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Arise, O compatriots!

Nigeria, oh my Nigeria! A country so bless’d but, denied of her blessing. Nigeria, my belov’d; a country battered, not by its enemies but, by its own.

A country so rich in natural, human, economic resources yet, poor because of human wickedness.

A country, with the best seasons in the world, where Mother Nature concentrated to do some extra work.

A country so talked about by the world in envy! Nigeria, envied by peoples and nations of the world.

Ah! Naija! Who do’ it? Who inflicted you with these pains, sickness and misery?

How can you be so treated by your own, spat on, horsewhipped, dragged on the floor, condemned and crucified! Ah! My country, Nigeria, why? Would we continue to allow us to be so pummeled by a tiny group? Defecated on by this tiny cabal? No, we must stand up and fight.

Our ancestors must not be shamed and disgraced by this mindless tiny group. The spirit of our founding fathers shall not be mocked at!

We must rise up and ask questions, rise and take up the challenge of rebuilding a battered nation.

Oh Nigeria! Is it not said that when the frog in front falls into a pit, others behind take caution!

Nigerian youth must rise up for the nation, to rebuild, reconstruct, now is the time.

Time for us to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the shining sunlight of racial justice. We must rise to open the doors of opportunities, hope for all God’s creation in Nigeria.

We must rise to lift our country, NIGERIA from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

We must rise to kick away anarchy and doom, corruption and bad leadership, it is a challenge and we must achieve it.

Nigeria, the great masquerade of Africa, must be woken up from its slumbering and snoring, it must be rightly prepared to take its God given leadership position.

And, this is the duty of our youths, the ‘police and army’ of the nation.

Since our elders have failed, do we need to fail too? Tufia! We must transform our country.

How long shall we wait to get to the Promised Land? Promises of Nigerian politicians are promises of ‘419ers’.

Indeed, we must take up the gauntlet and move to compete with the Asian tigers, for they are not gods but, human with blood running in their veins.

Our country sickly position is not making anyone smile, it brings out complains from even a mentally unbalanced person.

It has made a child of 13 years develop wrinkles like a 60-year old.

What shall we do? For after wet, comes dry season! After darkness, comes day. What shall we do? Nigeria must flourish again, this land must be healed.

Healed from all curses, nemesis, ills, sins, mistakes, wickedness, misgovernance and bad leadership.

Nigeria, must indeed flourish again!

The green, white and green flag must fly again with confidence among nations, The Arise O’ Compatriots sang with every respect. The pledge read with sincerity.

Nigeria must be lifted again, away from the doldrums, for our nation must be resurrected.

Uzodinma Nwaogbe,
Maitama, Abuja.


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