrika here in Ife,
Laketu of November; Salawu of Lasu
and other dear SAINTS of this struggle of change;
It's a pity that our generation has cursed your struggles.
They have made mortal what you built with your immortal blood.
Oga Lawyer,
that you are blessed and enhanced a little today
and smiling now
does not infer that others are doing the same.
Our Union is in bondage;
yet while it's on the sea of Struggle
and being hit with waves of threats of victimization,
some of us are all out on this sea of struggle to pull
and set it back on sail safely:
but it is a dance of shame for you and by you,
that you and some others are sinking the ship of our Union.
But note, this world is a script,
we have all come to play our part, but remember,
History is the only audience which will comment about us all.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem talks of the ills of the rich lawyer students and lawyers in the society. They have all forgotten that the nation cannot be peaceful and profitable for their study and profession if all is not well*

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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