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Mr. President, have you eaten?

Oh, misty minded!

Tune to the northern sun

Have thy heart been blinded?

Does sorrow bring you fun?

Grumbling stomachs in scorching heat

Down the street they line their seat

Association of beggars

Infants littering like papers

Inch by inch we drift into oblivion

Are we Nigerians or deported Syrians?

Who with the hungry will form an alliance?

The poor to feed with his wardrobe allowance

Whether or not crude oil gains

The nations voice is echoing in pain

Renovate no more our Aso Rock

Renovate our tummy, hunger struck

There’s a long queue of bloated belly

When north the compass is reading

Beggarly hands and wrinkled faces

Aren’t signs of overfeeding

Time was when oil was a savior

And importation did the healing

Until breakfast bypassed lunch hour

And dinner died reseeding

Garry is a national treasure

When rice is eaten on slot

With what will the poor make leisure?

When palm oil is stored on jackpot

Are we spoils of corruption?

Is our destiny ripe or not?

The Jesus of our generation

Reaping fruits of political sluts

Whose names are never known

And pictures never shown

Your Excellency, Mr. President

Are we aliens or residents

Bring us our President

To answer to the residents

What has become of Israel?

Have we bowed to a foreign god?

Did you, Mr. President derail?

Were you installed with an iron rod?

Why did you shut the border?

When agriculture was yet in order?

To whom did you sell the Naira?

Have Chibok girls crossed the border?

Your Excellency, Mr. President

Why aren’t your works evident?

As youth we rhyme in thought

To stage a poetic war

Same war our fathers fought

When rulers became law

One poem for a million lives

A journey to the archives

Where tears are served with straw

And justice eaten raw

Bitter truth we sweeten

With an alluring scent

Your Excellency, Mr. President

Have you eaten?
Watch the audiovisual of this poem here 

**Special thanks to comrades/contributors to the #One_Poem_For_A_Milion_Lives campaign

-Akanimo Eyibio

-Anyanya Bassey

-Efemijoko Kennedy

-Blessing Idiong
One Poem For A Million Lives is a poetic campaign led by Peter Benjamin Peter to raise awareness about the chronic poverty and hunger condition  prevalent in the country, how the polices of government has contributed to it, and  what the youths think. We believe that if no one dries their eyes, we would all get drowned in their flooding tears.

Join the movement…For the love of humanity.

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