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National Come-Friends Will GEJ's Confab Bring Change?

Even as the National Conference staggers on, we have already begun to see cracks and many people are sceptical of any positive conclusion.

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Delegates of the National Conference with President Goodluck Jonathan (eleventh from left) and top government officials after their inauguration in Abuja Monday 17th March 2014 – Pix by Ikechukwu Ibe play

Delegates of the National Conference with President Goodluck Jonathan (eleventh from left) and top government officials after their inauguration in Abuja Monday 17th March 2014 – Pix by Ikechukwu Ibe

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There has been so much ado about the National Conference meant to chart a way forward for Nigeria as a nation.

But even as the conference staggers on, we have already begun to see cracks – as delegates recently argued on how decision will be taken, and many are now sceptical of any positive conclusion.

Even many more raised eyebrows over the ‘high’ allowances for the conference delegates.

But hope is high in some quarters. It is in this premise that I present this poem:

 

The binding cords are strained

And each of us is much pained

Hungry locusts parade our land

As divided we chose to stand

 

Each has in anger thrown rocks

Each coined words with which he mocks

Each plotted the others to depose

His choices, on others, to impose

 

So let’s go to GEJ’s come-friends

Or are we enemies – Each pretends?

Perhaps there we’ll find our path

And reconnect our errant hearts

 

Brothers, it’s time to sit and talk

Let’s chew reconciliation’s stalk

 

I ask you, do you have faith in this conference? Do you think any positive thing will result? Do you have faith in Nigeria’s ‘oneness’?

 

Let’s discuss.

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