Michael Oluwasegun Adesiji

Michael Oluwasegun Adesiji
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Tribute To Ken Saro Wiwa

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One day I will be killed
With my back fixed on a steel drum
With a gulett pressed by the ropes
Of some pharoahs in leafy colours
Lungs pinned by the wills
And dreams of national horrors.

For saying Yes!
As it is rightly seen before me
Though, accompanied by death
But, before then
No, I will say to injustice
No, to the survival of men,
If not all men.

One day I will be killed
For saying the truth
In the place for lies
One day, I will be murdered
For upholding honesty
At the expense of survival.

One day I will be killed
By this-honesty I so much admire
I will groan loud with my peers
With huge vains vesseling the pains
And blood of some sacrificial lambs

Till the trigger drops
I will roar in the spirit of Aluta
I will yell to the sky
I am not the regular Nigerian
I am Ken Saro Wiwa.

Within the gallows of inquity
Injustice, corruption and cruelty
I will hang lifeless with my pious blood
Quenching the thirst
Of a fuming Ogoni soil.

My remains will see the muds
Of an exile and not
That of a nation bound
In freedom, peace and unity.
Then, when I meet the most high
I will hurrilly say to his ears

Oh! God of creation!
Direct their noble cause
Guide their leaders right
Help their youth the truth to know

In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice shall reign.
Till then, Ken lives!

-Written in honour of the Late. Ken Saro Wiwa; a talented Nigerian poet and environmental activist who got executed on the 10th November,1995, through a firing squad, alongside 9 others for their advocacy against the environmental pollution of the Ogoni town; an oil rich town where nothing grows, where aquatic foods perish due to the uncontrolled spillage of oil and some petroleum resources.

May God Almighty in his infinite mercies bless the souls of the departed! ! !


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