WILL YOU WEEP WITH ME

WILL YOU WEEP WITH ME?

By

SEO OGBONMWAN.

 

I cannot think.

I cannot write.

This is because I am angry.

Anger that we have been cheated by a system that is supposed to sustain us.

Anger that the mandates of our people have been stolen by a bunch of egoistic individuals.

Anger that those who supposed to rise and lead could be easily bought or threatened into submission.

Anger that the agents of the state are killing & maiming our people with guns bought by the people’s wealth.

Anger that those whom so much have been given by God could be so easily cowed.

Anger that those who should show the way are rationalising the injustice done to our people.

 

Can this go on?

 

This hydra headed beast called corruption and greed that has recently subdued our people in the name of one individual may have to be confronted.

 

Our people should remember that there is nowhere in history where freedom have been easily attained.

 

People have to obtain their freedom by any means possible!

Freedom to choose those who should lead them,

Freedom to choose who should speak for them,

Freedom to choose those who should represent them.

Yes! Freedom to choose that which is theirs by Divine rights.

 

We should no longer accept imposition as it is a rape of justice.

As imposition contradicts the United Nation Charter.

 

People should be free to choose without manipulation of votes in elections.

We reaffirm the Charter of UN that states, nations should

 Save succeeding generations from the scourge of war which has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm

faith in fundamental human rights,

faith in the dignity and worth of the human person,

faith in the equal rights of men and women,

faith in justice for all and equitable distribution of resources;

faith in the respect for the obligations arising from national constitution like conducting a fair and free elections, 

faith to promote social justice and human progress and better standards of life in larger freedom and in peace.

 

Yes! We are a people in bondage today.

 

We have to seek our freedom from our oppressors.

Freedom will not come by sitting on the fence.

Freedom will be elusive if we adopt the wait and see approach.

Freedom will not come if we fail to confront our worst fears

 

Today I cry for freedom.

Will you weep with me?

 

SEO OGBONMWAN

©May 2007

 

NB

This poem was written after INEC stole the mandate of Edo people at the  2007 general elections in Nigeria.

 

Adieu Godwin Ovhiagele.

 

Adieu Godwin Ovhiagele.

 

In July 1974 we were doing a holiday job at the University of Benin farm having been employed by the then Bendel State Military Government. Our job was to learn to use the tractor to weed, till and plough the farm land.

 

We were all enthusiastic, about thirty of us in total. Within a week of working together, we formed ourselves into small groups of about six to ten of us based on our own choosing and personal likeness.  Mr Akangbo (Microbiology), Mr Ikpomwonsa Ikuero(Economics), Student G (pharmacy), Wilfred Obakpolor(Geology) Stephen Ogbonmwan(Medicine) Osawe Osawaru (Chemistry),  Augustine Omorogbe( Microbiology) etc

 

We were from various backgrounds and from different Universities but mainly from Uniben but we had a strong bond then and that was our knowledge of contemporary issues both local and international. We all had regular supply of Time magazine and Newsweek which we invested in from our meagre pocket money. And some had the red book; the thoughts of Mao Tsetung. We voraciously read every news item including the Nigerian Observer newspaper.

We knew of every event in Cambodia,  the Middle East Crisis, the Vietnam War, to the number of war heads the then Soviet Union and the Americans had targeted at each other’s city. I can recall we used to quote Henry Kissinger the then US Secretary of State word for word. One could say we were very current with world and Nigerian affairs.

 

One of us was reading pharmacy at Ife then. He was tall, very friendly and handsome.  He had a welcoming smile always and sounded very intelligent and obviously intelligent and hard working. The wittiest of us from Uniben, Fon Doubry could make anyone of us laugh. This pharmacy student could hold us spell bound for hours with his humour and wittiness.

 

At the end of the three months holiday job we had exchanged university addresses and some of us including myself had even visited his home at Akpakpava Street before going back to Uni (campus) as we called it then.
That Pharmacy student from University of  Ife was Mr. Godwin Oviaghele.

 

We continued to see and communicate with one another sometimes as responsibilities permitted, until he began to court his wife while I was an intern at the UBTH. He held all of us doctors and midwives under his spell whenever he visited. You cannot help liking him. He was just too refined with amazing deportment and dapper.
I recall some of our friends used to tell him he was stealing ‘our show’ and the usual response would always be a broad smile. Two weeks after his wedding, something happened and when we accosted him, his reasons satisfied everyone and above all one cannot help liking him. We accepted as we could not fault him.

 

We were again both in the State Hospital Management Board at about the same time and then he was getting fed up with pharmacy and commenced his law studies which he finished in no time.

 

Mr Godwin Ovaigele could fit into any group and feel at home. No wonder he was made a Commissioner so soon during his short time in politics. He was very energetic and he must have employed that in his desire to complete the Women and Children’s Hospital in Benin. With his smiles and good humour he could obtain  two days job from a worker for one day’s pay.

As I was informed or learnt later he chose his time of passing soon after his completion of a task which to others seemed impossible at the beginning and after a well received presentation during the last Edo State Exco meeting

 

Yesterday, his body was committed to mother earth.

 

May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord Almighty;
May his wives, children and all members of his family have the courage to bear this irreparable.
Edo State has definitely lost a good
, hardworking and productive human being.

Adieu Godwin Ovhiagele.
 

SEO

May 2007