FEATURE ARTICLE

Yahaya BalogunFriday, August 4, 2017
balooy2k@gmail.com
Arizona, USA

IN REMINISCENCE OF SLAIN KEN SARO-WIWA AND THE OGONI 9 (POEM)

he state committed genocide
against their people-Ogonis.
They were juridically slain
by the state ghouls,
In the farmland of corruption.

The world sat askance;
everyone ensconced
in apathy to stop
the judicial execution of the braves,
Yet, they were silenced!

They had courage;
They struggled, they fought
against the degredation of Ogoniland.
Yet, they were silenced!

In their days of struggles,
The courage of their creeds,
exposed the evils of the state.
Their illicit execution day,
was the darkest day
for Nigeria.
Yet, they were silenced!

The whole nation mourned,
gnashed teeth and confused
for the judicial murder of the Ogoni 9.
Abacha was existential threats
to the nation.
He died ignoble death.
To the relief of everyone.

Ogoni 9 fought for the emancipation of their people.
Yet, they were silenced.

The state must pay reparations
for despoliation and genocide against the Ogonis!
Their spirits still live on
to hunt a confused nation.

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