Blues For The Nigerian Senate By Niyi Osundare

A brave new bill is stirring

In the chamber of our Senate

Hear? A brave new law is stirring

In the belly of our Senate

Self-serving, repulsive, utterly senseless,

Another sick sign of a lawless state

 

A lifetime bonanza for the Senate King,

His paramount peers and other parasites

Yes, lifetime bonanza for the Senate King,

His paramount peers and other parasites

Maggots who fatten on our nation’s corpse

They vow it’s all part of their royal rights

 

Scoundrels, nation-wreckers, venal warriors

Spawns of Nigeria’s triumphant Kleptocracy

Agbaga!*, scoundrels, cut-throats, venal warriors

Criminal spawns of our triumphant Kleptocracy

They steal our votes, purloin our prospects

In their noble service to our ‘New Democracy’

 

Lifetime perks for the Senate King and his Chiefs

And from their serial criminalities, an absolute immunity

Haba, lifetime pay for the Senate King and his Chiefs

And from their serial criminalities, an absolute immunity

A super sanction-buster bestrides our sorry streets

The kabiyesi of crimes, the Grand Imuniti*

 

Beyond Shame, allergic to Honour,

Our lawless lawmakers and their countless crimes

Alas, beyond Shame, allergic to Honour

Our lawless lawmakers and their countless crimes

The nation wails beneath their yoke,

Reeling through the turmoil of these confounding times

 

Onward, brave legislators,

Indulge your greed, unhinge the Nation

I say, onward, brave legislators

Indulge your greed, kill the Nation

Forge the rules, immunify your crimes

It’s all so in tune with your lofty station

 

And WE THE PEOPLE are the absent factor

Bought, sold, disdainfully discarded

Again, I say,  WE THE PEOPLE are the absent factor

Bought, sold, disdainfully discarded

Servile servants of mindless masters

We forgo our right to be well regarded

 

Agbaga: Alas; horror of horrors!

Kabiyesi: The-one-that-will-challenge-him-is-not-yet-born

Imuniti: Un-arrestability or beyond arrest. Yoruba pun on ‘immunity’.

 

June 26, 2016                                       Niyi  Osundare

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