IF ONLY I
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If only my voice could gain entrance,
Entrance into your barricade of reasoning.
If only you could have your incarceration memories on the brain:
Where no blazing hot-sun could be felt;
Where no happy bird to sing your melodious music;
Where no rain-storm to sweep away your stress.
If only your vein could shun sycophants for constructive or cynic critics
And never spin a yawn about your loss.
If only our fluorescent light could smile all day,
All day without being epileptic.
Road to rhyme like European roads.
Water enough, looming larger like a winter rain
In deserted, rural gatherings.
Transportation, not in driblets to follow their steps.
If only and if only all governmental goodies
Enshrined in Chapter 2
(Fundamental Objective and Directive Principles of State Policy)
Of the 1999 Constitution of my dear Federal Republic of Nigeria
Could be entertained in Court;
For the same constitution by virtue of
Section 6, Subsection 6, Paragraph C
Has outlawed the jurisdiction of the court as to its conformity…
If only your vein could ponder, peruse, cogitate, contemplate,
Envision, envisage and read between the lines of these words.
If only your vein could litter away your extension of stay…
Then your vein would become a man of honour
Which is hard to be like forcing a pin to pound yams.
Though legal poem is not a recognised and stipulated type of poem, such as: Ballad, Allegory, Dramatic Monologue etc, yet it is my inventory type of poem tailored along my profession.
The poem centers on the expectation of the governed; the Nigerian citizens yielding for the amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. One of the anomalies is Chapter 2 of the same Constitution.
Chapter 2 contains; `The Fundamental Objective and Directive Principles of State Policy`. This section provides for the fundamental obligations and duties of the government towards its citizens. But unfortunately Section 6, Subsection 6 and Paragraph C negates this provision that the power of the court to entertain any issue shall not extend to Chapter 2.In otherwords; 'if the citizens want to sue the government over Universal Basic Education on Education matters, construction of roads, health matters and so on the court will lack jurisdiction to entertain such issue or matter. The provisions stated there are liberty and not right,as such,trying to exercise those so-called rights (liberty) is an exercise in futility'- My interview in THE NATION ON SUNDAY (NEWSPAPER), JUNE 28,2008, PAGE 22. This legal poem was composed in 2005 as a message to law makers and the president; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. With prospect,this section will be amended as the National Assembly are working towards the amendment of the constitution at present.